The Moscow Bombings: A Prelude to Russia’s Invasion of Georgia?

Frontpagemag reports (hat tip:  reader “Robert”):

The Chechen Islamist Doku Umarov has claimed responsibility for the March 29 subway bombings in Moscow that killed at least 40 people. Putin and the Russian government have vowed to hunt down those responsible for the attacks. The target of the beating of the war drums isn’t only Chechen Islamists, though. For months, Russian officials have been blaming Georgia for terrorist violence on their soil, setting the stage to remove the Saakashvili government and control Georgia.

In 2008, Russia went to war with Georgia under the pretext of protecting the Russian minority in the country from the aggressive Georgian military. The Russian forces took control of South Ossetia and Abkhazia using this excuse, and the two republics have since declared “independence” while remaining under Russian control. Since then, Russia has continually expressed opposition to the government of Mikheil Saakashvili and his removal is a clear goal.

When a Russian lieutenant stationed in South Ossetia was interviewed by The Associated Press, he said “It will be Russia. And Georgia used to be Russian, too.” As territory that was part of the Soviet Union, regaining control over Georgia is a goal of Putin, who has called the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”

In May 2009, the Russians engineered a coup at a military base near Tblisi aimed at overthrowing Saakashvili. It failed, and a former Georgian special forces operative involved in the operation confessed that Russia was behind the coup. He said that top officials would be assassinated and the soldiers at the base would march towards the capital, at which point 5,000 Russian soldiers would come and help them. The Georgian government claimed that the plotters were financed by Russia.

The coup came less than a week after President Medvedev ferociously expressed his opposition to NATO exercises being held in Georgia, saying “I want to specifically stress that responsibility for possible negative consequences of these decisions will fully rest on the shoulders of those who made them and carry them out.”

Since the failed coup, Russia has been hard at work making the case that the Georgian government is aggressive, untrustworthy, and responsible for attacks on its soil. The bombings in Moscow might be just what they needed to finish off Saakashvili. There is no evidence yet that the Russian government was involved in these latest attacks, but questions still remain about the 1999 apartment bombings that provoked the Second Chechen War. I was told by a friend with wide-ranging contacts in the intelligence community last fall that some were expecting Russia to invade Georgia in the spring.

Nikolai Patrushev, the current secretary of Russia’s National Security Council and the former head of the FSB, the successor to the KGB, is already pointing the finger at Georgia for the Moscow bombings.

“We have had information that individual members of Georgian special forces support contacts with terrorist organizations in the Russian North Caucasus. We must check this also in relation to the acts of terror in Moscow,” Patrushev said. He described Saakashvili as “unpredictable” and “it cannot be ruled out that he may start [another war] again.”

These accusations are just the latest in Russia’s attempts to make the case that Georgia is essentially waging war on them through terrorist proxies. On October 13, 2009, the chief of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, said that Georgian intelligence maintains contact with Al-Qaeda and helped train and transport terrorists to Chechnya.

“They perpetually undertake to deliver weapons, explosives and financing for subversive acts on high security sites in Dagestan—first and foremost on oil and gas pipelines,” he said.

This statement was closely followed by a warning from the chief of Russia’s GRU military-intelligence, Aleksandr Shlyakhturov, that the Saakashvili government is “unpredictable” and could launch an attack on South Ossetia.

Shortly before the Moscow bombings, Russia’s rhetoric about Georgia’s alleged involvement in terrorism was making headlines. The Russian Deputy Interior Minister claimed in mid-January that recent violence in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia was the result of Georgian involvement. “At military bases in Georgia, terrorist groups are trained by foreign instructors to carry out attacks in Russia,” he said.

The Russian government has long been making the argument that the Georgian government is akin to the Taliban post-9/11, knowingly harboring and assisting terrorists and a threat that must be removed. Russia may move militarily, possibly via proxies like in the last coup attempt, against Saakashvili as part of their attempt to restore the days of power under the Soviet Union. It is also possible that Russia is planning to use Georgia as a chip on the negotiating table. They may try to win a commitment from the U.S. not to become involved in helping Georgia region in return for supporting sanctions on Iran.

It is unclear what Russia’s grand strategy is, but it is clear that Putin and Medvedev want Saakashvili removed and Georgia under their control. For them, the Moscow bombings may be just what they’ve been waiting for.

39 responses to “The Moscow Bombings: A Prelude to Russia’s Invasion of Georgia?

  1. “The Moscow Bombings: A Prelude to Georgia’s Invasion?”

    Are the brave Georgians going to invade again? Then, they will have there long and crooked noses kicked again.

    • balloun,
      What about kicking the Russians ete kurnosye, azyatytseskye mordy, kasaglazyye, obosranye russkie riaby i wsie oni HIV positive slava russii!!

