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Customs revolution awaiting Abkhazia2011-06-25 19:27
The Russian and Abkhazian border in Psou is being reconstructed both physically and legally. The Federal Customs Service (FTS RF) suggested that individuals should not have to pass customs control at the frontier. The FTS head Andrey Belyaninov made this statement. The innovation has no legal cover so far. From outside it looks like another technical step aimed at facilitating the border crossing. For thousands of Abkhazian citizens this is a real revolution.
Belyaninov said: "We believe that the customs control of individuals on the Russian and Abkhazian part of the frontier is not required. What transfers are made there? Tangerines, nuts, mimosa", - he said at the Federation Council meeting on Wednesday.
In his words, the volumes of goods transported by individuals through the Russian and Abkhazian border are quite insignificant.
Belyaninov is right. Several thousands of tons of Abkhazian tangerines or laurel will not damage the Russian economy anyhow. And for thousands of Abkhazian agriculturers the absence of any customs control at the frontier is something that will greatly facilitate their life.
Psou is not just a state border between Russia and Abkhazia, it is a unique micro-society created after the installation of a frontier gate where it never was before. Psou was an emblematic place of blockade in the 90s of last century, then this check-point was the symbol of a semi-legal frontier with an unrecognized state where absolute liberty and outrage ruled. Now there is a modern check-point in Psou.
But the term "modern" does not comply with the habits and morals of the permanent inhabitants of the frontier zone, as well as with the border crossing practice more typical of the feudal epoch.