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Nogaideli attacks Mishiko with United Russia2011-01-21 20:07
Georgians start to realize that slogans and criticism against United National Movement party have little sense. The only thing that does spoil the impression of the republic abroad is Russia's cold silence. Kremlin obstinately refuses to acknowledge Saakashvili as a sane person and sees no point in wasting its precious time on him. On the other hand, private contacts with Moscow keep being reestablished by disgraced oppositionists. Zurab Nogaideli who resigned from the Movement for Fair Georgia because of the intra-party split officially declares himself as a partner of United Russia.
Following well-known events of August 2008 Zurab Nogaideli came down on Georgian leaders with severe criticism. When Mikheil Saakashvili dismissed him from the post of prime minister in 2007, Nogaideli was expected to continue his career at the Council of the National Bank of Georgia protected by the ruling party. However, opponents to the current regime were sure Mishiko did that solely out of fear. He needed to improve his rating before the elections, and it was very easy to shift all responsibility onto the person that "fell down on the job".
Thus, Mr. Nogaideli woke up in 2008. Certainly, at that very moment to president Saakashvili he was more than unwanted. And what do such people do? They build up their opposition party to oppose "bad government" of the ruling elite. And already then Nogaideli openly said his purpose was reconciliation with the Abkhaz and Ossetians and resumption of a dialogue with Russia. No matter how difficult it was today, it is indispensable to preserve our statehood", - the "apostate" was quoted by mass media.
If Mishiko had not been stained with suspicions of the murder of Zurab Zhvania and Badri Patarkatsishvili, Nogaideli would have had it, no doubt. However, many people believed that the Movement for Fair Georgia had a future, though specialists were skeptical about political potential of the new oppositionist. Nonetheless, when in February 2010 Zurab Teymurazovich went to Moscow to sign an agreement with United Russia party, the Georgian leader got really nervous.
To discredit the opponent in the eyes of the electorate, Mr. Saakashvili decided to use his favorite backstage games and turn Nogaideli into a traitor of motherland.
"Several weeks ago Nr. Nogaideli had a public handshake with Mr. Putin thanking him for the attention toward Georgia. Most probably, the word attention meant shelling and occupation of Georgia on Putin's order in August 2008. Today he writes a thank-you letter to Mr. Putin and his team. In case of Russia's repeated aggression he will cooperate with Mr. Putin's team against Georgia", - Pavle Kublashvili, a deputy of Georgian parliament, was quoted on Rosbalt.
Giorgi Gabashvili, another deputy, called Nogaideli a traitor too stating that it becomes a habit with Georgians to betray national interests.
All this could not pass smoothly inside the Movement for Fair Georgia. Opinions divided and part of the members accused their leader of discrediting party members, not paying salaries and other sins. They suggested holding an extraordinary congress and Nogaideli was dismissed. The congress delegates elected a new governing body and examination committee. Presently a Sergo Javakhidze is the party's leader.