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Restless district of South Ossetia2013-03-21 13:48
After the 2008 war, the majority of the Georgian population of Akhalgori district has left home. But some have stayed there. For Tamara Mearakishvili a trip from Tbilisi to Akhalgori is rather problematic. Tamara is even trying to rebuild the house of students: the former authorities of Georgia have ceased its funding. Why these people do not leave their homes and why they are called crazy?
"Restless district" - this is how the locals call Akhalgori. The fact is that after the 2008 war, many people received apartments in the settlement for the refugees Tserovani, located just 30 kilometers from Akhalgori. Those who work in a hospital, school or local government, come to Akhalgori by minibus, and in the afternoon they go back to Tserovani - the village of compact settlement, or to Tbilisi - to the relatives. It turns out they go to work almost "abroad". After all, to get to Akhalgori you first have to pass Georgian police checkpoint, then the checkpoint of Russian border guards, and after that - Ossetian police.
Akhalgori is a district of South Ossetia, where mostly the Georgian population lives. Prior to 2008, there lived more than 5000 people. Now there live fifteen hundred people at most.
One of them is Tamara Mearakishvili, the head of the local house of students. "People left Akhalgori mainly for economic reasons", Mearakishvili says in an exclusive interview to GeorgiaTimes.
- Those who had left this place they have received housing in Tserovani - 15 kilometers from Tbilisi. They have also received financial aid. And their homes in Akhalgori remained untouched; the crime situation here is in the normal range. If there happens a robbery of the houses, these are isolated cases. Until recently, crossing the Georgian checkpoint was a very serious problem. The police officers almost insulted us. Now, after the change of power in Georgia, this problem is more or less solved. And prior to that, if you carry any goods or products, just for personal use, say, a few bags of grapes, they begin to find out - where are you going, why are you carrying goods? The same applied to home appliances and furniture. For this people even could be summoned to the District Office of State Security of Georgia in Mtskheta and questioned for "the committed crime". However, even today at the Georgian checkpoints there are the same people, but after the change of government their attitude has changed radically, or rather corrected.
- And what other problems has solved the government of Bidzina Ivanishvili?