Russia Tied to Attack Near US Embassy in Georgia

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The Georgian Interior Ministry is accusing Russian intelligence of being behind an explosion near the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi last September, which Senator Mark Kirk warns “would constitute the most serious crisis in U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War.” Russia was also tied to a dozen other bomb plots last year. Russia has not given up its goal of destabilizing and dominating the U.S. ally.

Georgia has charged Major Yevgeny Borisov, an officer in the Russian GRU military-intelligence service, of orchestrating at least a dozen bomb plots last year. This includes a September 22 explosion about 100 yards from the U.S. embassy. Senator Mark Kirk sounded persuaded by the evidence, saying “These are extraordinarily specific and detailed allegations by the government of Georgia.”

Georgia found that the bombing suspects would call a GRU operative named Mukhran Tskhadaia in Abkhazia after every detonation, who is the deputy to Borisov. The Russians seized Abkhazia from Georgia in 2008 and maintain a military presence there. The Georgian government also says it discovered that photographers for the Georgian president and foreign minister were found to be GRU spies.

Russia has waged asymmetrical warfare against Georgia for years. In 2007, the U.S. ambassador to Georgia authored a memo accusing Russia of being behind a car bombing in 2004, sabotaging a pipeline, and using a helicopter gunship to attack Georgia in 2007. The covert war heated up before the 2008 war, with Russia sponsoring assassinations, missile attacks, bombing a cop car, and arming proxies in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, including with Grad missiles. Ambassador Tefft described Russia’s support for separatists as “direct, if at times thinly veiled.” The document also revealed that many South Ossetian government officials were Russian agents, and that Russia bankrolled the police and other government employees.

The Russians also set the stage for war by giving passports to the population of South Ossetia. This made them Russian citizens, so that when fighting later broke out, Russia would have a pretext to invade. Less than a month before the August 2008 war began, Russia’s 58th Army, which would later invade Georgia, participated in a huge exercise in the Caucasus. Intercepted telecommunications show that a Russian armored regiment entered South Ossetia almost 24 hours before the Georgian military began its offensive against the capital, which the Russians claim triggered their involvement. Other Wikileaks files support Georgia’s account that the offensive was retaliation for artillery attacks by separatists.

The Russian government then declared that South Ossetia would belong to “one, unified Russian state.” A Russian lieutenant that was part of the invasion said, “It will be Russia.” He then made the telling statement, “And Georgia used to be Russian, too.” Russia then expanded the war into Abkhazia, and announced plans to build bases in the two territories for peacekeeping forces. Russia now recognizes them as independent countries, though very few other countries do.

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  • Fred Dawes

    It has always been part of the plan to have and it is all about Dominating this area it is a key to europe and the Russian hate the ideals of troops of the UN/US being in this area the boys in Moscow see it as a stolen/kidnapped from Moscow.
    But understand this has two sides to this story its not only about the evil Moscow boys but our boys are also up to No Good to.

  • Ben

    The US government `s policy toward Georgia reflect the policy of US international broadcasting radio Free Europe in English and Svoboda in Russian. Free Europe support Georgia,while Svoboda pour some dirt on Georgia for appeasing Russian listeners. The Putin`s power years are the years of growing aggressivness that is the result of cowardice policy of the West

  • mrbean

    It has nothinf to due with our policy. Putin regards Obama as not even a lightweight, and refers to him always as "Obambi" with a contemptuous laugh.

  • mlcblog

    …but Bush looked into his eyes…so how can this be?

    • Fred Dawes

      Bush loved saddam until he stood up and did his thing

  • Questions

    What makes us think that the Russians are our enemies? In fact, they are a bulwark against Islamic terror, like us, having experienced it — in their case, at the hands of the Chechens. We should be drawing, however gradually, more closely toward the Putin/Medvedev government, while privately scoring them on human rights violations.

    As for Obama, he's working gingerly in negotations with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on ways to achieve a workable missile defense shield for Europe without jeopardizing Russian security. Why would we want to wreck these talks? Over Georgia, the land that bred Stalin?

    • Fred Dawes

      You are right I only WISH Our government would think the same way but after all we are real Multiculturalism and total dicks. After All our borders mean nothing but the Russian keep thinking that borders do,.. how nuts can you be?

      The reason why obama wants to wreck the talks is he can't understand what the Russian government needs to do about millions of muslims looking to kill the Russian people, What obama wants is death and mass war he thinks this will remove the enemies of freedom the white race.

    • Maxie

      An interesting article on this can be found at

    • Ron Lewenberg

      "What makes us think that the Russians are our enemies?"
      They are still run by revanchinst irridentist KGB apparatchiks? They are helping Iran's nuclear program. Invading Georgia to ensure taht they control Caspain oil and Gas to hold Europe Hostage.

      "In fact, they are a bulwark against Islamic terror, like us, having experienced it — in their case, at the hands of the Chechens."
      Except when they are helping the Iranian's develop nukes. Or when they were training ARab Nationalist and Islamic terrorists in the cold war.

      "As for Obama, he's working gingerly in negotations with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on ways to achieve a workable missile defense shield for Europe without jeopardizing Russian security."
      A dozen interceptors in Poland and a radar there does nothing to Russia's security, since it has thousands of missiles. Taht is unless you define Russian security as the audibility to threaten Poland with invasion or as helping Iran's nuclear program and ability to hold Europe hostage.

      "Why would we want to wreck these talks?"
      Because they area farce.

      "Over Georgia, the land that bred Stalin?"
      LOL. Putin is KGB.

  • Jesse

    Russia has always been jealous of the US. This is compounded with the fact that their entire population is drinking themselves to death while facing zero population growth. Yet every low-life drunken toothless Russian trash will make sure they tell you of their hatred to all things non-Russian, and this includes America and Americans. How ironic coming form people who have contributed nothing to the world civilization but were cunning and clever enough to present the accomplishments of the thousands of ethnic non-Russians as their own. The world may think that the "all-Russian" icons such as Tchaikovsky, Pushkin, Chekhov, Gogol, Aivazovskiy, Rachmaninov, etc were Russian, whereas in reality they were not. I guess, most people wouldn't care, but hey, this is all factual. The Kremlin and its mouthpiece a.k.a. the Russian TV spend a great deal of time and money sending their "reporters" to cover "stories" undermining American values and exploiting the current advancement of socialism in the US to weaken our country. Clean up your mother Russia before you dare to point a finger elsewhere. And sober up for a change.