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"Javakheti left to the mercy of fate"2012-08-23 19:09
GTimes reporter is continuing the journey from Armenia to Georgia. The story focuses on the city of Ninotsminda, located in the Georgian border region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. Recently, there have happened positive changes: new houses and shops were constructed; the roads were put in order. But local residents, mostly Armenians, are afraid that the Georgian authorities are trying to drive them out of the region by settling here Georgian orphans and Muslims.
Ninotsminda (Bogdanovka till 1991) is center of the Ninotsminda district of the Armenian-populated region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. According to statistics from 2009, this is home to 6100 people, mostly Armenians.
In the city center there is a monument to Agios and Kartlos. According to legend, they are two brothers, who are the founders of Armenian and Georgian nations. The monument symbolizes friendship and brotherhood between the two nations.
In addition, in the center of Ninotsminda there was built a huge building with high thick walls instead of the old kindergarten and music school. Because of these walls and building that look like a watchtower, located by three sides of the building, it looks more like a fortress in the center of the small town. However, in reality, as told by the locals, this is a children's home, emergence of which has concerned many. "Both local and central authorities have not made an official explanation about the mentioned building. They are silent, thereby aggravating phobias and fears among the people", a resident of Ninotsminda, who asked not to reveal him, said in an interview to GTimes.
Our interlocutor has agreed to be interviewed only on condition of anonymity because the "frank talk about the children's home could have serious consequences" for him. "Those who have shown an "extra" interest to the building, even after the orphans appeared there, had to deal with the State Security services. They were subjected to the so-called "preventive measures", after which they immediately gave up their interest to the mentioned building", he stressed. According to him, the emergence of the children's home - this is the first significant step to change the demographic composition of Ninotsminda.