Georgia, Tbilisi, October 27/Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
Georgian president awarded National Hero title posthumously to the country's ex-president Zviad Gamsakhurdia and Meab Kostava.
This was declared by Mikheil Saakashvili on Saturday at the opening of the memorial of the hero of Georgian-Russian war in 2008 Giorgi Antsukhelidze in Kvemo Alvani village.
"At the time when almost no Georgian thought about his country's freedom, when the majority of conformists were among us, Zviad Gamsakhurdia was a leading light of the national idea, fought for it, and we have gained this freedom. Yet he was left alone in a distant Megrelian village, was betrayed and died. He could say that he is Georgia. Like his colleague Merab Kostava, who was sitting in Soviet jails for many years, and didn't refuse the idea of freedom in Georgia. Both of these heroes deserve the title of National Hero," the president said.