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Saakashvili wants to learn the truth

12.04.2010  |  21:50

5792.jpegIn the nearest time, President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili is going to establish a committee for investigating the "historical truth and facts of Russia's 200-year policy in respect of Georgia". According to the Georgian leader, the "adequate knowledge of the history" is most urgent for the republic today. Saakashvili's new anti-Russian idea has been discussed by the GeorgiaTimes correspondent with the Georgian officials and Russian experts.

One has to admit with regret that the current Georgian government has been actively working upon the image of the "archenemy" of the small but proud Georgia in the person of the big imperialistic Russia.


For instance, two years before the August events, on the Independence Day celebrated in Georgia, Museum of Soviet Occupation was opened on Rustaveli avenue in Tbilisi; the idea of its establishment belongs to Mikhail Saakashvili and was sponsored from his foundation. The latest relevant example is the report made by the Imedi TV company that provoked panic throughout the whole Georgia by airing a broadcast about the Russian troops' alleged intrusion and the murder of the president of the country.

According to some of the Russian experts and political analysts, constant tension will, on the one hand, help distract the people from the domestic problems, while on the other hand, it will ensure the support of the "sympathizing" West.

Last weekend, the Georgian president promoted a new initiative: Mikhail Nikolaevitch wishes to find "historical truth" of Russia's politics in respect of Georgia. Taking into consideration the foreign policy course carried out by the Georgian government, one might assume that two more pages are going to be added to the chronicle of the two nations.

"He who thinks that the history is recorded only in schoolbooks and that negative events may happen only in some TV report raising panic among the people should attentively watch the events of the last two days in at least one of the post-Soviet countries, - Saakashvili stated, having obviously initiated another anti-Russian action. - I also advise watching the current situation in our land, Abkhazia and South Ossetia".

Our correspondent discussed the prospects of the Georgian president's initiative with the Georgian officials and Russian experts.

Elene Tevtoradze, head of the Pardon Commission, Deputy State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration

Our Museum of Occupation which is already functioning may provide plenty of material about how much Georgia suffered politically and geographically because of our co-existence with the USSR. There is obviously still a great number of people in Georgia who feel nostalgic about communicating Russia. That is why, perhaps, we need political truth. We need it to convince those who continue missing that time.

Will the Georgian society support the president's initiative?

I believe the Georgians are not going to be asked that question. Another point is how the people will react to the results of the commission's work, although it would be difficult to give an answer right now.

Can the results of the commission's work present any importance for the West?

I believe this material is rather for the people's personal perception.

Sergey Demidenko, an expert of the Institute of Strategic Appraisal and Analysis

Saakashvili keeps following his track. In my opinion, the anti-Russian line has always been the main point of the Georgian president's policy. He has been actively using the image of the Russian enemy and has built his political line upon it, still keeping to the same track. Perhaps, Saakashvili has been using this topic less actively of lately; however, he is unable to give it up for he has got nothing to suggest instead.

The purpose of this commission and the conclusions it is going to make are quite obvious. Saakashvili is going to keep returning to the same line so long as the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the issue of the territorial demands remain unsolved. He cannot openly state that there is someone else besides Russia who is to blame for the Georgian problems. The point is how the Georgian opposition is going to take it, which, as is known, has been using the same anti-Russian methods up to now.

Will the Georgian society support the president's initiative?

It is so far difficult to say whether this issue is relevant for today's Georgia. One can forecast 99 percent that the major part of the people is going to notice neither the commission itself, nor the conclusions it is going to make.

Is the idea meant for the West or rather for the domestic perception?

It is meant for the domestic perception, I believe. Georgia's essential problems are concentrated within the country, not outside it. They are economical and social problems, as well as the delay of the reforms.


Ruslan Chigoev

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