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First President - Best President?02.04.2012 | 19:42
Zviad Gamsakhurdia is ranked third in the ranking of the project of the First Channel of Georgian Television "Georgia's Big Ten". Some consider him the savior of the country, others - a dictator and an adventurer; and someone calls him the best president. Currently, there are a lot of his supporters in Georgia.
"Merab, Georgia is captured. We must liberate it", Zviad Gamsakhurdia told his friend, the national hero Merab Kostava.
Initially, Gamsakhurdia had some supporters, although later, they left him. Someone due to the pressure; someone has been receiving money from the KGB; there were other reasons. These men were patriots, but no longer able to engage political activity, since the fight with bare hands against the Soviet empire was not possible that time.
Referendum to discuss the issue of Georgia's independence and withdrawal from Soviet Union, was held on March 1991. That time 99% of the population voted for independence, and April 9, 1991, Georgia, led by Zviad Gamsakhurdia, withdrew the USSR.
Georgia faced the question either to stay under Russia's influence, or to move under the influence of the United States. Gamsakhurdia was against both of the options. He tried to save Georgia as original and neutral country. And big countries could not forgive it to him.
Dali Kviraia, a spokesman for the public movement "Round Table":
"I especially remember a peculiar form of his remarks, which was more like a caress. He was a true leader. "I must do it. And I must do it in time", he used to say.
Maka Razmadze, journalist:
"The first Zviad Gamsakhurdia's appearence on TV took place at the time of my TV-program. It was the program "Kviriake", which was broadcasted live. I have often personally heard Zviad, Merab Kostava and Louise Sakiashvili, drinking red wine and singing. These were memorable evenings.
Father Archil Mindiashvili:
"Mister Zviad was blessed by God. Zviad could have brought Georgia out of hell."
Teimuraz Koridze, Gamsakhurdia's supporter:
"When he was almost unanimously elected the chairman of the Supreme Council, I wanted to congratulate him. He sat in a small room alone, writing. "Congratulations", I said aloud. He looked up in surprise. "Have we fought for something?" The power for him was one of the means of spiritualization free Georgia.
Nodar Savtvaladze, MP for Gamsakhurdia:
"Zviad was already president when we left for the western Georgia on business. On the way there we visited a village where my 86-year-old grandmother lived. There was my brother. Zviad was master of ceremonies. And when he said a toast to my old grandmother, he knelt and kissed the hands of my grandmother. He adored the elders, he loved talking with them".