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“This is Russian style...”
“I congratulate our armed forces on the glorious holiday of Easter” – with these words Irakli Alasania, Minister of Defense began his interview with us. Q. – Mr. Irakli, how would you assess the ongoing events in Ukraine and how can all of this be reflected on Georgia?
“Government have to work to avoid provocations”
Georgian Journal talked with political expert Nika Chitadze about the candidate of the National Movement Nika Melia and the chances of the party in upcoming elections. The National Movement lost the last two elections which became crucial for the party. We are interested in how the Georgian political expert sees the future of the National Movement in both cases, if the party wins or loses the elections.
August war research causes “frights”
The special state commission that was researching the reasons of the Georgia-Russia war of August 2008 has wrapped up its work. Defense Minister Irakli Alasania has stated that the results of the survey will be introduced to Georgian society soon, presumably, by the end of the month. The opposition UNM members claim that the research might be politically motivated, aiming at political pressure on the United National Movement members prior to the local self-government elections scheduled for June 15. The commission was established at the Ministry of Defense in August 2013. According to the statements made by Minister Alasania then the research would not be political, it would be a military, tactical, operative and strategic evaluation of the combat operations with the goal of improving the future strategy of the Georgian army.
“IF I WERE RUSSIAN I’D LIKE PUTIN”
(Article from archive)
The Establishment again began making guesses about the possibility of appointing a ‘Russia’s man’ to govern Georgia and at the same time they recalled Mikheil Saakashvili’s divulged Kiev-Moscow-Tbilisi voyage. We spoke with the leader of the National Movement and MP Mikheil Saakashvili.
Q. – In his interview with the Russian press, President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze stressed that three or four young men can be his successors but he doesn’t mention a Mikheil, i.e. Saakashvili…
A. – My heart would burst if Shevardnadze mentioned me as his successor. Actually, his rhetoric implying three or four young men as his successors is bluff and hypocrisy, because Shevardnadze told me personally that he meant me as his successor. He also personally told Zurab Zhvania that he’d be his successor; he also said this to Shashiashvili and several other governors (!). I also know that up till now he is telling different people that they will substitute him but I’m sure – as soon as the President believes that there indeed is his alternative, the person will automatically find himself in the opposite camp cast there personally by Shevardnadze.
Q. – Under the situation when the interests of the USA and Russia clash in Georgia, a government of which orientation can come to power in the country?
A. – I don’t think the USA will seriously get involved in the processes of our home policy. But Russia probably has and will have attempt it. It’s to be mentioned separately that Putin himself has learnt to use civilized language with the West and the fact that Putin publicly abased the President of Georgia at the CIS summit indicates that he doesn’t consider Georgia to be a force deserving reckoning with. If I were a Russian I’d like Putin as an energetic and nationalist person who knows well what his country needs, but as a Georgian I’m offended to see the Georgian government and President in such a humiliated situation.
Russia displays much more interest towards Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine and even Moldova than Georgia and this isn’t the Georgian people’s fault. This happens due to the government’s policy which isn’t oriented at Georgia’s interests. What’s more, you can’t demand from Russia to consider our interests. I’m not and even can’t be against the Russian capital, but in a democratic country business and politics should exist separately. But when politics merges with business then we deal with mafia-controlled structures.

Local Elections and Chances of Georgian Dream
The pre-election campaign has begun and society already knows the candidates of the main competitor parties. The candidate of Georgian Dream David Narmania will face the candidate of National Movement Nika Melia as his main competitor. Georgian Journal talked with Guram Chakhvadze about the chances of the candidate of Georgian Dream and about the pre-election campaign.
Detained Under Occupation
The Georgian journalists arrested inside the Georgia’s occupied territories which caused an international outcry have been released. TV 3 reporter Bela Zakaidze, cameraman Vakho Lekiashvili and technical assistant Michael Mikhoev were arrested by so-called Russian border guards in the Adzvi village while they were covering the fact of relocation of the boundary. They were later taken to Tskhinvali.
“GEORGIA IS IN DANGER”
Roman Fin’s address to the Georgian people

