Russian Oppositionists Take Their Absurdity to Georgia

The leaders and activists of the United Civil Front, chaired by Garry Kasparov, held an anti-Russian meeting in Gori, Georgia. They gathered in Gori demanding Prussian Prime Minister Putin's resignation. However, for some strange reason, the activists were expressing their protests in the English language.

The group of Russian oppositionists arrived in Georgia to take part in ceremonial events dedicated to the events of the Caucasian war in August 2008. Spokespeople for Russian public opposition organizations apologized to their audience for Russia's actions during the war. They particularly said that Russia "roughly violated the norms of the international law and committed an act of aggression against a sovereign state, having annexed nearly 20 percent of the territory."

"I am grateful that here I can speak the language, which I can speak," Andrey Nekrasov addressed a small group of listeners, regretting that he didi not speak Georgian.

The activists exercised their linguistic abilities during the meeting, but all they could do was say "Hello" in Georgian and chant a slogan in English.

"We want to send our simple message to you: We don't wanna Putin!" the speaker said. Afterwards, they showed a group of teenagers holding a banner with the same slogan - "We don't wanna Putin" - written in Russian and English.

The former director of the Center of Extreme Journalism of the Union of Russia's Journalists, currently a journalist of Georgia's Russian-speaking TV channel, Oleg Panfilov, was one of the activists at the meeting. Research officer of Hudson Institute (USA) Andrey Piontkovsky, who is known in Russia for his "post-Putin" creative work, Andrey Nekrasov, the director of the openly pro-Georgian and highly biased documentary about the Caucasian war "Lessons of Russian" were also present at the meeting.

All of the above-mentioned individuals are referred to in Russia as "I'm a Georgian", or "Ya Gruzin" in Russian. Two years ago, during the days of the war, they appeared on Moscow squares wearing "Ya Gruzin" pins and accusing the Russian authorities of committing a crime against the Georgian nation.

A year ago they said that Russia was working on another aggression against Georgia claiming that "Russia's ruling regime could be on the edge of a military adventure." They even named the date of the new "aggression." They held meetings demanding the withdrawal of troops from the neighboring state and the strict observation of Sarkozy's plan. They asked the United States to retrieve the cold war spirit in its relations with Russia, said that they would not mind seeing NATO "liberators" on Red Square, and so on and so forth.

To be perfectly frank, liberals' current rhetoric reminds the style of Soviet and American propaganda of the cold war period, when activists tried to defame the strategic adversary as much as possible. We are living in the 21st century, not during the time of the 1960s or the 1970s. The issues of relations between Georgia and South Ossetia was discussed on the top level, with the participation of world leaders.

"The world has realized since then that the estimations, which several states or media outlets had in August of 2008, were doubtful. Time has shown that our efforts, our peacemaking efforts of that period were justifiable," President Dmitry Medvedev said not so long ago.

"The world has learned the truth, and Russia's relations with other countries, even those that previously expressed concerns and doubts, have either suffered inconsiderable changes or recovered very quickly," Medvedev added.

Most Georgians do not share anti-Russian sentiments. Only several dozens of people came to the meeting of Russian opposition activists in Gori as video and photo reports say. Moreover, most of those who attended the meeting were simply passers-by, who stopped to take a look at it our of curiosity.

Lev Pravin

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