Sturua compared Saakashvili with Stalin
According to disgraced well-known Georgian director Robert Sturua, the current actions of the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvlii frighteningly reminiscent of another son of Georgia - Joseph Stalin.
"I live in Georgia - a country whose president has concentrated now the power over the arts, education and media in his hands. It is frighteningly similar to methods of another son of Georgia - Joseph Stalin, and, as under him, the outside world can see deceptive appearance of justice and democracy", the GHN quoted Sturua's article published in the British Guardian. "In Soviet times I've used my performances to confront injustice, violence and tyranny", said Sturua.
"Currently, in my articles and speeches, I'm trying to resist the transformation of my country to a brutal police state. My position and my performances have always irritated authorities. Now their patience ran out and I was accused of "xenophobia" an I was dismissed as artistic director of the Tbilisi Theater n.a. Rustaveli. There is a certain irony in the fact that government policy is based on hatred, fear and Russophobia, and which are carrying out endless ethnic wars (such as the August 2008 war), they punish me for what I dared to mention the nationality of our president. If I actually crossed the boundary of ethics, I am ready to answer before any independent court - but not to the regime of authoritarian ethnic nationalists. I hope that artists, intellectuals and genuine internationalists will oppose the oppression of freedom which is taking place in Georgia", says the director who recently began working as a principal guest director of the Moscow theater Et Cetera.
In mid-August this year, Minister of Culture Nikoloz Rurua signed the order to vacate the Georgian director Robert Sturua from the post of artistic director of the Rustaveli Theatre in Tbilisi.
Prior to that, Robert Sturua made a statement that the Georgian people should abandon the current leadership of Georgia: "The Georgian people should abandon the leadership like the Germans refused from Hitler. Georgians should repent of their sins. The church should rule the country to save the country. If you deify Satan you should wait for something bad. "