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“Near-front” villages armed with firewood2010-10-21 20:34
Georgian authorities responded to the opposition's criticism concerning the plight of inhabitants of the villages at the South-Ossetian border. Each family that is not allowed to chop wood on the other side of the border will be given two cubic meters of firewood. At least, that would be enough to roast shashlik for the New-Year dinner. Georgian journalists thought of another metaphor to describe the localities at the Gorijsky region border - the "near-front" ones. Is the war in Georgia still not over?
The distinguished batonos of the Georgian parliament should try to last through the winter with two cubic meters of firewood. Then, perhaps, the aid provided to the villages at the South-Ossetian border would be more generous.
So far, Georgian media report that in the course of special actions, Minister of Environment and Administrative Manager of Natural Resources Goga Khachidze with a relative of his, head of Forest Department Papuna Khachidze, will personally give a couple of cotrets to each family living in the "near-border villages".
One of these days, the officials did a great favor to the people of the village of Arbo of Gorijsky region: before the first snow, they will visit other villages separated from South Ossetia with reinforcing poles.
In some places, the new borders cut the country alive. There appeared villages with no pastures and villagers with no kitchen gardens. One just feels sorry for the people who have nothing to do with politics, have never wanted to get to NATO and even made friends with the Ossetians.
It's clear, however, who put them in such an uncomfortable position. In Georgia, they would say: Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin but in fact, the peasants would fetch water and firewood as they have been doing for centuries if it were not for Mikheil Saakashvili's adventure in 2008.
Today, the way to solid vegetable fuel in South Ossetia is shut off for Georgians. Last year, woodcutters who cut finewood got to Tskhinvali prison several times for trespassing the state boundary. Tbilisi can ignore the "new realities" for as long as it chooses but the near-border villagers had to face them openly.