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Georgia to pay for reprisals2011-07-28 21:55
Despite the Georgian government's efforts to get rid of the Soviet past, official Tbilisi will be forced to pay the bill of the former USSR. European Court has recently issued a decree saying that local authorities must pay compensation to the people who were subject to reprisals at that time. It is quite probable that in future, the citizens will file similar lawsuits over the crimes on the part of the current governors.
The details of the affair were revealed to the journalists by a famous Georgian human rights defender Zakaria Kutsnashvili. "European Court has sustained another claim against Georgia. The point is the payment of compensation to those who were repressed in the times of the Soviet Empire and it will be paid by the current Georgian government. The European Court found that it doesn't matter whether the power is in the hands of Mikhail Saakashvili or Stalin; former political prisoners should be recompensed", - he reported.
Let us remind you that this April, the parliament of the republic adopted a law defining the status of the repressed people, as well as the payment procedure. Compensation is to be paid to those who got into the places of detention or mental hospitals in the Soviet years as a result of political prosecution, or who were forced to move to another place. The payments are meant for the heirs of the first turn of the dead; the size of payment is not specified and is defined by court in each case.
According to the experts, there are about 20 thousand people in Georgia today who have the right of compensation and the authorities will, of course, pay it to everyone who was subject to reprisals in the times of the USSR. Perhaps, the process will be widely promoted by the pro-government media: look, the democratic government of the republic is ready to help everyone who was undeservingly offended in those awful times and shake off the last recollections of the Soviet past. But the process cannot be considered as completed, for the number of these people may increase dozens of times, so long as reprisals continue in the modern Georgia. Of course, the scale of the tragedy is not as large as in the Stalin times, but more and more people compare the current situation in the country to the sadly known year of 1937.