Georgia establishes ‘Soviet Occupation Day’
The Georgian Parliament has made the foundation anniversary of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was declared on the 25th of February 1921, a national occasion in memory of what it calls ‘the Soviet occupation of Georgia’.
The country already marks the anniversary of its 2008 attack on South Ossetia on August 8th as ‘Russian Aggression Day’, and the anniversary of the 1939 Soviet-German non-aggression pact on August 23rd as ‘Memory Day for the Victims of Nazism and Stalinism’.
Russia sees all this as part of a coordinated campaign to rewrite history and sow discord between the Russian and the Georgian peoples. Speaking in Moscow Wednesday, first deputy head of the Lower House’s external relations committee Leonid Slutski also saw a design to stract public attention from domestic difficulties in Georgia. He believed the Georgian opposition would not become weaker as a result.