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Ivanishvili protected by church2011-11-15 14:47
Church authorities consider revocation of Bidzina Ivanishvili's status of a Georgian citizen is a shame. Patriarch Ilia II calls president Mikheil Saakashvili to give the Georgian passport back to the billionaire.
To remember good deeds and advocate justice is truly Christian behavior. Patriarch Ilia II does not forget that Bidzina Ivanishvili was the main sponsor of Saint Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi. So he rises to protect the patron considering revocation of Ivanishvili's citizenship a mistake on the part of the country's authorities.
"Today a lot is said whether Bidzina Ivanishvili should be a citizen of Georgia. No doubt, he must be - for he is a Georgian. I think all Georgians born inside and outside Georgia that carry Georgian spirit must be citizens of Georgia. I am alarmed that such a simple question provokes disputes. I am sure the president will take this into account and reassign the status of a Georgian citizen to Bidzina Ivanishvili", - the patriarch pronounced.
Ilia II could not use more severe words, though he knew that the decision to revoke citizenship was Mikheil Saakashvili's will. Hardly anyone in the country believes it was a deplorable oversight. Like Ivanishvili lived quietly as a citizen of three states but when he announced his presidential ambitions, it turned out suddenly that he has no right to have a Georgian passport.
The patriarch's reference to Bidzina Ivanishvili last Sunday was not incidental. On November 13 the Church commemorates 100 thousand Georgian martyrs killed by Choresmians in 1227. Speaking about Ivanishvili as a patron, he also pronounced a sermon reminding that "strength of mind and spirituality of Georgian people are inborn qualities that no enemy will destroy". The patriarch relied on the president's moral courage trying to bring him to shame and start an honest struggle with the rival. But even Ilia II does not have enough chances to get through to the president's heart. The Georgian leader prefers acting on the sly.
Saakashvili, naturally, did not react to the call of the patriarch. His teammates preferred to keep quiet too. And speaker of parliament David Bakradze considered it necessary to explain why he does not want to say anything at all. "I can't make political comments on the patriarch's statement. I have my personal attitude to him so I won't make political comments", - Bakradze said. Look how modest the man has become unexpectedly!