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Khubutia: Northward direction to ensure well-being in Georgia2009-04-13 09:52
On April 9 - the day of restoration of Georgia's independence - an hour before the open-ended opposition's protest rally at the Parliament building Moscow was trying to find out what was going on in Tbilisi. What should be expected - another color revolution, aggravation or long-awaited meltdown in Georgian-Russian relations?
The president of the Union of Georgians in Russia Mikhail Khubutia emphasized that the Georgians who live in Russia would hold actions neither in favor of the opposition - nor of the authorities. "We can provide moral support to both but it is unwise to interfere as we will immediately be proclaimed Kremlin's agents", - Khubutia explained his position. He also emphasized that the Union is not a political but a public organization whose main objective is enhancement of cultural and humanitarian ties between the countries.
Georgian journalists were openly skeptical. "If you are not going to influence the situation in Georgia, not going to deal with politics, why are we here then?" - Rustavi-2 reporter asked. She can be understood. Georgia's current president is quite explicit about the Union and its president. In February the Georgian authorities boycotted the congress of Georgians in Russia as according to Mikheil Saakashvili all the evil comes from the north.
So it is clear why Georgians for whom Georgia and Russia are Motherland stay away from political squabbles.
To a journalist's question about a leader in Georgia who could improve relations with Russia Khubutia replied: "The trouble in Georgia is that there is no such a person and a leader". He repeatedly stated that the only way that will bring Georgian people to well-being and prosperity is the change of direction. Is it possible today? According to Khubutia the propaganda and anti-Russian rhetoric have done a lot to aggravate the situation.
"There is an impression the only thing opposition wants is Saakashvili's resignation. But we have heard no oppositionist speaking about change of policies - making up with Russia, for instance", - Khubutia said. "Many current leaders were Saakashvili's teammates at the time of the Rose Revolution. That is why I see no one who could take charge of the country", - he stated. In his opinion today's opposition are "practically pocket politicians".
The journalists did not manage to learn from the head of the Georgian diaspora who in his view was the real force of opposition.
"If we back somebody today it means we'll be condemned tomorrow", - Khubutia explained.