Democracy is in danger once again. The treacherous Putin regime is pressuring Georgia with sanctions, prohibiting flights between the countries and putting it under duress. Naturally, the Russian bear showed its totalitarian face by answering with pressure, a democratic protest of civic society.
The pretext for the protests, which have rocked Georgia since June 21st was a visit by a member of the Russian Parliament and president of the assembly of MPs from Orthodox Christian countries – Sergei Gavrilov. As the head of the assembly, he addressed its session in the Georgian Parliament from the speaker’s seat as proposed by the receiving party.
Opposition politicians doused Gavrilov with water before he was escorted out of the building to protest the “occupier” whom, Georgian politicians stated, was acting as if Georgia was a Russian satellite state.
The United National Movement opposition party and its supporters condemned the occupation of the sacral stool by the Russian citizen. Street riots immediately broke out near the Parliament building. Protestors waved flags of Georgia, the European Union, the US and Ukraine, clashed with police, and stormed the Parliament. Obviously, they did not forget to chant anti-Russian slogans and demand that Putin, the Kremlin and “Russian occupiers” get out of their country. A Russian TV crew was also attacked because of its non-democratic coverage.
To provide some context to the “Russian occupiers” narrative, it’s important to know what the Georgians mean by “occupation”. They describe as occupied two de-facto independent states South Ossetia and Abkhazia. These states declared their independence in the early 1990s after a direct aggression from the Nazi regime of Zviad Gamsakhurdia. During the conflict in these republics, Georgian nationalists practiced mass repressions and cleansing of non-Georgian population. Since then, and until 2008, Russia had not recognized them as independent states. The situation changed in 2008 after war crimes were committed by the Georgian military in South Ossetia. Forces of the Saakashvili regime carried out massive artillery strikes on the city of Tskhinvali. Vehicles carrying refugees were shelled by Georgian troops and foreign mercenaries. Russian peacekeepers which had previously been deployed to South Ossetia were attacked. In the ensuing 5-day peace-compelling operation, Russian Armed Forces delivered a devastating blow to the Saakashvili regime by defeating its forces. The Russian Army reached Tbilisi, but did not enter the city. No territory was annexed and Russian troops returned to their permanent deployment sites. As a result of the conflict, Russia recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states.
In the following years, both republics repeatedly asked Russia to accept them into the federation. Moscow rejected these requests and worked with Abkhazia and South Ossetia as with allied, but independent states. In this light, the Georgian government uses the term “Russian occupation” to describe the Ossetians and Abkhazians who survived the ethnic cleansing of the 1990s and the war of 2008. However, there is a historical case that may explain Georgia’s attitude.
In 1918-1919, forces of the Georgian nationalists, assisted by foreign instructors, attempted to seize control of the city of Sochi and the nearby coastal strip of the Black Sea. They lost this conflict. Forces of Georgian radicals also carried out multiple war crimes in Abkhazia and Ossetia in the period from 1918 to 1920. If Tbilisi believes that any place where Georgian nationalists were once present is rightfully Georgian territory, that could explain which “Georgian territories” were occupied by Russia.
Despite the mentioned facts, it would be fair to note that most of these destructive events were instigated by a small radical part of the Georgian population, indoctrinated by radicalism and nationalism, and supported by Western funds. Most Georgians are friendly to Russians and the Russia state.
Democratic media outlets and civic society activists from Georgia, Russia and around the world united in their efforts to condemn Russian provocations and to praise the democratic actions of the Georgian population. Some hotels and restaurants increased prices for ethnic Russians. Russia is the number one source of travelers visiting Georgia. Cinemas banned movies in Russian.
A host on pro-opposition TV channel Rustavi-2 came on air and continued to insult Russian President Vladimir Putin in an expletive-ridden statement.
On the evening of July 7th, George Gabunia began the program with obscene swearing at Putin. Gabunia addressed the Russian President in Russian and called him “the grubby occupant,” and also said that Putin and “his slaves” have no place on Georgia’s “beautiful land.”
A Georgian branch of the Soros Foundation “Open Society” accused official Tbilisi of “violating the law” because the authorities invited “Russian deputies who do not recognize the territorial integrity of Georgia” to the country. The NGO called for a response to the “anti-state actions” of the Russian Federation.
In 2019 alone, the Soros Foundation sent millions of dollars to projects in Georgia, including programs to combat “Russian disinformation” and the formation of a “right” perception of the Soviet past among the country’s residents.
Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who had his citizenship revoked, after he was convicted of abuse of office has openly supported the protests, saying that the government would fall against the pressure. He, too, blamed Russia and, more than likely, hopes to be allowed back in the country again, since he handled the situation in 2008 so well.
Initially, Georgian Prime Minister, Mamuka Bakhtadze called the United National Movement, founded in 2001 by Mikhail Saakashvili, and its backers “destructive political forces”, and said that they attempted to use the protest to seize power. But later, both the government and opposition decided that it’s better to blame Moscow for organizing the protests against itself because, you know, the only side interested in instigating anti-Russian protests in Tbilisi is Russia itself.
This brilliant explanation of the erupted political crisis did not stop conspiracy theorists from claiming that the June 21 event was a pre-planned provocation in interests of some Georgian elites affiliated with the Washington establishment. The groundless theory is that the goal of the provocation was to exploit anti-Russian hysteria in the internal political struggle. In the long-term perspective, this would strengthen the influence of the Washington establishment in the country.
The democratic action of the Georgian people finds no understanding within the Kremlin. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree prohibiting all flights from and to Georgia and urged tour operators to not organize visits to the country. Moscow enacted travel restrictions due to the potential of danger to Russian tourists.
Additionally, Russia reduced the amount of wine imports from the country saying it would increase investment and shift focus towards domestically produced wines. Although Georgia was not mentioned, Russia is the biggest purchaser of Tbilisi wine.
Lawmakers in Russia’s parliament unanimously backed a resolution on July 9th calling for sanctions to be imposed on Georgia. The “evil mastermind” President Vladimir Putin, however, rejected the call saying that repairing strained relations with Russia’s neighbor was more important than reacting to the provocations of some scum. Putin brazenly claimed he was against imposing sanctions on Georgia, “out of respect for the Georgian people.”
But, Georgia is already suffering from the travel ban. According to the head of the Georgian Hotel and Restaurant Federation 80% of the hotel bookings made by Russians had been cancelled. The potential loss to the country’s economy from reduced Russian tourism stands at about $710 million.
Declining export and tourism revenues will also cause Georgia’s current account deficit, which is already large at about 8% of GDP, to widen further.
The June 21 situation and the crisis could be explained in a wide range of ways.
If one takes into account the facts and their consequences, he could conclude that they played into Russia’s hands. The Georgian nationalists and radicals demonstrated that their position is weak and that they lack intellectual assets, international diplomatic and even media support. The Kremlin can state, with reason, that there is a Nazi threat in the Caucasus and react in its own way to contain this threat. The anti-Russian hysteria and threats against Russian citizens in Georgia allow Moscow to justify protectionist economic policies.
Another explanation is that these developments are part of the wider campaign to create tensions and destabilize the situation along Russia’s borders. By instigating tensions in the Caucasus, Russia’s geopolitical rivals are creating a basis for a possible military aggression against Russia and its allies on several fronts simultaneously. This aggression could be carried out by nationalist regimes which receive financial, technical and limited military support from the West. This is the worst case scenario for the entire region.
Most likely, the June 20 crisis was a pre-planned provocation by the Saakashvili faction and Ukrainian nationalists with the intended purpose of being used in the internal political struggle. In this event, they achieved their goal, the mobilization of nationalist and extremist elements of society. As to the situation on the international scene, a kind of detente in Russian-Georgian relations may start in the relatively near future.
The recent crisis demonstrated that, at any moment, even a minor pre-planned effort may be enough to instigate nationalist and radical sentiments of Georgian society. The Caucasus will remain one of the regions of constant geopolitical struggle and inter-ethnic hostility. It is difficult to imagine active development of the Georgian economy and stabilization of its political system under such conditions.
Saakashvilli is known for eating his ties. His opposition cohorts will soon be eating their feces by the looks of it. They decry Russian occupation but, seem quite willing to be enslaved to American occupation. They should ask other countries how that prospect is working out for them.
Those who cooperate with American schemes are mostly rich and powerful individuals who have absolutely no loyalty to their country (or anything else). American money, power and influence attract them strongly, so they do whatever they can to help Washington.
This is one of the world’s greatest problems. What can be done to stop a few traitorous individuals from selling out their nations and their people for ten pieces of silver?
In principle, they should be tried for treason and, if found guilty, hanged.
The extra wealthy ones are always the enemies of their lands. The truth is that 99% of super wealth is always obtained by some dishonest means.
