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Dissidents wanted2009-12-14 16:20
Mr. Saakashvili's propaganda body has to resort to all possible means to find an event that would make "values of Georgian democracy" noticed by the world community. Sometimes these "values" attract Russian citizens - or ex USSR citizens, to be more exact - that long for them. But for some reason they go to this "land of joy" celebrated by poet Mayakovsky rather rarely.
That is why the decision of Alexander Bondarev, a "Russian dissident" residing in France to apply to the Georgian consulate for Georgian citizenship in Paris was presented as a new sensation. Georgian media also reported there is another Russian dissident - Ekaterina Timofeeva, a citizen of Russia - that wants to accept Georgian citizenship.
Attempts to find out who Bondarev and Timofeeva are via internet haven't been a success. It is informed that Bondarev left Russia 30 years ago for his political views and moved to France. But thirty years ago it was the Soviet Union with Georgia as part of it. At that time Bondarev preferred Paris to the glorious city of Tbilisi. What else is Bondarev, a so called dissident, known for?
Most probably nothing. Since if he was a bit of significance he would be featured in a couple of dozen web sites for sure. Now there are two Georgian web portals that forced out that Bondarev had confirmed his decision to Pirveli agency (Georgia). "Yes, I confirm lodging citizenship application to the Georgian consulate. I'm looking forward to president Saakashvili's decision", - Bondarev told the agency.
Under the Constitution of Georgia the Georgian citizenship can be granted personally by the president of Georgia. Almost doubtless he will grant "dissidents" Bondarev and Timofeeva the Georgian citizenship as he did it before for Russian military runaways - sergeant Alexander Glukhov and private Dmitry Artemyev that as the Georgian president circumlocutionally stated "had set themselves free out of the Russian wall".
Strange but other Russian militaries didn't follow the example of Glukhov and Artemyev though there were rumors Glukhov was living in a 2-room flat with a TV and a PC, went in for sports and even learned to swim expecting to be granted Georgian citizenship. It seems swimming is the Georgian president's favorite sports as tennis used to be for the first president of Russia, and ski and judo for Vladimir Putin. However after just a few months Glukhov and Artemyev are not mentioned anymore.