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Saakashvili’s face segment at risk

2009-12-31 10:03

5020.jpegThe Georgian government blows up the Honor Memorial dedicated to those who died in the years of the Great Patriotic War, abolishes the inherited post-Soviet military ranks and broadcasts Adolph Hitler's revanchist slogans by the nationwide TV channel. What is it: a mere coincidence or a purposeful policy? The provocative acts of Mikhail Saakashvili and his zealous team seem to baffle even the Washington patrons of the current Tbilisian authorities.


In his speech summarizing the outcome of his trip to the Far East, Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin touched upon his idea of reconstructing in Moscow the memorial destroyed in Kutaisi. "The reconstruction of the memorial in Moscow is another burst on the Georgian authorities' nose; this is absolutely clear and, of course, they are going to press upon the author so that he would not agree to take part in restoration", - Vladimir Putin said, according to PRIME-TASS.

According to the Russian prime minister, "the author's reaction to the idea was positive". However, he believes that "the Georgian authorities are going to press upon him on political grounds", because, according to Putin, "what they did is a crime". He expressed hope that even if the author is unable to take part in the reconstruction process Russia will be grateful to him for any advice. "If he can't take part in the work, his general guidance will be enough", - he said.

By bringing back "the Georgian issue" Vladimir Putin opposed the Georgian leader one way or another; the latter has cynically stated not long ago that the Memorial of Glory in Kutaisi was just a memorial to the Soviet Army, which is now succeeded by the Russian Army. In Saakashvili's opinion, it means that there is no sin in blowing it up.

This time, Mikhail Nikolaevitch was lucky enough: Vladimir Vladimirovitch impinged only upon a segment of his face, for it is Saakashvili's face that personifies the official power in today's Georgia. The previous time, it was the Georgian president's manhood that was threatened.

The Russian government decided to clearly differentiate between the Georgian people and the Georgian authorities. "I have said more than once that I am not going to have any contacts with the current president and some other officials. Our paths diverged and we have got very different estimates of what has happened. I believe President Saakashvili bears direct legal responsibility for the committed crime (aggression in August 2008 - ed.); however it does not mean that we must suspend all other relationship as well. Our nations are united by multi-century friendship and unique history", - President Dmitriy Medvedev said at the recent 4th European-Asian media forum in Moscow.

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