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Fleeing Georgia to be saved in Russia2009-03-16 15:25
Over a half of foreigners that applied to the Russian Federation for temporary asylum have Georgian origin as stated by the head of Russian Federal Migration Service on March 13.
"For the first two months of 2009 territorial units of Russian FMS have accepted and are examining claims of 629 persons applying for refugee status and of 559 foreign citizens seeking temporary asylum in the Russian Federation, all of them coming from 19 different states, - RIA Novosti quotes an FMS officer who asked to be left anonymous. - Most applicants come from Georgia accounting for 61%". According to the interviewee the number of foreigners who applied for asylum in Russia is constantly growing.
Here is a natural question: what makes these people flee to this "evil" Russia? Maybe not all is good in the "cresset of democracy" in the Caucasus? Curiously not only Moscow is asked for asylum. People are forced to ask Sukhum and Tskhinval for help. For instance, according to Res IA Alexandra Khabalova-Dolgopalova, a Tkibuli village resident, addressed South Ossetian power structures. She asked South Ossetian authorities to save her from tyranny.
"I had been living in Tkibuli for a long time, - she said. - I have a house there but I don't want to come back. There are neither Russians nor Ossetians there. Georgians spare no efforts to force us out. Pensions are withheld, we are humiliated in various ways and all who have a place to go to abandon everything and leave. Is it possible to tolerate this? We are constantly called occupants. There are people who understand how things really were but nobody is brave enough to protect us - everyone is afraid". According to Khabalova-Dolgopalova on her way to Tskhinval she was detained by Georgian policemen willing to take her passport away but she somehow managed to get to the capital of South Ossetia. "I know that nobody will call me an occupant, humiliate or insult me here", - she concluded.
This is not an individual case. Right after the August events around three hundred Russians living in Georgia were forced to leave their homes and move to Russia through Abkhazia because of oppression.
It turns out there are other problems why people leave Georgia. Early in March Belarus border guards detained three Georgian citizens on the border with Poland. According to Interfax with reference to Belarus border committee spokesman Alexander Tishenko the "trespassers" had been in the territory of the country for a week before detention planning to go to Poland for a job.