The Abkhazians are already being killed over land, and this is merely the beginning of a much larger conflict

25.06.24 16:50

The official summary of the separatist "Ministry of Internal Affairs" is as follows: On 23 June 2024, at approximately 16 hours, an unidentified individual drove a white Cherry car (registration plate N834TX 193 RUS) to the Psou checkpoint and fired 27 shots from a 7.62 mm Kalashnikov assault rifle. The incident occurred in the village of Gyachrypsh, Gagra district, on the Sukhumi highway. As a consequence of the shooting, Kamliya Daur Aslanovich sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Aslan Ruslanovich Akaba died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the chest area. Aida Artemovna Zadikyan was wounded in the right shoulder area, and Levan Zurabiyevich Tsitsibava was wounded in the left shin area. The wounded were transported to the Gagra Central Regional Hospital.


Robert Kiut, the so-called "Minister of Internal Affairs" of Abkhazia, informed the media that three of the six participants in the shootout at the border along the Psou River who attempted to kill Abkhazian citizens, the Kamliya brothers, have been detained. He further stated that three more are on the wanted list. The names of the detained suspects, Gojua B. D., Gojua B. D., and Chagovets K. A., are also known. According to individuals with knowledge of the situation, the reason for the shooting on Psou could be a conflict that arose over a plot of land. The deceased Abkhazian Aslan Akaba from Tkvarcheli was an accidental victim of the shooting; he was "in the line of fire" by coincidence.


In any case, it can be demonstrated that this man's demise was indirectly caused by the conflict over Abkhazian territory. The symbolism of the situation is unmistakable. On June 23, 2024, another shootout occurred in Abkhazia, in Novy Afon. It is also possible that the dispute was related to land issues. It has been reported that one individual was transported to a medical facility with injuries. On the same day, June 23, 2024, an incident occurred in Crimea, in Sevastopol, resulting in the deaths of several individuals due to a rocket falling on the beach. On the same day, terrorist attacks were carried out in Dagestan, in the cities of Derbent and Makhachkala.


Both Crimea and Dagestan have recently been among the most popular summer destinations for Russian residents. Following the tragic events of June 23, 2024, it is anticipated that the number of holidaymakers will decline in both Crimea and Dagestan. Both in Crimea, which is currently under the control of Russia, and in Dagestan, which is located in the North Caucasus region of Russia. In the context of the challenging accessibility of foreign resorts for Russian citizens due to the country's political isolation, there is a possibility that demand for Abkhazia may increase. Consequently, and subsequently, this will apply to Abkhazian land and property. Armed conflict over Abkhazian territory has already commenced.


It is noteworthy that the dissemination of information regarding the shooting at the checkpoint "Psou" was accompanied by the revelation of a meeting between the self-proclaimed "president" of the separatist movement, Aslan Bzhania, and Oksana Filippova, the head of the largest real estate agency in Sochi, "Vincent Real Estate." The matters discussed at the meeting were those about the sale of Abkhazian land. The separatist leadership is capitalizing on the current circumstances to seek to realise a higher price for the sale of Abkhazian land. Furthermore, there are no purchasers, both in Sochi and in the separatist Abkhazian region. Representatives of the Armenian diaspora actively purchase land and real estate.

It is important to recognise that in the context of ongoing military tensions in Crimea and the exorbitant prices being demanded for land and real estate in Sochi, the struggle for Abkhazian land will likely intensify further. The Abkhazian people will inevitably be the victims of this struggle. Moreover, the restrictions imposed by separatist legislation on ownership and trade in land and real estate will be easily circumvented by criminals, particularly Armenian criminals, with the assistance of corrupt separatist authorities.


George Kvinitadze

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