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Thu, 29/12/2016 - 15:32

About visas and carrots or disappointment of Georgia in the European integration idea

After Donald Trump won the presidential election, and in the United States and in Western Europe are louder the voices of supporters of refusal of suitcases without handles in the form of useless East European border countries, including Georgia. These sentiments are reinforced with the strengthening of the global economic crisis, when the Western democracies have to think more about their own population than to support regimes hostile to Russia.

In Georgia are trying to save face with a completely deplorable economic situation in the country. Despite the optimistic statements of the Cabinet of Ministers about the soonest resolution of financial difficulties, the population increasingly feels the problems associated with the collapse of the economic policy. This indicates the reasonableness of disturbing attitudes in the Georgian leadership.

The Parliament has recently approved the state budget for 2017. Trying to patch holes in it, it had to close many social projects. It is planned to abolish some budgetary organizations. But it is the heightened attention to the social problems of the population that was one of the main pre-election trumps of the current Georgian leadership.

Thousands of ordinary people across the country come to protest against government plans to significantly increasing the rates of taxes on petroleum products, imported cars and cigarettes from January 1, 2017.

Dissatisfaction with the tax increase on cigarettes is easily converted to a joke by the statement about the fault of smokers themselves, who will have more incentive to quit smoking. However, drawing the eye towards the petroleum and petroleum products as a whole, we can see that the situation is far from comic.

The excise tax per ton of gasoline is expected to increase from 250 GEL to 500 GEL (approximately 200 USD.), diesel fuel - from 150 GEL to 400 GEL and for 1 thousand cubic meters of gas fuel for vehicles - from 80 GEL to 200 GEL. Customs clearance of imported cars with right-hand drive will raise three times and the excise tax on tobacco - 1.5 times. At the same time a lot of money for various international military exercises of Georgia and NATO are allocated regularly.

National Bank of Georgia from October 12 stopped intervening in the foreign exchange market. Since that day, GEL exchange rate against the US dollar has fallen by 13.8%. And since November 2014 it fell by 51% that is GEL devaluated by more than half. Moreover, unlike Russia, it happened without any sanctions, on the contrary, with the benevolent attitude and generous economic aid from the US and EU countries.

The population of Georgia has been sidelined from financial flows, is experiencing understandable frustration with the current situation. The extreme dissatisfaction and resentment causes awareness of the initial falsity of the most advertised goals of almost all the power-holding political forces that ruled Georgia from the first minute of collapse of the Soviet Union to the present day.

Among them a prominent place is occupied by the lack of real progress in the European integration promised in the mid 80's. But this is the backbone of advocacy structures, on which, was based a powerful ideological concept of Georgia's withdrawal from the Soviet Union, that has ruled the minds of all sectors of the Georgian society from politicians and academics to cooks and hairdressers.

"We will travel to Europe without visas. We will work there and receive European salaries, "- broadcast at rallies and on TV democrats and anti-Soviets.

For this purpose, Georgia destructed its Soviet industry, broken off economic ties with the Russian industrial enterprises, launched a bloody war against Ossetia and Abkhazia, provoked irreconcilable confrontation with Russia.

However, instead of being grateful Georgia saw with amazement the reluctance of Europe to open wide its arms. Georgians saw that the famous Hollywood smile without which Western officials do not even take a shower, is only a mask hiding the true attitude and true intentions of white European colonizers against the gullible natives.

However, the authors of the Western concepts did not take into account, in general, quite a high percentage of educated and able to think critically the Georgian population. As a result, for more than a quarter-century observation Georgians come to a conclusion disappointing for Europeans. The part of supporters of rapprochement with Russia is gradually increasing, though it is not so impressive - 15%. Former active critic of Russia Nino Burjanadze believes that the current authorities are doing too little, and that it is necessary to establish closer cooperation with Russia on a wide range of issues at the highest level. She says that "without this Georgia will never resolve its major problems."

