Politics
Local Elections and Chances of Georgian Dream
24 April, 2014
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.
Read more >>
“IF I WERE RUSSIAN I’D LIKE PUTIN”
24 April, 2014
(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.

Read more >>
August war research causes “frights”
24 April, 2014
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.
Read more >>
“Government have to work to avoid provocations”
24 April, 2014
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.
Read more >>
“This is Russian style...”
24 April, 2014
“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?
Read more >>
Sandra Roelofs recalls her love story at the opening of Saakashvili's Library
23 April, 2014
Mikheil Saakashvili’s Presidential Library has recently been declared open in Tbilisi. A lot of students and media representatives attended the opening ceremony.
Read more >>
‘By ”killing me” they will not solve their problems’ – Saakashvili
23 April, 2014
Georgia’s ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili appeared in a video conference from the USA that marked the opening of a library built in Georgia by his initiative.
Read more >>
How Saakashvili celebrated Easter in New York
22 April, 2014
Mikheil Saakashvili celebrated Easter with Georgians living in New York. Footage uploaded to the ex-president’s Facebook account show Georgian emigrants partying in one of the clubs.
Read more >>
‘The West should apply chemotherapy’ – Saakashvili about dealing with Kremlin on CNN
17 April, 2014
Former president of Georgian Mikheil Saakashvili talks to CNN’s Becky Anderson about how his experience with the Kremlin compares to Kiev's.
Read more >>