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Saakashvili sends patriots to camp2010-07-29 18:07
Democratic and liberal president of Georgia continues to adopt a lot from "backward Russia". Traditions of parades, Zarnitsa game and military-patriotic camps were revived in the north long ago. Georgia follows suit to foster patriotism: marches are back to Rustaveli Avenue and military classes at schools. There is camp "Patriot" in Anaklia that hosts not only Georgians, but children from Georgia-friendly states.
The list of Georgia's bosom friends has been complemented by Moldavia where the communist leader was succeeded by pro-Romanian Mikhail Gimpu, and Belarus that after long years of evasiveness has again fallen out with Russia. Recently constructed camp Patriot in Lego style welcomes Moldavian and Belarusian teenagers.
To provide 120 children affected by a recent flood with a free vacation at the Black Sea coast is Mikheil Saakashvili's noble gesture, though not an unselfish one. Humanitarian aid was meant for the sympathetic president who, like the Rose Revolutionist, began his rule with the declaration that the Soviet Union (implying Russia) is an occupant.
The Georgian leader encourages Alexander Lukashenko morally since Belarus is quite well off with the help of Russia. Saakashvili met his counterpart in Crimea and gave a favorable interview on Belarusian TV that was assessed by the experts as retaliation to "God batka" movie broadcast by NTV (Russia).
Still, Saakashvili invited 50 Belarusian children for a holiday in Anaklia a month before the meeting between the "beacon of democracy" and "Europe's last dictator". This could be considered as gratitude that despite the union with Russia Minsk has not recognized Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence yet.
These two examples can't drive to a conclusion that Patriot hosts only representatives of the states oriented against Russia. As Georgian media report, there are Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Kazakhs, Ukrainians and Poles on holiday in Anaklia.
The camp can host up to 300 persons, 150 of which are Georgian children of refugees, A-students, children from poor families, the others being guests from abroad.