But the majority of Georgians continues (or rather, through inertia than according to conviction) running after the carrot, which is hung on a string in front of them by European Union. However, some part of the Georgian population is tired of this quarter of a century cross. Therefore the EU has decided to give them the carrot "sniff": Georgia is promised visa liberalization.

But for pity's sake! Why only the liberalization? For almost 30 years, they promised the complete abolition of visas, visa-free regime between Georgia and Europe!

What will it give the citizens of Georgia? Is it the right to work in Europe and receive the extremely high salaries, in comparison with the Georgian ones?

Not at all.

Please be quiet.

Gently and carefully roll up lips, comrades the euro integrators.

Visa liberalization does not imply the right to work in Europe, but only to spend money there earned at home. However, everybody has this "right", even the residents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. That is, in fact, all that the citizens of Georgia will receive is a penny saving on payment of consular fee and time to visit the consulate. If you compare this tiny plus with a very wide and very long minus – the width from South Ossetia to Abkhazia, and the length of nearly 30 years - it becomes clear the whole enormity of the deception that befell Georgia.

Any unbiased observer can see that positive changes in the economic situation in Georgia are possible only in the context of non-hostility with South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the restoration of relations with its traditional, for centuries-proven partners, and, first and foremost, with the Russian Federation.

In Georgia is growing number of people who see it.

And their voices sound louder.

Inal Pliev, international expert of IA "Res"


Sat, 24/12/2016 - 13:02

The impact of the wave of Russophobes` defeat in the US and Europe on the internal processes in Georgia

Many observers have noted that there are certain processes in the world which signify the attitude of the nations to the recent global political processes. Georgia is not the exception, which is sensitively reacting to the information and political, as well as ideological propaganda impulses coming from the NATO.

In the United States suffered a failure the policy of confrontation with Russia pursued by the group of Obama - Clinton. Due to the anti-Russian policy of the French President Francois Hollande has dramatically declined his rating, which deprived him of the opportunity to run for a second presidential term. Direct presidential elections in Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova led to the victory of Rumen Radev and Igor Dodon supported by the followers of maintaining good relations with Russia. Against this background in Georgia is rapidly losing its popularity the party of Mikheil Saakashvili - United National Movement (UNM).

The refusal of Saakashvili`s wife Sandra Roelofs to participate in the second round of parliamentary elections in fact is connected with the decline of the party. The party leadership has come to the conclusion that even the personal involvement of the spouse of the head of the party will not contribute to strengthen the shaky confidence of the electorate. For political reasons it was preferred ambiguity in this matter to the apparent defeat of such icon as Sandra Roelofs.

United National Movement, the lion's share of funding of which comes from abroad, despite the estrangement from its founding father Mikhail Saakashvili, continues to maintain its policy of escalation of the situation in the Caucasus.

In the social network has filtered the information that during the preparations for the parliamentary elections, the top of the UNM hoped to receive the support of the Wahhabi part of the population of the Pankisi gorge of Georgia. And, in the light of the existing close contacts and the exchange of statements full of mutual courtesy between Saakashvili and Aslan Maskhadov, this information is credible. Reportedly, the party activists met with the leaders of Islamist groups. In addition, in the interests of UNM there are some Georgian organizations, similar in structure and methods of work with the Ukrainian "Right sector". What this means for the Georgian society we can judge by the example of Kiev`s "Maidan", when by orders from abroad neo-fascist thugs are ready to drown in blood their own people.

The analysis of the Georgian media allows making a conclusion about the split in UNM. Although Georgia does not need another revolution, but revolutionary rethinking of the traversed path, the differences within this major party are not strategic, but tactical. One part wants to dissociate themselves from the former president. Another, on the contrary, is trying to hold the all-party Congress to challenge the election results and the announcement of further support of Saakashvili. If both camps fail to agree, UNM as a serious political force may cease to exist.

However, the agreement is still a long way off. And is it possible any compromise, if a few days ago 20 employees of the central office of UNM were released from the job. According to the official version, this is due to the reduction in the party financing by 100 thousand GEL. However, for such major parties it is not such a significant amount to be reduced. In fact, from the UNM are forced away supporters of Mikhail Saakashvili.

