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Actors of Rustaveli Theatre began to fight for "the light and kindness" of Robert Sturua

2011-08-22 14:30

Actors of Tbilisi Theatre n.a. Shota Rustaveli expressed their disagreement with the dismissal of its artistic director legendary Georgian director Robert Sturua.

According to VZGLYAD, the troupe's members of famous theater have extended a special declaration stating that the resignation of Sturua was perceived "with bewilderment". "It's impossible to abandon the values of performances by Robert Sturua - light, kindness, humanity, spirituality, talents and love to country" - also referred in the address.

Actor Zaza Papuashvili noted that theater figures are going to tell the world about the true reasons for dismissal Sturua. "Theatre will not give up freedom, the whole world will know that the president did not like words of artist, and he dismissed him for that. This is political persecution. We are starting to fight not for the post to Robert Sturua, but due to have a real state" - he added.

Earlier, Culture Minister Nikoloz Rurua said that Robert Sturua was removed from office because of 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.

As Sturua stressed in the interview to "Radio Freedom", it comes to his statements in which he addressed to the topic of possible Armenian origin of the current Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. "Our theater's conductor is Armenian, many actors - came from Armenia. And I said that Saakashvili hides this issue. When, Americans are choosing Obama, they know all about him, and it's perfectly normal - because there are laws. But our laws do not work. This is my main gripe to these authorities" - said the director.

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