Review of Paul B. Rich (ed.) Crisis in the Caucasus: Russia, Georgia and the West

Review of Paul B. Rich (ed.) Crisis in the Caucasus: Russia, Georgia and the West, in The Slavonic and East European Review 90.I, 188-191. 2012.

The EU commission, under Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, set up to investigate the August 2008 fighting in/around South Ossetia, stated in its report (30 September 2009): ‘The Mission is not in a position to consider as sufficiently substantiated the Georgian claim concerning a large-scale Russian military incursion into South Ossetia before 8 August 2008.’ Contrast this with the opening words of Rich’s introduction: ‘On August 7 2008 Russian troops invaded Georgia.’ Is it worth reading further? Certainly the Introduction itself should be ignored, for it is so full of errors of every description that readers and contributors alike will surely feel insulted to be faced with such shoddiness and deserve an apology.

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