While UNM went bankrupt in the most important areas of its policy, which was carried out when he was in power, the reality is that currently in Georgia does not exist any more or less significant political force, which would suggest a fundamental review and revision of the entire political ideological construction, and what is the most important thing - the historical "route" that Georgia has been following since 1980-ies. This would clarify the causes of the current difficult situation.

How many Georgians will still believe in the party, which led them to the political deadlock? But the point is not only in one party, but in the system, established over the past thirty years and characterized by extreme chauvinism, the ideological narrow-mindedness and cultivation of wild nationalistic prejudices that hinder rational thinking based on facts.

The way out of such crisis is possible if only the relations with Russia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia will be normalized. But in the current information and ideological policy, when all failures are explained solely by external factors, any move in this direction by a majority of the Georgian society will be perceived exclusively as a manifestation of lack of patriotism and defeatism.

Inal Pliev
International expert of IA "Res"


Fri, 23/12/2016 - 13:06

South Ossetian medics discussed with Russian academician Sergei Puzin the organization of medico-social expertise

Issues related to conducting medico-social examination were discussed at the meeting of academician of RAMS, Professor, doctor of Medicine, head of the Department of geriatrics and the medico-social examination "Russian medical Academy of postgraduate education" of the Health Ministry of the Russian Federation Sergei Puzin with the head of the Ministry of Health of South Ossetia Gregory Kulidzhanov, State Advisor to the President of the Republic Rodion Siukaev and employees of medical system of the RSO.
The representatives of the South Ossetian party told the Russian academician about the issues arising in the course of medico-social expertise.
"We need to think about what to do if there is any disagreement in matters of medico- social expertise, so we will discuss the ways and think about a certain standard," - said Puzin.
Rodion Siukaev, in turn, pointed to the clause of the Treaty of Alliance and Integration between South Ossetia and Russia, according to which Russian citizens residing in the Republic may undergo examination on the spot.
"Those citizens, who for health reasons cannot undergo examination on the territory of Russia, can undergo it here, and the documents will be accepted by a party, which pays this pension," - said Siukaev.
Puzin, for his part, said that the basic document is ready and it need to be developed legally, the relevant documents should be prepared. - We will help you in this work in every way."
Puzin has also stressed that the leading doctors of the South Ossetian central district hospitals may be trained in Russia.
"You can contact us with the corresponding letter in order to train their primary specialization, after which they will become doctors-experts" - said Puzin.
During the meeting, the doctors asked Puzin their questions.


Tue, 20/12/2016 - 17:29

South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov met with the leadership and staff of RISS

In the conference hall of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies (RISS) under the Executive Office of the President of the Russian Federation, the President of South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov has made a report on the subject: "The role of South Ossetia in maintaining political stability in the Caucasus."
The event was opened by the Director of the RISS, Lieutenant-General of the Foreign Intelligence Leonid Reshetnikov, who welcomed the President of South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov and all those present, noting the importance of the event, emphasizing the existing close relations between the South Ossetian State University and RISS and gave the head of South Ossetia the floor.
The event is attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Ossetia to the Russian Federation, Rector of the South Ossetian State University Vadim Tedeev, director of the news agency "Res", the deputy of the Parliament of South Ossetia Alla Dzhioeva, the staff of the RISS, well-known Russian experts and political scientists.
Leonid Tibilov`s report covers the issues of scientific-theoretical and practical value of the theme, the growing role of South Ossetia in the historical process of strengthening of the geopolitical position in the Caucasus.


Sun, 18/12/2016 - 12:12

Where will the Georgian authorities lead their country?

The Georgian population is seriously disappointed in democratic procedures and is gradually losing faith in the European course of development.

This is evidenced by the results of the recent parliamentary elections in Georgia. Experts have noted that turnout of voters was only half of the country's citizens. At the same time a considerable part of those who came to the polling stations experienced certain pessimism about the pro-Western policy of development of the Georgian state.

