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Boris Berezovskiy: I am not interested in Georgia. Is that possible?

2009-09-22 10:12

4041.jpegFor the whole weekend, the Georgian politicians kept discussing the visit of the disgraced Russian oligarch Boris Berezovskiy to Georgia on September 11. GeorgiaTimes correspondent got in touch with one of the leaders of the Labor party Kakha Dzagania who was the first to report the visit of Boris Abramovitch. We also managed to reach Boris Berezovskiy and ask him a number of questions on the matter.


On September 20, one of the Laborites' leaders Kakha Dzagania reported to the Georgian journalists that oligarch Boris Berezovskiy who had secretly come to Georgia met the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. The Georgian MIA immediately refuted the information about Boris Abramovitch secretly visiting Tbilisi and the grave of his friend Badri Patarkatsishvili. Boris Berezovskiy failed to get to the funeral, for the authorities denied him visa. What made the official Tbilisi alter its position today?

In his talk with the GeorgiaTimes correspondent, Kakha Dzagania asserts that the Georgian government is characterized by lust for money and power, so the enemies might soon as well sit down at the negotiating table. "According to our reliable data, Berezovskiy secretly arrived in Georgia on September 11. He met the president and visited the grave of the late Badri Patarkatsishvili (who was buried in the yard of his residence, which had earlier been the marriage palace - I.P.) together with Chairman of the Parliament Committee for Defense and Security Givi Targamadze", - Dzagania confirmed his statement to our correspondent.

"We would like to know whether the authorities are telling the truth when they assert that Patarkatsishvili and Berezovskiy had prepared a coup, or when they are conducting secret negotiations," - Dzagania underlined. In his opinion, Berezovskiy and Saakashvili have obviously concluded a secret transaction.

GeorgiaTimes asked him what kind of agreement, in his opinion, Berezovskiy and Saakashvili could have made. "I believe, - said our interlocutor, - that the point at issue was the Imedi (Hope) TV Company. Saakashvili had taken Imedi away from Badri's widow and the opposition. Now they want to pull apart the rest of Patarkatsishvili's property".

As is known, at the end of 2007, this TV channel was destructed by Special Police Force in order to teach its owner not to make any anti-governmental statements. Several months before his death, the businessman was actively engaged in politics; he announced the establishment of an oppositional party in Georgia and ran as a candidate for presidency. The official Tbilisi accused him of preparing a coup. After the active recommendations given by the foreign politicians and public organizations the license for Imedi broadcasting was resumed and the attachment was removed. However, the operation format of the channel changed: it has broadcasted no oppositional (or political) programs up to now. The authorities attribute it to the change of the owner.

In the beginning of 2008, Imedi was expected to pass on to Inna Gudavadze, the widow of Badri Patarkatsishvili. However, it was the step-brother of the deceased, citizen of the USA Joseph Kay that staked out a claim. It turned out that the Imedi property was reregistered in his name. Members of the family and the Georgian oppositionists accused Joseph Kay of fraud and the use of forged documents. In their opinion, he was in cahoots with the Georgian authorities that were interested in depriving the channel of the oppositional focus. This February, Imedi TV Company and radio, as well as Technomedia Company, passed over to Arabic holding RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA) from United Arab Emirates.

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