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"President Saakashvili gave Targamadze directives"14.05.2013 | 20:04
Givi Targamadze is again in the center of scandal. Soon after the Georgian politician and member of the "United National Movement" disowned the charges of organizing mass riots in central Moscow, called "Bolotnaya case" described in the documentary "Anatomy of a protest" on NTV channel, new evidence of Targamadze's guilt appeared. TV channel "Russia 1" released an advertising of the film "Swamp." The published video recording includes a conversation between the Georgian politician and coordinator of the "Left Front" Sergei Udaltsov.
According to the TV channel "Russia 1," Udaltsov and Targamadze communicated through Skype in the summer of 2012, that is, after the events at the Bolotnaya Square. In the published fragment Russian oppositionist explains Targamadze, "why the revolution is delayed."
"You see, the revolution has not yet happened. It is slightly delayed, unfortunately. All our allies have been very sluggish, simply, in my opinion, all are terrified by these criminal cases. Now it has finally become clear: they want small losses, they do not want to risk, they do not want anything," Udaltsov explains his companion.
Targamadze, in turn, pointed out that he and his colleagues were still in the "summer resting state."
In the movie "Swamp" on the TV channel "Russia 1" there will also be presented a small fragment of an interview with the Georgian politician that he gave the journalists in early May when Targamadze was in Vilnius. During this conversation, Targamadze said he was not acquainted with Udaltsov and his associates.
Udaltsov, Targamadze and Russian oppositionists Leonid Razvozzhaev and Konstantin Lebedev are defendants in a criminal case on the preparation for riots in Russia. Lebedev pleaded guilty and received a two-and-a-half years in prison. The rest pleaded not guilty.
Udaltsov is currently under house arrest, and Razvozzhaev is in jail. In March this year, Russia appealed to the Interpol with a request to put Targamadze into international wanted list. On May 11, it became known that he returned to Georgia from Lithuania where he stayed for three months. According to the politician, the Lithuanian authorities have not arrested him because the request of Russian law enforcement "did not extend to civilized Europe."
According to Georgian media, the Interpol legal department considered the request submitted by the Moscow bureau of the organization, and decided that the request did not meet the organization's statute - in particular, the third paragraph of the statute (search for political reasons). So, all data on Targamadze have been erased from the Interpol database.
Political expert Peter Mamradze is convinced that Targamadze really participated in the financing the Russian opposition, but was no independent. He told this in an interview to GeorgiaTimes.
- Targamadze never practiced spontaneous action, he just ran errands," said Mamradze. "Of course, in the scale of Russia that was not a big sum, and, in the words of one of my foreign friend, "it is unclear how little Georgia was going to arrange a big commotion in huge Russian."
- And whose tasks did he perform? In Russia they say about the existence of a third party.
- I hesitate to say what kind of "third party" they are talking about, but I know for sure that the President Saakashvili gave Targamadze the directives. Decisions were made by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Interior Minister Merabishvili and former Prosecutor General Adeishvili. The initiative came primarily from Saakashvili, but he discussed the issues with these two people. However, they never protested too much, though, perhaps, they understood that was a stupid idea.
- And where is the money from? After all, they could not be allocated from the budget of Georgia?
- Who would have thought that Saakashvili use the budget to buy jewels for his favourite - MPs Marie Sajaia, Tina Bokuchava and Russian journalist Ksenia Sokolova? But now many of these issues are declassified, and we all understood that he could. I do not rule out that these issues will also be declassified, and we will learn a lot of interesting details on the case. I know that Targamadze often traveled to Russia and met with various representatives of the Russian opposition, also met with various groups from the North Caucasus and was going to use all these forces against the leadership of the Russian Federation. I think that Georgia should become more involved in the investigation of these facts. Unfortunately, I have an impression that in the Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia there are still a lot of old staff that are associated with the previous leadership of Georgia and who perhaps are delaying the investigation of such cases. For example, the circumstances of the special operation in the Lopota Gorge have not been investigated so far. All of Georgia's population knows what has really happened, and the law enforcement agencies do not know this?" added Mamradze.