Modest Charm of Impunity
18.02.2012 00:00An old dream of mankind, or precisely that part which loves dodging, has come true - any official can "pull" out a large amount of money from a state budget, and sleep calmly, because a penalty in Abkhazia exists only on the paper, or only for petty thieves. All over the world there are officials that put or try to put a leg in the public pocket, but just at our place, unfortunately, nothing threatens eminent dodgers.
A Minister easily may without any special trouble and straining, misappropriate a couple of million, and at best, he will be just quietly dismissed, or he will voluntarily terminated. Yes, even in the end he privatizes a foreign car of the office for kopecks , this is sacred – he has to drive on something and this sets an example for young unemployed people.
Impunity in our state has reached the level of national jeopardy - much of the budget" is absorbed», but could be spent for the country’s development, to help large families and pensioners. Psychologically it is no less dangerous, for it depraves the society and devaluates moral values.
Nineteen years passed after the war, during these years we connive at many violations. Now, when the country is slowly gaining paces of development, impunity becomes a main obstacle on our path.
It is not only a lack of political will of the country’s leadership - the current President is rather steep and unyielding, but has not yet started activities in this field, apparently, understanding that the society itself is not yet ready to overstep through kinship and friendship for the inevitability of punishment.
Pre-election struggle demonstrates this connivance very clearly - among registered parliament candidates there are many personalities with doubtful reputation having managed to collect signatures in their support among the population. Certainly, relatives and friends, for whom there is no secret of all dark spots of the biography of their candidates, helped them, but an unseemly past does not seem a significant obstacle to them.
The impression is that a certain part of our society regards the Parliament, a National Assembly, not as a legislature to which must be elected people with an impeccable reputation, with considerable experience and social merit, but as a party of closed friends, giving an opportunity to earn a deputy ticket. Especially since a parliamentary immunity so nicely guarantees additional impunity.
In any viable society a self-preservation instinct must work. Historians have long concluded stating that a society, not preserving minimum of moral obligations disappears, it is absorbed by more sustainable communities.
Impunity like a cancer will affect our social organism, if the law does not start working, and Abkhazia will not have a sustainable future. We will languish as a second-class resort, where the young are sitting on their squats, and ordinary citizens seek justice referring to the thieves.
By the way, recently my friend, an Abkhaz businessman, whose stolen car was returned by criminals, has offered a brilliant idea: to give 55 million rubles every year not to the police but to thieves, and then the country will come to order.
Perhaps if the government does not start to bring order itself, I will vote for such an idea!