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“Sabotaging” old lady dishonors Sakartvelo

2011-04-11 18:17

“Sabotaging” old lady dishonors Sakartvelo. 15726.jpegGeorgia is in the center of scandal again. Do you think it's Mikheil Saakashvili who misbehaved in public as usual? Or maybe he ordered to throw troops to now independent republics? No. The reason is that Sakartvelo has shut off internet for Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenian experts suggest a deliberate act of sabotage, but it is just an old lady that dishonored Georgia in public. She simply took a spade to dig out a bit of metal scrap for a living. Who could have thought that optical fiber was so


close to the land surface. Now the old lady risks facing three years' imprisonment in a comfortable prison of Georgia.

This heartbreaking history was taken up by the foreign press. Think of it: half of "the beacon of democracy", part of Azerbaijan and entire Armenia were disconnected from Internet. ArmenTel, FiberNet Communication and GNC-Alfa, the biggest providers, shocked as they were, tried to undo the troubles as quickly as possible. Nobody knew then why users divided from the global web. Smart journalists immediately suspected hackers acting on the order of Georgian special services.

Lately Yerevan and Baku have been too close with Moscow, particularly after the confusing statement by Georgian PM Nika Gilauri that Georgia is number one electricity supplier to Armenia. Armenian bloggers submitting a call to the European Commission to bolster creation of an Armenian autonomy in the territory of Javakh only added oil to the fire. It's clear that Mr Saakashvili can't influence "secessionists" in the international arena: he has been annoying the global community for too long and his sobbing about Georgia's troubles because of Russian "occupation" has been too loud. As alleged, Sakartvelo's president decided to teach his former friends a serious lesson by setting angry SW specialists on then. Knowing the circumstances, this suggestion sounds quite logical.

Samvel Martirosyan, an Armenian expert on information security, remarked in an interview with Azatuton radio that it's not the first cable breaking: "We have had similar situations when somebody in Georgia was digging potatoes or looking for brass and damaging our cable. The difference is that we are not so very dependent on one cable only. Several cables are laid across Georgia, in fact, and we have cables from Iran. The common ground of providers is not that evident as it used to be a few years ago in conditions of a monopoly". He meant they didn't care much about such acts of sabotage.

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