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Georgian opposition accuses authorities of spy scare2008-10-28 09:32
Georgian opposition is getting prepared to new November protest actions. In the run-up to the anniversary of police and army crackdown of peace demonstration in Tbilisi the oppositionists accuse the authorities of spy scare.
Thus one of these days a leader of "Conservative Party of Georgia" Kakha Kukava made a statement that the authorities were only busy searching for "agents" among opposition members. "All actions that took place in Georgia were considered by the government as controlled by the opposition on request of exterior forces. I believe this is not a problem of opposition but more likely of the leaders, - one of the conservative leaders declared.
Spy scandals in Georgia are very much like a modern detective series in which according to the genre, you never know when the climax will finally strike. In 2006 Russian officers were arrested on the charge of espionage, the command office of Group of Russian troops in Transcaucasia (GRVZ) sealed off Georgian OMON. In 2007 Badry Patarkatsishvili, a now dead oligarch, that had been wanted by Interpol on the insistence of Russia, was declared a Special Service agent. Russian diplomats were sent out of the country on suspicion of espionage. After the opposition meeting dispersal in November 2007 the authorities labeled as "an agent" the Labour Party leader Shalva Natelashvili, Levan and David Berdzenishvili, the Republicans, ex State Minister Georgy Khaindrava,
and ex president of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia's sons, Konstantin and Tsotne. The latter is now expecting court - also on charge of high treason and espionage in favor of Russia.
For the previous year both foreign and interior situation in the country had grown more complicated. Georgian opposition was quick to break authority criticism moratorium they had proclaimed in connection with the military events. Today the opposition accuse Georgia's current authorities under the leadership of Mikhail Saakashvili of the loss of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and demand early presidential elections. Considering that acting against Russia helped Saakashvili keep the presidential seat more than once it is most probable that witch-hunt is still ahead.