Ten Years

Today is the tenth anniversary of the Russian invasion of Georgia. Russia still occupies parts of the country, and landowners on the fake new borders report having more of their property stolen every day – it’s a slow motion invasion the world has completely forgotten about.

As with Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine, ethnic cleansing is taking place in occupied Georgia, and the Russians are destroying all evidence of local people’s culture and history. Historic buildings are being torn down. (A Crimean Tatar set himself on fire in protest the other day – on camera; nobody in the world reported it.)

Georgia was Putin’s test run for his invasion of Ukraine. Taking place just after Obama came to power, he learnt that world leaders wouldn’t act on Russian aggression.

Even though it’s not really needed for diplomatic purposes, Georgia maintains an embassy here in Canberra, to remind people in the South Pacific why they shouldn’t be doing trade with the Kremlin (Fiji and New Zealand, I’m looking at you!).

On this day…

The Russian invasion of Georgia: Russian tanks move along a street as children play with a toy truck in Tskhinvali on 30 August, 2008.

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Remember this?: Russian aggression in Georgia

August 2008: Destruction in Georgia after the Battle of Tskhinvali. Russia invaded Georgia after being awarded the 2014 Olympics. They invaded Ukraine after hosting the 2014 Olympics.

They make a habit of this, and yet everyone always seems surprised when they repeat the behaviour – and willing to believe their propaganda!

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