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Mayakovsky’s countrymen: a variety of nice prisons2010-11-12 21:18
However scrupulous in counting every tetri in the next-year budget, Tbilisi decided positively on additional expenses in a specific budget item. The funding of prisons construction and repair works will be increased almost by seven million laris. In all, over one hundred million laris will be spent on the powerful penitentiary system. What else is there to do? There is no other way to make Georgians obedient other than by handcuffs and bludgeons.
The secret of Mikheil Saakashvili's success in fighting Caucasian corruption is very simple: prisons, prisons and more prisons. Besides, penitentiary institutions should resemble five-star hotels, so that human right defenders and the opposition would not be resentful. That's the breakthrough technology of controlling the freedom-liking, utterly democratic society: not a GULAG but a comfortable closed-regime hotel, the basis of the state order in Georgia.
Indeed, it's better for the people to spend time on plank beds playing their favourite backgammon rather than holding posters in Rustaveli avenue, demanding bread and reconciliation with Russia. Anyway, they've got nowhere to work, and here they could do something useful under the jailers' supervision: for instance, plant an alley in the context of an action held by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment under the name that would suit a person in a wrapper: "plant a tree for green environment".
It would be good if people were not afraid of prisons but would aspire to get there. But alas! The real situation with the Georgian penitentiary system is far from ideal. That's why former prisoners are so far winning the cases in Strasbourg, going against the inhuman, humiliating conditions in jails, and the people's defendants, even as patient as Georgy Tugushi, are making report after report on violating the prisoners' rights in the overcrowded prisons.
How else could things be when the main achievement of the president's best friend, Head of MIA Vano Merabishvili, is the growth of the number of prisoners from 8 to 25 thousand?
However, it does not mean Saakashvili should give up and throw up his hands before the back-breaking task. The western credits are just meant to make the Georgian citizens' life better and as soon as they are kept in jail, the means should be proportionally spent on jails.