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Russian Liberals and Saakashvili - No Enemy of Russia Too Repulsive to Embrace

Decision of leading Russian liberal Maria Gaidar to join Saakashvili in Odessa symptomatic of Russian liberals' embrace of their country's enemies

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Maria Gaidar, the daughter of Russia’s reforming Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar and a prominent Russian liberal in her own right, has accepted Saakashvili’s offer to work for him in Odessa.  It seems she may also accept Ukrainian citizenship.

This comes as no surprise to anyone who follows Russia’s liberals.

No enemy of their country is too horrible for them not to embrace.

When Saakashvili was in charge in Georgia they fawned on him.  They hailed his “economic transformation” of Georgia and his “anti-corruption miracle” as something for Russia to emulate.  They loved his unswervingly pro-American foreign policy.

When Saakashvili attacked South Ossetia they backed him, supporting the NATO narrative (refuted by an EU report) that the war which followed was “Russian aggression”.

When it turned out that the Georgian people did not share their enthusiasm for Saakashvili and booted him out, they were stunned – and horrified!

Now that Saakashvili has resurfaced in Odessa  some of them like Maria Gaidar are rushing to embrace him.

From their point of view it makes total sense.  Saakashvili in Odessa is a perfect match, bringing together two of Russia’s biggest enemies, Saakashvili and the Kiev regime, both with US support, in one and the same place.

What the Russian people think as they see big name Russian liberals like Maria Gaidar go to work for a man who waged war against Russia and who now works for a government that is waging war against Russian speakers in a city where Russian speakers were massacred, is easy to imagine.

But Maria Gaidar and Russian liberals don’t care about that.     

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