      • “kurnosye, azyatytseskye mordy, kasaglazyye, obosranye russkie riaby!”

        Сам ты пидор опущеный, азиат вонючий, дешевка. ААА – азиат в кубе.

        • Balloon/

          We normally don’t use this local eurasian dialect called russian on this site but let me answer…

          kurnosye, azyatytseskye mordy, kasaglazyye, obosranye russkie riaby!”

          Сам ты пидор опущеный, азиат вонючий, дешевка. ААА – азиат в кубе.

          Otviet: Kakoi ty biedniashka azyatskyi etot ‘le complex d’inferiorite’ typique’. Ia widela ruskuyu kulturu na kurskom vagzale gdie na obosranoy stenie visel portert washego azyaty no1. volodi lenina ty zamietil dorogoy degenerat mongolskuyu mordu etogo sifilitika. Shto kasayetsya washevo sobachevo yazyka – on ne budet nuzen – nada govorit po kitayskie…..

          • Дорогуша,

            Ленин- наполовину удмурт (то есть, финн), на четверть – еврей, и только на четверть – русский. Если он Вам кажется “азиатом”, то это потому, что удмурты-финны родом с Алтая много веков назад. Но в глазах большинства евреопейцев, финны выглядят значительно более европейцами, чем вы, грузины. Особенно по поведению.

            И поверьте: любой нормальный человек на планете предпочел бы жить под “азиатом” Лениным, чем под умалишенными грузинами Сталиным и Берией.

            Я бы посоветовал вам преуменьшить ваш расизм. Если бы не расизм вашего очередного психически больного лидера – Гамсахурдии – и не лозунги “Грузия – для грузинов!”, то Ю. Осетия и Абхазия сейчас были бы вашими.

            • RTR,
              I think that it is enough of this Russian language being used on this site – nikomu ne nuzen etyi sobatszyi yazyk daze ruskie nie khotiat govorit na etim azyatskom dialektie – vam ruskim seytshas nada zanimatsa na kitaiskom yazykie waszy budushtszyi ‘master’ shto kasayetsa stalina i berii – vy ikh obazali; velikyi stalin, stranno shto etoi gruzin syn biedniashki sapozhnika byl vashym bogom no ya dumayu shto eto typitzney ruskie – vy talko byli stshastlivym pod zolotoi hordoi. vy kanetshno zametili shto rossiya umirayet dlinno kakoi protivney konets imperii. Ruskaya imperia eto totsno ka mongolskaya imperia – i rosija sebya naydyot tak kak mongolia…

              • aaa,

                If you don’t want to use Russian on this site, why do you keep on posting in Russian.

                Don’t you see how paradoxical and stupid it looks when you say: “I think that it is enough of this Russian language being used on this site” and then proceed to write a long post all in Russian (albeit a broken Russian).

                And as far as empires go, let me remind you that Georgia with its oppression of minorities is also an empire, although small one:

                http://www.intertrends.ru/fourteen/011.htm

                http://akademik-sakharov.narodDOTru/

                Andrei Sakharov wrote in 1989: “Like the Soviet Union itself, Georgia is an empire, only a little one. If the Georgian people have a right to freedom from an empire, then so do all other minorities, no matter how small they are.” (Ogonyok 1989. № 31. p. 26).

                http://sojcc.ru/eng_news/295.html

                «Tragedy of South Ossetia. Excess of genocide»

                With usual directness diagnosed by the late Andrei Sakharov: “Georgia is seized with a nationalistic psychosis and behaves like a small empire towards national minorities”.

                http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22011

                Georgia: The Ignored History
                By Robert English

                Gamsakhurdia’s “Georgia for the Georgians” would be established by curtailing the rights and autonomies enjoyed by Georgia’s internal minorities, privileges he saw as divisive vestiges of the Soviet system.[1] And as he acted on that program, Georgian relations with the republic’s Abkhazian and Ossetian enclaves went from being strained to being violent.

                Gamsakhurdia’s rhetoric provoked fear among all Georgian minorities—Adjars, Armenians, Azeris, Greeks, Russians, Abkhazians, and Ossetians. The latter two were especially concerned to protect their cultural rights and self-rule by means of the new opportunities offered by Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika. These included free speech, multiparty elections, the devolution of power to local parliaments, and in 1991 an invitation to redraw the USSR’s constitutional basis in a new union treaty.

                Gamsakhurdia and his allies responded with fury. Large rallies in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi denounced the Abkhazians and Ossetians as “traitors” and “pawns of the Kremlin” while groups of angry Georgians took their protests directly to the Abkhazian and Ossetian capitals of Sukhumi and Tskhinvali. The resulting confrontations often turned violent. A 1989 move by officials in Tbilisi to shut down part of the university in Sukhumi and replace it with a branch of the Georgian State University set off more bloodshed. In response to this clash—and the Abkhazians’ declaration of sovereignty—Georgian nationalists began an anti-Abkhazian rally that grew into a weeklong protest in downtown Tbilisi.

