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Tedo Japaridze, a “Kremlin agent”2010-12-24 13:52
Tedo Japaridze, an honored scholar and diplomat of international renown, is now in Georgia's list of "unreliable figures". The country's ministry of foreign affairs condemns his activities in the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. It is believed in Tbilisi that the author of a number of scientific works is unworthy of his position because of illiteracy. Though evidently he is not trusted for political reasons: he is well treated in Russia, and he has too good relations with Russian politicians and scholars.
The story began on the first days of December. Georgia's ministry of foreign affairs refused to support Tedo Japaridze in a reelection for the post of deputy director of the International Center of Black Sea Studies at the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation for the second time.
On the whole, it's Georgian diplomacy's business whom to support in various international organizations and whom not. But there was a reason why Tedo Japaridze's story attracted attention of the journalists. On behalf of the ministry deputy FM Nino Kalandadze insulted the diplomat declaring refusal to support him at reelection for the "lack of serious scientific background". In simple terms, the candidate of science in history and the author of many research works was called an ignoramus.
Nino Kalandadze, young and inexperienced as she is, simply didn't read the biography of the diplomat. Japaridze graduated from the faculty of Western European languages of Tbilisi State University, became a candidate of science in history, and worked in Moscow's Institute of the USA and Canada for ten years before the start of his diplomatic career.
In reality the credit of trust for Japaridze exhausted for a different reason: he is overly trusted in Moscow. But the official position of Georgia's ministry of foreign affairs on "the lack of serious scientific background" was not presented at the very beginning.
A few days earlier a more definite reason was heard in the ministry's back rooms that Tedo Japaridze is clinging to his position through protection from Moscow. The reason to think so was one Russian vote in support of Tedo Japaridze's candidatutre.
A more thorough analysis shows that Japaridze was supported by all OBSEC members except for Georgia. So the only viable accusation against him is that Japaridze is too kind to Moscow.