Georgia is facing a deadly threat. Georgian Dream, the coalition that came to power, did not manage to put an end to the Saakashvili’s regime and arrest the culprits (they were given freedom). In 2012, after losing the elections, with the help of American and European globalist forces they began preparing for revenge and again usurping the power. They have no chance to achieve it through democratic elections because their real rating is no more than 7-9%. The people even wanted early elections in order to get rid of the disproportionately inflated 45% representation that doesn’t correspond to their real, deteriorating popularity, considering the people’s hatred towards them. Accordingly, the only way for the Nationals to come back is to usurp the power. The West undoubtedly supports Saakashvili – they intend to restore his rule. If we consider the historical experience of staging colored revolutions, it won’t be difficult at all. The Nationals are openly speaking about the future Maidan.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE WALES SUMMIT?
Interview with Grigol Vashadze, ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs

Grigol Vashadze, ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke with us about the foreign course of Georgia, and threats and challenges country faces. Q. – Mr. Vashadze, you were one of the organizers of the action – No to Collaborationism. Who is the addressee of this No?
US supports but speaks of lack of consensus
The US supports granting the Membership Action Plan (MAP) to Georgia at the NATO Summit in Wales in September. However, Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs stresses there is no consensus within the allies on the issue. “Georgians are well aware that there is no consensus in the Alliance and that they have work to do to convince, particularly some of our western European allies, of their worthiness for the MAP,” Nuland stated.
Russia’s official statement about detention of Georgian journalists
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a statement with regard to the detention of Georgian journalists by Russian border guards near Adzvi village.
Irakli Alasania talks to John McCain on the phone
Telephone conversation was held between Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Alasania and the U.S. Senator John McCain on April 11.
Russian plane enters Khurcha air space
A Russian plane has entered the air space of the village of Khurcha, Samegrelo region of Georgia, from the Abkhazian territory. It flew back after ten minutes.
“Lobby Georgia in NATO Countries”
NATO Week in Georgia and Crimea’s Annexation in the Background

NATO Week has started on Monday in Georgia, at the Courtyard Marriott hotel. “The Road to NATO – Integration and Membership Experience” was opened by Alex Petriashvili, Georgia’s State Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, and Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy. The agenda was busy and the participants were diverse.
Next destination for Russian boots
It has been speculated recently that the Russian Embassy in Tbilisi has began issuing Russian passports through a simplified procedure to the Russian-speaking population living in Georgia. Georgian online media especially claimed that there were queues of applicants in front of the Russian embassy. Georgian officials have made special statements concerning the issue, stressing that the situation was “exaggerated.” In its turn, certain Russian analysts believe that “Russia is not afraid of deteriorating Georgian-Russian relations due to issuing the passports.”
FROM TSKHINVALI TO EREVAN…VIA TBILISI?
The threat of Russian armored equipment columns passing from occupied Tskhinvali to Armenia via Georgia isn’t denied by Americans either. A recent interview with Mike Rodgers, US Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, caused Georgian people to worry. The Congressman alleged that Russia is increasing its armament in occupied Tskhinvali in order to manage a pass to Armenia and thus have a land connection with Iran.
Major Opponents for Mayoral Race
A coalition of four non-parliamentary opposition parties led by former Parliament Speaker and the leader of the Democratic Movement-United Georgia, Nino Burjanadze, named former lawmaker Dimitri Lortkipanidze as the opposition coalition’s Tbilisi mayoral candidate for the 15 June local elections. The Democratic Movement-United Georgia (DMUG) party led by Nino Burjanadze and Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM) formed a coalition last month.
“WE’LL SIGN AGREEMENT IN ANY CASE”
“I think that on the background of the Crimean events our NATO membership should be expedited,” declares Alexi Petriashvili, State Minister of Georgia for Euro-Atlantic Integration. We began our interview with a review of the Ukrainian events.
“NOBODY CAN STAGE A  GEORGIAN MAIDAN”
The death of Shalva Tatukhashvili, a high-ranking official of Department of Constitutional Security and the attack on MP Nugzar Tsiklauri led the National Movement to blame the authorities for the travails, while the authorities in turn are making excuses and are waiting for the investigation to end. We spoke with a Majority member Zaza Papuashvili.
 NATO Parliamentary Assembly bars the Russian Parliament from its meetings
The leaders of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly affirmed their support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and withdrew the Russian Parliament’s Associate membership of the Assembly.
Saakashvili:‘War is Coming’ – Foreign Policy
Former President of Georgia and currently a Senior Statesman at the International Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, published an article in Foreign Press.
SCANDALOUS CONFESSION OF WITNESS
“I saw how Prime Minster Zurab Zhvania was killed”

