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Sakartvelo’s history masochism2011-06-02 22:41
The parliament of Georgia approves adoption of the Freedom Charter that imposes a ban on Soviet symbols inside the country turning former members of the CPSU into second-rate people. As a result, the authorities of the republic have taken the country to the abyss of obscurantism. The image of "the island of democracy in Caucasus" zealously advertised by Mikheil Saakashvili assisted by Western partners all over the world, has drowned - as Atlantis would have envied - thanks to the country's ruling elite.
Decisions like those stipulated in the Freedom Charter were made in Baltic states and other countries of the former socialist bloc almost immediately after the collapse of Moscow-controlled regimes. Naturally, new authorities tried to protect themselves from being overthrown by predecessors. That is why former allies of Kremlin were subject to lustration. Mildly speaking, these processes are late in Georgia, putting it mildly. No high-ranking member of the former CPSU will be accepted to governmental agencies (also because of their age). It was not the fear to lose power, simply a desire to tease Russia again. The result is to their own disadvantage
Upon approval of the Freedom Charter by law makers, all speeches of Georgian authorities on human values allegedly prospering in the country have completely lost all truthfulness. The witch hunt is officially launched in the republic. The only thing to be done is to announce a reward for disclosure of representatives of the "damned Soviet regime". Woodpeck on a colleague that decided to hush down his Comsomol past - get GEL 1000, for example. Besides, former members of the CPSU have only one month to acknowledge their "anti-state" activity.
Let's hope things won't turn that bad and woodpecking will not be Georgia's new trend. Anyway, the Freedom Charter has enough negative consequences. In a desire to make Russia angry official Tbilisi snubs the country's history - one of the most prosperous periods of it.
The Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic was known for special privileges as compared to the rest of the Union, being totally subsidized. Even now most part of the country's economy is based on achievements of that period. Apparently, in an attempt to destroy the Soviet symbols, local deputies try to make the whole world forget about that fact and have their own version of the Soviet past and present their country as a victim of "bloody communist tyrants".
And there is a lot to be destroyed, by the way. The country was literally honeycombed with Soviet symbols, because of the Center's extraordinary generosity toward then leaders of Georgia. It's the irony of fate that these symbols are numerous on the building of the country's parliament where the Freedom Charter was adopted. There is an impression that adoption of the charter was lobbied by a construction company aiming at a large contract for demolition of monuments of the past.
Speaking seriously, adoption of this precarious document can be beneficial to a very small part of Georgian rulers that try to get rid of their own complexes thinking that liquidation of symbols of the past will help their country become truly independent and free. Yet, the republic makes its unattractive image still worse.