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George’s Ribbon to link Moscow and Tskhinval2011-05-10 21:10
May 9 is a special day in now sovereign republics of the former USSR. This is the time when concepts of nationality, territorial borders and Motherland are neutralized. Inviolable unity of nations and their descendants is highly important for veterans that took part in the Great Patriotic War. After all, the hard-fought victory was meant for generations to come. South Ossetia, like many other countries, wants to join in George's Ribbon initiative proposed by Russia to pay tribute to perished warriors. Only Mikheil Saakashvili that broke up with the CIS thinks he has liberated himself from the great past of his country.
perished warriors. Only Mikheil Saakashvili that broke up with the CIS thinks he has liberated himself from the great past of his country.
Even as part of Georgia, Tskhinval used to organize pompous feasts on the Victory Day together with Moscow. With Mikheil Saakashvili disliking this holiday and shamelessly destroying historical monuments, refusing to congratulate six thousand Georgians and nearly twelve thousand Georgian citizens whose contribution to the struggle against fascism was great, the 65th Victory anniversary was not celebrated in the republic. Last year Nino Burdzhanadze, an opposition leader, expressed hope that Mikheil Nikolozovich won't last eternally as president, and official Tbilisi will soon commemorate the ancestors together with brotherly nations: "Very soon Georgian veterans will live in a country they deserve. In Georgia where their heroism will be duly appreciated".
While autocracy is blooming in Sakartvelo with false facades of democratic slogans, South Ossetia, independent since 2008, can freely choose its own way. Russia-proposed "George's Ribbon" action is very popular here. The republic has 174 Great Patriotic War veterans. Out of 35 Ossetians, heroes of the Soviet Union 8 were born in the partially recognized republic. Every year a group of veterans crosses Theater Square in Tskhinval accompanied by the sound of war-time melodies. This year president Edward Kokoyty promised they will all view the Victory Day parade from the governmental tribune.
Remarkably, for the first time Russian border guards and officers of the 4th military base will take part in the event and the streets of the capital will see weapons and machines that rebuffed Georgian aggression in August 2008. Yet, to have this great day reprinted in history textbooks, Victory needs a symbol able to unite nations, now divided by territorial borders. A few years ago George's Ribbon was proposed as this symbol.