Georgia Becomes the CIS member
26 January, 2012
Georgia Becomes the CIS member

Russia puts forward a plan for Georgia’s split-up into several parts, and it was absolutely clear that the Russians would do anything to fulfill that plan. The only choice remaining for Georgia was to join CIS – the Commonwealth of independent States. Professor Simon Maskharashvili has more.

 

GJ – What this heavy and painful process of the Russian-Georgian war on the territory of Apkhazeti (Abkhazia) lacked was the national unanimity of the Georgian people. How true does this statement sound?

S.M. –

I have to agree with you that it was one of the problems which the nation faced at that time. The state system had actually collapsed. And it collapsed so badly that the state structures lost control over the situation even in the capital of the country. We can easily say that by the fall of 1993 the statehood of Georgia was seriously endangered.  The Russian tanks were roaming the entire territory of Georgia. The Russian militants were making numerous sorts of suspicious deals with various bands and criminal formations of unknown origin and social belonging. Russians were trying to utterly boost the civil confrontation and inter-ethnic animosity, being aware of Georgia’s multinational character. Russia put forward a plan for Georgia’s split-up into several parts, and it was absolutely clear that the Russians would do anything to fulfill that plan. The only choice remaining for Georgia was to join CIS – the Commonwealth of independent States.

GJ – What did the new leader of the country Eduard Shevardnadze undertake at that crucial moment of the Georgian history?

S.M. – Shevardnadze did not have much of a choice to make. As a matter of fact, he applied to international organizations and various societies. It would be fair to note that the world at that time was greatly fascinated with what the new Russian leader Boris Yeltsin was doing, who pompously celebrated his victory over the Soviet putschist right in October of 1993. Yeltsin was trying to play a great democrat in the world’s eyes. What happened as a result was that the international community put the decision of Georgia’s historical fate into Boris Yeltsin’s hands.

GJ – So the world trusted the Russian leader, didn’t it?

S.M. – Exactly! The international community was simply obsessed with the Yeltinist illusions. They just thought that with Yeltsin’s help and blessing democracy was finally celebrated in Russia. Meanwhile, the Russian secret service well managed to present Georgia to the world as a country involved in ethnic conflicts, and as a destructive area for free criminal activity of various band-formations. Notwithstanding Shevardnadze’s international reputation and his familiarity to the world, the international community thought that Georgia was not interesting enough a nation to consider – if anybody was able at all to cope with Georgia’s current problems that could only be Russia and nobody else. In a word, Georgia was left alone for Russia to trample and pillage it. Eventually, everything ended in Shevardnadze’s consent to accept Georgia’s membership in CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States). And the main precondition for the imposed membership in the political and economic association of the former soviet republics was the maintenance of Georgia’s territorial integrity. President of Russia Boris Yeltsin stated unreservedly that he was going to break up Georgia into several pieces, hoping that the international community would not object to this move.

GJ –So the great ‘democrat’ Yeltsin was nursing that perfidious plan, wasn’t he?

S.M. – Yes! During negotiations with Shevardnadze in Moscow, he told the Georgian leader straight into his face that if Shevardnadze did not agree to accede to CIS, the border between Russia and Georgia would be marked along the Likhi Range – the mountain range dividing Georgia into East and West. Meanwhile, Yeltsin had an international image of the great Russia which had embarked on ‘democratic’ development, and Georgia was thought of as a small unlikely country, infested with criminals and totally drowning in civil confrontation. For some unascertained reason, Georgia was also taken as part of the Slavic orthodox Christian civilization (Which it was not!), and hands were washed off it thoughtlessly.

