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Vakhania’s case: just business, nothing more2009-07-28 18:30
Georgia's Conservative party pointed at the absurdity of the criminal case opened against a citizen of Russia Vladimir Vakhania. The oppositionists consider him to be a political prisoner, demanding his release from prison. Perhaps, the authorities are simply waiting for the professor's brother, Russian businessman Tengiz Vakhania, to ransom him.
The Conservative party of Georgia demanded instant release of political prisoner Vladimir Vakhania. According to Secretary General of the party Kakha Kukava, commission for cases of political prisoners has discovered certain infringements in the case of the Russian citizen arrested in Zugdidi on March 11, on a charge of obstructing a journalist's professional activity and of acquisition, storage and bearing of arms.
As GeorgiaTimes already reported, Vladimir Vakhania had to stay in Georgia when last autumn he was detained while enplaning in Tbilisi for having double Russian-Georgian citizenship. His documents were taken away, so he was unable to return to Moscow where his family was waiting for him. In his minor homeland of Zugdidi, Vakhania decided to establish a party called Mtliani Sakartvelo (The Whole Georgia). On the day of the party presentation, following a denunciation made by local correspondent Leila Khubulava, a criminal case was opened against him for obstructing the correspondent's activities. In a couple of days, he was visited by an investigative officer. After him, the special unit members rushed into the house and, having searched it, "discovered" grenades, cartridges and a Kalashnikov. The authorities also suspected him of being Russia's spy.
"There was no fingerprint analysis, and the involved witnesses say that they took no part in the search and that their signatures under the search act were forged", - Kakha Kukava told at yesterday's press-conference. According to him, it is unreasonable to accuse Vakhania of having taken away the cassette from the journalist so long as "during last months, the police have been constantly beating and insulting the journalists, taking away their cameras and cassettes".
In the opinion of Kakha Kukava, the main reason of Vladimir Vakhania's arrest was his intention to establish an oppositional political movement in Zugdidi, which was to arrange protest actions in the region. "Any political activity in Samegrelo causes the authorities' painful reaction, they punish severely any dissentients in the region", - the Conservative stated.
The version of a pursuit on political grounds is underpinned with the fact that The Whole Georgia party was going to attain abandonment of the plan to join NATO and spoke in favor of announcing neutrality and reconciliation with Russia.