It indicates that Georgia is at a political deadlock, and more and more voters feel this fact.
The statements of the Georgian politicians that the Western course of development will enable them to become a full member of the EU and NATO failed to be implemented and led to disappointment.

The theme of the North Atlantic integration should be considered separately. Leaving aside the loud statements of the current president Mr. Margvelashvili and its predecessor, the criminal Saakashvili, it is interesting to know what concrete benefits Georgia has got from contacts with NATO.

Without NATO, Saakashvili would have never ventured into a bloody adventure in August 2008. The problem of resolving conflicts with South Ossetia and Abkhazia would have been remained under the ongoing negotiation process, very difficult, but not bloody. A lot of people would have survived.

Currently Georgian servicemen participate in all international NATO military operations all over the world, where NATO troops are fighting. Georgian servicemen are wounded, gave their lives for alien interests. On the territory of the country are periodically held military exercises with the involvement of the western contingent that does not contribute to peace and stability in the region. On the contrary, the main objective of the West is to incite Georgia against Russia, constantly trying to cash in on the issue of the "occupied territories".

Recently, on the territory of the joint NATO and Georgia's Center for training and assessment (JTEC) near Tbilisi have started the military exercises "NATO-Georgia 2016". This year it is the third multinational exercises on the territory of Georgia - after "Noble Partner" in May and "Agile Spirit" in September. There is a systematic build-up of scale and intensity of the operational training of the Georgian armed forces according to NATO standards with the active involvement of the command and staff structures of the Alliance.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia, as well as the press-service of the Defense Ministry of South Ossetia have stated that the measures to improve the level of combat readiness of the Armed Forces of Georgia by NATO, the constituent part of which is to hold the military exercises- is to support the confrontational policy of Georgia and strengthening its military and political ambitions. The leaders of the Washington Regional Committee force a fully under controlled Margvelashvili once again put the country on the verge of resuming military adventures.

Something similar happens with the issue of Georgia's accession to the EU. Brussels attracts Tbilisi by "membership", in fact, knowing well that a poverty-ridden country, and even with territorial claims to the independent states is absolutely useless for Europe. Even the visa liberalization the EU promises to the Georgians not the first year.

So where will lead Georgia its current president Mr. Margvelashvili and his supporters of European integration and Russophobia? Moreover, the impoverished people are less willing to believe in a beautiful fairy tale of Brussels and Washington about the beautiful future.

Inal Pliev,
International expert of IA "Res"


Fri, 16/12/2016 - 15:16

A regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on socio-economic cooperation between South Ossetia and the Russian Federation will be held today in Vladikavkaz

The next meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) on socio-economic cooperation between South Ossetia and the Russian Federation will be held today in Vladikavkaz.

The South-Ossetian delegation is headed by the President of South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov, the Russian – by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin.
In the course of the meeting it will be discussed financial assistance of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Ossetia in 2016-2017.

The South \-Ossetian delegation has also included the Chairman of the Government of South Ossetia Domenty Kulumbegov and other officials..


Tue, 13/12/2016 - 12:09

Alexander Totoonov and Igor Kochiev held a meeting of the Commission for Co-operation of the Federation Council and the Parliament of South Ossetia

At the Federation Council of the Russian Federation was held a meeting of the Commission for Co-operation of the Federation Council and the Parliament of the Republic of South Ossetia.

According to the website of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly, the meeting was led by Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Alexander Totoonov and the Chairman of the South Ossetian Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations Igor Kochiev.

The work of the Commission was attended by Speaker of the Parliament of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov.
South Ossetia is a very important partner of Russia, said Alexander Totoonov during the meeting, noting the friendly bilateral relations.

The meeting participants discussed the issues of social protection of citizens of the Republic, the legislative ensuring of the implementation of the Agreement on alliance and integration between Russia and South Ossetia, as well as the inter-parliamentary cooperation and planning the Commission's work in the coming year.

The next meeting of the Federation Council Commission for Cooperation and the Parliament of the Republic of South Ossetia will be held in Tskhinval in 2017.