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Georgia: politics to subjugate culture

2009-10-27 16:31

4388.jpegAll things in Georgia - from business projects to religious sermons are politically colored. After the war with Russia the cultural milieu has become politicized too. The artists divided into those who stay with us and those who prefer Russia. Dmitry Jaiani, head of the Sukhum Drama Theater he once sheltered in Tbilisi found himself between two camps and decided to flee.

Recently Dmitry Jaiani accused Georgian authorities of persecution of the Sukhum Theater announcing he would seek political asylum in Europe.


At a press conference in the Actors' House he stated the Ministry of Culture and parliamentary majority deputies were putting pressure on him all the time demanding that he leave the theater. "I'm practically dismissed from my position without an official confirmation. Officially a person was sent to me asking me to submit resignation", - he said.

Meanwhile as Jaiani asserts deputy Giya Roinashvili promised that he would soon be forced to resign asking not to make too much ado about it. The actor was accused of drug addiction and compelled to have a medical check-up.

For fear that all this was coming to no good the Sukhum Drama Theater casting director decided to ask foreign diplomats for help.

"I had a talk with our actors and we decided that if the persecution and humiliation campaign against us didn't stop we would apply to the diplomatic corps for political asylum in any European country except for Russia to become refugees for the second time. The first time we were evicted from our own homes, and now we are ousted from our native country", - Jaiani stated as Our Abkhazia portal reports.

Over 20 years the Sukhum Theater "in exile" has never acquired its own building and is squeezed up in the Actors' House, the director complained.

Jaiani ranks himself with some other well-known cultural figures of Georgia who have been recently fired for political reasons. He mentioned Keti Dolidze, ex art director of Tbilisi Theater of Movie Actors dismissed for participation in opposition rallies and conductor Zaza Azmaiparashvili who was sacked from the Opera and Ballet Theater.

According to Jaiani "if it was 1937 now they would have been shot down like Tamara Abakelia, Eugeny Mikeladze and Sandro Akhmeteli".

Zaza Azmaiparashvili's situation provoked a vivid discussion among the press conference attendees.

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