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Okruashvili’s factor in the Georgian policy2010-02-08 22:51
The ghost of the former Minister of Defense Irakli Okruashvili is again looming in the Georgian public arena. Why the ghost? The point is that precisely a year ago, when the spring confrontation was just being mentioned, Tbilisi started speaking about the return of the "Hawk" (that was Irakli Kobaevitch's nickname for his warlike character and the relevant statements - I.P.). However, he never ventured to come back to the banks of Kura. Head of the Georgian MIA Vano Merabishvili promised to welcome the former comrade "according to the law": a criminal case was opened against Okruashvili, and the authorities are sure that "Irakli should be locked up".
Besides, a campaign against the former Minister of Defense has been continued in the Georgian media these days. As the journalists reported, secret negotiations with Okruashvili are held by leader of the oppositional Movement for Fair Georgia Nino Burjanadze, the irreplaceable oppositionist and the current co-founder of the Defend Georgia Movement Levan Gachechiladze and the former Georgian Ambassador to Russia Erosi Kitsmarishvili who is now engaged in arranging the media platform for the authorities' opponents.
Thus, referring to an unnamed source, Georgian newspaper Alia reported one of these days: "Several days ago, Nino Burjanadze who is staying in Switzerland, Levan Gachechiladze who has started off from Tbilisi and the new owner of the Maestro TV Company Erosi Kitsmarishvili visited Irakli Okruashvili in Paris. The reasons for the opposition's visit to Okruashvili are obvious: money is always needed, especially when we are talking about Erosi Kitsmarishvili". It is said in the political backstage that Burjandazde is reckoning to bringing down Irakli Alasania, so she needs funding to start a new wave of confrontation.
As to Levan Gachechiladze who is generally called "Buckwheat" in Georgia (his childhood nickname - I.P.), he has announced the opening of the "third wave". Erosi Kitsmarishvili, one of the founders of Rustavi-2, from which he was suspended, is currently engaged in an alternative revolutionary project in Georgia's media space. The whole affair cannot be carried out without a sound amount of greenbacks.