Abkhaz monks also break with Georgia

August 19, 2008

Novy Afon monastery in Abkhazia, 9 June 2007/Thomas PeterThe separistist movements at the heart of the Georgian crisis have split the Georgian Orthodox Church as well. As our correspondent Oliver Bullough reports from Abkhazia, the monks at the Novy Afon monastery have declared independence from the Georgian church and now work more closely with fellow Orthodox from Russia.

“Are we supposed to be Georgians? We have nothing in common with them,” Father Vissarion, the head of the rebel state’s church, told him.

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Very interesting. I think there is a lot of this sentiment in Georgia and has been for a long time. The U.S. should stay the f$#k out of this and NOT build a missile defense system in Poland!

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There is a new article in Financial Times, describing views of the President of Russia – “Why I had to recognise Georgia’s breakaway regions. You may read the article here-
http://georgiaabkhazia.blogspot.com/

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