                First, the Georgian parliament passed a law making Georgian the sole official language, a measure blatantly discriminatory toward the republic’s non-Georgian minorities.[2] Later in 1989, it banned parties that operated only “regionally” from participating in general elections in the Georgian republic, a transparent ploy to disenfranchise Abkhazian and South Ossetian voters.[3] In 1990, as the Ossetians moved toward secession from the soon-to-be-independent republic of Georgia, a newly elected Georgian parliament, led by Gamsakhurdia, simply revoked their autonomous status altogether.

                Some 90 percent of Georgians voted for independence, and the Abkhazians voted even more overwhelmingly to preserve the union—which they saw as the only guarantor of their autonomous rights—and, notably, were joined by large majorities of all the region’s other non-Georgian peoples as well. A month later, Gamsakhurdia was elected president—he received 86 percent of the vote on a turnout of 82 percent. Almost immediately he dispatched handpicked “prefects” to take over the authority of locally appointed officials, a blow to democracy criticized even by many of his Western admirers. Large-scale interethnic violence was not far behind.

                All this is a matter of record, though still little known in the West. Even less understood is the intensity of Georgian nationalism at that time. Escape from the USSR was the primary goal, accompanied by a romanticized idea of a unitary “Georgian national state.” The dark side of this vision was a desire to settle scores with minorities, chiefly the Abkhazians and Ossetians, who were seen to have benefited at Georgia’s expense from a Kremlin policy of “divide and rule.” These groups were scorned by Gamsakhurdia as “ungrateful guests in the Georgian home.” His nationalist ally, Giorgi Chanturia, called for creation of a “theo- democracy” under which one house of parliament would be composed of the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church. The Church’s patriarch, Catholicos Ilya II, was given to incendiary rhetoric such as his claim that the 1990 flooding that devastated another minority region, Adjaria, in the southwest of the country, was God’s revenge for their ancestors’ conversion to Islam.[4] Gamsakhurdia, for his part, slandered Georgia’s Muslim communities as “Tatardom” and also criticized Georgians’ intermarriage with non-Georgians.

                The Abkhazians and Ossetians, predominantly Orthodox Christians, were increasingly reviled for their defiance of Georgia’s efforts to unify the country under a strong nationalist regime. The Ossetians were even accused of “bringing Bolshevism to Georgia” in the first place.[5] Russian critics of Gamsakhurdia—among them the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov—were savaged as “agents of Moscow.” (Sakharov, who supported independence movements from the Baltics to Armenia, saw something different in Georgia. There the Soviet empire was being replaced, under Gamsakhurdia, by a “Georgian empire.”) As Gamsakhurdia’s megalomania grew, journalists who dared criticize him were subject to intimidation or even arrest (and their newspapers subject to censorship or closure), while Georgian state television fostered a cult of Gamsakhurdia as the national savior. And as ethnic tensions worsened and secessionist forces became stronger with each new incident of violence—for which most Georgians blindly believed their side was entirely blameless—Gamsakhurdia ranted that subversive minorities “should be chopped up, they should be burned out with a red-hot iron from the Georgian nation…. We will deal with all the traitors, hold all of them to proper account, and drive [out] all the evil enemies and non-Georgians…!“[6]

                • Yes RTR, but you also forget that Georgians fought a civil war to get rid of Gamsakhurdia and his policies.

                  You also forget that Abkhazian was made a state language of Georgia in 1992, and that Ossetians, Armenians and Azeris living in Georgia all have the right to study in their mother tongue.

                  “Georgia for Georgians” has been a dead philosophy for nearly 20 years.

                  However “Russia for (slavic) Russians” is very real and growing in popularity every day.

                  “Russia for Racists
                  Suzanne Scholl

                  The old USSR was anything but tolerant. But since its collapse, a gnawing feeling of inferiority has crept into Russian society. Once “we were somebody”; today “nobody takes us seriously, so we have to defend ourselves against anything that comes from outside and holds us down.”

                  Both the state and openly racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic groups – of which there are dozens, as well as more than 100 clearly xenophobic publications – increasingly ignore Russia’s multi-ethnic character. In an everyday context, this is reflected in slogans like “Russia for Russians,” which really means white European Russians.

                  The attacks therefore are directed in equal measure against people from the Asian former Soviet republics, Africa, and the Far East, as well as Russian citizens from the Caucasus or who belong to one of Russia’s more than 90 national minorities. The state hypocritically expresses its concern while doing nothing to oppose it, because too many officials are only too willing to exploit such sentiments.”

                  http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/scholl1/English

                  A RUSSIAN APARTMENT … BUT ONLY FOR RUSSIANS

                  During my recent hunt for a new apartment in Moscow’s astronomically-priced real estate market, I came across postings like this one all the time.

