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Kushanashvili: about Me, Saakashvili and Sakartvelo2010-07-05 11:30
The flamboyant showman Otar Kushanashvili is gone. The man who came to GeorgiaTimes editors office seemed to be serious and sentimental rather then cheeky and mocking as usual. The image of a ruffian imposed upon him by TV producers has become tiresome both for him and his audience. Kushanashvili returned to journalism where he made his start in the 90s with the scandalous articles about prostitutes. (Interview continued)
- When was the last time you went to Georgia?
- I went to my father's funeral - a sad reason; I spent five days there crying nonstop. It was two months ago. I had to travel by various transport and I heard the people saying that I betrayed my blood, became a classic renegade bringing grist on someone else's mill. It was said in a less controlled format. I saw my classmates, visited my mother's grave and spend half a day on my knees. The trip was hard and dreadfully exhausting; it emptied me down to the bottom. But at the same time, I was surprised at the stamina of my fellow countrymen. To be so vital, to have such unbending spirit, to be full of zest in such unbearable context! I was so proud of those people who are starving, to put it mildly, as I far as I could tell from what I saw. They are
very proud-hearted people.
- Tina Kandelaki will hardly ever return to Georgia. Is the door still open for you?
- Tina Kandelaki's story is rather vague. Nobody saw the resolution; there were no witnesses when the taboo was set up. As for me, after August 8 I embraced before camera with a great man, an outstanding man, a man of the greatest caliber, Gergiev; I am no match to him. It was an honor for me. I know that the whole world is dreaming to shake hands with Valeriy Gergiev. He is a Georgian, a Russian, an Ossetian; he is of all nationalities at once. He hovers above the planet, bringing joy to the people. So I embraced him. On the second day when this video was made available in the Internet they called me obscene names, they said I would never return back home and if they found me in Moscow (I never conceal my residence) they would cut my head off because I betrayed the coffins of our guys. Valeriy Gergiev found me in a café, came there with his assistant and said: "Let us sign a petition against the war. Otar, you are the only of public Georgians in Moscow who agreed to sign it".