Print
Other Stories
17 dead from flu virus in Georgia, but the dynamic is decreasing
17 people have died from clinically confirmed flu virus in Georgia so far.
Tourists climb over fence to enter Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta
Tourists have found an alternative way to enter the territory of Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta.
Georgian couple quitting their jobs  to travel
Georgian couple Elene Gelagutashvili and Giorgi Tevzadze quitted their jobs to embark on adventures to South America.
How is Georgia preparing for Eurovision Song Contest?
Eurovision Song Contest is one of the largest of its kind and around 300 million spectators are getting ready to watch the show.
Georgian emigrant cooking amazing desserts with sugar and ginger
Georgian emigrant Meri Chichiashvili cooks unusual desserts with sugar and ginger.
Khatia Buniatishvili with Zubin Mehta perform in Tsinandali Palace, Georgia
Last year, on the 14th of September famous Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the Israeli conductor Zubin Mehta held concert in Tsinandali.
Irakli Grdzelishvili, Georgian actor to act in Grey’s Anatomy
Georgian actor Irakli Grdzeilishvili will participate in one of the most watched American TV series – Grey’s Anatomy.
Glamour magazine about David Koma’s sequin dresses
Glamour magazine has recently published an article naming those “items” everyone will be buying this year.
Famous Youtuber PewDiePie wearing Demna Gvasalia
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, was dressed up in Demna Gvasalias’s shirt in one of his videos.
Mariam Goguadze – a Georgian singer and female rugby player
Mariam Giorgadze is a 20-year-old Georgian rugby player.
Ana Kipiani – a talented Georgian pianist
Ana Kipiani is a gifted Georgian pianist. She is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London.
Exclusive interview with Neka Dorokashvili about herself and her family life
Interviews from Neka Dorokoshvili, wife of famous Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili are rare,
Tbilisi Mayor spending holidays in Switzerland with his family
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and the first lady of Georgia’s capital, Anouki Areshidze with their four children are spending the Christmas holidays in Switzerland.
Lady Gaga wearing black vinyl boots by Datuna Sulikashvili
Lady Gaga has recently worn thigh-high black vinyl boots by a Georgian designer Datuna Sulikashvili.
Bera and Nanuka Gudavadze - Photo session in Kazbegi
Bera Ivanishvili is a Georgian rapper. Bera has now released an album “Gpirdebi” (I promise).
Georgian man badly injured by circus tiger in Italy
A 25-year-old Georgian was badly injured by a tiger after breaking into the cage at the Lidia Togni circus, which is currently in Reggio Calabria,
Melania Trump, Michele Obama taking after Georgian star Tina Kandelaki?
Tina Kandelaki is a Georgian journalist who has been living in Russia for years.
Georgian taxi driver in Poland picks up Mikheil Saakashvili
Georgian woman Megi Chkoidze works as a taxi driver in Poland.
Demna Gvasalia accused in plagirasim by Avtandil Tskvitinidze, Georgian designer
Demna Gvasalia was accused in plagiarism by another Georgian designer Avtandil Tskvitinidze.
“Insiders”: New Generation chooses Demna Gvasalia
Melchior Tersen, a Parisian photographer has recently represented a very interesting work for the latest issue of Replica Magazine.
Unforgettable Pre-New-Years party by Beaumonde
Beaumonde, a well-known Georgian magazine organized an unforgettable Pre-New-Year’s party for its readers, partner organizations and celebrities.
Kourtney Kardashian wearing a black dress by George Keburia
American TV star and model Kourtney Kardashian has recently uploaded a photo on Instagram wearing a sexy black dress by George Keburia.
Michelle Obama wearing Balenciaga and David Koma at “Becoming” tour
Michelle Obama has recently been witnessed in Georgian designers’ outfits.
Bringing life into non-living things
Jana Antipova is a Georgian artist. She makes incredible compositions with cobbles.
Tako Natsvlishvili’s photo session for Pain de Sucre
Tako Natsvlishvili is a 20-year old model from Georgia. She was photographed by a prominent French photographer David Bellemere in summer.
PHOTO OF THE DAY

Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
17.01.2019
18.01.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6634
2.6633
EUR
1
EUR
3.0363
3.0359
GBP
1
GBP
3.4259
3.4298
RUB
100
RUB
3.9891
4.0034
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6633
EUR
1
EUR
3.0359
GBP
1
GBP
3.4298
RUB
100
RUB
4.0034
January 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31