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Georgian President’s Perverted Love2010-07-19 16:02
What springs to one's mind is "I don't believe it" phrase pronounced by the teacher of Georgia's legendary tenor David Andguladze, hearing Mikheil Saakashvili repeatedly confess his deep love for Russia.
"I have always told Russian leaders, Putin too, that I'm probably the last or next-to-last Georgian president who can quote Pushkin, Lermontov, Brodsky, Yesenin. I love your poetry, culture, literature. Your people", - the Georgian leader told Denis Kurian, a Belarusian correspondent.
It is funny to hear a Soviet university graduate boasting of his knowledge of the Russian language and literature making it sound as if it was not Russian culture that refined him but it was he who condescended to grant it with his attention.
Saakashvili stresses the fact of good knowledge of Russian literature any time an opportunity occurs. It will be remarked that it's not only the president but most part of Georgian population who are acquainted with it due to Sakartvelo's bygone appurtenance to Russia.
A civilized part of the world quotes, studies and admires Pushkin and Gogol, Dostoevsky and Turgenev, Bulgakov and Nabokov. But judging by what Mikheil Nikolayevich predicts, Georgians will soon be excluded from the caste of educated people enriched with images, ideas and feelings put to paper by a whole pleiad of great Russian classics.
"Generations will change, and because of this alienation new leaders won't even understand that this is Russia and where it all is" - Saakashvili foretells. According to his predictions in a short while his people will come to geographical cretinism.
This is what he added to the journalist's ambiguous phrase that it is already evident in Georgia: "And this does not make me happy". Literal translation means "it makes me happy - but not much".
Not long ago Georgian FM Grigol Vashadze, another connoisseur of Russian art that gave his wife - Nino Ananiashvili, a ballet dancer - a worldwide fame, recommended that his compatriots forget about Russia as soon as possible and stop seeking friendship, help or market access from Russia getting alienated mentally and becoming part of the Western world.
The Georgian intelligentsia, however, continues to long for Russians understanding there are no other equally grateful viewers and listeners. Georgian travel agencies continue to lure Russians to their hotels and receiving them hug them in a sincere greeting. As Efim Fistein, director of Radio Liverty Russian service, who visited Tbilisi not long ago said Georgians start speaking Russian to any foreigner.