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The Georgians appreciate Zurab Nogaideli’s Moscow policy

24.12.2009  |  22:57

4961.jpegLeader of Movement for Fair Georgia Zurab Nogaideli's fourth visit to Moscow turned to be as fruitful as the previous ones. Soon the oppositionist might also sign a cooperation agreement with the ruling United Russia party. The Georgian experts presented their comments to GeorgiaTimes upon how these steps will affect the politician's career.

Former Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli heading Movement for Fair Georgia is again trying to settle the issues that are especially important for the Georgian expatriate community and the Georgian people in general.


One of these days, he met with the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the heads of the ruling United Russia party. The formal context for negotiations was Putin's idea to restore in Moscow the Honor Memorial blown up last Saturday in Kutaisi.

After the meeting with the Russian party leaders, Nogaideli stated that the monument should be erected both in Moscow and at its previous location. "For me, the main task is to restore this monument in Kutaisi, where it has been before", - he said.

However, the author of the Kutaisi memorial, Georgian sculptor Merab Berdzenishvili has already refused to work on the monument restoration, referring to the fact that all the drafts and sketches have been lost. According to Vladimir Putin, the work will be taken up by Moscow sculptor Zurab Tsereteli.

In the opinion of the prime minister, the process of restoring the destroyed monument may become a suitable ground for resuming a dialogue between Russia and Georgia. "The people of Russia and Georgia are tying together thousands of invisible threads, mutual interests and common history, and the memory about the war heroes is one of such threads", - Putin underlined.

By the way, the United Russia believes that the copy of the monument dedicated to the Georgians who died in the Great Patriotic War ought to be set up using the people's collections.

Although the monument was the basic subject of the open part of Nogaideli's meeting with the Russian politicians, it was also said that the United Russia is getting ready to sign an inter-party cooperation agreement with the oppositional Movement for Fair Georgia.

One must suppose that the support of such a powerful party cannot fail to influence Zurab Nogaideli's political career. The more so, as the Georgian politician also manages to gradually solve other complicated issues.

As to the promised flight connection between Moscow and Tbilisi, the Georgian Airzena-Georgia Airways Company has already started selling tickets for the New-Year flights to Moscow.

Besides, Nogaideli managed to provide assistance in liberating two Georgian teenagers detained in Tskhinval.

The politician also deals with the issues of resuming constant flight connection, the opening of the Verkhni Lars checkpoint at the Russian-Georgian border, cancellation of bans on export of the Georgian goods to Russia.

GeorgiaTimes asked the Georgian political experts to provide an estimate of Zurab Nogaideli's political prospects after all his meetings, negotiations and achievements in Moscow.

Former Minister of Education of Georgia Gia Nodia believes that in this case, the initiative of cooperating with the Russian politicians comes from the Kremlin, not from Zurab Nogaideli. "He is a symbolic figure selected by Moscow. Moscow underlines that it wants to deal with the official authorities and that is why it is conducting negotiations with an oppositional spokesman", - Nodia stated.

"Nogaideli does not decide anything, in fact. All the decisions depend on the Kremlin. The flight connection and the export of the Georgian products may be really resumed only via Dmitri Medvedev's decree, for all these sanctions were introduced on Moscow's initiative", - the expert believes.

In respect of the monument to the fallen heroes, which Moscow wants to reconstruct, Nodia believes that the Georgian politician's word has no actual weight here. "It is up to Russia whether to erect the monument or not; Georgia has got nothing to do with it. Putin wants to make a symbolic gesture - well, that is his right", - the political expert says.

As to the Nogaideli's prospects, Nodia is wondering why Russia has selected an oppositionist with such a low rating for this mission. "He has got a very low rating, Nogaideli's results even do not get into the ratings", - GeorgiaTimes' correspondent underlined. "There is an impression that Russia has got no idea of what is happening in Georgia", - he said.

According to the expert, the only probable reason in Nogaideli's favor might be the middle-way position of Movement for Fair Georgia. "Russia, perhaps, wanted to show that it does not want to stake on the too radical politicians and is not aiming at a coup in Georgia", - Gia Nodia is contemplating.


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