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Hammer and sickle making life miserable for Georgia2010-10-29 13:59
It turns out that the number-one item in the list of urgent businesses of the Georgian people's deputies is not the recovery of the eroded economy or resisting Mikheil Saakasvhili's attempts to settle himself as an everlasting governor of the country. No, these problems do not threaten the young state; there's no time to think about such trifles. It is the Soviet past that may invite danger for the people of Georgia who have overcome all the misfortunes through Rose Revolution, and it is the Soviet past that some representatives of the deputy corps have lately addicted to struggling with.
Georgian politicians sometimes grow tired of their permanent attempts to catch the wind in a net and of harping on the same string about the necessity of restoring sovereignty over the forever lost Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In these rare moments of enlightenment, Sakartvelo's political establishment starts remembering the problems that are truly important for the country. However, the range of the issues they raise is wide indeed. The officials enjoy putting their heads in the clouds, both in the proper and improper sense of word. Large-scale projects on reuniting Georgia with all the possible international organizations are intermingled in their speeches with the windy promises to turn the country into an ideal of democracy, equality and welfare. Still,
no one hurries to name the definite date of realization of at least one of these plans, as well to be accountable for the non-fulfillment of promises.
As for the opposition, it is calling to much more important things, such as reducing prices on goods, fighting corruption among state officials and solving education problems. The settlement of these problems is not going to bring Georgian governors to the New York Times or Figaro front pages but it will help gaining gratitude of the common people for long - that's what Mikheil Saakashvili's opponents are insisting upon, generally those from the non-parliamentary opposition. The holders of the cushy deputy's seats are often glad to be contaminated by a virus that has long affected Georgia's governmental top and take part in the parliament's illegal competition in uselessness.
For example, one of the people's deputies Giorgy Tortladze is now actively insisting upon banning the use of the Soviet and bolshevist symbols within the territory of the country. The ban should be introduced in Georgia in the context of adopting the Freedom Chart; this document will bring Sakartvelo closer to such torches of European democracy as Poland and Lithuania where such acts have been enforced a long time ago. Besides strengthening the role of special services, the Freedom Chart implies setting limits on the occupation of certain positions by former members of the Communist Party Central Committee, Komsomol and State Security Committee of Georgia. "In all the civilized countries, public usage of Soviet and fascist symbolic is prohibited and Georgia should not fall behind the civilized countries", - Tortladze asserts.
He is confronted not only by the Georgian public representatives but also by his colleagues. For example, Christian-Democrat Levan Vephvadze has underlined that should such measures be taken, there is a threat of demolition even for the building of the Georgian parliament, so long as it bears many Soviet symbols. Leader of the Kartuli Dasi party Jondi Bagaturia stressed that the deputies should better take on the problem of famine in the country: according to the parliamentarian, 2 million Georgians are already facing it.