According to Valentina Kotolova, a professor of philosophy at the de facto South Ossetian State University, the story of Mikheil Saakashvili’s arrest is interesting, but it is not the main story in Tskhinvali.
„for us this [2008 წლის ომი] Someday Too Painful Theme was, But Now, As It seems, Slightly Slowed down, At the end And At the end, Time Cures. Now We Simply We are watching him, As Of life Somehow Comedy, which, My In the opinion, He You Playing, But last At the time this Painfully Unsuccessful It turned out. So that, We, In principle, New Nothing We will think About that, Which happens. Simply, He [სააკაშვილი] If Finally Will receive That, Whatever deserves, We Happy We will be. personally I glad I will be, because he Too A lot Grief Brought us.
If Saakashvili finally gets what he deserves, we will be happy
So that, Mikheil Saakashvili Arrest The story is all here Consider As Georgian Policy Next An anecdote And The same At the time, We We hope so, that Salome Zurabishvili Will perform his The word And no will be Amnesty. Let, He To sit, for him Useful will be To think There, where He Now Is”, – Valentina Kotolova told “Echo of the Caucasus”.
Tamar Mearakishvili, a civil activist from Akhalgori, says that the attitude of locals towards Mikheil Saakashvili is not clear. He said that before the war, people happily accepted Saakashvili’s reforms. Corruption and crime have been eliminated in the district. The elderly received a frozen pension. Young people entered universities without bribes. Then they saw the bad thing – the 2008 war, which no one wanted. This war reached Akhalgori and turned the life of the locals upside down – families were divided. And he did good again. The IDPs were not forgotten, all were arranged, free housing was provided in Tserovani, but those who did not want to leave the district were treated badly. They were reprimanded, threatened and demanded to leave the borough.
“We are, On TV We are watching new News from Tbilisi, We observe How Evolving There Political And Economic Condition, because Ours Families There they are, But The same At the time, We We understand, that Whatever needs to happen, Who should come to power, He still is no Help us Ours Problems In solving. so They are Could not Help us Of the road In the openingTo Let’s hug our Relatives. As We see, They are neither Yes Try our Help. So this Elections [თვითმმართველობის] Towards interest Minimum was. We Now more More we are interested Local By election [დე ფაქტო პრეზიდენტის არჩევნები]. We Looking forward to it We are waiting him And We hope so, that oneი Candidate at least Will promise us, that The way Will open us up, We Yes him The voice We will give. Or Maybe Bibilov himself To open Razdakhani [ე.წ. გამშვები პუნქტი-რ.თ.] Before the election Still. He [ბიბილოვი] It is popular In Tserovani, Is A lot People, To whom Gave Citizenship And Pension, A lot ready Is the voice To give”, – says Tamar Mearakishvili.
After the arrest of Mikheil Saakashvili in Georgia, the de facto republic’s foreign minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said they had the right to demand the extradition of Mikheil Saakashvili to the crime scene.
“I mean the crimes of 2004 and 2008. “In accordance with the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the UN General Assembly by Resolution 260 (III) of 9 December 1948”, – Dmitry Medvedev will be checked by the news agency “Res”. Medvedev also said that “A fair trial awaits Saakashvili in South Ossetia …”.
Tskhinvali civil activist Temur Tskhurbati, an ex-combatant, called Dmitry Medvedev’s statement absurd.
“I will tell you how my friends and people in my circle reacted to Dmitry Medvedev’s statement that it was necessary to demand Saakashvili’s extradition to South Ossetia. They said, “Is not this man blowing?” First, they do not give it to us, and second, if we let it give it to us suddenly, then what? Should we have him in jail here? What do we need here ?! Sit where he is … “In general, we, the veterans, are not particularly worried about this story. Personally, I think Saakashvili did not have enough information, he thought that people would come out to protect him. However, they say that people go to prison and hold protests. “But this is not a critical mass to be released.”
Gamsakhurdia was killed, Shevardnadze was expelled, Misha was sentenced … Why should we, the Ossetians, suffer because of the idiots, whom you then expel yourself?
Temur Tskhurbati says that the longer he looks at Georgia’s internal political processes, the more convinced he is of the correctness of South Ossetia’s historic choice.
“Conflict At the time in Georgia Three President Has changed – Gamsakhurdia, Shevardnadze And Misha. Gamsakhurdia Killed, Shevardnadze They were expelled, Misha Punishment He was sentenced. And this Is Weighted Argument With Georgians In conversation. I Them I told him: ”You got along with your idiots. We, Ossetians, why Should Suffering because of idiots, whom you then expel yourself? And We are told at this time that All He Trouble, Which our It happened to me, Random was. I I think, that this History Is Another One Important Argument Ours Independence, Ours Freedom In favor. And, In principle, this Issue for me It is not even under consideration. We recognize – no We recognize – this Their It’s a case. Hey Taiwan is not recognized either and then what? They live for themselves. ” – says Temur Tskhurbati.
Conflictologist Zurab Bendianishvili believes that the rhetoric of the de facto government and the local political elite was partly similar to the rhetoric of the current Georgian government about the start of the war in August 2008, and therefore Medvedev dared to make such a statement. However, the analyst believes that the decision of the Strasbourg Human Rights Court on the consequences of the August war will first of all change the rhetoric of the Georgian government.
“The government does not dare to openly accuse Saakashvili of the 2008 war, which naturally poured water on a Russian mill that has occupied 20% of the country’s territory and is currently consistently annexing it. “This is especially unthinkable after the famous human rights decision in Strasbourg, where Russia was held accountable to the people affected by the war.”
Georgia’s third president, Mikheil Saakashvili, was arrested in Tbilisi on October 1 and taken to the Rustavi Penitentiary. Since the morning of October 1, Georgian Dream leaders and the Interior Ministry have said that Mikheil Saakashvili has not left Ukraine and will not cross the Georgian border, and in the evening, Prime Minister Gharibashvili announced at a special briefing that Saakashvili was detained. Later, representatives of the Georgian Dream claimed that the Ministry of Internal Affairs did not disseminate real information in order to prevent the arrest of Mikheil Saakashvili.
Former President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is currently a citizen of Ukraine, was wanted by the Georgian Dream authorities. He was sentenced in absentia by a Georgian court in connection with the death of Sandro Girgvliani and the beating of former MP Valeri Gelashvili. In 2018, Saakashvili was found guilty of abuse of office and abuse in both cases. The third president was sentenced to 6 years in prison for beating Valeri Gelashvili, and 3 years in prison for beating Sandro Girgvliani. Several more criminal cases have been filed against Mikheil Saakashvili. Saakashvili calls all cases politically motivated and has declared a hunger strike in prison.