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Ivanishvili under siege2011-10-18 14:26
Appearance of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili on Georgia's political arena has stirred up the country's public life that was in a state of lethargy after the bloodshed in May. This inadmissible agitation is sensed in Avlabari. Looks like Mikheil Saakashvili is serious about the threat this political rooky poses to his dictatorship. Having no legal methods to put him out of the way, the president has launched hunt against Ivanishvili and his family.
Bidzina Ivanishvili, recently deprived of Georgian citizenship on Mikheil Saakashvili's order, is not going to stop his race for power, it seems. Eka Beselia, his spokesperson, announced his intention to challenge the president's decision in court. Besides, he plans to sacrifice his Russian passport yet preserving French citizenship. The lawyer is sure that the actions of the authorities are driven by "fear of a political opponent" and have little to do with law because the billionaire's wife too lost Georgian citizenship.
The billionaire himself is so confident of his political success in Georgia that he already started selling his properties in Russia. "They tried to take me out of political processes, but I'm not going to stop. If they try to ban my election campaign, the elections won't be considered legitimate in this case, - he stated in an interview with Reuters agency. - I have already started property appraisal... I understand I won't be able to sell it at the highest price, but I'm ready to sell out everything".
Simultaneously he assured journalists he will win 90% of votes at the parliamentary election. "It is premature to say if we will set up an alliance or if this will be one party... Presently, we are holding consultations with healthy forces of the opposition, - the businessman told - I hesitated for a long time. Yet, now I believe that my positions will get stronger every day, and they will lose their force. I know Saakashvili's desire to preserve power. We must prevent that".
It looks like Mishiko is seriously frightened. By all appearances, he does not have much trust in his methods of competitive struggle. Events that are taking place around Bidzina Ivanishvili look very much like a "group" style of the Soviet Union. When the authorities officially permitted to ruin the businessman in the form of a decree to divest him and his wife of Georgian citizenship, Ivanishvili's previous "wrongdoings" immediately rose to the surface.
In particular, a Marina Yakobashvili stated that a piece of land on which the billionaire's mansion stands in Tbilisi, had been illegally expropriated from her husband. "The land lot that Ivanishvili's company took from us, is still registered as my husband's property in the technical bureau. In the past, Sololaki snackbar was here", - the "dispossessed" woman assures saying that her husband Georgi Gogolashvili did not want to put up with injustice and died young, at the age of 36.
Basically, this circumstance is typical of post-Soviet reality full of similar cases of misappropriation on the part of authorities and rich people. Except for one. According to the poor widow, dramatic events took place in 1998. What was she waiting for and why did she turn up only now? This is the first question. However, like in revocation of citizenship, Ivanishvili was not the only one. They want to intimidate anyone who might want to cooperate with him.