Today is the anniversary of the beginning of Russia’s aggressive war against Georgia. It began with a massive provocation and ended with a factual annexation of Abkhazia and Ossetia. Now the “independence” of these republics is similar to “independence” of Donetsk and Lugansk. We did not make an immediate sense of what was going on. But … It was then, in 2008, that the new policy of Russia had gelled. They predicted that our country would be the next victim of aggression. But those warnings were perceived as a horrific tale.
Many will say – there are no apparent similarities between Georgian and Ukrainian tragedies. You might even be given references to a report from the EU Commission where it is said in the first lines that Georgia was the first to launch hostilities against Tskhinvali. Usually, such citizens do not read the entire report. In fact, there is a lot in common.
1. Intensive pressure of the powerful neighbor. It increased when the pro-Western president came to power. The anti-NATO and anti-American campaign erupted.
2. Many years of support (up to the military – the so-called “peacekeepers”) of separatist sentiments in Abkhazia and Ossetia (and in Adjara too, but it was not possible to separate Adjara …).
3. Covert arms supply to separatist groups. Information support for anti-Georgian actions taken by separatists. Tenfold increase in Kremlin propaganda for casualties. Anti-Georgian campaign of fakes in Russia media. That is, eleven years ago, Russian propaganda already was what it is today.
4. Georgian attempt to pursue a military solution to the conflict failed (hasn’t it been the same here?). And I will add – I am sure that Russia was informed of the prepared action for “putting things in constitutional order” and that the Russian prevailing forces were already waiting for the Georgian army and they destroyed it.
5. Widely declared ardent hopes for Western support did not come true. Naturally, we repeated that mistake. Georgia also sought NATO and awaited Western intervention in the conflict. Georgia did receive some support, but it was almost exclusively– informational.
Two weeks before the war in Georgia, there was a poetry festival in which I participated. It coincided with anniversary days of Vladimir Mayakovsky and we all went to the Poet’s homeland. There, in the poet’s museum, we had readings of his poems. And then an executive official of Russian RIA Novosti media agency came out in the middle and read … Guess what? Exactly! The poem ‘My Soviet Passport’. It was declamation, as in school taught. Right “from the pants where the documents are”.