First openly pro-Russian party established in Georgia
On November 20, the leaders of the Alt-info media outlet, notorious for its hard-line anti-liberal, anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim stance, inaugurated a new political party, which they named “the Conservative Movement.”
Zurab Makharadze will chair the party. Its General Secretary will be Giorgi Kardava. The party members talked about their political plans during the founding congress. Makharadze said conservative force represented the interests of the major part of the Georgian population. He said the party would be an alternative to those who either favoured Bidzina Ivanishvili (former GD Chair) or Mikheil Saakashvili (former leader of UNM). “The main message will be to establish Christian democracy instead of liberal democracy in Georgia,” he claimed.
Makharadze complained that Georgians are serving as “de facto vassals, while Georgian politicians are more concerned on how to integrate us in the West, rather than what Georgia’s interest [actually] is.” “I cannot understand how you could be pro-Russian, pro-American or pro-European. A Georgian should have a pro-Georgian orientation.”
Makharadze listed security, territorial integrity, extreme poverty and demographic issues as top concerns, asserting that “the key to all these problems is in the capital of our northern neighbour. [The fate of] Georgia’s territorial integrity is decided in the Kremlin.”
He said while direct dialogue is necessary with the “Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers,” “the key to that conflict is in Moscow, and whoever cannot see it is stupid.” “If Russia is truly eager to have an alliance with Georgia, we are ready not just for a direct and unconditional dialogue, but for work to arrange a close partnership and allied relations [with Moscow],” Makharadze asserted, adding that “we are ready, in parallel to [defending] the major line of the restoration of our territorial integrity, to discuss Georgia’s integration into the security and economic system that is under Russia’s interest, but all of this should [in return ensure] improving Georgia’s fundamental interests of territorial integrity, security, economic advancement, and our demographic situation.”
During the congress, leaders of the party declined, that the new movement is xenophobic. Konstantine Morgoshia claimed “nobody can teach us about tolerance, but a moderate tolerance,” and brought “brotherhood with Jewish brothers during 26 centuries” as an example. He said, “our Armenian, Azerbaijani, Jewish, and Greek brothers are also attending [the party congress], because Georgia is a cradle of national[ist] ideas and together with these people we will create a grand conservative union that will end liberal dictatorship in Georgia.”
In his reaction to the creation of the Conservative movement, Deputy Public Defender Giorgi Burjanadze wrote on the social network that Russia is an occupier and the existence of the Alt-Info party is a national shame.
Meanwhile, Ana Natsvlishvili, a member of the party “Lelo for Georgia”, is going to appeal to Constitutional Court to abolish the Conservative Movement founded by Alt-Info. As Ana Natsvlishvili noted in a statement posted on the social network, this party is not in line with the Constitution of Georgia.
“As for the Alt-Info party, the Conservatives, whatever they are called, this party is not in line with the Constitution of Georgia! If the relevant agency of the Ministry of Justice registers it, it will sign something very grave. I will find 29 of my colleagues, with whom I will demand from the Constitutional Court to abolish this party!”, – said Ana Natsvlishvili.
The group rose to prominence after organizing the mobbing of LGBT Pride in Tbilisi on July 5, which left over 50 journalists injured, among them one cameraman, who died a few days after the assault.