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Tbilisi spends money on glory2011-10-20 11:42
If Georgian authorities can be trusted, Georgia is on the way to unbelievable prosperity. As alleged, the country's economy is growing at an accelerated rate, macroeconomic indexes get better day after day. In reality, howver, Georgia has been standing on that threshold for many years and the only macroeconomic index that is really growing is external debt. Besides, Tbilisi increases expenditure on sustaining its image abroad. Saakashvili pesters high-ranking Western politicians while common Georgians pay for that from their own pockets.
Quite recently America witnessed a new scandal featuring notorious Orion Strategies lobbyist company that has been acting on behalf of Saakashvili on the backstage of Washington policies. The company is owned by Randy Scheunemann, senator McCain's former adviser, who loves presenting himself as a Georgian. His services are estimated at nearly USD 500 thousand paid from the Georgian budget. Journalists managed to find out that the company protects Mishiko's democratic reputation in the USA and this task is getting still more complicated knowing that the company resorted to bribing journalists from influential Washington Post and Washington times. But this is not all.
The image of a prince charming of democracy facing dark forces of Russia's imperialism that Avlabari dictator loves so much, can't deceive people as evidenced by the fact that together with Scheunemann's office, the country's faded glory is being refreshed by at least two more PR companies - Podesta Group and Gephardt Government Affairs. Supporting the former costs USD 600 thousand per year for Georgian taxpayers, and services of the latter - USD 400 thousand more. Gregory Maniatis, a lobbyist from Ithaca Group, "for communication and activities connected with relationships with US government".
Millions spent by Saakashvili on preservation of a favorable opinion about himself in America is in a striking contrast with extreme poverty of dominant majority of Georgia's population, which was mentioned even by Kenia's Daily Nation. Africans, albeit used to violent and corrupt dictators, were not left indifferent to such glaring manifestations of political corruption.
However, the Georgian president's agents of influence in the West prefer to use more modest words. This is an opinion of Rafael Glucksman, "adviser" to Mishiko, a son of the most furious Russophobe in Europe, Andrew Glucksma.
"I discovered politics from a more interesting angle than party life, like in France. Politics perceived like an adventure", - Le Monde quotes his words. - It is a paradox to sit at one table with Europeans. I understand they just can't do that. Their cynicism is misunderstood in such a young country as Georgia that idealizes Europe and the USA".
To him ferocity of Georgia's political reality is just an "adventure". And logical mistrust that Europe and America feel for Saakashvili's profoundly corrupt regime is "a sort of cynicism". It is symbolic that such phrases are pronounced by a man brought up in traditions of Western democracy. This doublethink, an integral part of totalitarian regimes, is wonderfully described in George Orwell's book.
We can also recall WikiLeaks information presented by Georgi Gugava, Labor Party political secretary, last week.