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Georgia defeats Gruzia2011-06-30 13:28
Destruction of everything that is connected with Russia has always been a foundation of the current regime in Georgia. Memories of common history make official Tbilisi very sad. Local leaders invent most absurd things in order to get rid of "Russian traces" in the territory of the country. It is not important whether it's monuments of the past, names of streets or the state itself. That is why the idea to rename Gruzia into Georgia is so popular among the country's rulers.
Nino Kalandadze recently reported on a new "victory" of Georgian diplomacy: the government of South Korea meets the demand of Georgian leaders agreeing to use the word Georgia in all official documents. Probably, other countries will follow suit: according to the deputy FM, the ministry of foreign affairs disseminated a special call for the change of the country name into English among many subjects of international law.
However, it's been a long time since official Tbilisi started the struggle against the word "Gruzia" and the Russian language. FM Grigol Vashadze is most devoted to the idea. He promised to eradicate this name - not only in the post-Soviet space. "In most states we are referred to as Georgia. Unfortunately, the word "Gruzia" is typical in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, but we will correct that", - the diplomat told specifying that the country leaders would prefer being called "Sakartvelo (Land of Kartvels) or Gheorghia.
Still, "Georgia" sounds the best for current leaders. They love to be part of the Anglo-Saxon world - albeit virtually. They try to impose this slavish mindset to their people and other countries. They don't even care that in documents of many world organizations that use Shakespeare's language as basic, the republic is already called Georgia. Yet, representatives of Tbilisi want to get to non-English speaking countries too. There is an impression that thousands of messengers daily run out of the building of the ministry of foreign affairs of Georgia (sorry - Sakartvelo) asking for one thing - to completely exterminate the hateful place name on the world map.
This will let the country leaders remind of their open disgust for Moscow: over the recent years Tbilisi has been overly assiduous implementing anti-Russian projects: demolition of Soviet monuments, de-facto ban on the Russian language, the law on lustration for former members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, recognition of genocide of the Circassian nation...