Russia resumes the Railroad Ruse
28 August, 2015
Russia resumes the Railroad Ruse
Up to 500 Russian soldiers and 50 vehicles are working on restoring the railroad in the occupied region of Abkhazia .

Russian soldiers have recently started to clean up the railroad that connects Georgia to the occupied region of Abkhazia and, consequently, to Russia itself. At the moment, the road is largely wrecked. According to head of de-facto State Transportation Management Zurab Khajimba, the clean-up effort is intended to prepare it for full repair
in order to restore railway transit in Abkhazia.

Up to 500 Russian soldiers and 50 vehicles are working on restoring the railroad, as declared by Dimitri Bulgakov, Russia’s Vice Defense Minister. However, according to unofficial reports, there are approximately 800 soldiers involved in this task.

According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, a 33 kilometer-long section of the railroad is going to be restored – namely, the segment that stretches from Ochamchire station to the Enguri bridge. It was also stated that Russian armed personnel appeared in the occupied region in July, following an invitation by the de-facto republic’s authorities.

“The work that is being done there is done in the interest of the peaceful population and aimed at restoring railway movement in the Abkhazian Republic,” Vice Defense Minister declared.

Abkhazian politicians refuse to comment on the issue, while the local population keeps wondering why it was so suddenly decided to carry out such a large project – without any announcements, research or planning, to boot.

Zuri Adleiba, resident of Ocha­mchire:

“ If they started doing this prior to the tourist season, there wouldn’t be so many questions and suspicions. No one explained what purpose it is going to have; we do not know if it is intended for cargo transportation, passenger transit or fulfilling some military function. Some time ago, Putin’s assistant Surkov came up with the idea of restoring this railroad, to which the Abkhazian government responded by saying their resources were insufficient for that task. To that, Surkov said that Russia could afford sending a 42 thousand-strong army to help out…

Elze Airumyan, Sokhumian publicist:

“I think that clearing and rehabilitation of the Abkhazian railroad is a sign of there being a covert agreement between Georgia and Russia. The latter needs that road for establishing a connection with Armenia, so that it won’t “go off the rails”. Russia fears Armenia’s lean towards Iran, which has recently sorted out its relations with the West. Besides, opening this railroad would allow Russia to partially improve its relationship with Georgia – maybe even persuade it to recognize Abkhazia in some way. By silencing both sides, Russia will emerge the winner.”

Georgia’s Foreign Ministry condemns this yet another aggressive and provocative action by Moscow and demands that the occupational regime stops the illegal activity on Georgia’s occupied territory immediately.

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