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Spiegel’s former correspondent disclosed the West’s “double standards” policy2009-11-25 14:59
Former Spiegel's press photographer Pavel Kasin told about the "double standards" policy used by the German periodical to cover the last August events, IA Osinform reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"There were two groups working for Spiegel: in Georgia and in Ossetia, - he told, - When the material was delivered I was surprised to discover that there was not a single photo from Tskhinval in the magazine. There were only photos from Georgia. I asked: "What is going on?" and I was told that the major role at the moment was played by big-time politics".
According to Kasin, Russia is lacking major periodicals and agencies that could hear and see the whole world. "We have got a rather poor communication between the authorities and the journalists, - he said. - When the Americans go to war the American journalists may go and shoot it. I have got a Russian passport but I cannot do the same thing here in Russia. This is an unhealthy situation that brings no good to the society".
Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia last year on August 26. This event was preceded by bringing the Georgian troops to South Ossetia on August 8. As a result of the military aggression on the part of Georgia, Tskhinval, the capital of the republic, was almost totally destroyed; over 200 common citizens and peacemakers died. In response, Russia carried out an operation on forcing Georgia to peace and protecting the Russian citizens.