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“Witch hunt” is coming to Georgia2009-09-03 15:05
Following "the elder brother's" example in everything they do, the Georgian politicians made up their mind to revive one of the gloomiest episodes of American history in their own country: they decided to start the "witch hunt", that is, hunting artistic intelligentsia that was actively carried out by the American senator McCarthy in the 50s of the last century.
In Georgia, all these notorious pages of McCarthyism are going to be repeated by a pseudo-oppositional delegate of the Georgian parliament Gia Tortladze who has initiated the Draft Law on Registration, Voluntary Confession and Maintenance of Register of the Former Secret Officers of the USSR Special Services, Communist Party and Lenin Komsomol, or, in other words, the Lustration Law.
Why him? As to Mikhail Nikolaevitch Saakashvili, he has no wish to gain the character of a new American (Georgian) witch hunter, while Mr. Tortladze, either on account of his wrong vision of the assigned mission, or due to his personal animal anticommunism suggested to the parliament that he should pass the most non-democratic law in the Georgian history. He is calling upon the deputies to give a free pass to a draft law demanding voluntary confession from the secret service officers.
In other words, within 6 months upon the law coming into force, all citizens of Georgia that have ever in any way dealt with the special services of the former Soviet Union are obliged to apply to the committee and submit all the available information and documents about their activity in special services, as well as about the very activity of the special services.
The draft law implies maintaining the register of the former secret agents of the USSR special services, the Communist party and Lenin Komsomol, as well as the official restrictions for such persons.
The draft law also stipulates the list of positions that are covered by the restrictions. Assignment of those persons that were the USSR secret service officers, KGB officers and members and secretaries of the regional committees of the Communist party and Lenin Komsomol, as well chairpersons of the GSSR state television and radio broadcasting is prohibited. In a word, here we are!
Mr. Tortladze has obviously got to the Georgian parliament from an orphanage. Otherwise, he would not have threatened his colleagues in parliament to publish the list of those who voted against the Lustration Law in case it is not passed: look, dear citizens, here are those who are covering "the Kremlin agents"!