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Hunting ideological saboteurs10.12.2010 | 17:07
Following official Tbilisi's statements on alleged involvement of Russian special services in the series of explosions in the capital of Georgia, local experts too came forward with accusations against Russia. Some of them believe that a "center of ideological sabotage" is operating in Ochamchir district of Abkhazia. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed theories of politologists and their soundness with Abkhaz FM Maxim Gvindzhia.
The prompt investigation and miracles of deduction displayed by Sakartvelo's investigators led by Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili are actively discussed in Georgia. It seems clumsiness of the framed-up case on Russian-Abkhaz atrocities is glaring: we still wonder why "Main Intelligence Directorate agents" used Defense Ministry telephones and a Russian-made detonating fuse. Evidence from the victims contains suggestions on the organizers of the series of explosions in Tbilisi.
Nonetheless, some Georgian politologists agree with the Interior Ministry believing that Russia did invite residents of Gal district for these acts of sabotage. According to Mamuka Areshidze, Center for Strategic Studies of Caucasus director, Moscow's method of operating in Abkhazia is "blackmailing and threatening" local population. The expert asserts that the organizers of the explosion near the Labor Party office made the right calculation since it's evident that Mikheil Saakashvili will be the first one to be blamed by the opposition.
The most curious thing is Areshidze's story for the local press about a "Russian center of ideological sabotage" that allegedly operates in Ochamchir in order to split ethnic Georgians and residents of the near-border district. "It is evident that activities of the Russian ideological machine of sabotage in the occupied territory yield results", - he said seemingly referring to Gogita Arkania, a pseudo native of Gal district "recruited" by GRU agent Eugeny Borisov (as mentioned in the Interior Ministry's blockbuster sequel Enver on central TV channels featuring Russian special agents and presented as a documentary).
It does not matter that Russian Ministry of Defense knows nothing about this Eugeny Borisov and advises their Georgian colleagues to invent something more creative than a fairy tale about the GRU and Defense Ministry telephones. Tbilisi has other tasks now. As Konstantin Kosachev, chair of State Duma committee for international affairs correctly remarked such incidents only reinforce positions of the current leaders making people believe that they are surrounded by enemies. "Saakashvili just has to preserve the image of Russia as a foe", - Kommersant quotes. - As opinion polls show, the number of Georgians who seek normalization of relations with Russia is growing. But this tendency contradicts the political philosophy of current Georgian regime".
We must mention one more trick Georgian leaders are so fond of - shifting responsibility onto others. Just a couple days ago Tbilisi was caught red-handed on agitation. Leaflets containing the list of documents required for adoption of Georgian citizenship were found in Sinagur locality of near-border Java district of South Ossetia. According to Pavel Kumaritov, head of Java district administration, the leaflets contain a clause ensuring free movement throughout the territory of Georgia upon adoption of Georgian citizenship.
So who's in charge of ideological sabotage then? The imaginary center in Ochamchir or "stage directors" from Merabishvili's ministry and Java agitators? We got in touch with Abkhaz Foreign Minister Maxim Gvindzhia asking him to comment on the information from Tbilisi.
- A center for ideological sabotage? Sounds absurd. We seldom comment on this kind of nonsense, but speaking about the ideological center this is Georgia, not Ochamchir, that pursues nationalist and extremist ideology led by Georgian and Western experts, not the Russian army at all. This is the country where all press is controlled by the president, where freedom of speech does not exist, where opposition leaders are taken to prison and where secret prisons operate. By the way, there are Abkhaz citizens incarcerated in such places.
- What can you say about detention of Gogita Arkania, "a resident of Gal district"?
- I can say that over the years following the war in 1993 we have lost nearly 800 people as a result of terrorist acts organized by Georgian sabotage groups. Abkhazia has never organized retaliation acts in the territory Georgia and we never will. We have no claims to its territory, we have no secret interests to explode something and destabilize the situation. So the terrorist acts that usually take place in Georgia are the result of the domestic policy carried out by the country's leadership.