Georgia: Amidst Murder Investigation, No Facebook Friendship with Abkhazia
Breakaway Abkhazia last week placed under house arrest the de-facto Abkhaz border guard charged with the murder of a Georgian man on Georgian-controlled territory. But those thinking that Tbilisi and Sokhumi now have found a way to put their past behind them and move forward with the investigation might need to think again. Apart from the June 23 arrest, all else remains in a holding pattern.
The fallout from the May 19 murder of Giga Otkhozoria has put to the test Tbilisi’s policy of piecemeal reconciliation with Abkhazia and its separatist twin, South Ossetia, and their overlord, Russia.
Georgian public anger over Otkhozoria’s slaying has been directed mainly at Russia, seen as the one calling the shots in both of the breakaways. Russian troops are stationed along both Abkhazia’s and South Ossetia’s administrative borders with Georgian-controlled territory.
That view of Russia’s role may not jive with that of Abkhazia’s separatist government, but, for now, Tbilisi is sticking with it.
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