Today I am combining two stories with (a perceived) common theme. Both pieces are from the PolitNavigator online paper: this one and this one. Both are written by the same person, a lady from Luhansk named Marina Russkaya. (“Marina the Russian” – most likely a pseudonym, but you never know!) Marina’s journalistic essays bring surcease of sorrow to those who root for the Seps as well as the lost Lenore.
So, what does the country of Abkhazia, a predominantly Muslim beach-front land populated by ferocious Caucasian tribes, possibly have in common with the Luhansk Peoples Republic (LPR), an inland steppe populated mainly by meek and Christian Slavs? Well, obviously both countries are Separatist enclaves which broke away from their nation-states (Gruzia and Ukraine, respectively) to which The Powers That Be (TPTB) had ordered them to submit themselves. But what does it mean to be a Sep in today’s globalized world? And how can one survive in a tiny enclave, despised and unrecognized by The People Who Matter (TPWM)? These and other questions we shall explore in today’s post.
Let us start with Abkhazia, a slice of prime real estate on the Black Sea. In Soviet times, this was a thriving vacation-resort slash beach destination and also well known for its delicious wines and agricultural produce. To the North: Russia. To the East: Gruzia, from which this small nation broke away, but not without having to wage several wars for independence (1992-93, 2001, 2008). Today’s Abkhazia is still delapidated and ruined from these wars, and yet could have a promising future, given its great location and natural resources. Second only to Russia, Turkey is Abkhazia’s most important trade partner, and the two nations (Abkhazia and Turkey) share a certain common culture, religion, and even partly ethnos. I don’t have time here to go into the whole history of the Abkhazian people which goes all the way back to the 6th Century BC, you can read about this fascinating history in wiki and other sources. For now, let us just limit ourselves to Marina’s short piece. So short that I can translate the whole thing in one gulp, headline and all:
HEADLINE: Abkhazia is opening an economic consulate in the LPR, it (Abkhazia) will help (Luhansk) to export coal.
Abkhazia, whose independence is officially recognized by Russia, will help the LPR export coal. This was announced by Sergei Ladaria, Chairman of the Industrial Trade Commission of the Republic of Abkhazia stationed in the LPR.
Ladaria: “We have decided to open an economic consulate here, followed by the opening of a trade center. On the territory of Abkhazia we also plan to open a sanitorium for children and grown-ups from your republics. You probably already know something about Abkhazia: That it is a country with recuperative powers: the sun, the sea, mineral waters and mountain streams. And by the way, the children of Luhansk have already been resting [i.e., taking vacations] with us. Everything has gone well, and everybody is happy.
“We, as a result of this (trade) exhibition, are about to sign a series of agreements, four or five to be exact. We are very interested in (your) meat and dairy products, also poultry. And this should be of interest to you as well: In Abkhazia we have coal-processing factories, therefore we are (qualified to) work with you in the coal business. We have processes to work our own coal, and we can help with your coal, as well. We have many plans. And I think it will all go splendidly.”
Marina writes that Luhansk Peoples Republic, despite the ongoing civil war, is experiencing economic successes, including the exciting new technology of 3-D Printing.
At the same economic forum (“Exhibition of Economic Achievements of the LPR 2016”) attended by the Abkhazian representative, Sergei Ladaria, Marina also attended the presentation of a Russian representative named Grigory Donchevsky. Donchevsky holds a Doctorate in Economics and is currently the head of the School of Management and Enterprise at the Don State Technical University (located in Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation).
Donchevsky: “As I was preparing to travel to Luhansk to visit this exhibition of economic achievements, my colleagues in Rostov asked me in astonishment, What kind of economy do they actually have there, and what sort of achievements could they possibly enjoy?
“And yet here, with my own eyes I saw, there are real achievements. Achievements even in comparison with pre-war times. What am I talking about? Well, in the very character of the economic production. For example, the LPR has set about to produce 3-D Printers! This is really cool, because in the entire boundless Russian world there are only two centers of production of 3-D Printers. And now another one right here. This is huge.
“Your next challenge: To explore new markets beyond the boundaries of your republic and to set up a system whereby the Donbass enterprises can support themselves (with this technology).”