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Burjanadze: Sturua was fired by "neo-Bolsheviks"2011-08-19 13:50
Well-known Georgian opposition leader Nino Burjanadze said that the resignation of Robert Sturua from his post of artistic director of Theatre named after Shota Rustaveli confirms establishment of a "neo-Bolshevism" in the country.
"Today in the country modernized the Bolsheviks under a facade of democracy is established" - VZGLYAD quoted Burjanadze.
She also noted that in Soviet times some directors of Theater of Rustaveli also were persecuted by the authorities. According to Burjanadze they had being "arrested, shot, resettled".
Recall, legendary Georgian director Robert Sturua was dismissed as artistic director of the Shota Rustaveli Theatre. Earlier, Culture Minister Nikoloz Rurua said that the director was removed from office because of his xenophobic statements.
"For me, this is a very principal question because the government, especially our government, which is essentially a multi-ethnic and multicultural, will not be tolerated and fund xenophobia. I call xenophobia those statements and ethnic metaphors which Sturua used during his numerous interviews in relation to the large community, our neighbors and our fellow citizens who are members of other ethnic groups" - said in an interview Rurua.
Dismissal of Sturua caused protests of Georgian public. In Tbilisi, a rally in support of the director was held, which was attended by few hundred people. Supporters of deposed master believe that in reality his removal from office was caused by criticizing the Georgian government, which expressed Robert Sturua.
Recall, Nino Burjanadze has repeatedly stated that the current government of the republic carries out a policy of "neo-Bolshevism". "We need an adequate response of the West due to the fact that the country is practically being ruled by neo-Bolsheviks, and Georgia is a modernized Soviet Union" - said Burjanadze during a meeting with the head of the OSCE Audronius Ažubalis.