Who is secretly spying on priests in Georgia?  The authorities and the opposition blame each other

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Who is secretly spying on priests in Georgia? The authorities and the opposition blame each other

Who is secretly spying on priests in Georgia? The authorities and the opposition blame each other

Scandal with the spread of secret videos and audio recordings of conversations of clergy in Georgia is gaining momentum 09/13/2021, Sputnik Georgia

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TBILISI, 13 Sep – Sputnik. The Georgian authorities and the opposition blame each other for secret surveillance, and then dissemination of video and audio recordings of conversations of clerics in Georgia. President Mikheil Saakashvili. According to one of the leaders of the “Dream” Mamuka Mdinaradze, another attempt by opponents to turn the church against the Georgian government failed. According to him, wiretapping, spying on people and interfering with their private life are the methods of the previous government. ” the state, the government of Georgia and the Georgian society stand and will stand guard over the reputation of the Georgian Orthodox Church, “Mdinaradze emphasized. are being conducted by the current authorities. Party chairman Nika Melia is convinced that today there is no person in Georgia who is not being watched by the special services. The leader of the opposition party “Girchi – More Freedom” Zura Japaridze, who was previously an associate of Saakashvili, believes that by distributing these records someone is trying to blackmail the clergy. The purpose of the blackmail is to force the church to motivate parishioners to vote for “Georgian Dream” in the October 2 elections. “I know that the Georgian Patriarchate is not a religious institution, it is a political institution, and there are many people there who use this institution to gain power and material well-being,” Japaridze said. The scandal with wiretapping of priests on the air of the opposition TV channel “TV Pirveli”. According to media reports, this information was provided to the opposition TV channels by a certain ex-official of the State Security Service. We are talking about the surveillance of more than 100 priests and more than three thousand files of hidden records. The Service of the State Inspector of Georgia has already called on the investigating authorities to promptly investigate all suspicious cases of hidden wiretapping and surveillance of citizens. According to Metropolitan Akhalkalaki and Kumurdo, Vladyka Nikoloz (Pachuashvili), which also appears in the published records, this is the machinations of “evil spirits” who want to turn people against the church. He also calls the state to account. According to one of the files decrypted by the Pirveli TV company, in 2013, Bishop Nikoloz transmitted information about personal meetings of the Catholicos of the Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, as well as information from Lugar’s laboratory in Tbilisi to a certain Russian citizen Lolita Danilova. In return for the services, he took $ 30,000. Meanwhile, the journalists of the opposition TV channel “Mtavari” published the results of their journalistic investigation. According to the TV channel, secret records from the State Security Service were “leaked” to the press by a resident of Tbilisi, a former employee of the department, Akaki Nemsadze, who committed suicide two months ago – on July 8. Before his death, he decided to expose the criminal system, claims the media and sent files to the e-mails of opposition TV channels. Subscribe to video news from Georgia on our YouTube channel.

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Scandal with the spread of secret videos and audio recordings of conversations of clergy in Georgia is gaining momentum

TBILISI, September 13 – Sputnik. The Georgian authorities and the opposition blame each other for secret surveillance, and then the distribution of video and audio recordings of conversations of clerics in Georgia.

The ruling party “Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia” called such facts the intrigues of the opposition party “United National Movement” (UNM), created by ex-president Mikhail Saakashvili.

According to one of the leaders of the “Dream” Mamuka Mdinaradze, another attempt by the opponents to turn the church against the Georgian government failed.

“We have witnessed an unsuccessful attempt to turn the church against the state. This is a continuation of the anti-state and anti-church campaign that this radical force has been carrying out for years. It has been trying for a long time to shake the foundations of our national identity,” Mdinaradze said.

According to him, wiretapping, spying on people and interfering with their privacy are methods of the previous government.

“The Georgian state, the Georgian government and the Georgian society stand and will stand guard over the reputation of the Georgian Orthodox Church,” Mdinaradze stressed.

Secret surveillance of the clergy? New scandal in Georgia

Mdinaradze is sure that in this way the UNM admitted defeat in the upcoming local elections.

Opponents’ response

In the “United National Movement” they are sure that the current authorities are conducting secret surveillance. Party chairman Nika Melia is convinced that today there is no person in Georgia who is not being watched by the special services.

“It doesn’t matter which party you support. I am interested in whether this country will have a future … We have witnessed that the victim is so processed – in this case, we are talking about the clergy – that comes out and says: so what, the Service security is watching me. People don’t even dare to protest, “Melia said.

The leader of the opposition party “Girchi – More Freedom” Zura Japaridze, who was previously an associate of Saakashvili, believes that by distributing these records someone is trying to blackmail the clergy. The purpose of the blackmail is to force the church to motivate parishioners to vote for “Georgian Dream” in the October 2 elections.

“I know that the Georgian Patriarchate is not a religious institution, it is a political institution, and there are many people there who use this institution to gain power and material well-being,” Japaridze said.

Wiretapping scandal of priests

Audio recordings of the conversations of the representatives of the Georgian clergy were made public the day before on the air of the opposition television channel TV Pirveli. According to media reports, this information was provided to the opposition TV channels by a certain ex-official of the State Security Service. We are talking about the surveillance of more than 100 clergymen and more than three thousand files of hidden recording.

The State Inspector’s Service of Georgia has already called on the investigating authorities to promptly examine all suspicious cases of covert wiretapping and surveillance of citizens.

According to Metropolitan of Akhalkalaki and Kumurdo, Vladyka Nikoloz (Pachuashvili), who also appears in the published records, these are the intrigues of “evil spirits” that want to turn people against the church. He also calls the state to account.

According to one of the files decoded by the Pirveli TV company, in 2013, Bishop Nikoloz transmitted information about personal meetings of the Catholicos of the Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, as well as information from Lugar’s laboratory in Tbilisi to a certain Russian citizen Lolita Danilova. In return for the services, he took $ 30,000.

Meanwhile, journalists from the opposition TV channel Mtavari published the results of their journalistic investigation. According to the TV channel, secret records from the State Security Service were “leaked” to the press by a resident of Tbilisi, a former employee of the department, Akaki Nemsadze, who committed suicide two months ago – on July 8. Before his death, he decided to expose the criminal system, claims the media and sent files to the e-mail of opposition TV channels.

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