GO, RUSSIAN, LEAVE US ALONE!
03 October, 2013
GO, RUSSIAN, LEAVE US ALONE!
The hot report from the region of pain or when one isn’t able to do anything

Peasants who shed their blood to protect the place are running away. “How can we oppose dragon when nobody is protecting us from the rear?” they exclaim. Moaning, with their own callous hands they are dismantling houses and carrying away the material god knows where to.
The Georgian border police is standing there with distorted faces. They have orders to stay silent, perform no
action. Cameras are silently controlling the surroundings but unlike the police they have no nerves and neither are they afraid that the locals will get agitated and unburdening their hearts will throw a stone beyond the border.
“Till when?” I’m asking a Dvani inhabitant.
“Until miracle happens,” Say the men whose dignity is abased for umpteenth time since the 2008 war.
I arrived at the village of Ditsi. At the iron gate there is a small niche for offering prayers; a cross is erected there as well. This symbol acquires special significance at the fence of occupational wall of the same-faith Russia. As if it’s an indication that our Northern neighbor doesn’t care a brass button about Christianity and for centuries the oppressor’s gene is pushing the country to only one aim – conquer! So, they are trying to crucify Georgia on an eternal cross.
Everything that I saw in Dvani brought the five-year-old past to my memory. In August-September of 2008, with the help of bulldozers the occupants erased from the earth Tamarasheni, Kekhvi, Kurta, Eredvi… Now in Dvani the Georgians are doing the same but they are destroying their own dwellings under the pressure of occupants. It’s terrible to see how industrious Georgian man destroys with his own hand his own house built through so much hardship.
Merab Mekarishvili: “An Ossetian came one day and said that a border would be erected on our side and that three families were in the red zone, so we had to demolish the house and take with us whatever we could carry. Obviously, in four-five years, if not earlier, they will come again and tell the others that they are moving the border-line for one hundred meters and we can get lost. So, little by little they will conquer Georgia without any war!”
Next to Merab, Akaki Korashvili and Givi Makhatashvili are also demolishing their houses. The authorities supplied them with small cottages and they, as refugees, will have some shelter. This land fed them. Tomorrow the trees heavy with fruit will be on the other side of the border. A shriveled dog, not willing to leave the place, is lying on the ruined house verandah. The bulldozer’s noise crushing the back wall seems to break his heart; but he knows that it’s his duty to guard the house till the end of his life.
On the other side of the border somebody is picking up the fallen-down fruit. He’s Kazbega, a Meguti dweller. It’s an Ossetian village bordering with Dvani. I’m heading to him.
“He won’t talk with you,” Dvani dwellers say.
The Ossetian is forbidden to approach the barbed-wire fence and talk with Georgians. If a camera spots such a violation, soldiers would rush from the Russian headquarters and grab the offender and take to Tskhinvali for interrogation fining him for 2000 Russian rubles. But the cameras aren’t installed everywhere and if there is will, Georgians and Ossetians manage to communicate. They say there is terrible terror in Tskhinvali and people ran away together with their families. In the city there are only Russian soldiers, old people, drunkards and whores.
Kazbega did communicate with me. He accuses Saakashvili and his government of the 2008 events. He won’t scold the separatist leaders and thinks that Russians are Messiah but as the head of the family having a Georgian wife, half-Georgian children and newly taken Georgian daughter-in-law, he can’t hide his discontent with regard to the barbed-wire lying between Meguti and Dvani like a silver-color dragon.
“If it were my will, there would be no border, I don’t like it but who asks me? Peasants on both sides suffer…”
“Probably you aren’t alone and there are others who take it the same way. Just speak out. If we want to devastate your villages, wished war and suffering we wouldn’t stop, there would be no peace, we wouldn’t tolerate such an insult! Just kick this barbed-wire and say no to this barrier! You and us, together, will manage to do a lot; if we stay separated Russians will ruin you in your own houses,” Giorgi Qoqoshvili, a Dvani dweller is telling Kazbega.
People come from both sides of the silver-color dragon. Georgians calmly, without any aggression are trying to convince the Ossetians that they aren’t their enemies. Shunning cameras, the Ossetians are hiding behind the trees.
“Come, let’s talk,” We called out.
Kazbega got agitated; trembling, he turned his back to us and crying: “Nobody asks me anything.” And he left the place. Others followed him. One frightened man called out: “I can’t come, I’m already in Russia.” “But being in Russia is not an obstacle to speak,” said Giorgi. But fear has big eyes … The Ossetians only dare to turn their heads.
“Years ago the Ergneti market opened like this: now-deceased Kolia Kasradze, dweller of Ergneti, took a bucket of apples to sell there. He stood there waiting for a presumably agreed-beforehand buyer. Others did the same as Kolia and, together with the market extension, ice between the people began to melt. And now too, if Russians don’t stand in-between everything will be regulated but Ossetians are very much afraid of Russians and we tolerate their impudence in order not to lose this frightened people for good. You can’t attack the dragon openly but to tolerate this permanently is impossible,” Says Giorgi.
The same is true in fairy-tales – a dragon defeats a daredevil in the nick of time. But on the other hand, while waiting for Tsiskara (a Georgian fairy-tale hero who defeated the evil) we are losing time and land.
In front of the ruined house a stub of the newly cut Georgian vine is weeping…”I remember the iconic Soviet movie – the Soldier’s Father: a vine, vineyard, Russian soldier in the tank…Go, Russian, leave us alone.
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