                  “2 room apt. Newly refurbished. All appliances, high-speed internet, quiet courtyard. Central Asians need not apply.” (Or, “No Tajiks.” “No Georgians, No Uzbeks, No one from the Caucasus, Slavic family only, etc.”)

                  But what actually surprised me was the conversation I had with an agent over the phone:

                  “What nationality are you?” she asked.

                  “American.”

                  “No, no. Not your citizenship – what is your nationality? You know, the landlords will want to know.”

                  Regardless of my being American, if my “nationality” (the Russian term for ethnicity) wasn’t a desirable one – say if I was African-American or Asian-American – the landlords may decide not to rent their apartment to me.

                  Rise in crimes against foreigners
                  Racism and discrimination are not unique to Russia, but the level at which it is acceptably expressed in society is.

                  Russia’s Day of National Solidarity last November saw nationalist rallies in a number of Russian cities, under slogans like “Russia for Russians” organized by the Movement Against Illegal Immigration. Political parties (such as the misnamed Liberal Democratic Party of Russia) openly campaign under promises to give Moscow its “Russian face” back.

                  And as the push for greater nationalism grows, the Russian Interior Ministry recently released figures showing that crimes against foreigners since the beginning of 2007 are already up 22 percent compared to last year.

                  And while Russia has hate-crime laws on the books, people who attack African students or Uzbek laborers are often charged with “hooliganism,” which carries a more lenient sentence than the mandatory ones accompanying hate crimes. I have African friends who have been attacked in the past, and simply won’t set foot on the largely unmonitored metro system.

                  Even steps taken to fight the problem seem to have the opposite effect. The Duma (Russian parliament) is considering a law now that would ban media outlets from mentioning the race, ethnicity, or religion of a suspected criminal or victim in their reporting.

                  The bureaucrats’ logic is that this will fight racism by keeping reports unbiased. But as analysts, journalists, and human-rights activists across the board have pointed out: How can you raise awareness of hate crimes if you can’t even report on the fact that they are taking place?

                  For Russian leaders, cracking down on racism and hate crimes is a balancing act. If they come out defending minorities too strongly, they risk alienating an electorate that clearly leans to the right.

                  http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/03/23/99666.aspx

                  Inside Russia’s Racism Problem
                  By YURI ZARAKHOVICH/MOSCOW Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006

                  The blast that ripped through a small cafe in the Cherkizovo market in eastern Moscow Monday morning killed eight instantly, including two children aged four and five. Two more victims died in a hospital, and the death count may yet grow: eleven of 35 wounded are in extremely grave condition. It was a brutal attack, and many Westerners acquainted with the Chechen rebels’ tactics over the years might at first simply conclude it was yet another front in the war on terror — a random act of violence perpetrated by Islamic militants bent on inflicting as much carnage as possible on the West, be it George Bush’s U.S. or Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
                  Except that most of those who were killed are Uzbeks, Tajiks, Chinese and Vietnamese — the “blacks” or “churki” (wooden stubs), as Russian Nationalists derogatively call non-white foreigners, and as the increasing number of average Russians casually echo them. On Tuesday, law enforcement officials said they identified the bombers as three young ethnic Russian students of Moscow colleges. The suspects believed, Moscow’s Prosecutor Yuri Demin told the press, that “There are too many Asians” here.
                  As repugnant as that may sound, it is becoming an increasingly popular view in today’s Russia. Which is why even if the two suspects arrested are indeed guilty, they might get away with the crime. With 52% Russians supporting the slogan “Russia for Russians,” and with many increasingly sympathetic to those who attack immigrants, the courts may well be lenient. “Racist attacks happen with shocking regularity in Russia, and the government is shirking its responsibilities and failing to confront the problem,” Amnesty International said in its May 2006 report on hate crime in Russia. According to the Moscow Human Rights Bureau, racists murdered 10 people last year and 18 in the first half of this year, not incluing the ten people killed by the Cherkizovo market bomb.
                  Last September, a St. Petersburg court heard the case of a neo-Nazi group, known as Shultz88, accused of multiple racial assaults. The leader got six years, while three storm troopers got three years of suspended sentences each. One was let go as underage. And storm trooper Alexei Vostroknutov was let go for the lack of proof.
                  I met Shultz88’s storm troopers in July 2004. One of them introduced himself as Alexei, but would not give his last name because he was facing that same trial. He had spent six months in pre-trial detention, but was set free. Alexei boasted about the number of the “churki” and “yids” he assaulted — “And I don’t care how many of them died.” There wasn’t another Alexei at the Shultz88 trial, so it must be he whom they let off scot-free. He knew he could afford to boast.
                  A day before that encounter I talked with Yuri Belyayev, leader of the neo-Nazi Freedom Party, based in St Petersburg. As we talked, he leaned over my recorder to make sure his quote would not be missed and said very distinctly: “Let me report: that Syrian who they say died in a Subway accident — it was not an accident at all. My skin-group leader, the nickname of Valtroon, pushed him.”
                  Belyayev also knew he did not risk anything. He supported Putin and believed the President shared some of his goals. “He is for rubbing the churki out, and for a strong Russia, and so are we,” Belyayev said. Back in the fall of 1999, in the wake of terrorist apartment bombings in Moscow and other Russian cities, then-Premier Putin pledged “to rub out the terrorists on the john.” Neo-Nazis — along with many Russians who would genuinely feel insulted if they were called Nazis — interpreted this statement in the same way Belyayev did — as a virtual license to attack. I heard it from officers who fought in Chechnya often enough.
                  It is true that on the eve of the G-8 Summit, Putin’s government had to show that it had cleaned up St. Petersburg; the police shot dead a 22-year-old skinhead, named as a neo-Nazi leader, charged with a blatant murder of an African student and resisting arrest. But despite that show of force, hate assaults did not cease either in St. Petersburg or elsewhere. A week after the G-8 summit, the jury at the St. Petersburg City Court acquitted four nationalists charged with the deadly assault of an African student. The gallery applauded and shouted “well done” and “thanks” to the jury.
                  About a week ago, a band of skinheads beat to pulp a Tajik boy in a dacha Moscow village where I live, while another gang badly stabbed two Dagestanis on a suburban train. And many of these cases will never even be registered with the authorities.
                  What many Russians do not understand is that once they use the hate vocabulary of “churki” and “blacks,” they feed the specter of fascism even if they do not fully support it. And yes, this specter is getting out of hand.
                  Back in July 2004, Alexei of the Shultz88 group told me: “The time of our shahids, and our bombings, has come.” He was talking of groups or individuals who would create a Nazi al-Qaeda by linking through the Internet. Two years ago, I thought that the government could still roll all this scum back within a week. Monday’s bombing seems to indicate that it might be too late — even if the government actually wanted to.

