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Vashadze casts a greedy eye on Russia’s pie

17.02.2011  |  21:52

13690.jpegThe international community hears Georgia grumbling over Russian authorities again. Georgian ministry of foreign affairs thinks that law and human rights are seriously trampled in Russia. Curiously enough only "the beacon of democracy" pays attention to this fact. Although alone, official Tbilisi is sure that indictment of Mikhail Hodorkovsky, former head of Yukos was framed up, and North Caucasus is suffering imperialist oppression. Do Georgian authorities naively believe that the West will take out a stick and threaten Moscow with a public whipping?


Georgian government is anxious about the Mikhail Hodorkovsky's story serving his term for economic crimes against the state. Their concern is understood: Tbilisi's positions in the international arena are growing more precarious and the government tries to do something to survive.

Another pretext for a new verbal complaint for international instances was the indictment against Russia's number one embezzler. They say that Judge Viktor Danilkin who read out the verdict was pressurized by Moscow City Court. Things would have been smooth if not for Natalia Vasilyeva, spokesperson at Hamovniiki court, who gave an accusatory interview allegedly revealing all truth on Yukos case.

It's unknown whether it was so or not. But one thing is obvious: the state's interior affairs must be a concern for the country's leaders only. Nonetheless, poor Hodorkovsky who will not be able to make use of stolen millions seems to have excited the hearts and minds of Georgian authorities. Probably, they feel a particular level of kinship since elitist corruption is shocking in Georgia. So, they use him as a pretext to remind the international community of a South Caucasian republic that seeks attention and love.

"Georgia hopes to gain points on Yukos case to join the list of countries that make statements on the issue. Seeing that Washington follows this case or other events in the life of Russia, Georgia makes statements too thus demonstrating its loyalty to Western democracies. I believe it pointless to waste energy on such statements and comments. Russian ministry of foreign affairs will probably reply. This is a normal diplomatic war. European countries won't interfere in relationships of two states" , - Alexander Karavaev, deputy director general of Information and Analytical Center at Moscow State University said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes.

"Added to that are the Russian Authorities' campaign of persecutions against political opponents, murders of journalists, lawyers and human rights advocates remaining uninvestigated for years, incitement of xenophobia on ethnic and religious grounds, assassination of tens of thousands of peaceful citizens in the North Caucasus. The repressive policy within Russia has its logically aggressive follow-up outside the Russian borders, which has heavily affected Georgia", - the statement of the Georgian ministry runs.

No one is surprised that Tbilisi views Russia's silence as an aggressive policy. A Russian schoolboy's Y-shaped stick seems a 58th army grenade launcher  to official Tbilisi. But the fact the Georgian leader and his colleagues keep referring to North Caucasus in their speeches looks more like an attempt to control Georgian than "overthrow and taming" of Russian authorities.

Our interlocutor agrees: "In some political situations, under specific circumstances the leaders of the Caucasian republic and political elite consider it due to comment on domestic affairs of another state. In most cases the purpose is propaganda at home. Recalling all theses that the Georgian ministry of foreign affairs presented, we see a mix of things. As for problems in North Caucasus, this is a standard set of propaganda clichés. Tbilisi has been trying to tackle this issue for a long time. The first big step is the launch of a satellite TV channel to broadcast in the territory of North Caucasus".

If this "correspondence" between Russian and Georgian foreign offices turns into a diplomatic war, Georgi Vashadze has to be extremely cautious. Many diplomats have spoiled their sharp teeth on Russia's ministry of foreign affairs.

Ilona Raskolnikova

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