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Rurua’s Roman vacation2011-10-26 11:35
Georgian mass media have long been discussing drastic changes in composition of government. The current Cabinet has ruined the work in all directions - economy, politics, education and culture. Massive dismissals are unlikely. Most probably, these will be formal staff cuts and those who will be given the sack will find new places in the sun. As we see, current Georgian authorities don't betray each other.
From ancient times all kinds of rulers knew the secret of calming down popular unrest. If the crowd seeks blood, this desire should be suppressed sacrificing a small fry that looks like having power and influence. Apparently, this "head cutting" for the joy of the masses is what Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili plans to do. Local mass media are full of news on future shifts in government. Minister of culture Nikoloz Rurua is among those who might be dismissed in the near future. The possibility is even greater now that he is involved in one of the biggest scandals in the post-Soviet space connected with the dismissal of legendary Robert Sturua from Shota Rustaeli theater.
It is clear that the decision on expulsion of the legendary director was taken by the minister's patron that tolerates no criticism. Yet, it was the head of the culture ministry who voiced claims of the ruling top to the art director. Besides, the order on Sturua's dismissal has the signature of the country's most famous xenophobia fighter, and he has to be responsible for that. However, everyone would love to be punished this way. As rumored, he will be appointed Georgia's ambassador to Italy, a very comfortable post. He will have a quiet life in the diplomatic office in Vittorio Emmanuele II street in Rome. Mass media won't bother him, and he will be far away from his bosses. His reaction to these rumors was positive with a remark that "it would be nice" to go to the Apennines.
By the way, prime minister Gilauri may be fired too. His post, as journalists claim, may be offered to former head of the defense ministry - David Kezerashvili. If this happens, it will mean that "elite corruption" in Georgia is deeply enrooted: former defense minister controls most local businesses through his relatives and acquaintances. Moreover, Irakli Alasania, a well-known oppositionist, suggests that this candidate to premiership is, probably, the most influential figure in this sphere. Remarkably, Kezereshvili and Rurua are sort of competitors. Groups of businessmen connected with these two persons own dozens of stores in the capital of the republic enjoying solid protection of the authorities of Tbilisi.