From zero tolerance to zero compromise

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The Prime Minister of Georgia is waiting for the elections to end, so that everyone – the “traitor and the enemy of the country” – can give a proper answer on the principle of “zero compromise”. It is obvious that Irakli Gharibashvili, consciously or subconsciously, quoted Mikheil Saakashvili as “zero tolerance”.

Georgia’s third president declared “zero tolerance” a “petty crime” in 2006, and Georgia’s incumbent prime minister called it a heinous crime of “conspiracy against the state and the church,” which he said was a “grave provocation” by clerics and patriarchs. In the distribution of surveillance materials.

Dangerous security service?

If provocation is the gravest and crime is tantamount to treason, will the case endure before the election?

It is clear that the Georgian government and the politicized judiciary are in no hurry to uncover the most serious crime allegedly committed by the Georgian Security Service (SSS).

Grigol Liluashvili, Head of SUS

The Georgian prosecutor’s office, which was forced to respond in some way, limited itself to routine “initiation of the case” and “initiation of an investigation.” Neither the members of the government nor the members of the parliamentary majority have raised the issue of not only the responsibility of the head of the SSU, but also the issue of summoning him to the parliament. No, and as lawyer Vakhushti Menabde says, the head of the SSU, at the request of the parliament, is obliged to attend the sittings of the parliament, its committee and commission, answer the questions and submit a report, after which at least one third of the full parliament has the right to ask the SSU The issue of dismissal of the head of the.

“Parliament will consider the issue of resignation and vote in the next plenary session, no earlier than 2 days after the issue is raised, and the decision will be made by secret ballot, by a majority of the full parliament,” said Vakhushti Menabde.

Vakhushti Menabde, lawyer

Vakhushti Menabde, lawyer

However, the head of the SSU, Grigol Liluashvili, did not come to the parliament, did not make a single public statement, no, and three days have passed since the publication of the secret recordings.

Against this background, it sounds cynical, but the fact is that the Law on the State Security Service of Georgia tells us that among the main guidelines for the activities of the SSU are:

  • Legality
  • Protection / respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms
  • Inadmissibility of discrimination
  • Political neutrality

“If he left …”

How dangerous is the threat of the Prime Minister that after the elections everyone will be given a decent answer that the “Georgian Dream” is a strong government and will reward the enemies of the country?

Does this mean announcing the transition from total surveillance and blackmail of its citizens to a “bloody dictatorship”?

“If he leaves, and I have no doubt that he receives such instructions from Ivanishvili, Gharibashvili will try to establish a repressive, dictatorial system. “I just hope that it will not be dismantled, neither the Georgian society nor the European Community will allow it,” said Davit Darchiashvili, a historian and professor at Ilia State University. – In spying, however, instead of justifying himself and adequately responding, he engages in threats and shameful insinuations.

David Darchiashvili

David Darchiashvili

Indeed, recently, the chairman of the ruling party, Irakli Kobakhidze, said that everything was a farce staged by the opposition and that the opposition was preparing an even more severe provocation.

“We need sacrifice,” “We need Lekso Lashkarava in the square,” are phrases from the conversations and chats of members of the National Movement and its youth wing, including members of the “Shame” party, “Irakli Kobakhidze said.

Earlier, another leader of the ruling party, Mamuka Mdinaradze, said that the opposition was preparing to release certain records of his personal life and that “if such filth spreads, he will be outraged by the public.”

Irakli Kobakhidze

Irakli Kobakhidze

Davit Darchiashvili thinks that the ruling party will go even further if the society does not express its adequate attitude to the current events in the country.

“Despite the difficult situation, general nihilism, fear of a pandemic – a critical mass of voters must arrive and vote to fix this completely modern attitude towards the government. If this does not happen, it means that a certain part of the Georgian society is asleep as a large part of the Russian society. The attitude of the Georgian society will have serious support from the European Union and the United States … If nothing happens, if the society is intimidated, apathetic and has done all this, then the West will only condemn the situation, relations with Georgia will deteriorate, which will have financial and economic consequences. “No one else will do what needs to be done,” said Davit Darchiashvili.

Who asks Gharibashvili?

What Irakli Gharibashvili will do after the elections and what records will be published by Irakli Kobakhidze and Mamuka Mdinaradze in the coming days, neither Irakli Gharibashvili nor the Kobakhidze-Mdinaradze parliamentary tandem know this, Only Bidzina Ivanishvili decides in the party and the government.

“Gharibashvili does not decide this. He does not even know who the materials are about and which ones should be published. If Ivanishvili counts the threats and they repeat it, it is another story, but I doubt it will be so. I think their threats are a sign of confusion. Traditionally, they try to blame everything on the opponent – the “National Movement” and now Giorgi Gakharia has appeared. I doubt it will take a major hit. It will be more convincing. “It is unbelievable that the National Movement will run the SSU even after 2012 for the supporters of the Dream, and Mr. Khojevanishvili, who was the deputy head of the SSU, is in Gakharia’s party,” said Davit Zurabishvili.

David Zurabishvili

David Zurabishvili

MP Beka Liluashvili, a member of the political council for the Georgia for Georgia party founded by Giorgi Gakharia, did not rule out the possibility that former cleric and one of the leaders of the party, Patriarch Alekhavan, a former deputy head of the party, could be arrested.

“It seems that the main and priority for the ruling party today is to maintain power. Therefore, we do not rule out anything, ”Beka Liluashvili said at a briefing on September 15.

Alexander Khojevanishvili with his party members

Alexander Khojevanishvili with his party members

As for the Prime Minister’s threat to “zero compromise”, Davit Zurabishvili says that these are empty, meaningless words, because everything will depend not on Irakli Gharibashvili, but on the election results and Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Irakli Gharibashvili and Bidzina Ivanishvili

Irakli Gharibashvili and Bidzina Ivanishvili

“He pretends to be a cool guy. Plays the role of a “cool guy” adjusted to the pre-election campaign, the wrath of the Nazis. “A little bit and we will kill them” – this is the message. In fact, Bidzina Ivanishvili will make the decision based on the election results. It seems that Bidzina Ivanishvili’s opinion and therefore everyone repeats that there will be no more elections in the next three years, however, I repeat, it all depends on the election results. If less than 43% of the results of the “dream” (and I have a strong doubt that it will be), then it will not be so easy. The West is waiting for the election results. The pressure is temporarily stopped. In addition, “Dream” will have less legitimacy inside. If you do not get 43% after so much bragging, with the CEC and the election administration, whose reform you did not carry out in principle, all this will greatly damage the government morally. I do not rule out that Bidzina Ivanishvili will go for personnel changes to replace Gharibashvili once again. “They will try their best not to hold snap elections, but if they do not get 43%, they will have to,” said Davit Zurabishvili, who is also convinced that the Georgian Dream will not be able to establish a real dictatorship:

“Although the USSR works by the methods of the USSR, they are not engaged in anything other than surveillance, which is typical of the Soviet KGB, but in a state that is prone to totalitarianism, after revealing such a story, all the culprits were arrested and many were beheaded. They do not even know what to do here, they are sorry for something. That is, on the one hand, they are watching everyone, on the other hand, they have neither the resources nor the power to establish a totalitarian dictatorship. “So if the election does not change the government and the normal pro-Western forces do not come, we will be like a banana republic where statehood is slowly falling apart – it really threatens us.”

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