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BBC Newsnight - What really happened in South Ossetia? (2008)

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Published on Jun 23, 2013

BBC Newsnight broadcast of november 2008, dedicated to figuring out a theory what happened, and who started what in the Georgian-Russian war over South-Ossetia, which sparked controversy at the time, putting a lot of blame at the Georgian side.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes...

Interestingly, some of the "factfinding" contradicts "facts" that Andrei Nekrasov uncovers in his appraised documentary "Russian Lessons".
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/...
Especially the claims that the Russians were not prepared. Which they were, with a whole tank batallion waiting at the Roki tunnel, ready to go through into Georgian territory (South-Ossetia) (well documented fact, the BBC just dismisses the timing of the border crossing as claimed by Georgia). There is not even a military near the tunnel, having that many artillery there clearly indicates a readiness.

Claims that the ethnic cleansing against Georgians only took place until and before the Russian troops arrived in South-Ossetia is a clear act of journalistic inaccuracy (for whichever reason) as it has been well documented even before the original broadcast that this continued after the ceasefire.

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