In another example of creeping Russian ‘borderization’ in the country of Georgia, the Russian government moved the de facto border of their country a couple hundred meters further into Georgian territory.
“This is a continuation of the illegal process of the so-called borderisation, which not only violates the fundamental rights of local residents but directly damages the security situation,” a statement from the national security service read, the Independent reports.
Russian soldiers have been guarding and maintaining an administrative border between the Georgian territory of South Ossetia, and the rest of Georgia. South Ossetia is a contested region that has tried to become a breakaway province of Georgia since the 90s after the fall of the Soviet Union. Wars have been fought in the region between Russian-backed separatists and the Georgian military in 2004 and 2008, during the Russo-Georgian War.
In the aftermath of the Russo-Georgian War, Russia recognized the region’s status as an independent country, along with just three other nations: Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Nauru. Since then, a semi-autonomous South Ossetian government has functioned, almost entirely supported by the Russian government, and vigorously opposed by Georgia, who still considers the region part of its country.