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Russia Exaggerating South Ossetian Death Toll, Says Human Rights Group

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posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 04:26 AM
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Russia Exaggerating South Ossetian Death Toll, Says Human Rights Group


www.buzzle.com

Deliberate attempts by the Russian government to exaggerate the number of people killed in the South Ossetia conflict are provoking revenge attacks on Georgian villagers in the breakaway republic, a respected human rights group claimed today.

Anna Neistat of Human Rights Watch (HRW), who is leading a team investigating the humanitarian damage in South Ossetia, told the Guardian that Russian estimates of 2,000 dead in the conflict were "suspicious".
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posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 04:26 AM
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To me it has never been a question that Russia greatly exaggerated these numbers as an excuse to punish Georgia for turning to the West.

Georgia has been very stupid to attack Ossetia as it gave the Russian ''peace keepers'' an open invitation to ''defend'' its citizens.

Russia's response was irrational and no evidence has been provided to back its claim of a Georgian genocide, which they claim every day.

A Russian official yesterday said independent observers were allowed into the region to do independent research. Let's hope they really will be allowed to investigate independently.

Anyhow, its claim of 2000 casualties as a result of Georgian shelling seems to be greatly exaggerated so far and could prove Russia has had other intentions then it says.



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posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 09:04 AM
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Human Rights Watch has been able to confirm fewer than 100 deaths — a far cry from the death toll of 2,000 regularly cited by Moscow.


A genocide ey?


penguinsix.com...



posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 09:11 AM
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Originally posted by Mdv2

Human Rights Watch has been able to confirm fewer than 100 deaths — a far cry from the death toll of 2,000 regularly cited by Moscow.


A genocide ey?


penguinsix.com...


Actually, I heard a report on National Public radio this morning that quoted one Ossetian Doctor who claimed they only have 44 bodies in their morgue. Where the 2,000 came from is yet to be revealed.

I expect exageration on either side, but the only number that coincides with 2,000 is the number of militia 'volunteers' that Russia bused into the capital the day of the incident. ((Although my understanding is only 9 of those were killed in action that day))



posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 09:19 AM
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The American Enterprise Institute hosts a panel of scholars to discuss the recent military conflict between Russia and Georgia.

www.c-span.org...
There was a good panel on C-SPAN last night that you can watch at their web site.
They were saying the Russians are not letting anyone do a ballistics analysis on these places to show what direction the shelling was coming from.
They did a good job of explaining the military capabilities of the Georgians and how the Russians obviously were ready for this skirmish.
An interesting insight is that the ordinary residents will be replaced by Russian ringers to cause problems for Georgia, far into the future.
All you need is version 11 of Real Player and you can watch the program.
Well worth watching if you want to know what is going on there.

[edit on 14-8-2008 by jmdewey60]



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