Putin’s most likely next anschluss – a united Ossetia within the Russian Federation

Russian invasion in Georgia in August 2008. A wounded Georgian woman in the town of Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from Tbilisi. (Image: Reuters)

Russian invasion in Georgia in August 2008. A wounded Georgian woman in the town of Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from Tbilisi. (Image: Reuters) 

2017/01/06 - 05:41 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

A Georgian political analyst has warned that Vladimir Putin’s most likely Anschluss in the coming year would involve the unification of South Ossetia (which Moscow illegally seized from Georgia in 2008 but did not absorb at the time) with North Ossetia (which is already part of Russia) and the inclusion of that new entity in the Russian Federation.

Vakhtang Maisaya (Image: haqqin.az)

Vakhtang Maisaya (Image: haqqin.az)

In a comment to Azerbaijan’s Haqqin news agency which ran yesterday under the title “A Threat to Georgia: The Two Ossetias Unite and Become Part of Russia,” Vakhtang Maisaya says that “the powers that be in Tskhinvali have thought up an absolutely new and more sophisticated geopolitical provocation.”

The goal of renaming South Ossetia ‘Alania,’ he continues, is to bring it into closer correspondence with North Ossetia which also uses that name and thus to make it easier to unite the two and then absorb the Georgian portion into the Russian Federation, “a classic case of irredentism” in this case directed at Georgia.

This process is likely to involve three steps:

  • a referendum on giving the head of South Ossetia additional powers,
  • a second one renaming that republic,
  • and then a third about the unification of the two under a common name, the ‘Republic of Alania.’

It is quite possible that the capital of the new entity will be in Tskhinvali, Maisaya says.

And he concludes by suggesting that this process will begin “already in this year” but only be completed in 2018. Under current geopolitical circumstances, the Tbilisi scholar says, Georgia won’t be able to block any of the changes that Moscow has in mind.


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  • zorbatheturk

    Do not live next door to RuSSia.

  • RedSquareMaidan

    This cancer currently being called Russia will push until it meets steel. NATO will run to Afghanistan but where is it when it comes to Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine?

  • Dirk Smith

    Crush Muscovy.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      The dwarf is doing a pretty good job of achieving that himself thanks to his insane policies, albeit too slowly to our liking.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    I still believe Belarus is Dwarfstan’s next target. Incorporating it into Dwarfstan brings far more benefits than South Ossetia would, and at litte or no extra cost.

    • RedSquareMaidan

      And Lukashenko is old and his “son” that he is trying to prepare for the “presidency” is just a kid.