Kremlin against Caucasus and Caucasians
23 December, 2010
Kremlin against Caucasus and Caucasians

Another Demonstration of Georgian position in response  to recognition of Abkhazia and so called South Ossetia…

This time advancement (or regress?) of Georgian people has been mapped by the analytical research company of the Economist, famous British magazine.

Georgia was given the 103rd place in the segment of hybrid regimes, just behind Uganda, Mozambique, Cambodia, Kenya and Bhutan.
The democracy index is calculated considering election process, pluralism, functioning of government, political engagement, political culture and civil freedom. Obviously, we have to look

for positive aspects in everything. This time too we can feel satisfaction because Russia and Armenia stand in the same segment lagging behind Georgia – in 107th and 109th places respectively. Our discussion with expert Zaza Piralishvili started from the Russian issue:
Q: Ethnic tensions between Caucasians and Russians which arose from the casual physical confrontation of football fans continue unabated till today. Human rights and democracy gathers only hundreds of people on rallies, whereas anti-Caucasian demonstrations drew in thousands. Apparently, the problem runs deeper than just killing of a football fan by another fan, does not it?
A: Russia is driven by the feelings of revenge. Instead of seeing historical justice, a better part of the Russian society saw great tragedy in the demise of the Soviet Empire, and started preparations for revengeful moves as exemplified by the infamous statement of Putin when he termed the demise of the USSR as a geopolitical catastrophe. From the beginning, his statements have been galvanizing Russian neo-imperialistic thirst. The thirst is so strong that it necessitates existence of enemies, even if imaginary.
Russia is a gigantic country with dozens of ethnic groups and cannot duly hold its cumbersome State body from falling apart. So it always needs a unifying idea to glue its constituent part up. That is why this country has a natural authoritarian tendency, while democracy is seen as a road to disaster.
In that country, only minorities have vested interests in democracy. Wittingly or unwittingly, Putin has been sinking the country more and more in the morass by playing the game called the Third Rome. If allowed to go unchecked, time will come soon when we all witness a new historical experiment – this time in the name of the Third Rome. This is equal to the entire world confronting Russia, a new source of evil.
Q: One of the representatives of Dido people – One of the numerous Caucasian ethnic groups handed to MP Nugzar Tsiklauri of Parliamentary Majority, an appeal signed by 15000 Didos. In the appeal, Didos state that their rights are nearly non-existent in the Russian Federation. Their language and culture is on the verge of extinction. All in all, they would like to have Georgian jurisdiction cover their land. Do you think it is worthwhile for Georgia to copy the Russian line on Tskhinvali and Sokhumi and counter-use the method to sting Russia as this country has been doing all the time to Georgia? Or it’s all about building a common Caucasian home?
A: The fact itself that Caucasians feel drawn to us is not only good but probably makes for an important international argument regarding the problems of Abkhazia and Samachablo. More to it, if I am right, closer contacts are sought not only by Didos but also by Chechen and Ingush nationalists who feel that their national and cultural identities are jeopardized by Islamization. Unfortunately, we are not ready to live up to their expectations so far, even if contacts and support are still necessary for us to provide at a popular diplomacy level.
Q: In one of his sermons, Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II said that the program anchored by journalist Davit Paichadze was worse than bad and directed against the Church and the Authorities. Such situations are often followed by confrontations of liberals and conservatives. One side hysterically criticizes the Church, while the other side points at the alleged anti-Church Masonic conspiracy. What are we witnessing in reality?
A: Naturally, the Church is a mystical-theological phenomenon above all. Every one of us – those who are believers - is a member to it. At the same time the Church is also a social institute. In the first case, reasonability of criticism is related to faith. In the second case, the social institution has real people in and around it. It is the difference between the two cases which are confused sometimes. Ruis-Urbnisi council could not have been held if the Church had not been open to criticism.
Q: In the schools of Turkmenistan they are showing a film which present Georgia and its President Mikheil Saakashvili as an example of negative American influence. The film’s authors say that the revolution in Georgia started from “peaceful programs” for senior school children and students. During the program implementation, the selected youth was subjected to continuous brainwashing with revolutionary ideas which lasted for one year. Perhaps we see here an example of confrontation of Russian-American ideologies in the post-Soviet area. What is a role of Georgia in it?
A: That country more and more resembles North Korea. It’s a completely different world. Its leaders are trying to misrepresent the idea of freedom and use Saakashvili as a negative example. Fortunately, Saakashvili is not a sole effigy of freedom in Georgia, nor is he our last word in the new history.


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