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The people of Georgia are in danger. This sensational statement was made by the Georgian President’s former American advisor, journalist Jeffrey Silverman. According to him, a laboratory on the outskirts of Tbilisi is developing health hazardous viruses that are being tested on local residents.

 The laboratory is named after American senator Richard Lugar. This is not a mere coincidence. The laboratory was opened with the assistance of the American government. According to official information, specialists at the laboratory study the genetics of bacteria and viruses. However, former advisor to the President Jeffrey Silverman believes that the laboratory is engaged in developing viruses rather than studying them.

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 Reportedly, in 2001-2003, Silverman helped Mikhail Saakashvili to carry out his presidential campaign. But later their paths diverged. The latest statement by Silverman that residents of Georgia have become a target of dangerous experiments is one of the most discussed topics in Georgia now. According to Silverman, experiments with viruses have led to the spread of such dangerous illnesses as pig flu and measles. In fact, deputy director of the National Agency for Diseases Control Paata Imnadze says that a rise in infection rate has nothing to do with the laboratory.

 “At present, elder people are getting sick because their immunity is low. In 2008, we launched a large-scale campaign to vaccinate one million. But we vaccinated only 500,000. At present, we see its consequences,” Paata Imnadze said.

 The Georgian government described the statement as absurd. A deputy of the Georgian parliament Irina Imerlishvili says the laboratory is a scientific research institute, but not the Pentagon’s biological weapon department.

 “The laboratory was opened during President Saakashvili’s rule. He himself attended the ceremony. It’s well-known that Saakashvili does not love his people and loves to conduct experiments on them, of course. However, I believe that it has nothing to do with this case,” Irina Imerlishvili said.

 The President’s former advisor’s scandalous statement has not confirmed yet. Outsiders are banned from entering the laboratory. The workers are allowed to enter the building after several checks. However, Silverman is ready to go further. He promised to tell Georgians the whole truth about their leader shortly.

 Boris Murashkin