                  http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1304096,00.html

                • RTR, dorogoi ruskyi bednashka,

                  You are right, why should we use this useless russian dialekt. – on nikomy ne nuyzhen

                  So here are few comments about your idiotic message.

                  Lenin, who cares about lenin whether he was yellow, navy blue or green. He had slanted eyes and mongol fold because he was partly russian/mongol; by the way, leave Finnish people out of it; you probably know what a contempt they have for you Russians. The point is that Lenin was you master in control of every aspects of your lives.

                  Then came Stalin – and the way you worshipped Stalin is really incomprehensible to the civilized world – that total lack in Russians of any desire to be free is mind boggling. And now you are doing it again Mr. Putin is your new master – he will restore russian ‘glory’ – he might but you will be eperiencing that glory in the gulags where you russians belong.

  2. balloun
    We allk remember ‘the invincible russian army’ looting Georgian villages stealing toilet sets, black&white tv sets, and food, of course. They looked tragic – dirty, hungry, drunk sitting on 40-year old tanks – truly pathetic.

    • aaa (australopithecus afarensis asshole) — dirty are you and your georgian australopithecus wild brothers and sistas who just jumped down from trees and mountains and only recently stopped to say “hallo” to a mirror, dirty apes.

      • ballon/baboon

        Just a lesson of history no. 1 – When the Georgians were reading the bible you russian missing links were sitting on the trees. May I remind you that the Georgians adopted Christianity seven hundreds before you asiatic barbarians – seven hundred years – it is your whole history – we have to extract almost 4oo years of total mongol domination which was imposed on your stupid nation by your no 2 greatest russian historic heroe [stalin being no.1] Alexander Nevsky – that moron woluntered to accept the supermacy of the Golden Horde – got it ????

        • History lesson No. 2: Do you really believe, ape, that you are the descendant of Iberians?! Ha-ha! Your georgian girls were soooo long raped by Turks, Persians, Monglos and others who conquered your country for centuries, that you are now half turkish-half iranian.That is why Russians call you “churka”.

      • Baloon/Baboon,

        I know, I know to accept the truth is difficult but eventually you will have to…..

    • aaa wrote: “We allk remember ‘the invincible russian army’ looting Georgian villages stealing toilet sets, black&white tv sets, and food, of course.

      What are you talking about? What TV sets? Georgia is more poor than Africa:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28PPP%29_per_capita

      List of countries by GDP (PPP) per capita

      50 Lithuania 15,803
      51 Russia 15,039
      54 Latvia 14,304

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      95 Algeria 6,855
      96 Namibia 6,610
      100 Angola 6,179
      101 Egypt 6,147
      103 Swaziland 5,839

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      113 Georgia 4,747
      120 Congo, Republic of the 4,156

      • Are you proud of the fact that “mighty” Russia isn’t in the top 50 countries of the world for per capita GDP?

