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Mishiko’s weeping: the country’s lost, enemies all around

2011-03-22 12:52

14899.jpegMikheil Saakashvili comes up with new sensations for foreign press.  In a recent interview with Valstybė magazine (Latvia) he told a detailed story about the ways he had fought corruption with. He also demonstrated mass construction projects, energy sector modernization and investments to be expected. As it turns out, if not for the president, Georgia would have vanished long ago. To continue the country's existence Sakartvelo leader must be quick to complete his to-do list. Indeed, not much time is left before the election.


With leaders of many countries totally refusing to deal with Mishiko, the Georgian leader decided to get into the global spotlight via mass media. Not long ago he told Charlie Rose, a US journalist, about eradication of corruption in Georgia. This time he presents himself as an outstanding democrat for the Latvian magazine. Remarkably, Saakashvili was more straightforward with Latvian wordsmiths.

Immediately after the start of his presidency, Mikheil Nikolozovich faced serious difficulties. Representatives of the corrupt political elite interconnected by the conspiracy of silence, invited criminal elements to Georgia offering them support at all possible levels. Mishiko had to act heroically deciding to restaff officialdom completely. At least this is the bright story he told Valstybė.

"Georgia was controlled by a corrupt bureaucratic elite that lived in posh apartments in the center of Tbilisi. They were indifferent of what was going on beyond their district. With most economy in shade, the influence was divided between groups of various interests and criminals were practically uncontrollable. Criminal leaders controlled Georgian mafia expanding to Russia and Europe. Even now 80% of organized crime in Russia and Ukraine is controlled by Georgians. In terms of crime Georgia was almost a lost country", - the Latvian magazine quotes.

The irony of this all is that with the arrival of new people personally selected by Mikheil Saakashvili to ministries, nothing changed. Anyone who has a slight idea of what is going on in the country, is perfectly aware of business monopolized by the current country leader's large family, and the police called to control the life of citizens. Another thing: Mishiko was speaking about Georgia's brilliant future from the palace designed by Michele de Lucchi, an Italian architect. This "modest" building is considered the biggest construction project in Georgia over the past two thousand years.

No wonder that having a solid support of shady structures, the current leader of Georgia is not afraid of the opposition. He thinks he will always be able to suppress insurgency in the country. Fortunately, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko had a similar experience by incarcerating his key opponents for the time of the presidential election.

Mishiko is so self-confident that he mocks the opposition advising to strengthen their positions after their eventual advent to power as a result of 2013 election. "Georgian opposition is not as strong as I would like it to be. We need an opposition that would not be a tragedy for the country if they come to power. Today's opposition is much better than what we had a few years ago. Then they were ready to sell Georgia to Russia", - Saakashvili asserts. These are all big words. But what would be his real reaction to the defeat of his political opponents followed by extremely non-beneficial redirection of financial flows?

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