UN Security Council Meeting: Russian Recognition Decrees on Abkhazia and S. Ossetia August 28, 2008

UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL
August 28, 2008
UN Webcast Archive
5969th Meeting (PM)

SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFED BY POLITICAL AFFAIRS, PEACEKEEPING ON GEORGIA DEVELOPMENTS,
INCLUDING 26 AUGUST RECOGNITION DECREES ON ABKHAZIA, SOUTH OSSETIA

Russian Federation Reads Out Decrees to Council;
Georgia Says Declarations Illegal, Country Invaded, But Not Defeated

On 26 August, the President of the Russian Federation had signed decrees on the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent States, a representative of the Department of Political Affairs told the Security Council today, as she briefed members on the situation in Georgia.

 

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Russian war and Georgian democracy

The war leaves Russian ambitions for regime change in Tbilisi intact. But the Georgian nation and its society have survived a great test to emerge the moral victor, says Georgia’s minister of education, Ghia Nodia.
By Ghia Nodia
http://www.opendemocracy.net

 

Russia says it has started pulling back from Georgian soil, but there are few if any signs that it means business. Therefore, the war is not over yet. Despite this, Neal Ascherson and Ivan Krastev have on openDemocracy already started taking stock of the possible results of the war. I will join them in these attempts – though all of us should understand that while Russia continues trying to change the situation on the ground through military means, any such assessments can only be rather tentative.  READ MORE…

Bang, bang, My Baby Shot my down….

Links to YOUTUBE videos about Russia-Georgia war, August, 2008

Russian soldiers steeling forks, terrorizing journalists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX3ruvujS-4&feature=email 
Dutch camera man killed by Russian cluster bomb in Gori
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lst9Hk4fwns 

Kokoiti scolding his “ministers” like kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C63GY_L7XKQ&feature=email 

 Russian dissident Novodvorskaya – interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2IhkpXdyjU

Russian soldiers are shooting Turkish journalists

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC0imTWPGzA

 Russia Sinks Georgian Ships in Poti Port – August 13, 2008:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUY3LB09-CQ&feature=related

War in Georgia. Georgian town Gori is now controlled by Russians
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwknghSbKR8&feature=related

 Village Eredvi after Russsian aviation bombing, Georgia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au4P-00Q674

Gori: ‘The Russians are coming’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87_SMfNZ8Vo&feature=related

 Civilians bear the brunt in Gori – 13 Aug 08
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkY0mawpIVc&feature=related

 Brzezinski On Russia/Georgia Crisis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCVq7EwZL0U

Russian War Criminal, General Baranov, Hero of Russia, Chechnia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZW1uwMma5w

Russian aviation bombing civilians in Gori
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts-6OClGoyI

 Victims and witnesses of the war, 3 (with subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUo0yICS-Ts 

Victims and witnesses of the war 2 (with subtitles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDwy–WJcr8 

 Victims and witnesses of the war (with subtitles) 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJxoePArrFs 

Russian soldiers in Gori
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT4l0QMAMAk 

 Refugees in Tbilisi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ITJqwvO8U

Russian criminal General in Chechnia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nc8zK2lByE

Russia to rebuild Soviet Union
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw-P3QFNMmE

Russian soldiers about Georgian army living conditions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2dWbdfoH4 

Musical Clip -I am Georgian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgTPSFQRKoU

Russian bombing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts-6OClGoyI 

Timeline of war, part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaifqQtHqMU 

 Timeline of war, part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJTTfatziOQ

Russian aggression against journalists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3oKx6v6kmU  

Smoke above Borjomi forest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weCSWa8UNe4 

Refugee story from Tamarasheni, Georgia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVhJDP5UE0c

 Russians burnt camp for pupils in ganmukhuri, Georgia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWkOS4DvSnc

 Russian troops are burning Georgian protected areas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEN-jRrg2F4

Victims of war are forced to leave their homeland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWuYVPtZPQ4 

Witnesses of destruction by Russian troops in South Ossetia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Ui1wl_Zq0 

Russian army is taking villages outside the conflict zone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEsHKEzP65g 

Russian soldiers robbing Poti terminal in Georgia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rz6Q7jZQUE

Destroying Poti Port in Georgia by Russian forces
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUTZsyU76r0

Engine boats stolen by Russian army from Poti, Georgia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_sXoKMAHAc

Witnesses and victims of war in South Ossetia, Georgia.Part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTyD40w2wjg

Maraudering and terrorizing facts in Georgia (South Ossetia)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab3RAZygYMY

Ossetian-Georgian family – “We all blame Russia!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cvh3Lmn1IU

Russians shot to British Airways’ civil plane
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZBf9Wb_Yo4

Russia began to withdraw its forces from Georgia?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEay41eMj2Y 

Russians arrested the ambassador of France in Georgia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbjIZYqgytY

The Truth About Beslan Tragedy. Research Paper II PART

The phenomenon of russian leadership and media, of its trustworthy doesn’t represent news for me. Not a long time ago I prepared research paper about Beslan Tragedy and how russian media was covering this event. I think now it’s the best time to publish it and show the crime commited by Russian government and media during Beslan days. 

