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Burjanadze to defend husband and Motherland2011-06-01 21:19
No matter how hard Georgia tried to escape from its Soviet past, it seems to be running in place. For instance, a notion has suddenly become relevant that was popular in Stalin's times - "a relative of the people's enemy". Nino Burjanadze's husband is accused of arranging the meeting of the People's Assembly broken up on the night of May 26. While Badri Bitsadze has to hide from policemen, his wife is going to accuse Saakashvili of betrayal of Motherland.
Saakashvili's habit to thoughtlessly use his favourite hackneyed phrases may do him harm. Hardly had he stated that the opposition's action broken up on the night of May 26 with the help of police batons was ordered and paid by Moscow, which fact had been allegedly known to the Georgian authorities, when Nino Burjanadze immediately asked quite a logic question: if things really went the way the president asserts, why was there bloodshed in Tbilisi? There is some little discrepancy, Mr. Saakashvili!
"If the Georgian authorities had known two months ago that there were four thousand armed people somewhere nearby and they had a Georgian Intelligence Department special unit behind their backs and it was all sponsored by Russia and had been planned by Putin, why didn't they make it public? Why didn't the authorities report it with arguments and in due time to those who believed they were fighting for Georgia? And why had not the arrangers been arrested earlier?" - Burjanadze is asking mockingly.
In her opinion, Saakashvili's statements are enough for an accusation of state treachery. "If that is so, it is a crime against one's people... I demand that the Georgian Prosecutor's Office initiate a case against those who knew about a "state coup" being prepared and did nothing; instead, they did everything to let innocent people die", - the oppositional leader took the president at his word.
In a country with real democracy and freedom of speech, such accusations would surely force a head of the state to be fully accountable before court. But will this verbal duel lead to any tangible consequences in Sakartvelo, or will everything be limited to Mishiko's marred reputation? After all, that won't be painful for him - it is already as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
Director General of the Center of Political Environment Sergey Mikheev shared his opinion on the matter with GeorgiaTimes correspondent.