The breakaway republic of South Ossetia will hold a referendum to confirm its secession from Georgia and annexation to Russia. The Supreme Court of Tskhinvali, the capital, has given the green light to the decree signed by the acting president Anatoly Bilbov to call for the consultation on July 17, the Russian news agency Tass reported on the night. “Let’s go home, let’s go back to Russia,” said Bilbov. The referendum is held while the Russian military attempt to occupy Ukraine is underway. South Ossetia, which has about 50,000 inhabitants, broke with Georgia during a bloody civil war in the 1990s, at the time of the dissolution of the USSR. In 2008, Russia recognized its independence, as well as that of Abkhazia, at the end of a brief war with Georgia. Not internationally recognized, the two breakaway republics are heavily dependent on Moscow. For now Abkhazia has no plans to join the Russian Federation.
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