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Georgia makes North Caucasian experts happy2012-09-27 12:01
Despite the scandal around the tortures of prisoners in Georgia, North Caucasian experts, interviewed by GTimes, predict the neighboring country further reforms. Tortures in prisons take place even in the most democratic countries, they said. And the success of Saakashvili's reforms is obvious. So the inhabitants of the Russian Caucasus had time to appreciate them until favorable visa regime operates there.
The torture of prisoners in Georgia, shown to the public, has shocked the Georgian society. Every day there crowds of people are boiling and holding protests. President Mikheil Saakashvili quickly removes political figures, annoying people. Election is soon - on the 1st of October, and common sense dictates that this scandal will cost Georgian "ruling party" a lot.
But given what is happening in the North Caucasus, Georgia does not seem so terrible. After all, in Russian prisons tortures also take place. In the Stavropol region currently there is holding trial on the case of Vyacheslav Merekha, raped with a mop in the police station. This is widely known case, since this man has almost died, and his family has recorded "deathbed confession" on video and posted on the Internet. We don't know how many of such cases remain unknown because of inconvenience of those who suffered humiliation. Rights defenders have countless times claimed of torture of suspected extremists in prison.
There is one difference with Georgia - there the law enforcement system has built up a nice facade, looking very realistic within the country and abroad. Therefore video of tortures have raised such a stir. On the other side of the Caucasus mountain range the law enforces even don't try to look nice. Probably that is why local community leaders were not surprised by Georgian reveals.
Representative of "Russian Congress of Peoples of the Caucasus" Denga Khalidov told GTimes, the scandal over the crimes in prisons does not detract from the merits of the current government to reform the country. "I do not think that one fact may compromise the entire system there. By all indications, according to a number of independent sources we can see they have achieved a lot in the fight against corruption, especially in law enforcement structures", he said.
Leader of the Kabardian social movement "Khasa" Ibrahim Yaganov, having visited "updated" Georgia, also believes that the prison crimes do not affect the overall assessment of Mikhail Saakashvili's achievements. He even "loves" unrests.