Speaking in Tbilisi on the occasion of Georgia’s national holiday - Independence Day, Salome Zurabishvili, the Georgian President expressed regret that the Abkhaz language “is on the verge of extinction, despite the care of the Georgian state. According to Zurabishvili, this is due to the fact that Russia "pursues a policy of Russification towards the Abkhaz people, the Abkhaz culture and language."
With this statement, Ms. Zurabishvili clearly demonstrated the historical amnesia inherent in the Georgian elite and the inadequate perception of contemporary realities. The mythological interpretation of the events of the recent past, actively used in the post-Soviet politics of Georgia, makes it possible to shift their own failures and miscalculations on “external forces”.
Continuing purposefully to form in the face of Russia, the image of the enemy, in Tbilisi, in fact, betrayed to oblivion of the facts of obvious discrimination of the Abkhaz people in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. It should be noted that it was precisely during the time when Abkhazia was a part of Georgia the Abkhaz language was on the verge of extinction, and the Abkhaz intelligentsia, who spoke up for the preservation of the language and the empowering of the Abkhaz people, were persecuted. But today they prefer not to remember this in Georgia. It is much more profitable to replicate the absurd thesis of the "Russification" of Abkhazia.
The events of 1992-1993, as well as of 2008, clearly demonstrated the “care” of the Georgian state for the Abkhaz people. It should be remembered that in 2008 Russia, which President Zurabishvili declared to be a source of threat to Abkhazia, reliably suppressed Georgia’s aggressive intentions regarding the Abkhaz state. The Russian Federation effectively ensures the security of the Republic of Abkhazia, provides support for its socio-economic and cultural development.
Historical experience convinced the people of Abkhazia not to rely on the “care” of Georgia. This experience should also convince the Georgian leaders to rethink their ideas about the events of the recent past. Without abandoning of mythologization and labeling, it is impossible to assess adequately contemporary realities and to conduct a constructive dialogue about the future.