30 years of the Tsinagar tragedy: Memory does not die ... memory is alive!


April 28, 1991 is a tragic date that has remained forever in the modern history of South Ossetia, when seven unarmed residents of the village.of Tsinagar of the Leningor district of South Ossetia - Otar Margiev, Givi Bibilov, Slavik Chertkoev, Zaur Khubulov, Otar Khubulov, Tengiz Dudaev and Taimuraz Khubulov, - defending their pastures from cattle theft, were killed by the Georgian aggressors.

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

The tragic, dark days of 1991 come back to mind. For months there was no electricity, food, water, any information. South Ossetia is burning under the blows of the Georgian volunteer detachments, armed to the teeth, which included drug addicts, bandits and murderers released from the Georgian prisons under the promise to kill Ossetians, or even lovers of easy money and false patriots who wanted to seize with fire and sword the desired sacred land of South Ossetia for the Georgians.

Pursuing a policy of scorched earth, in 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 out its sons and daughters, South Ossetia was heroically fighting with their last strength.

At the same time, from the screens of Georgian TV channels, from the pages of newspapers and magazines in Georgia, a dirty, monstrous lie was poured about the Ossetian people. South Ossetians were presented as wild barbarians, criminals, terrible terrorists and murderers. To justify the killing of Ossetian children, the central Georgian newspaper, in particular, was writing in a series of the anti-Ossetian articles by author Vladimir Voin: "The Ossetian child is only 12 years old - and he has already killed the Georgian policeman."

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

And more and more 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 realized in real life Today we know that the first day of peace was more than a year away from that tragic date. Many more troubles were to be endured by our people on the way to peace and recognition of statehood, and hence the very right to Life.

Residents of Tsinagar every year, for 30 years, come to the monument to the fallen defenders to honor their memory.

On Wednesday, 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 is no any corner in the Republic that would not be touched by the ruthless, bloodthirsty hand of the Georgian aggressors. Their victims were not only young guys who were heroically standing for their people and their Republic - they were burning all villages to the ground, killing everyone on their way, sparing neither children, nor women, nor old people.

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

Prepared on the basis of materials from the archives of the IA "Res"
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