Subversion in Abkhazia covered by April tragedy12.04.2011 | 16:57
An attack of a group of the Georgian subverters against Russian border guards in Galsky region of Abkhazia proved once again that the official Tbilisi's "peace-loving" statements are not worth a twopence. It becomes clearer each day that various "strategies on involving" Abkhazia and South Ossetia will be realized with the help of arms, not diplomacy. Abkhaz law-enforcement officials told GeorgiaTimes correspondent about the details of the Georgian MIA's latest provocation.
Let us remind you that the attack of a subversive group against Russian border guards was made on April 8. They got under fire when the servicemen were examining one of the abandoned houses in Galsky region. Unit commander Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Kvitko took a decision to distract the aggressors by drawing the fire upon himself. It cost him his life but allowed the border guards to resist the attack. As GeorgiaTimes correspondent was told by head of the Abkhaz MIA press service Lieutenant Colonel Nazira Kashtannikova, the personality of one of the hirelings has already been found out; it is Lasha Sichinava born in 1975, a native of Zugdidi region of Georgia. He was put on the wanted list by law-enforcement authorities a long time ago for
committing a number of malefactions: robbery, pillage and thefts. "He's got enough crimes on him", - Kashtannikova underlined, having added that the information on the second killed subverter is currently checked.
She also told about a dialogue between Moscow and Sukhum representatives as to which of the parties will investigate the case of the Georgian subverters' attack against Russian border guards - Russian Military Prosecutor or Abkhaz Prosecutor's Office.
Abkhaz State Security Service underlined that both killed militants belonged to a subversive-reconnaissance group of the anti-terrorist center at the Georgian MIA and were directly accountable to Deputy Head of the Reconnaissance Department at the Department of Constitutional Security of the Georgian MIA in Zugdidi region Zurab Logua. It should be noted that this department was involved in a widely-known case on the abduction of a citizen of Abkhazia Merab Kolbaya, as well as in many other provocative acts in the territory of Galsky region.
Naturally, Tbilisi officials started denying these statements vehemently. They especially hope for the fact that the late Lasha Sichinava was wanted in the Georgian territory as well. However, it is no secret that the security agencies of the republic have not been shying away from contacts with the criminal representatives, including to perform various subvertions in the territory of Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Moreover, they are fixing relations with the Islamic terrorist underground in the North Caucasus without even making any notable efforts to conceal these "friendly" connections.
By the way, the timing for a burst of aggression at the Abkhaz border was almost ideal. On one hand, it happened on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic events in Tbilisi on April 9, 1989. The arrangers of the provocation obviously had hoped that the accusations of Saakashvili's regime of carrying out a subversive act would not be so loud in these tragic days. In fact, the raiders were supposed to be covered by the memory of the people who died when they came to Rustaveli Avenue demanding independence and the true purpose of those who hired Lasha Sichinava and his "colleagues" was evidently damaging Abkhazia's image during President Sergey Bagapsh's trip to Turkey.
The journey made a lot of noise in the Georgian corridors of power and made Tbilisi officials excel in their attempts to bring down the meaning of the visit paid by the head of the Abkhaz state; it was even called "a medical treatment trip". But the only thing Bagapsh could "cure" in Turkey was the Georgian politicians's ungrounded assuredness of the international community's loyalty to the principles of "territorial integrity" and the "non-recognition" policy. It is clear to everyone that Sukhum and Tskhinval's relations with the rest of the world become more and more palpable. Politicians, businessmen, sportsmen and cultural activists from Europe, Asia and the USA are building relations with Abkhazia and South Osseteia not trying to keep away from the official position of their governments. And the process is irreversible despite any provocations on the part of the current Georgian leaders.