29 years of the Tsinagar tragedy: the feat of the heroes will not be erased from the memory of the people

Tue, 28/04/2020 - 10:33

April 28, 1991 seven unarmed residents of the village of Tsinagar in Leningor district of South Ossetia - Otar Margiev, Givi Bibilov, Slavik Chertkoev, Zaur Khubulov, Otar Khubulov, Tengiz Dudaev and Taimuraz Khubulov - were killed by Georgian aggressors while protecting their pastures from cattle theft.

This villainous crime once again shows how low Georgian Nazism fell, not disdaining the murder of peaceful, unarmed, defenseless people.

The tragic, black days of 1991 rise before the mind's eye. For months there is no electricity, food, water, information. South Ossetia is burning under the blows of heavily armed Georgian volunteer detachments, which included drug addicts, bandits and murderers, released from Georgian prisons under the promise of killing Ossetians, or even lovers of easy money and false patriots, who wanted to seize for Georgians the coveted, sacred land of South Ossetia with fire and sword.

Pursuing a policy of scorched earth, for nine months, from January to September, they burned 86 Ossetian villages. In total, from January 1991 to July 1992, 117 Ossetian villages were burned and looted. In fact, this meant the destruction of the habitual habitat of the southern branch of the Ossetian people - one of the important signs of the crime of genocide.

Completely cut off from the outside world, in the grip of a military-political, informational and food blockade, bleeding with the blood of its sons and daughters, South Ossetia was heroically fighting with all its might.

At the same time, dirty, monstrous lies about the Ossetian people were pouring from the screens of the Georgian television channels, from the pages of newspapers and magazines in Georgia. South Ossetians were represented as savage barbarians, criminals, terrible terrorists and murderers. In order to justify the murders of Ossetian children, the central Georgian newspaper, in particular, was writing in the cycle of anti-Ossetian articles by the author Vladimir Voin: "The Ossetian child is only 12 years old and he has already killed the Georgian police officer."

Georgian journalists, working in the central Soviet media, instantly took the side of the national chauvinists and also at first abundantly published their false fabrications about South Ossetia (without even visiting the conflict zone), but some of them were exposed.

And increasingly, objective materials appeared on the pages of the central Russian press, on the air of radio and television. However, the flywheel of the genocide of the Ossetian people was already spinning at full speed, and this turn in the information sphere required time to be embodied in real life. Today we know that the first day of peace was separated from that tragic date by more than a year. Many more troubles were to be endured by our people on the way to peace and the recognition of statehood, and therefore the very right to life.

29 years have passed since that tragedy. The inhabitants of Tsinagar every year on this day come to the monument to the fallen defenders to honor their memory.

On Tuesday, relatives and fellow villagers, the leadership of the Republic will gather here again to honor the memory of the victims of the tragedy.

The history of South Ossetia is full of numerous tragic dates; there will be no corner in the Republic that would not be touched by the ruthless, bloodthirsty hand of the Georgian aggressors. Their victims were not only young people who heroically stood for their people and their republic - they burned down all villages, killing everyone whom they caught in their path, sparing neither children, nor women, nor the elderly.

The feat of heroes who were not afraid with bare hands to oppose the armed to the teeth newly-minted followers of the fascist theory of the superiority of some nations over others will forever remain in the grateful memory of the Ossetian people.

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