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Shevardnadze’s way: from politicians to commentators2010-12-15 17:09
Former Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze states that the country's authorities are heading for a social revolt introducing higher taxes as well as transport, water and utility fees. The ex president said that in an interview with a Georgian newspaper. A day later he commented on Russian-Georgian relations in an interview with another newspaper. Basically, he constantly makes comments. Though he chose to withdraw from politics after the Rose Revolution, nothing stopped him from becoming a number one commentator for all occasions - from global politics to weather forecasts.
politics to weather forecasts.
Asaval Dasavali newspaper (Georgia) presented Edward Shevardnadze's opinion on the situation in Georgia. According to him extra taxes imposed by Georgian authorities can provoke a popular uprising. "The result of increase in water rates and transport fees will be a revolution, not merely an uprising, with impoverished people walking out onto the streets", - he stated. Asaval Dasavali is one of the Georgian newspapers that often turns to the ex president for comment on all kinds of subjects. This has become a weekly routine. But this is not Shevardnadze's only "tribune": he gives interviews and makes comments for the press every day. Curiously enough, he is not an opposition leader, or "gray eminence" of the Georgian politics, but just a pensioner. Until recently he was available on the direct phone number. Now he has a press secretary. He stopped giving interviews over the phone. The schedule of his meetings with the journalists is full up to the New Year. Manana Davitashvili, his press secretary, treats journalists with suspicion typical of special services. It is up to her to decide what questions can and cannot be asked.
In her interview with GeorgiaTimes the spokesperson hurriedly reported on good state of health of her boss. Yesterday head of Foundation of Unity of Russian and Georgian peoples Vladimir Khomeriki disseminated a statement warning Georgian leaders of the responsibility for threatening lawyer Shalva Khachapuridze who accuses Saakashvili of involvement in the murders of PM Zurab Zhvania and oligarch Badri Patarkatsishvili. This is one case out of many when the Georgian leader is referred to as being severe with his competitors. Still, he did nothing to his main enemy - Shevardnadze. On the contrary, he granted him his residence in Krtsanisi, a picturesque and fashionable district of Tbilisi and a decent pension. Unlike other post-Soviet presidents who lost their posts Shevi, as he is nicknamed in Georgia, does no politics and has no sympathy for political forces of Georgia. But that does not mean he has no line of his. He thinks that official Tbilisi of today is pursuing a too stupid policy.