Russia accuses Georgian leadership of ethnic cleansing

Russian officials accuse Georgian officials of ethnic cleansing and declare them war criminals, saying Georgians killed 1500 civilians in Tskhinvali region.

Russians demanded that Georgian president stepped down and promised to take his case to the Russian court.

It remains unclear, why only Georgian side should be blamed of all the civilian deaths, while the Russian forces were involved in the conflict directly and not only on ground, but also through intensive air attacks.

Moreover, international organizations said the numbers that are being announced by Russian officials were exaggerated. What makes the numbers even more suspicious, is that the numbers announced by Russians never changed since the first day of the conflict. Does that imply that despite the war was going on for several days, not a single person was killed, after Russian military presence became enormous?

Even if we assume that 1500 were indeed killed, the Russian argument still looks very week, taking into account, the Russian army has killed 80,000 civilians just in Groznyi, Chechnya, not to mention the deaths in the rest of the Russian region. Moreover, in case of Chechnya, no other state except for Russia was involved.

Certainly, before declaring Georgian officials war criminals, Russians have to do the same to the Russian officials, including Putin. Putin not only was an official during the war in Chechnya, but the mass killings in Chechnya also contributed significantly to his rating in Russia and to strengthening the imperialistic ideology.

Had the west stopped Russia in Chechnya or earlier in Georgia, in the 1990ies, would then the Georgian nation, including ethnic Ossetians, have to suffer so much? I doubt…


4 Responses to “Russia accuses Georgian leadership of ethnic cleansing”

  1. 1 David Doborjginidze
    August 13, 2008 at 4:55 am

    Please distribute as widely as possible! The most important article so far showing that Russian claims of Georgian forces hitting civilian targets in Tskhinvali and killing thousand of them being refuted by international correspondent!

    Heavy damage in Tskhinvali, mostly at gov’t center – By DOUGLAS BIRCH
    The Associated Press, Tuesday, August 12, 2008; 6:12
    PM http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/12/AR2008081202480.html

  2. August 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    ჩემს ბლოგზე იყო ძალიან პროვოკაციული კომენტების დატოვების მცდელობა (ვითომ ქართველების სახელით)… ნუ რუსი იუზერების შეურაცხმყოფელ კომენტებს არ ვთვლი – ეს მოსალოდნელიც იყო.

    გთხოვთ, ყველა ქართველმა ბლოგერმა – ჩართეთ კომენტების და შემოსულ სტუმართა პოსტების სრული მოდერაცია!

  3. 3 peacegeorgia
    August 13, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    მადლობა ამ ინფორმაციისთვის, აუცილებლად გავითვალისწინებ…

  4. August 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    One more western journalist says that casus belli Russians had used – genocide of ethnic ossetians (i.e. Russian citizens) is something, which exists only in Putin’s head –
    “A visit to this war-strafed city Sunday turned up no proof of Russian claims that more than 2,000 people died here. Nor were there any ready signs of what Prime Minister Vladimir Putin referred to as “genocide.” – Megan K. Stack from Tskhinvali!

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