The photos of deceased Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania that has been circling the Internet intensified the doubts that he was killed. The person who visited us in the editorial office presented a rather scandalous version which, until now, was hardly known to the people. Our respondent proves that he is a witness of Zhvania’s assassination. At this stage, he refused to disclose his name but declared that he is ready to cooperate with the Prosecutor’s Office.
Passive Elections and  Predicted Results
Georgian Journal spoke with expert Gia Khukhashvili about the pre-election period and the Ukrainian events which can influence Georgia’s political life. We offer this interview to the reader of our newspaper.
“I WILL WIN ELECTIONS IN FIRST ROUND”
We spoke with one of the most silent and strict ministers of the former Saakashvili’s cabinet, who earlier fled the country due to a confrontation with the authorities. Okruashvili’s answers resemble his character – laconic and concrete. Although, there were some questions he did not wish to answer.
Pro-Russian groups, clashes and aims
Events held by supporters of the Eurasian Union and Russia have ended into several clashes in Tbilisi. Eurasian Institute is one of the organizations which supports a tighter connection between Tbilisi and Moscow and rejects Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Their event at Tbilisi Cinema House on March 24 encouraged a rally of supporters of the European path outside the building and a clash between the two sides occurred. Social networks were full of videos filmed at the Cinema house where half of the gathered people honored Russian soldiers killed during the August War in 2008. The gathering of another pro Eurasian Union organization, Eurasian Choice, followed the event. The organization members held an online conference with Russia.
News came as a shock…
Obama Tells Georgia to Forget about NATO after Encouraging it to Join

When President Barack Obama delivered the message in Brussels that neither Ukraine nor Georgia “are currently on a path to NATO membership,” the news came as a shock and disappointment to Georgians, albeit a rather familiar one.
Also on the Web
World marathon “Wings of Life: World Run” – the largest charity event in world sports history – is scheduled to start on 4th of May, at 2 p.m
“Hello, my name is Kote Tolordava and I am a drug addict. I know that there is no such thing as a former junkie, because such people always stand on a dangerous precipice of going back
In celebration of World Book Day, bookstore network “Biblus” organized a bike procession titled “Gift-A-Book”.
On April 23, on an episode of the second season of a popular show “Exact Match” aired by GDS, Levan Maspindzelashvili’s amazing transformation took the judges by absolute surprise.
Data Akhalaia requested political asylum in Greece. Akhalaia’s lawyers, Malkhaz Velijanashvili and Irakli Zakareishvili declared that asylum-associated procedures are already in motion.
Publishing house “Palitra L”, in recognition of World Book Day, took part in a book fair organized in Rustaveli Theater.
Fifty bulldogs and and their owners went back to school on Monday. The canines and their human companions traveled to the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for the annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest
Mikheil Saakashvili’s Presidential Library has recently been declared open in Tbilisi. A lot of students and media representatives attended the opening ceremony.
A Georgian director Nikoloz Khomasuridze broke the world record by making a feature film named “The Forgotten King” in 105 minutes using continuous frame.
Beginning of the fourth season of a popular show “Dancing with the Stars” on the TV channel “Imedi” is scheduled for April 24, 10 p.m.
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