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German observers assessed elections in Abkhazia as democratic

Summary of Disinformation

Observers from Germany and Austria said the Abkhazian Presidential elections were free and fair. No significant violations were observed.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to portray Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent and democratic regions. See previous disinformation case that the members of the European Parliament will observe elections in Abkhazia. 

In fact, Russia continues illegal military presence, and increasing military exercises and infrastructure reinforcements in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe stated that  the so-called ‘presidential elections’ in the Georgian region of Abkhazia on 25 August 2019 were not legal or legitimate.

The government in Tbilisi described the "Presidential election" in Abkhazia that took place on Sunday as "another illegal action". Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili called the election "a sham".

Individual observers from Germany and Austria decided themselves to arrive in Abkhazia and make public comments on the presidential elections there. Thus, these are their personal opinions, which do not reflect the official position of the German or Austrian governments. The German Embassy in Tbilisi stated that Germany supports the territorial integrity of Georgia.

Only a handful of countries have recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which make up around 20 percent of Georgian territory, and Moscow’s backing of the regions has drawn broad international condemnation.

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Reported in: Issue 162
Date: 25.08.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Germany, Georgia
Keywords: Abkhazia, Elections
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Abkhazia
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