The radical part of the Georgian opposition, not Russian immigrants are the threat to the country’s security, Irma Zavradashvili, an MP of the ruling Georgian Dream party, told Front News on Wednesday, in comments of the ongoing rally by the Droa opposition party at Russia-Georgia border in northern Georgia, demanding the ban on entry for Russian nationals.
The MP said that she trusted the country’s law enforcement agencies, which have claimed the situation “is under full control” at all Georgian checkpoints, noting that the actions of the United National Movement opposition party, Droa, Strategy Agmashenebeli and others “pose threats to the country’s security and to those Georgians living in Russia”.
Zavradashvili advised the Droa leader, Elene Khoshtaria, to “first control the funds your family is receiving from Russia,” calling her a Russian spy, as well as the members of the UNM “who were greeting Russian visitors in airports following the Russia-Georgia 2008 war”.
“I am sure that these people [referring to the opposition] are doing harmful things for Georgia”, said the MP.
She stressed that the country’s relevant agencies were working “transparently” and “round the clock” and did not refrain from releasing the data on the entries into and exits by Russian citizens.
The country’s Interior Ministry said on Tuesday that 78,742 citizens of Russia entered Georgia and 62,120 left the country between September 17 and 26.
Police did not allow the demonstrators to rally at the checkpoint, instead offered them to rally in the village of Gveleti, near the border-crossing checkpoint.