        Gosh, how odd. We’d think you’d be ashamed to sit at the G-8 table with a record like that.

        Did it ever occur to you that Georgia is poor because it has been victimized and exploited by Russia, and that it was just as poor when it was enslaved by the USSR?

        • Are you proud of the fact that “mighty” Russia isn’t in the top 50 countries of the world for per capita GDP?

          I am pleased to see that in less than 20 years since the inept Soviet economy, the Baltic republics and Russia have moved close to the top 50 most prosperous nations.

          Did it ever occur to you that Georgia was just as poor when it was enslaved by the USSR?

          Of course not. Anybody familiar with Russian and Georgian history knows that in the USSR, Georgia was one of the wealthiest and most privileged republics of all:

          http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5253.htm

          Official site of the US Department of State

          Several of the Soviet Union’s most notorious leaders in the 1920s and 1930s were Georgian, such as Joseph Stalin, Sergo Orjonikidze, and Lavrenti Beria.

          In the postwar period, Georgia was perceived as one of the wealthiest and most privileged of Soviet republics, and many Russians treated the country’s Black Sea coast as a kind of Soviet Riviera. On April 9, 1991, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia declared independence from the U.S.S.R.

          http://www.bmz.de/en/countries/partnercountries/georgien/index.html

          Official site of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation, Germany

          Georgia
          Georgia used to be a comparatively wealthy Soviet republic. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, however, consumer markets and the tourism sector collapsed and gross domestic product initially plummeted by 70 per cent.

          http://www.ceiig.ch/Report.html

          Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia

          Georgians were to some extent
          even a privileged nation within the Russian Empire.

          • Well these Russians are selling all sorts of stuff RTR, including plasma TV’s

          • BTW, Georgia got poorer because of things like the Russian destruction of infrastructure, Russian economic blockades, Russian interference in Georgian internal affairs including support for separatists and ethnic cleansing of ethnic Georgians.

      • aaa wrote: “We allk remember ‘the invincible russian army’ looting Georgian villages stealing toilet sets, black&white tv sets, and food, of course. ”

        What are you talking about? What TV sets? Georgia is more poor than Africa:

        reply: Georgians are not MORE POOR [PURE KING ENGLISH!!] – if you want to see real misery and abject powerty travel to syberia WHERE you see your russian half-animals living like animls – APPARENTLY THEY ARE HAPPY. By the way, the pictures of shi..ty russian soldiers stealing from poor Georgian peasants were all over the civilized world so you obviously you couldn’t see it in Russia.

        • “Just a lesson of history no. 1 – When the Georgians were reading the bible you russian missing links were sitting on the trees. May I remind you that the Georgians adopted Christianity seven hundreds before you asiatic barbarians”

          History lesson No. 2: Do you really believe, ape, that you are the descendant of Iberians?! Ha-ha! Your georgian girls were soooo long raped by Turks, Persians, Monglos and others who conquered your country for centuries, that you are now half turkish-half iranian.That is why Russians call you “churka”.

          • The global languages are English, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic,. Russian is consider a local eurasian dialect. And by the way, it is not a Russian site therefore you have to speak English. Anyway everybody who wants to be successful in Russia learn English – truly a lingua franca of the world.

          • history lesson no 3.
            Russian women and men matter were under the mongols officially for 400 hundred years. In reality this process of bastardization of Russia is going on for more than one thousand years – until today. If you look at the chinese russian border today you can see those pathetic russian women; obese, unwashed, smelly,with gold teeth [symbol of prosperity, russian style] and dressed in russian fashion [good go!!] marrying chinese men and moving to the chinese side to find more human living conditions. That why, although you have rosy cheeks you also have the mongol folds and slanted eyes – all of you – just look at the mirror, please. You have to enlightened me what ‘churka’ means it must be a slang – we, on the contrary call russian’ kasaglazye obosranye ruskie riaby – it is easy to understand – don’t you think so???

            • “That why, although you have rosy cheeks you also have the mongol folds and slanted eyes”

              And you have dark skin, long and crooked noses, black curly hair, and all your women are hairy like apes (including yourself). This is inherited from Turks and Persians, your ancestors.

              “kasaglazye obosranye ruskie riaby”

              Спутала с курочкой рябой, подстилка кривоносая?

