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“Witch hunt” in Georgia2009-09-10 16:46
Once Shalva Natelashvili, leader of Georgia's Labor party remarked: if Hitler had had Rustavi-2 TV Germans would have still been sure he had won the war!" We repeatedly highlighted that Mikheil Saakashvili's propaganda machine is working at full throttle cultivating Russophobia, defaming the opposition and suppressing any kind of dissent in Georgia.
Looks like the situation is getting dangerous. "The witch hunt" initiated by the Georgian parliament starts threatening not only ex KGB employees and party members but artists, sportsmen and public members. Even the Georgian Orthodox Church (GOC) has fallen into disgrace with the regime.
It's a pity the Georgian society characterized by solidarity, friendship, mutual respect and spiritual harmony that was so typical at tablefuls in Tbilisi is becoming split into "friends" and "foes of Georgia". Even well-known culture figures are invited to sling mud at their artistic colleagues and publicly condemn this or that dissenting person.
Hardly had Paata Burchuladze, the world's famous opera bass, taken part in the charity concert at the recently held Moscow Day when three leading pro-governmental TV channels in Georgia showed similarly provocative footage featuring "common citizens" of Georgia full of rage against the singer who dared to sing in Moscow that "had carried out aggression against Georgia". How could he sing for "those politicians that acknowledged Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence"?
The position of Culture Minister Nika Rurua who didn't welcome this act is understood. She belongs to the government's junta and has no right to a different opinion. But what's happened to Buba Kikadidze adored by millions of Soviet cinema viewers? His refusal to come to Moscow for jubilee concerts was puzzling. But after all it was his right. The question is why he appeared on Rustavi-2 TV condemning "Burchuladzhe's unbecoming behavior"?
At first the authors of this scandalous video told that "Kikabidze adored by millions of Russians considered it impossible to pursue artistic activity in Russia" unlike Paata Burchuladze who committed an act of treason (?) against Georgian people. Right in the studio once Russia-friendly "Mimino" stated angrily: "How could I perform there when Tbilisi was bombed and Russian tanks were standing in Gori?" As for Paata Burchuladzze Kikabidze made a vague statement about the head "of each of us".
Teona Jorbenadze, the singer's representative in Tbilisi, told the local media that ‘Paata Burchuladze was resentful over the footage run by the Georgian TV channels. It's typical defamation. This is what the singer thinks about it".
Since Paata Burchuladze has a worldwide reputation and is free to choose where and for whom he will perform. He is independent from the mercies of Georgia's Culture Ministry. In the meantime Keti Dolidze - a famous film director, Tumanishvili theater art director, initiator and organizer of major theater festivals has lost her job. Dolidze calls reasons for her dismissal "purely political". She was a frequenter at the large-scale opposition rallies acutely criticizing the authorities on opposition Maestro TV.