The heroic people of Donbass are defending their right to live how they see fit, Essence of Time movement leader Sergey Kurginyan stated during the show “Evening with Vladimir Solovyov” on Russian Channel One on March 1st.
“Yes, it is possible that the life in Ossetia [could have been easier] if [Ossetians] decided to resign themselves to Georgia’s control thus giving up the Ossetic language and much more, ceratin essential things. But peoples defend their right to live they see fit. They [peoples] defend this right, and the heroic people of Donbass are defending this right themselves. That Russia is supporting them [the people of Donbass] in every legal way is a secondary question. If they [the people of Donbass] did not want to defend this right, they would not have defended it,” Sergey Kurginyan.
The intensification of the Georgian national movement for independence from the USSR (meanwhile, the Georgian nationalists denied the right of the small ethnic groups of Georgia to autonomy) and the radical actions of its leaders (first of all, Zviad Gamsakhurdia) amid the weakness of the central leadership of the USSR are the reasons of the Georgian–Ossetian conflict (1991-1992). This led to a sharp deterioration of relations between Georgians and ethnic minorities (in the first place, with Abkhazians and Ossetians, who had their own autonomous areas, and who by then were demanding increased autonomy for their regions).
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency