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October 6, 2008
Russians dismantle occupied Georgian posts

Russian troops began dismantling occupied posts in neighboring Georgia under an agreement with the European Union. Some 8,000 Russian troops will remain in Georgia, in the disputed areas of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which Russian recognizes as independent countries.

Sergey Shestakov, a former Soviet foreign ministry official, speaks with Martin Savidge about recent Russian military demonstrations, which are meant to boost Russian morale and send a clear message to the West — “Respect us.”

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I don’t think we take what is going on in Russia too seriously. The nationalistic idealism of Putin and his protege, the lack of free speech in the country and display and use of unnecessary power are warning signs of potential military and ideological conflict. I did not believe a word Mr. Shestakov said. he is also part of the Russian givernment’s plan to distract the rest of the world.

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