Supporters of Saakashvili are preparing mass protests in Georgia. Ukrainians help them – Rambler / News

In Georgia, restless. Although, it seems, the elections were held and Mikhail Saakashvili's attempts to return home, receiving citizenship and presidential pardon, were not successful. His partner and candidate of the United National Movement party he founded, Grigol Vashadze, lost in the second round of the presidential elections to Salome Zurabishvili. The independent candidate, supported by the "Georgian Dream" ruling party, won by a margin of 20%. But it seems that Saakashvili had a "B" plan for this case – to organize his own "Maidan" in Tbilisi. About what the disgraced politician asks, what are his supporters ready to leave, and the Donbass battalion here, in the "" article in Tbilisi.

The day after the second round of the presidential elections, when it became known that Salome Zurabishvili would become the fifth president of Georgia, representatives of the opposition movement in power in the unit called on their supporters to protest against the parliament building in the center of Tbilisi. The leaders of the movement, members of the former president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, said that the elections were rigged and that they do not recognize the legitimacy of the newly elected president.

It is worth noting that even on 28 November, as soon as the results of the exit polls were announced, according to which Zurabishvili won, Saakashvili live on the Rustavi-2 television channel in Amsterdam invited all the citizens of Georgia to start a national disobedience in the morning.

However, "popular" disobedience did not happen. Saakashvili's comrades, including presidential candidate Grigol Vashadze, have distanced themselves correctly from the announcement of the immediate start of the actions. According to them, before taking such an important decision, it is necessary to hold consultations and draw up a plan for further actions. Later it became known that behind closed doors it was decided to start a protest in the city center on Sunday 2 December.

On that day and at that time, several thousand people gathered on Rustaveli Avenue, including opposition activists from various regions of the country. Vashadze has appealed to representatives of the "Georgian Dream" government party, saying that they themselves are well aware of the methods by which they falsify the elections, so the members of the government are obliged to meet the demands of those who have gathered.

However, the protesters later clarified exactly what kind of violations in question. Replacing each other, the speakers spoke about the mobilization of administrative resources, the "carousel" and, of course, the corruption of voters. In addition, the votes were bought either by cash, directly on the day of the election, or indirectly, extinguishing the loan debt for 700 thousand citizens from the black list of the commercial banks of Georgia.

"We are fighting for the law to be in the country, we are fighting for leadership to belong to the people, and not specifically to some person or group," said Grigol Vashadze, the head of the election headquarters, George Vashadze, alluding to Bidzina Ivanishvili and "Gruzinskaya" dream. "- We are fighting for Georgia to be a legal state, we are fighting for Georgia to be a democratic country".

Traditionally, Mikhail Saakashvili himself spoke in front of the crowd. He was unable to personally meet his colleagues in Georgia for five years, since he was sentenced in absentia to 9 years in prison for having exceeded his official authority and embezzlement of budget funds. Therefore, Skype speeches have long become the hallmark of politics. Now, during the mass opposition events, as soon as the Skype call feature is heard from the speakers, people start to sing "Misha! Misha!"

"We will succeed, our fight will certainly end in full victory, and in this fight, of course, I am equal, – Saakashvili has appealed to supporters – I have no demands for a special role, but I want you to know: as soon as I will need you and you will call me, at that moment I will meet you in Georgia, because each of us must contribute to our victory.It is better for me to die than surrender in this unjust struggle, it is better to disappear than to look at my country to be destroyed ".

However, the main request of the protestors is not the cancellation of the results of the presidential elections, but the appointment of early parliamentary elections. Furthermore, the opposition insists on the immediate implementation of the reform of the electoral system, namely the formation of a new CEC of Georgia and the abolition of district electoral commissions. To discuss the upcoming reform and other changes, the opposition calls on the authorities to sit down at the negotiating table, creating a working group. This must be done before December 16th – it is on this day that the inauguration of the new president of Georgia should take place. If the demands are not met, the protesters promised that the protests would become more massive and timeless.