    1. International media about Beslan events

     “Russians lose faith in media after Beslan” – under this headline British Guardian published article on 8th of September 2004. “It took an hour for two of the country’s main three television stations to go live to Beslan, and even then one of them returned to its schedule to show a drama after just 10 minutes. Presenters stuck to the Kremlin-approved line about what was happening, insisting that the Russian troops had no plan for storming the school. The stations are all controlled by the state in one way or another and have been accused of providing a mouthpiece for government evasions and lies. They have reportedly toned down their approach since the Dubrovka theatre siege in Moscow, when President Vladimir Putin criticized them for abusing media freedom and accused them of jeopardizing the safety of hostages with their coverage. While TV stations appeared to have erred on the side of censorship, several Russian newspapers have been vigorous in their attacks on the government and the TV channels’ coverage. "My God, how our valiant state television stations took fright and lost their heads," wrote columnist Irina Petrovskaya in the daily paper Izvestiya on Saturday”. READ MORE….

    The Truth About Beslan Tragedy. Research Paper

    The phenomenon of russian leadership and media, of its trustworthy doesn’t represent news for me. Not a long time ago I prepared research paper about Beslan Tragedy and how russian media was covering this event. I think now it’s the best time to publish it and show the crime commited by Russian government and media during Beslan days. 

    Introduction 

    "’We want peace in Chechnya,’ he explained.

    ‘Our women are being raped. Our children are being killed.
    "’I told him, ‘You should have taken the authorities hostage,
    Not kids.’ He said, ‘Doctor, if you only knew how we got here,

    you would be very surprised.’"
    1


    On the 1st of September 2004 the new school term began in horror for the town of Beslan in North Ossetia when a group of at least ten2 armed Chechen separatists and supporters took more than 1,2003 schoolchildren and adults hostage. As a result of  tragic event that followed, more than 330 civilians were killed, including 186 children. School N 1 became the subject of international news coverage. 
    A huge criticism appeared about Beslan tragedy media coverage from the first days. Russian government censorship was soon revealed and finally the coverage of the events had proven that media freedom had taken hold in Russia. Cases of detention and harassment of journalists occurred, seriously impeding their work. Even more importantly, the government did not provide in a timely manner truthful information on the handling of the crisis: How many people were taken hostage; What was the number of hostage takers; Who were they; What were their demands.  As a result a huge gap arose, between the government and the media, between the media and the citizens, and between the government and the people. “This is a serious drawback for a democracy”-  was written in special report about Beslan media coverage by Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. 4 
    The Russian government has denied the people the most important and elementary right of reliable, rapid and extensive information on what was happening. From the beginning of the crisis on the morning of September 1 to its tragic end two days later, leading politicians, representatives of the secret police and the major Russian media outlets in conducted a deliberate campaign of disinformation regarding the extent of the catastrophe and its dreadful consequences. The handling of the siege by Vladimir Putin’s administration was criticized by a number of observers and grassroots organizations. 
    Did Russians lose faith in media after Beslan? Different opinion poles showed that public confidence in the media in Russia had fallen to rock-bottom levels following controversial coverage of the Beslan school siege.
    The relatives of Beslan victims till today claim that the officials have done nothing to establish the real picture of the tragedy. What had Russian and foreign media done to establish the real picture and how was Putin’s government trying to hide the truth from media? These are the questions we will try to answer in this research paper.  

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    BREAKING NEWS! Abkhazia Administrative Border Shifted

    On 16 August 2008 at approximately 4 p.m. local time, armed gangs of the Abkhazian separatist regime together with units of the Russian regular army shifted the administrative border of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia towards the Enguri River. This caused the villages of the Zugdidi region Ganmukhuri and Khurcha, villages of the Tsalenjikha region Fakhulani, Tchale, Mujava and Fotskho-Etseri, as well as territory of the Enguri Hydro Power Plant and adjacent villages of Phichori, Otobaia, Nabakevi, Tagiloni, Chuburkhinji, Dikhazurga and Saberio to fall under the occupation of the Russian army and armed gangs of the Abkhazian separatist regime. In those villages Abkhazian separatist government set up temporary administration.

    According to the reliable information spread by ministry of foreign affairs of Georgia, the criminal situation has rapidly deteriorated in the Georgian villages bordering the Enguri River. There are cases of physical abuse and looting. Abkhazian armed gangs together with Russian soldiers are robbing local population and smuggling the stolen goods to the other side of the Enguri River.
    Furthermore, the Russian Federation still continues bombing of Georgian territories using the incendiary weapon prohibited by the International Convention. Today, at approximately 7 p.m. local time, Russian military helicopters bombed timber lands in the vicinity of the town Surami causing the new seats of fire.
    Due to the extremely difficult situation, caused by the direct and uncovered occupation of Georgia by the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls upon the friendly countries and international community to provide urgent assistance in extinguishing the seats of fire across Georgia and again, condemns in the strongest terms Russian aggression against the sovereign state of Georgia.

    New Wave of Ethnic Cleansing

     According to the statement of 16 August 2008 of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation, subdivisions of the Ministry have started withdrawal of ethnic Georgian population from the Tskhinvali region in the direction of Gori.
    “We are faced with a new wave of ethnic cleansing of Georgians conducted under military-occupation regime by the Russian Federation, this time through the involvement of Russian state structures. We would like to focus the international community’s attention on the fact that the Russian Authorities have recently been making an increasing number of statements on the necessity of taking into consideration the will of the region’s population. The ethnic cleansing of Georgians seems to be a method by which Moscow expects to attain awaited results,” says ministry of foreign affairs of Georgia.