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Tbilisi in search of “Russian traces” again

2009-10-26 14:59

4374.jpegThe Georgian parliamentarians are eager to dot all the "i"s in Georgia's contemporary history and gain insight into the life of the first President Zviad Gamsakhurdia. Former President Eduard Shevardnadze agreed to answer the questions of the parliament commission. One of his sons Georgiy has already mentioned the presence of a "Russian trace" in his father's death. The GeorgiaTimes correspondent got in touch with the initiator of commission establishment Jondi Bagaturia and the first president's elder son Konstantin (see photo) to discuss the matter.


Recently, the Georgian parliamentarians supported the initiative of delegate Jondi Bagaturia on establishing a commission for investigating the circumstances of death of the first Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia. In his talk to the GeorgiaTimes correspondent, Bagaturia underlined that it is time to gain insight into the Georgian contemporary history. According to him, the purpose of the commission is not only to investigate the death of the first president but to provide a legal evaluation of the 1991 events.

Immediately after that, there appeared information that former President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze would have to answer the questions of the parliamentary interim commission, for it was Shevardnadze who removed his predecessor as a result of the so-called Tbilisian war.

Armed battles were going on in the capital between the two politicians' supporters. Gamsakhurdia had to escape. After that he made an unsuccessful attempt to have revenge. On 31 December 1993 he died in unclear circumstances in one of the villages in Western Georgia. According to an official version, he committed suicide; however, the Georgians still believe that the first president was killed.

The independent Georgia renounced its first president then. In February 1994 his body was carried to Grozny. Gamsakhurdia and his government were rehabilitated by the Rose Revolution winners. His name was given to the central streets of the towns. On 28 March 2007 the remains of the first Georgian president's body were brought back to his native land and buried in Mtatsmindskiy pantheon on April 1. According to newspaper News Times, during the reburial of Gamsakhurdia's remains, experts from Grozny discovered two bullet holes in the temporal part of the skull.

The family of the first president has more than once refused to hold the repeated examination, saying that one cannot state for sure whether it was a murder or a suicide.

It is difficult to predict the outcome of the current investigation. At least, Eduard Shevardnadze has already stated being ready to answer all the questions related to the death of the first President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia. "If the doctors had been given a chance to examine the corpse everything would have become clear then", - Shevardnadze stated; he believes that "forcing Gamsakhurdia out of Tbilisi was the greatest mischief".

Some of Shevardnadze's supporters are apt to blame the Grey Fox for Gamsakhurdia's death. According to the Georgian media, academician Elizbar Javelidze remembers Shevardnadze saying once that he did not need Gamsakhurdia alive; after that, they killed the first president having feigned a suicide.

However, there is another opinion as well. For instance, in his recent talk with GeorgiaTimes, the Georgian political expert Ramaz Sakvarelidze underlined that he doubted Shevardnadze being involved in Gamsakhurdia's death. "There were too many problems in Georgia then, and Shevardnadze simply did not have time for his predecessor", - Sakvarelidze underlined.

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