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Serdukov has brought peace to “Sukhum”2011-07-18 19:25
Abkhazia has been visited by Minister of Defense of Russia Anatoliy Serdukov. Unlike the rest of the Russian officials' business trips to Abkhazia, this was not a ceremonial "courtesy visit". Serdukov had a lot to discuss with the Abkhaz authorities, and these were not only the issues of the joined border protection. The main point of the meeting was the future of a Russian military sanatorium in Sukhum.
Though the international airport named after Ardzinba in Sukhum in still closed for civil aviation, special planes from Moscow carrying high-ranking officials land here regularly. This time, Russian Minister of Defense Anatoliy Serdukov has come here. However, he was not met by a crowd of people as is customary in Sukhum; there were only his Abkhaz colleague Merab Kishmaria and RF Ambassador to Abkhazia Semen Grigoriev. Serdukov arrived in the country to work. There were two main issues on the agenda: cooperation in the military field and the situation with the sanatorium named "Sukhum".
Let us give you the details of the second one. If you are going to spend your vacation in Sukhum, this is the sanatorium we would recommend. Despite the fact that it is actually a military one, it hosts everyone who is able to pay. By the way, prices are rather low. As a bonus, you get a wonderful subtropical park, a fenced territory and a luxurious beach. However, the infrastructure has much dilapidated and the service level is far from that of Turkey but the holidays won't cost you much and if you are member of a serviceman's family, they will be almost free of charge.
Seems like since the moment it was built in the 70s, the health complex has belonged to the Ministry of Defense; earlier, it was Soviet and now it is Russian. Up to the latest time, there had been two sanatoriums - the one belonging to Moscow Military District and the one of the Antiaircraft Security System. Last year, they were combined after a big scandal. The employees did not want to merge. The point is that the system of the Russian Ministry of Defense is undergoing staff reduction and new property completion. It was clear that the merging of the sanatoriums would lead to the reduction of some of the personnel. That is why the employees started protesting but failed to bend the Russian defense administration: two sanatoriums were combined into one.