In this instance, the microbial, super wealthy Georgians are stretching their tiny hands to the reptilian overlords of the West in order to secure their parasitic existence in Georgia, or to build escape routes to the Western lands. I met some Georgians in France, and they were very eager to demonstrate the “strength” of their Russophobia. It was imposable to have any coherent discussions with these people. In their world – Russia is always guilty of everything, and no disagreements with this stance is allowed
Communication with people who are ideologically blind is very difficult. Unfortunately, it appears to be a very common human trait. It’s obvious and easy to identify in people with whom we disagree. On the other hand, it’s almost impossible to identify in ourselves and in people with whom we agree. I suppose one could conclude that the human thought process is fundamentally irrational.
‘When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?’, as Keynes observed. I like the story of Einstein, too, where one of his graduate students asked him why he had set the same questions for his students as he had the year before (at Oxford in 1942, apparently).’ Einstein replied, ‘That’s true, but the answers have changed’. I’ve always discerned a strong relationship between stupidity and ignorance with stubbornness, which is then described as ‘strength of character’ or, even more nauseatingly, ‘moral conviction’. It has been the modus operandi of Austfailian political regimes for decades, hence the moral and intellectual shambles into which the country has descended.
Who said that America and its war machine are only good at committing atrocities and war crimes against Third World peasants, Afghan wedding parties, or Iraqi “Collateral Murder” civilians?
America seeks to wage war against Russia … to the very last Georgian or dead Ukrainian!
‘If Tbilisi believes that any place where Georgian nationalists were once present is rightfully Georgian territory, that could explain which “Georgian territories” were occupied by Russia’.
That principle would give Georgia possession of Moscow and large tracts of the USSR where Stalin (a Georgian) lived and ruled.
There they are simply imitating the Eretz Yisrael mob. Any place in the Middle and Near East where the Jews were ever present, no matter for how brief a time, remains Jewish land, forever. Why? Because their ‘God’ ie themselves, and their religious mythology, most of which has been refuted by archeology, says so. Thus the Georgian fascists can go to Thanatopolis DC, contact AIPAC, say, ‘Look-we’re just like you, if, of course, inferior’, and await the US dollars to flow, as AIPAC pulls a few leashes.
“Most likely, the June 20 crisis was a pre-planned provocation by the Saakashvili faction…”
Since Saakashvili had to flee Georgia to avoid arrest and prosecution for criminal acts, why does the Georgian government not issue an international arrest warrant for his deportation to face trial?
Unless of course his misdeeds are much less serious than those of Julian Assange.
Saakashvili was refused to be put on Interpol when Georgia requested his arrest. The same international police organization that US blocked a Russian national from running, despite him being most qualified. This police force won’t arrest him. Saakashvili went to US university and is often found in New York riding bikes. Wonderful how one country’s president can be another country’s governor. See what happens when corrupt US elites diddle around in the world?
Russian Documentary on War in South Ossetia between Russia and Georgia – Published: 2016/10/25
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdwKylOslo0 – (44:08)
Act of War: 5 years after South Ossetian conflict (RT Documentary) – Published: 2013//08/08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2D2iKzSXIk – (27:34)
Saakashvili’s War: New Revelation On 10th Anniversary of Georgian Attack On South Ossetia
and Abkhazia – Published: 2018/08/18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S2UNV_Izuc – (18:56)
Note: All the videos with English subtitles and interesting comments (the most of them in English).
Sukashvili/Сукашвили instead of Saakashvili/Саакашвили means in English Bitchshwili.
In my opinion, Saakashwili is only a useful idiot.
“We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy.”
― Chris Hedges
And this model is exported to all the colonies under the sun,Georgia included.
It should be added:the hate crime laws fracture the societies and the social cohesion feeding the hatred into a monster, the power elites and the charismatic and influential people in the colonies are being corrupted through the mechanism of fighting against corruption,so many others ….I think that all this converge towards war,there is no way out.
When a society is sufficiently corrupt at multiple levels (e.g. economic, spiritual, institutional, etc.) the subsequent generation of elites follow suit.
There is a corruption threshold if you will. It requires a minority, but a minority that is sufficient in size to insitutionalize corruption and make it systemic.
These levels of corruption make a society easily susceptible to outside interference.
I saw during those days of the Georgian War a YouTube video showing blinded and cuffed African-American military specialists riding on top of the Russian tanks. I wish I could find that video.
Another insignificant shithole that Russia can look down upon with refined amusement. It’s as if Russophobia is some kind of anti-depressant for intellectually challenged nations and peoples on this planet who don’t want to face less flattering truths about themselves.
Really, I have to confess that Soros knows what kind of ”governments” these slobs deserve. And how to make a handsome profit out of it.