This man is nuts...
This is what the fool said a little more than two months prior to the great faux-pas that we see today. I translate:
We often criticise our penitentiary system. Of course, nobody is happy when someone in the family is locked up. But I want to tell you, that people from the Ministry of Justice of France, workers in the prison systems are undergoing special training and learn how to manage prisons in the penitentiary system of Georgia before being assigned position in France. We are not advertising this, that's a fact. The French learn from us how to manage their prisons.
Sure Misha you are not advertising this? Because I recall watching a report on wondrous Georgian police reform on Ukrainian TV just a week prior to Tbilisi seeing demonstrations the size of the March of the Millions (in a country of 4 million, just for perspective, Moscow has at least three times that many people)? Sure you weren't showcasing that very nasty... I mean wondrous prison to Russian liberast bloggers?
But seriously, it seems that the so called wondrous police reform in Georgia that all liberast media in the post-Soviet space were going all wet about, has now been exposed as a total superficial fraud. The Georgian police reform, or rather its essence, resides in brand new police stations, and an army of journalists willing to promote them. One thing I have noticed in Georgia is that all police stations are brand new. A strange picture emerges where everything in a given town looks like it hasn't been repaired since the days of the Tsars, but only the cops would have a shiny new station surrounded by new Skodas and Toyotas.
One is forced to ask, how much was all of this? And better yet, where do they get money for this? The last question has an easy answer, they borrow! Watch this old report from RT:
And as I have heard, they have also received a lot of loans following the 2008 war, out of sympathy. Meanwhile, the number of beggars in the streets of Tbilisi is steadily on the rise.
But Misha has a convenient target to blame for all of his troubles. This is what he uttered after somebody published some porn smuggled out of Georgian wonder-prison. I translate:
We are being fought against, through Russian methods of kompromat, using Russian money, threatening us, sabre-rattling on the border (note: I guess that is a reference to North Caucasus military games that Russia conducted during summer), but we will not be scared. They are trying to put Georgia on a Russian path of development, to turn it back into the past, and close our path into the future. They want to chase us into that very Gldani prison where irremediable violence took place, all Georgia they want to turn into a prison...
Despite speaking about Russians on the border, Misha is actually blathering about the opposition. He accused the Georgian opposition on numerous occasions, of hiding the crimes in the prison system and waiting for a convenient moment before the elections. For me it really does not matter what the timing was, or whether Russian money were involved, I'm just happy that I will not hear about Georgian wondrous police reform, for some time at the very least.
He also told the opposition how long they will have to put up with the fool. I translate:
I will not leave the political scene until Lazika becomes the most beautiful city on the Black Sea. We have gathered here to swear that until we are alive we will not stop the fight for the liberation of our country, we will not cease the fight for unification, we will not halt the building. We will build a dream city Lazika...
...these people (note: the opposition) have a whole list of sites which we have built, and which they want to destroy, they want to prevent the building of Lazika. Their policy is to destroy, our policy is to build.
By the way, Mark has a great new article covering changes in Georgian politics...