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Georgian radio registered in Moscow2010-06-10 16:44
In autumn FM Caucasus, a Georgian-language radio station, will start broadcasting from Moscow to become a fusion of socio-political and ethnic programs throughout Russia and Transcaucasia. There is another project, now launching, dedicated to this complicated region - Politics in Caucasus magazine.
Malkhaz Gulashvili, president of Georgian Times media holding also at the head of People's Orthodox Movement (Georgia) has announced creation of the radio station and magazine launch. "All basic questions connected with broadcasting has been solved", - he said adding that the Russian edition of Politics in Caucasus magazine will be led by Maxim Shevchenko, a Russian public figure and a journalist.
Both of them are not among favorites in Georgia. Last autumn Shevchenko, Vladimir Mamontov, Izvestia editor-in-chief and Alan Kasayev, RIA Novosti's CIS and Baltic States department chief were members of the delegation on behalf of the public committee for settlement of humanitarian consequences of the Georgian-Russian conflict.
Only Kasayev was granted permission to enter the country by Georgian authorities. As Mamontov stated the Russian delegation was going to Tbilisi with peaceful, constructive intentions and the reason why Georgia reacted so is that he and Maxim Shevchenko are considered conservative journalists unashamed to air their statal views in Russia. Shevchenko added then that traditions characterizing nations are unique and that "a strangling wind of liberalism that wipes away all national and religious identity is disgusting".
It was then that Malkhaz Gulashvili rose to defend his Russian colleagues calling the incident a deliberate provocation aimed at breakdown of public committee activities undesirable to some people who don't want Russia and Georgia to have normal friendly relations.
This May Gulashvili fled Georgia via South Ossetia reaching Tskhinval bypassing the border checkpoint via Leningori district of the republic. According to Gulashvili he decided to flee to South Ossetia because of persecution he and his family were subject to by Georgian authorities. Later president of People's Orthodox Movement cleared up the situation telling his son had faced provocations and assaults so Gulashvili was forced to take him away from the country and provide security to all his family. He also promised to establish a representative office of his movement in the capital of South Ossetia and get back to Tbilisi as soon as possible.