A Russian Land Grab In Abkhazia?

A Russian Land Grab In Abkhazia?

There are 116 comments on the Spero News story from Mar 30, 2011, titled A Russian Land Grab In Abkhazia?. In it, Spero News reports that:

When Russia recognized breakaway Abkhazia's independence from Georgia in August 2008, very few countries followed suit.

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“Say hello to my little friend!”

Since: Jul 08

The Milky Way Galaxy

#1 Mar 31, 2011
When Russia recognized Abkhazia's independence in August 2008, very few countries followed suit. But there was nonetheless jubilation and gratitude in Sukhumi.Today, many Abkhaz are wondering whether the cost of Moscow's support may have turned out to be a bit too high.

As a joint Abkhaz-Russian commission on border demarcation met in Moscow this week, residents of the territory became increasingly alarmed about reports that Russia was seeking to annex 160 square kilometers of Abkhaz territory.

The opposition Abkhaz newspaper "Novy den" reported earlier this month that Russia has sent a proposal to Abkhazia's de facto authorities asking them to cede a sliver of land in the territory's Gagra region.

The land in question is in a mountainous area near the Psou River, which forms Abkhazia's natural boundary with Russia. It is also close to Russia's Krasnaya Polyana ski resort, a key venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Speaking to RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus -- which broadcasts to Abkhazia and Georgia's other breakaway region, South Ossetia -- the prominent Sukhumi-based journalist Inal Khashig said Moscow's proposal appeared to be an opening gambit from which they would ultimately back down from in exchange for a smaller chunk of land -- the Abkhaz village of Aibga, which straddles the Psou River.

But Khashig said any territorial concessions, no matter how small, were staunchly opposed by an overwhelming majority of the population and by the territory's political elite:

Public opinion is opposed to giving up 160 square kilometers or even ten square meters. It is a matter of principle. This is Abkhaz land and we're not going to sacrifice a single meter or square mile. I went out to the central part of Sukhumi and people were already gathering signatures against this and many were already stopping to sign. Abkhaz society is very concerned about this.

Speaking later with RFE/RL's Russian Service, Khashig said the controversy put Abkhazia's de facto president, Sergei Bagapsh, in an impossible position:

Any concession on his part on the territorial issue could lead to destabilization of the country and possibly to the president's resignation. But if he does not give in [to Moscow's request], Russia might be offended. And here Bagapsh would also have a problem -- 70 percent of the Abkhaz budget consists of Russian subsidies. And if Bagapsh loses this, it could also end in his resignation.

Since: Mar 09

Gouldsboro, PA

#2 Mar 31, 2011
So much irony in this, it's too tragic to be funny.
AbeUG

Yorktown Heights, NY

#3 Mar 31, 2011
How greedy can the largest nation in the world be to want to seize the land of a tiny country like Abhkazia?

Its like a billionaire trying to steal ten dollars from a poor man.

I wonder what that Russian retard utherpendragon/Live Free thinks of this. He probably thinks Abkhazia is anti-Russian for desperately trying to hold off Russia from seizing parts of its territory.
Pro Ukraine

UK

#4 Apr 1, 2011
Abhkazia isn't a country, this land belongs to Georgia and these negotiations shouldn't be taking place at all. This is just another attempt by Russia to grab bits of land from it's neighbours. They've already got there eyes on Crimea. Just how much land do they need, they're easily the biggest country in the World.
Russia should stop bullying it's neighbours.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#5 Apr 1, 2011
Strategically, it might make sense.
However, how could any pukra dish washer know anything about it ?
ronan

Bristol, UK

#6 Apr 1, 2011
Pro Ukraine wrote:
Abhkazia isn't a country,...
"Ukraine isn't even a country, George ...." someone famous said.

LOL

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

Since: Jan 10

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#7 Apr 1, 2011
Please excuse Pukra, he was hit over the head by his milkmaidĀ“s udders.
Some say, one lasting damage was caused.
Pro Ukraine

UK

#8 Apr 1, 2011
ronan wrote:
<quoted text>
"Ukraine isn't even a country, George ...." someone famous said.
LOL
Yes, it was by the idiot Putin, your commie hero.
Pro Ukraine

UK

#9 Apr 1, 2011
Pesky army wrote:
Please excuse Pukra, he was hit over the head by his milkmaidĀ“s udders.
Some say, one lasting damage was caused.
You know you might one day say something intelligent on this forum, I fear it could be a long wait though.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#10 Apr 1, 2011
Pukra peasants are just another part of Russian provinces. Plenty of milkmaids for sale, I hear.

Since: Jan 10

California USA

#11 Apr 1, 2011
He just can't stay away from you :)
ronan

Bristol, UK

#12 Apr 1, 2011
Pro Ukraine wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, it was by the idiot Putin, your commie hero.
Change your tune.

Nobody thinks Putin is either an idiot, nor a communist.

Try to find something more original next time.

Also, Putin isn't my 'hero'.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#13 Apr 1, 2011
I too get the feeling, he fell in love with me.
Am I lucky or what ?
I wish he write a bit better in English though.
hmmmm

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#14 Apr 1, 2011
looks like "Pro Ukraine" has some brain problem is he thinks Putin is a communist
hmmmm

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#15 Apr 1, 2011
IF he thinks...., not IS - (misprint)

Since: Jan 10

California USA

#16 Apr 1, 2011
Pesky army wrote:
I too get the feeling, he fell in love with me.
Am I lucky or what ?
LOL poor you, you're being stalked!
Pesky army wrote:
I wish he write a bit better in English though.
Really? I wish he could read better. He doesn't seem to understand what I'm saying.

“Dimitri at the races in Russia”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#17 Apr 1, 2011
Pukra gay went to London only to find out that Big Ben was a clock.
Pro Ukraine

Portsmouth, UK

#18 Apr 1, 2011
ronan wrote:
<quoted text>
Change your tune.
Nobody thinks Putin is either an idiot, nor a communist.
Try to find something more original next time.
Also, Putin isn't my 'hero'.
Yes they do, I do and I'm not alone.
So who is you hero, Lenin, Stalin, Che, Mao?
Pro Ukraine

Portsmouth, UK

#19 Apr 1, 2011
Pesky army wrote:
I too get the feeling, he fell in love with me.
Am I lucky or what ?
I wish he write a bit better in English though.
In your dreams.
Check your own English, that should be I wish he wrote better in English or I wish that he would write better in English.
Pro Ukraine

Portsmouth, UK

#20 Apr 1, 2011
Cassandra_ wrote:
<quoted text>LOL poor you, you're being stalked!
<quoted text> Really? I wish he could read better. He doesn't seem to understand what I'm saying.
You're Pesky's only stalker. I understand what you're saying. You do realise that Pesky can't speak English and that his boyfriend writes his messages for him.

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