GEORGIAN COMMUNITY IN ST PETERSBURG HELP TO REBUILD OSSETIAN HOSPITAL

by Felix Quigley

August 24, 2008

How to answer the Big lie of the Media!

The Media has claimed repeatedly that the Russians attacked Georgia and they have sought to hide the Georgian Saakashvili attack on tiny South Ossetia and its tiny capital city Tskhinvali. So one will look in vain as to what really happened.

So the following report from the St. Petersburg Times we learn that Georgians living in that city have donated money and help to rebuild the Tskhinvali Hospital damaged by the troops of the Georgian Government, that is by their own government.

It has to be remembered that Saakashvili is a demagogue politician and that just last November he was closing down newspapers in Georgia proper, arresting and torturing opponents.

Naturally in recent days much national anti Russian feeling has been stirred up but there are plenty of Georgians who can see through the Saakashvili leadership.

[Begin report here]

City Government, Business to Support S. Ossetian Hospital

Staff Writer

 

St. Petersburg will restore the hospital in the South Ossetian capital of Tshinvali and will be taking it under its patronage for the foreseeable future.

The City Administration and local businesses are planning to finish the restoration of the hospital by the end of this year, Interfax reported.

St. Petersburg Vice-Governor Alexander Vakhmistrov said on Tuesday that a delegation from the city had inspected the hospital.

“We walked around it, examined it, and took pictures because there is no construction documentation. We established the volume of work and concluded an agreement with a contractor,” Vakhmistrov said.

Vakhmistrov said that the minimum of works needed to allow the hospital to function will be completed by the end of the year.

Vakhmistrov said that the hospital, with a total area of 16,000 square meters, had been seriously damaged by the shelling of the Georgian army.

“We saw that the hospital suffered several direct hits from artillery and tanks. The Georgian military knew that it was a hospital and that it was working, and it’s not clear how such a thing could be possible in the 21st century,” he said.

St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko also said that the city will provide support for the hospital in the future.

“We have already got offers for the supplying of equipment to the hospital from foreign companies, including Siemens — our long-term partner. The city’s Georgian and Ossetian communities also offered their financial help for the hospital. The city budget will also allocate money for these purposes,” Matviyenko said.

Matviyenko also instructed the city’s Vice Governor Lyudmila Kostkina to organize training of South Ossetian doctors in St. Petersburg.

Meanwhile, the city’s famed conductor and the head of Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater Valery Gergiyev, Ossetian by origin, was due to give a requiem concert in Tskhinvali in memory of the victims of Georgian aggression on Thursday evening.

The concert was scheduled for the square near the destroyed building of the South Ossetian Parliament.

The concert was to be transmitted by Russia’s leading television channels.

On Wednesday a convoy loaded with humanitarian aid gathered in St. Petersburg, preparing to set off for South Ossetia.

Over the last week humanitarian aid centers have been working in all 18 districts of the city. Local firms also played an important role in collecting aid for the beleaguered region.

“We gathered 7,000 pillows and blankets, children clothes, 15 tons of flour. Businesses collected 100 new jackets and trousers, as well as beds and mattresses,” Matviyenko said, Interfax reported.

(Friday August 22, 2008)

http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=26899

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