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White book of crimes against South Ossetia2008-12-25 14:16
Preparations for the aggression against South Ossetia and Abkhazia had been made since 2005. It was reported by the Head of the Commission of Inquiry with the Prosecutor-General's Office of the Russian Federation (CIP) Alexander Bastrykin revealing some investigation results of the August events in the Caucasus.
The Head of the CIP did it on December 23 at the presentation of his book "Tragedy in Ossetia. White book of crimes against South Ossetia. August 2008", "Vremya novostey" reports. It fully relies on the materials of the criminal case against the Georgian leaders (the case was initiated in the framework of the investigation that the Commission of Inquiry started in August after two Russian citizens were murdered in South Ossetia at the time of the military conflict).
"The actions of Georgian armed units had been planned in advance, - Alexander Bastrykin said. - The investigating authorities are in possession of materials that were seized following the retreat of the Georgian armed forces. With the Joint Staff specialists we undertook examination and according to our evaluation these are plans of action for troops for the takeover of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. They were worked out in 2005-2007 evidencing Tbilisi's preliminary elaboration of violent scenarios of instituting control over the republics".
According to the Head of CIP the Russian investigators have gathered over five thousand of various documents and other evidence proving "barbarian actions of the Georgian army in the territory of South Ossetia". Hundreds of scenes of accident have been viewed, over 400 different forensic examinations have been carried out, over 1.5 thousand witnesses have been interrogated.
"The materials allow us to qualify the actions of the military management and the army of Georgia as aimed at extermination of the South Ossetians as the national and ethnic community". - Bastrykin summed up.
The USA made a relevant comment some hours later. The Department Spokesman Sean McCormack stated to the journalists that Washington did not share the conclusions on genocide.
But this is not the only accusation that that the Commission of Inquiry has found grounds for. Up to now it was confronting the events in South Ossetia with two articles of Russia's Criminal Code. This is "genocide" and "murder of two and more persons on the grounds of race and national hatred". Now other articles may be included in the list of accusations against the Georgian authorities. I.e.