  3. bla bla

  4. The Russian assassinated with cold blood and unparalell perfidy the President of Poland Mr. Lech Kaczynski, the onlypolitician in hole Europe who fought against Russian barbarity. This tragedy should united all people who love freedom and democracy. WE SHOULD BE WITH POLAND AND SUPPORT HER WITH ALL OUR HEARTS – THIS MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY ALWAYS FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY THE HOME OF THE FIRST WRITTEN EUROPEN CONSTITUTION THE SECOND ONLY TO THE BEST – THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION!!. THE COUNTRY THAT PRODUCED TWO GREATES AMERICAN HEROES OF THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE – GENERAL TADEUSZ KOSCIUSZKO AND GENERAL, COUNT KAZIMIEZ PULAWSKI – THIS MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY WILL RECOVER AND BECOME STRONGER AND MORE DETERMINE TO KEEP FIGHTING. ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS BLEAK AND TRAGIC NOW, POLAND IS IN THE UNIQE POSITION TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITH IMMENSE SOURCES OF SHALE GAS WAITING TO BE EXPLORE, WITH GREAT EDUCATED SOCIETY, AND ABOVE ALL THE LOVE FOR FREEDOM. MR. PUTIN DECLARE THE WAR AGAINST FREEDOM AND EVERYTHING DECENT IN THE WHOLE WORLD. LONG LIVE POLAND THE COUNTRY OF TRUE HEROES.

    • Вот, началось. Руссофобов стало меньше.

      • Oh, damn Russia, oh country of evil, oh genazvale, vaj vaj vaj. We are all Georgians!!!

        That were presumably GEORGIAN terrorists from Tbilisi who assassinated with cold blood and unparalell perfidy the President of Poland Mr. Lech Kaczynski. DEATH TO GEORGIAN KILLERS! LONG LIVE POLAND, THE COUNTRY OF TRUE HEROES.

        • Baboon,
          I hope you will join me in the joyeous event of celebrating May victory parade in Moscow. We will see the fuc .ing russian ‘heroes'[ who only moveed forwards because behind they had the politruks who shoot them if they do not go vperiod!!!] on May victory parade those pathetic primitive, toothless old idiots with 85 medals on each side of the brest – those cheep medals have a dual purpose to honor those so called heroes and cover the holes on their russian clothing which they are wearing since 1946. They will be honored with some extra vodka and potatoes, if they are lucky. We should see the movie of the victory parade when those soldiers directly marched form the Red Square to well deserved relaxation in Workuta, Magadan, Lubianka. Of course NOBODY will be talking about this barbarity as they were sacrificed to build the soviet paradise – hopefully your family is one of those heroes so loved in russian and so ridiculed in the west We will also see the prehistoric exhibition of 50-year old military hardware and the army that is the laughing stock of the world. How do you called the last war?? velykaaakkky opizdzetskaya voyna ? correct me if I am wrong dearie

    • The President of Poland Mr. Lech Kaczynski was on a Russian Plane flying into Smolensk Russia. This is very bad news and the loss is yet to be comprehended. Poland has been a leader and inspiration to countries menaced by the Moscal gang of mutants in the kremlin.

      This was indeed a major blow to freedom in Europe and a true friend of all slavic peoples in their nations. Not only Poland but Ukraine as well has lost a trusted friend.

      Poland is a great country and a linchpin in the region. Poles are by nature closer to the rest of the slavic countries then Neo Bolshevik Rashans trying to convince the rest of the world.

      On the first European Written constitution I would respectfully disagree that Poland’s constituion, may have been the earliest, but at least they have it together today.

      Now sadly as we are being threatened by Rashian invasion and brutal takeover in Ukraine where the constitution has been manipulated by the crooked courts that are staffed by political parties, I think of what a magnificent start we had before the invasion of the Moscali. when Moscals then united with the Mongols and the Turks against Europe.

      Some Earlier Constitutions that did not make it:
      The Pravda Yaroslava, originally combined by Yaroslav the Wise the Grand Prince of Kiev, was granted to Great Novgorod around 1017, and in 1054 was incorporated into the Russkaya Pravda, that became the law for all of Kievan Rus. It survived only in later editions of the 15th century.

      The Gayanashagowa, or ‘oral’ constitution of the Iroquois nation, has been estimated to date from between 1090 and 1150. It is also thought to have provided a partial inspiration for the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, as was recognised by the US Congress in a resolution passed in October, 1988.

      Agreements and Constitutions of Laws and Freedoms of the Zaporizian Host can be acknowledged as the first European constitution in a modern sense.[5] It was written in 1710 by Pylyp Orlyk, hetman of the Zaporozhian Host. This “Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk” (as it is widely known) was written to establish a free Zaporozhian-Ukrainian Republic, with the support of Charles XII of Sweden. It is notable in that it established a democratic standard for the separation of powers in government between the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches, well before the publication of Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws. This Constitution also limited the executive authority of the hetman, and established a democratically elected Cossack parliament called the General Council. However, Orlyk’s project for an independent Ukrainian State never materialized, and his constitution, written in exile, never went into effect.

      I worry about Georgia every day, now even more.

