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Merabishvili considers Sakartvelo citizens to be MID agents2010-12-08 20:24
Head of the Georgian MIA Vano Merabishvili's interview recently published by Commersant is a real collection of catch phrases. It contains accusations of the Russian elite, both the ruling and the oppositional one, of degradation, stories about the "queues" of the North-Caucasians wishing to see the Georgian paradise at the Russian border and a forecast of Russia's soon economic collapse that will put it behind Ethiopia in the world leaders rating. To make a long story short, Merabishvili was so profuse in his eloquence that even Mikheil Saakashvili's direct order would hardly be enough to stop him.
Mikheil Saakashvili's direct order would hardly be enough to stop him.
Naturally, head of the Georgian MIA could not help paying attention to the "spy scandal" initiated by his administration at the beginning of November. In Merabishvili's opinion, events related to Ever operation prove the triumph of the Georgian intelligence service over the helpless Russian security officials. However Georgian law-enforcement authorities provided no clear evidence of the detainees' guilt on the matter. The hastily shot film shown to the Georgian audience by X-day when the names of those suspected of espionage were announced can hardly serve as proof.
Merabishvili particularly enlarged upon one of them, Yuri Skrylnikov. One should expect him to, for it was the 68-year-old citizen of Russia who, by will of the Georgian intelligence department, is the central figure of the "spy scandal". According to official Tbilisi, he was a contact for a whole group of Russian spies acting in the Georgian territory. Describing the situation with Skrylnikov once again, Vano Merabishvili made several incredible revelations.
The basic proof of the "spy's" guilt provided by the Georgian minister is... Skrylnikov's son who had worked at the military base in Batumi. Yes, you've got it right. "This guy, Skrylnikov, worked for a special department as a driver. Now tell me, can there be a driver in this department who has got no relation to MID? Can I have a driver who has no relation to MIA and who is not on the MIA payroll? Besides, Skrylnikov's brother worked in Tskhinval at the peacemakers' headquarters, also in a special department. If two family members are MID officers, why cannot their father be the one?" - Merabishvili speculates.