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No matter the part you play, batono…2010-07-27 19:13
Georgian opposition continues seeking harmony. Zurab Nogaideli's movement For Fair Georgia is going to unite with Okruashvili's Movement for United Georgia so as to attract as many other oppositional parties as possible. However, the magnetic power of the "duet insulted by authorities" seems to repel the supporters rather than attract them. While oppositionists are switching places in the same orchestra, the expert community is trying to guess whether they are capable of a new melody.
Right after the failed local elections in Georgia the mosaic construction made of oppositional political blocks fell apart. Instead, dozens of small and middle-sized parties started forming new patterns. Zurab Nogaideli, whose party had belonged to the National Council association, found another partner for a joint fight against the president: this was the odious Irakliy Okruashvili, the former minister of defense of Georgia.
South Ossetia will never forgive the Georgian government's "hawk" his promise to celebrate the New Year 2007 in Tskhinval. In response to the Georgian Army commander's boastful words, Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Ivanov wished his colleague to keep to the custom and see the New Year in at home, "in a family setting".
Okruashvili's views were transformed since he left the government. He stated in public that Saakashvili was preparing an operation on quickly bringing Tskhinval under Tbilisi's control in 2006. Besides, the former minister accused the Georgian president of contracting the murder of Zurab Zhvania and Badri Patarkatsishvili and criticized the project under the name of "Dima Sanakoyev", having called the head of Georgian administration of Tskhinval region "a caricatured face".
Two days after the interview, a criminal case was initiated against Okruashvili on the fact of corruption. The former minister was arrested. Behind the bar, he renounced all the revelations. On being released on bail, the scandalous politician fled to Europe where he acquired the status of a political emigrant. There, he confirmed everything he had accused Georgian president of before the arrest.
Staying away from the country, Okruashvili established movement For Fair Georgia in his motherland, which took part in almost all the protest actions against Mikhail Saakashvili. However, Iralkiy Levonovitch preferred staying in the shadow, although it was him who, in the opinion of political analyst Hamlet Chipashvili, could strike the revolutionary spark, such as in autumn 2007.