  5. Balloun/Baboon said;

    That why, although you have rosy cheeks you also have the mongol folds and slanted eyes”

    And you have dark skin, long and crooked noses, black curly hair, and all your women are hairy like apes (including yourself). This is inherited from Turks and Persians, your ancestors.

    “kasaglazye obosranye ruskie riaby”

    Спутала с курочкой рябой, подстилка кривоносая?

    Here is the answer:

    obosranyi russkiy biednahska no shto na eto otvetit – I hope you look like my ‘heroes’ Mr. Breznev and mr. Khrushchev combine e.g., bold head of our Nikita and a bushy eye brows of mr. breznev – or mongols eyes of mr brezhnev and a nose and ears of dear Nikita [didn he have a slight case of down syndroms?] I hope you kiss men with the same passion as our dear leader brezhnev did.

    • “obosranyi russkiy biednahska no shto na eto otvetit – I hope you look like my ‘heroes’ Mr. Breznev and mr. Khrushchev combine e.g., bold head of our Nikita and a bushy eye brows of mr. breznev – or mongols eyes of mr brezhnev and a nose and ears of dear Nikita [didn he have a slight case of down syndroms?] I hope you kiss men with the same passion as our dear leader brezhnev did.”

      Razmechtalas’ suchka staraja. Molchala uzh by krivonosaja. Nebos’ hochetsja chtob Russkie soldaty iznasilovali? Neet, jeto eshe nado zasluzhit. Starajsja, kobyla, i mojsa pochasshe, a ne dva raza v mesjac, togda mozhet povezet i iznasilujut.

      • Balloon wrote:

        Razmechtalas’ suchka staraja. Molchala uzh by krivonosaja. Nebos’ hochetsja chtob Russkie soldaty iznasilovali? Neet, jeto eshe nado zasluzhit. Starajsja, kobyla, i mojsa pochasshe, a ne dva raza v mesjac, togda mozhet povezet i iznasilujut.

        answer:
        spasiba, spasiba, spasiba – konechno ya metshtayu ob etim no wo pervyh mena nuzen ‘improvement’ ztoby wygladits kak ruskiy krasotki.
        Plan:
        1.nada mena dobavit 150 kolgramov moi 54 kilo et ne dostatochno dla ruskich soldatov
        2.Nos prosto nada slomats, shtoby byl typichno russkiy – kuronssy
        3.zuby kaneshno mozna pokryts zolotom shtoby soldaty znali shto ya bogataya
        4.kokoshnik na golovie, valenki na nogah
        5.u mena takaya protivnaya privichka – tak kak wsie w amerikie my myoimsia dwa raza utrom i vecherom – no ya mogu adoptirovats ruskuyu privitzku – odin raz v mesac shtoby vanayats govnom – eto samye waznoe dla russkich soldatov.
        6. kaneshno, ia budu tancovts czastushki.

        Dorogoy bednashka,
        yest ili u mena shans ili net???

    • aaa,

      Please be kind to former Russian and Ukrainian leaders. It is just unfair to compare them the the great hunk of a man that your Georgian leader Stalin was: a homicidal psychopathic dwarf with a dried up left arm:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin

      Statues of Stalin depict him at a height and build approximating Alexander III, while photographic evidence suggests he was between 5 ft 5 in and 5 ft 6 in (165–168 cm).[18]

      Not to mention your other hero – Beria – who was a sexual deviant and mass rapist.

      • RTR, wrote;

        aaa,

        Please be kind to former Russian and Ukrainian leaders. It is just unfair to compare them the the great hunk of a man that your Georgian leader Stalin was: a homicidal psychopathic dwarf with a dried up left arm

        Here is the answer,

        Please be kind to the soviet leader, Mr. Stalin – not so long ago you russians, including yourself, worshiped him and consider him a god. Do you miss time spent in gulags, perhaps?? I am happy to report that Mr. Luzkov, mayor of Moscow, is planning to put Stalin’s portraits all over Moscow for the Victory parade.

        I thought that Russian leader, Putin is ” homicidal psychopatic dwarf [5.2″] with a bold out of shape head and that dirty, little secret, pedophilia, Monsieur Putain loves raping little boys.
        By the way, why, comes August, Monsieur Putain get naked in public?? – is there a deeper meaning to this???

      • Not to mention all those other great Russian murderers, Yezov, Yagoda, etc etc etc.

        Really RTR, Russia is the state that worships Stalin, he was voted 3rd greatest Russian of all time recently, he is approved of by a majority of youth, there are new memorials and museums in his honor springing up all over Russia, from the Moscow metro and huge posters in the capital, to “Stalin Hero” museum that recently opened in Volgograd.

        As the governor of Gori said when Russian troops had finally stopped raping and looting like the foul animals that they are and were spending time venerating the Great Russian leader Stalin, “If you love him so much please take that accursed statue with you when you go”

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