President Putin falsifies History of Georgia
11 July, 2019
President Putin falsifies History of Georgia
Following the II Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, Vladimir Putin met with Russian journalists and answered their questions. When journalists asked Putin about the sanctions against Georgia, the Russian President said: “it would take a lot of time to give a complete answer”.

“But I will tell you my thoughts in short. In order to understand what I am guided by in this, we should take a look at our past, at history.

Look, Ossetia joined the Russian Empire, if I
remember correctly, in 1774. Both northern and southern Ossetia came together, as an independent state. Abkhazia did the same in 1810, also as an independent country, a principality.

Later some events took place within that single state. South Ossetia became part of the Tiflis Governorate. There was no Georgia at the time, but the Tiflis Governorate.

Abkhazia developed in the following way. When the Russian Empire fell after World War I, Georgia made attempts to absorb Abkhazia; an independent country of Georgia was established, and, with help from German troops, it occupied Abkhazia in 1918.

The occupiers were very cruel, and Georgian troops in Ossetia in 1919 and 1920 even more so. This was essentially what is called genocide today.”

This is a part of the Russian president’s falsification of the Georgian history. Georgian historians gathered the relevant details from the history to reveal the truth:

South Ossetia, what we call it today, did not exist in 1774. Its territory was part of the kingdom of Kartl-kakheti in the 18th century until it was conquered and abolished by Russia in 1801.

There was a conflict between the Georgian government and rebellious separatist group of people in Ossetia who were governed by the Kremlin in the 20s. The conflict was falsely referred to as genocide by the Russian president. The uprising was triggered by Bolsheviks who tried to impose their ideology on people and thus, undermine the independent republic of Georgia.

As for Abkhazia, German troops had nothing to do with the accession of Abkhazia to Georgia. It was due to the agreement between the National Council of Georgia and the Public Council of Abkhazia on the 11th of June in 1918. The Georgina troops pushed Bolsheviks out of Abkhazia as they had control over its capital Sukhumi since April. In 1919, the Georgian troops fought against the Russian General Denikin on Abkhazian territory. On the 7th of May in 1920, Russia announced Abkhazia as a part of Georgia.

After the Soviet occupation, Abkhazia was announced as an independent unit by the government, however, a number of decisions were still influenced by Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. In 1936, the Soviet government joined the Socialist Soviet Republic of Abkhazia to Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.

The Museum of Cartography

"As an answer to Putin’s interpretation of Georgian history, the National Library will set up a new museum – the Museum of Cartography where we will exhibit all maps created throughout centuries (some of them published in Russia or validated by Russian Empire, Soviet Union, or Russian Federation at some point in history). In this museum, we plan to host all diplomats working in Georgia and all foreigners who will visit the National Library. The collection will also be exhibited online," stated General Director of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia Giorgi Kekelidze.

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