The representatives of the "Georgian Dream", in their serene form that was characteristic of them, said that the question of the appointment of early parliamentary elections is not on the agenda.

"Most of the population decided to say" No "to the National Movement, to their candidate and to their return.The candidate supported by us won the majority of the votes," said the deputy of the ruling party, Eka Beselia .

As for the international observers who followed the elections, they criticized the whole second round as a whole, but without details.

"The elections were well organized, but the absence of the main aspects of the legislation on the conduct of the second round did not provide legal clarity." The election campaign was affected by harsh rhetoric, "said the observers report.

Meanwhile, the legitimacy of the election of Salome Zarubishvili does not cause doubts among world leaders. It was already congratulated by the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, France, Belarus. Madam President has received congratulations from the US State Department and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Later it became known that while the opposition demanded reforms on Rustaveli Avenue, Georgian special forces were conducting an operation to detain six citizens of Ukraine and a citizen of Georgia. In the hotels they have stayed in, the police found a large quantity of ammunition, Makarov and Beretta pistols, improvised explosive devices.

According to the security department, the citizens of Ukraine arrived in Georgia on 27 November, but it remains to be imagined with which specific objectives.

The representatives of the ruling party were the first to speculate: Gia Volsky, the vice-president of the Georgian parliament, suggested that the arrival of the Ukrainians was most likely linked to opposition meetings and Mikhail Saakashvili.

This version was later supported by the Ukrainian journalist Andrei Dzidzya, who on his Facebook page states that among the "tourists" Ukrainian was the deputy of Verkhovna Rada Semyon Semenchenko, commander of the Donbass battalion and former ally of Mikhail Saakashvili. However, Semenchenko managed to avoid detention due to the presence of a diplomatic passport.

"The special services established that after the meeting between Saakashvili and Semenchenko in Poland, groups of Ukrainians from the Semenchenko gang began to cross Georgia, and these groups had the goal of carrying out a coup in Georgia. they were arrested at the border and immediately deported, while the others were arrested ", writes Dzidzya.

Other Georgian sources also indicate the link between Semenchenko and Saakashvili. According to the doctor of political science, Vakhtang Maisai, in the Ukrainian past, Semenchenko Saakashvili was indeed his "right hand".

"Last year, if you remember, in Kiev, Saakashvili has planned to gather people on Independence in his support, and Semenchenko has helped him with this.However, attempts to organize another revolution in Ukraine have not successful, "said Maisaya.

Later, the same Semenchenko made a statement in the Georgian media – as you can guess, appeared in the air of the same Rustavi-2. In an interview, the deputy said he had come to Georgia as an observer for the second round of elections, and then decided to stay in the country to rest.

However, this explanation has raised even greater suspicions on the Georgian side. Because of the difficult situation in Ukraine, when the martial law is declared in the country and the elections are not far, the decision to rest abroad seems a little strange for a politician and a military commander in one person. To leave his country at a time like this, Semenchenko should have more important reasons than just rest.

Meanwhile, the detainees were charged under the article "Illegal purchase and possession of weapons", which implies a prison sentence of 8 to 11 years.

Among the detainees are Ukrainian citizens: Roland Melia, Oleksandr Novikov, Dmitry Kuragin, Yuri Korostelov, Igor Orlenko, Sergey Kladko and a citizen of Georgia Luka Chetia. All of them, as it turned out, are listed as combatants of the Donbass unit.

However, no official statements have yet been heard from the competent authorities that the citizens of Ukraine have arrived in Georgia just to destabilize the situation during the protests. Georgian Interior Minister Georgy Gakharia said the arrested could be associated with Mikhail Saakashvili, which is confirmed by their statements during the interrogations. But this, as he said, is only a suspect.

It is also noteworthy that Mikhail Saakashvili himself, known for his activity on social networks (especially recently) and for numerous interviews for Rustavi-2 for whatever reason, remained absolutely silent for two days on the Ukrainians detained.


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