South Ossetia celebrates 9 years since the day Russia recognized its independence
“Ossetia should become a part of Russia,” said the President of South Ossetia, Anatoli Bibilov, declaring this the main strategic aim of the republic while speaking at a discussion on the ‘Nine years since the recognition of the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia by the Russian Federation: expectations and reality’ theme.
Russia announced that it recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states on 26 August 2008 after renewed tensions in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict. Since then, this date has been ceremoniously celebrated in the republic. Simultaneously, the majority of the population of the country supports the idea of renouncing independence in favor of joining Russia and unification as a subject of Russia, North Ossetia-Alania.
This time around, South Ossetia celebrated its recognition by Russia with several activities and festivities.In the morning, in the village of Khod, there were off-road sports competitions. Riders from the North Caucasian republics of Karbardino-Balkariya, Dagestan, Cherkessia and North Ossetia participated in the competitions.
Next, a ceremonious gathering of civil society representatives and a meeting under the name of ‘Iron kazt – visiting the youth of Alania’ was held. In the evening there were also fireworks. One commentator on social media said: “Thanks to Russia, we survived. We receive our salaries and pensions. What did it give me? I live in the world, I feel protected, I work, I am raising my children and I feel like a free person – I’m not afraid of dying before my time.”