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April 9 from the height of Kremlin towers30.03.2009 | 11:52
Mikheil Saakashvili's propaganda engine makes use of Vakhtang Kikabidze in the image of Imedi. In his interview with the channel the elderly artist stated that Russia was only waiting for something to happen in Georgia. Georgia Times has found it out from the experts what Moscow really wants.
Vakhtang Kikabidze suspects that the intensity of emotions in society is caused by Russian agents' activities in Georgia. "All political elite of Russia is expecting something to happen here, - the well-known artist is quoted by Rosbalt. "I have no doubt that somebody over there is thinking about it and is working on it. The opposition and the dominant majority must take all this into account as the people are at the limit, I am really sorry for them", - this is how he explained his anxiety.
Kikabidze is not the only one being concerned about coming April rallies that might grow into an armed confrontation between opposition and power structures. Many famous people of culture, art, politics and other experts are calling for prevention of violence. But why should the 9 April situation be associated with the Kremlin? This way of thinking resembles the statements of current authorities. But Saakashvili and Co find it easier to deal with the opponents turning them into anti-patriots. Looks like Kikabidze is playing along with the ruling regime, doesn't it? It is a pity he does it consciously.
What is Russia's real attitude to the current events in Georgia?
According to Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs Konstantin Zatulin Russians can't be pleased with coming dispersions and persecution of opposition in Georgia. "The method Saakashvili uses is not a novelty to him - these are theatrical accusations of espionage, high treason and associations with Moscow", - the deputy remarked in his interview with Rosbalt. By the way pro-presidential media accused Nino Burdzhanadze's husband Badri Bitsadze of associations with Russian oligarch Shalva Breus. The journalists report that Russia allegedly tries to establish contact with Georgian opposition through Shalva.
"The opposition is the victim of morals currently ruling in Georgia as the oppositional playmakers are people who used to cooperate with Saakashvili and even seize power with him in 2003. For instance Nino Burdzhanadze was virtually Saakashvili's assistant, - Konstantin Zatulin remarks. According to him following April rallies another "Saakashvili" might be imposed on Georgian voters. "The matter is that the solutions proposed by Georgian opposition are all the same: we must accede into NATO, we must please Americans, and Saakashvili who is not loved or not approved in America any more must be replaced,", - the deputy specified.
"This is my responsible statement that Russia has no positions in Georgia. All relevant news is not true, - Alexey Mukhin, Director General of Political Information Center categorically replied to Georgia Times. "Georgia is so tightly controlled by Saakashvili that if there were any pro Moscow sentiment that would immediately arouse a negative resonance", - he noted. Nevertheless according to the politologist Russia favors changes in Georgia's policy towards its northern neighbor. But now there is no openly pro Russian politician in Georgia so as Mukhin thinks, Moscow doesn't care who eventually will be president. "Any candidate out of current leaders will be no good for the opposition", - the expert emphasized. "At the same time any change of power in Georgia will be adequately taken by Russia. I believe with Alasania or Burdzhanadze we'll manage to come to revival of relations".
Mikhail Alexandrov, Head of the Caucasus Studies Department at the Institute of the CIS Countries, in his interview with Georgia Times also contradicted suspicions in Russia's engagement in the events in Georgia. According to him the reasons to be dissatisfied with Saakashvili's rule are purely internal. Civil confrontation had revealed itself long before the August events, already in November 2007, when the president dispersed protest actions of the opposition. "Since then the conflict has been heating up, the opposition has been maturing and current events are absolutely logical". As for Russia's attitude it is not uniform. "There is an opinion of the Georgian diaspora willing Saakashvili to resign as soon as possible and relations with Russia to improve. There is an opinion of official authorities that seem to want Saakashvili out but it is not clear why. And there are certain political circles that understand that whoever will be in power - Saakashvili or Burdzhanadze - mending relations with Georgia is unreal", - the Russian politologist summed up.