The official meeting in the cinema hall "Chermen" during the celebration of the 11th anniversary of the recognition of the South Ossetia's independence by Russia. Photo by Anna Dzhioyeva for the "Caucasian Knot"

28 August 2019, 12:45

South Ossetia celebrates Independence Day

On the day of the recognition of the South Ossetia's independence, a solemn meeting, an exhibition of paintings, a tasting of national cuisine, and a concert took place in the republic. The recognition of the South Ossetia's independence gave a sense of security to local residents, political analysts note.

On August 26, 2008, the President of Russia signed a decree to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Georgia considers Abkhazia and South Ossetia as the territories occupied by Russia.

Residents of the republic spoke about their impressions of the holiday.

"This is a very important holiday for us. When Russia recognized our statehood in 2008, it began to mean complete security for us," said Zaira Kozaeva, a resident of the village of Bekmar in the Znaur District.

Merab Tskhovrebov, a farmer from the Dzau District, also said he was pleased to appreciate the Independence Day of South Ossetia. "But when we remember how much we paid for the recognition of our republic, how many of our guys were killed, we realize all the sadness," the man said.

Russia guarantees security to residents of South Ossetia, and after the recognition of the republic's independence, the quality of life of its residents increased significantly. However, some of the social and economic problems have not been resolved yet, notes political analyst Vadim Mukhanov.

"In South Ossetia, people live not worse than in Georgia, if we do not speak of Tbilisi," added political analyst Nikolai Silaev.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 27, 2019 at 11:53 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Anna Dzhioyeva, Oleg Krasnov; Source: CK correspondents

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