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FIC lost in Petersburg2011-04-04 18:40
Journalists of the First Information Caucasian channel were arrested during an unauthorized meeting in Petersburg. Besides the agreed shooting, Tbilisi guests could not withstand the temptation of watching the Russians demand the government's resignation. It looks like the meetings in the Caucasus held in the specified area of FIC's activity seemed not enough for them, for they have not been informed of the arrest of Gia Burjanadze in front of the Ministry for the Execution of Sentences in Tbilisi or of a protest action held by refugees during the parliamentary debates with Minister Koba Subeliani.
The FIC channel camera crew got into a scrape in St. Petersburg. Some evil power brought the foreigners to an unauthorized meeting of the riotous Russian oppositionists, Boris Nemtsov and Iliya Yashin. A retired and a beginning politician are used to spending their time in a preliminary detention cell. All their actions are initially designed that way. As for the Georgian journalists, they've got a lot of "positive" impressions to fill the "neutral", according to the managers, air.
Yesterday, correspondent Natia Poladashvili managed to make a phone call from the slammer to report the details of the arrest.
"We are kept in the 43d militia office of St. Petersburg. We were shooting an unauthorized meeting of the opposition where Boris Nemtsov, Iliya Yanshin and other oppositionists took part. In a while, there came a militia car, a militia bus and we were asked to get on the bus by some people in helmets, evidently the Special Police Force militants. They brought us to a militia office without any explanations. They drew up protocols saying that we did not obey the law on militia, took part in an unauthorized meeting and crossed the road in an improper place. The protocols will be sent to the court that will arrive at a decision in our respect", - she told.
Petersburg media added significant details to the story. The Georgians and several Russia journalists came to the action without the special lemon-coloured gowns reading "Press", while this distinctive symbol was once introduced in Russia by Oleg Panphilov, a FIC "star". At that time, however, he was heading Russian Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations. He realized later on that it was far safer to criticize Russia at some distance, from the beautiful Georgia. Still, he could have warned his colleagues about the special vests, though in this way he would make the Georgians' adventures in St. Petersburg less breathtaking.