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Radio Liberty to start broadcasting in Abkhazia in November2009-10-26 10:26
On November 2nd Radio Liberty/Free Europe starts broadcasting the Echo of Caucasus program in Russian language orientated for listeners in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, on waves 9525 and 9780 - the Kavkazskiy Uzel.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The daily 1-hour program is planned to be prepared in Prague by Russian and Georgian editorial offices, the editor will be Andrey Babitskiy.
"There's a deficiency of information in the entire territory of the post-Soviet space, and in this region it's felt especially acute", Babitskiy said and mentioned that people in South Ossetia and Abkhazia have to suffice with Russian sources.
He promised that the radio Liberty would present the view from both Moscow and the West, and at the cross of the lines the talk will get both depth and sharpness.
Tbilisi assessed this step as "informational recognition" of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Previously Sergey Shamba, the Foreign Minister of Abkhazia, said the republic would approve the work of the radio station only in case the programs would have nothing to do with Georgia.
At the same time, the republican Department for Governmental Information is strongly against and promised to take drastic measures, up to suppression of the signal.