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“Russian issue” back on the agenda

2010-05-24 10:19

6044.jpeg"The Russian issue" is again topical in Georgia, as usual. Every day Georgian politicians come up with various statements wanting either to settle Georgian Russian relations, or promote themselves or keep the emotions high in the middle of the pre-election campaign. Now it's Nino Burdzhanadze, ex speaker of Georgian parliament, now leader of Democratic Movement - United Georgia, in the center of political intrigues.


Upon return from the tour of Europe preceded by the visit to Moscow on Victory Day Nino Burdzhanadze first faced a humiliating delay in Tbilisi airport. Her luggage was checked with extra scrutiny. "The Steel Lady" (Nino Anzorovna's nickname frequently used in Georgia - author) promised to offer a fitting rebuff. There is no news on a lawsuit with regard to the prolonged luggage check but there is a sensational statement Nino Anzorovna made saying that it was Georgian troops shelling Gori in 2008. She refused to make further comments. Shelling of Gori began on August 12 2008 after Georgian troops supposed to defend Tbilisi were pulled out of town. Georgian leaders assert that an Iskander rocket had been launched on the town of Gori from the territory of

Dagestan. The Russian side refutes these accusations, RBC reminds.

Georgia was fast to retaliate acidly that "our troops" for Nino Anzorovna (our troops shelled Gori - Nino Anzorovna said - author) means Russian PM Putin. However, Ivlian Khaindrava, a Georgian expert with the Center for development and cooperation stated that Burdzhanadze's statement is not a sensation, as Regnum IA reports. According to him, what the leader of the Georgian opposition said reechoes with what Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili said in a recent interview in which he refers to a high-ranking Georgian official who allegedly had offered money to Russia for demolishing Stalin monument in Gori.

That was not the end of the story, however. It seems the authorities decided to offer a dignified response to the impudent oppositionist. The next day Georgian media featured information about Burdzhanadze's official meeting with Putin and a secret one with Dmitry Medvedev. Also it was reported that in Kiev Burdzhanadze chose the same hotel where Dmitry Medvedev was staying on his visit to Ukraine. Burdzhanadze's party refuted this information. It is not the final word apparently. By Monday, judging by the rules of the genre, a new portion of accusations and refutations will follow. All the more there are reasons to that.

Georgian media have already reported that in addition to Burdzhanadze and Zurab Nogaideli who regularly goes to the capital of Russia, there is ex defense minister Irakli Okruashvili who went to Moscow too. Kartuli Sitkva newspaper (Tbilisi) reported on May 19 that "Okruashvili is going back to Georgia after May 30 elections and is paving the way for this return". "If this is so, it looks like he will come back to motherland via Moscow", - the newspaper continues asking: "What's the connection between Nino Burdzhanadze, Zurab Nogaideli and Irakli Okruashvili? Okruashvili's visit to Moscow was reported to the Georgian newspaper by a source that wished to remain anonymous. "Is it true that Irakli Okruashvili came to Moscow? Georgia is full of rumors", - the journalist asks the anonym and gets the following reply: "I'm not surprised that these rumors were disseminated since there (in Georgia) are rumors about everything. Yes, he was there more than once. I personally did not see him but I can surely say he was here and met with some influential figures of Russia".

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