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Billions vs Saakashvili2011-10-19 13:39
The favorite of the public Saakashvili can tear his hair and kick himself: now everyone's attention is focused on his most dangerous opponent - billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who burst to the Georgian political stage like a hurricane.
He's rich, famous, charismatic, opposed and mysterious. The latter especially stirs interest to the business: the experts have even had an argument, trying to guess which political force is behind this man in an expensive suit.
The leader of the Georgian Labor Party Shalva Natelashvili, for example, elevates Mr. Ivanishvili to the foot of Capitol Hill. According to politician, Washington has brought a new player into the presidential race in order to he finally drove out the local forces, allegedly capable to become a real competitor to the authorities. Of course, Natelashvili is referring to himself and his fellow party members. But his conspiracy activity can be explained simply: Ivanishvili recently compiled a list of political movements, with which he is not going to cooperate under no circumstances. It's needless to say that Labor Party took one of the places of honor. So now their leader with a conspiratorial look is forced to tell the public about billions of tycoon, locked
under key in the U.S. and European banks. Only, and remains, to call the new player "Soros number two".
Leader of "Imedi" Irina Sarishvili generally calls the billionaire "a woman of easy virtue" - we can only hope that this is a political metaphor. "As long as I don't know the aims of this man, I can not cooperate with him. No one should trust his sums", lady Sarishvili warned her fellows. She hasn't got to Ivanishvili's list, as well as hasn't got offers of cooperation. Ivanishvili hasn't even hinted that would be happy to accept an offer of "Imedi". In short, the party is playing with an imaginary opponent, while the real rival is conquering political Olympus.
The position of parliamentary majority was more than predictable - and the most banal predictions have come true a hundred percent. Having declared the businessman, who has made his enviable fortune in Russia, a Kremlin agent, Mikhail Saakashvili's supporters are working hard to expel him from Georgia. The process dragged, probably, for two reasons. First, Ivanishvili is now in sight, so they can not simply withdraw him from the game on a favorite scenario of the Interior Minister. Secondly, huge sums of the oligarch attract all thoughts of Georgian politicians. It's a real temptation to dispossess the rich man just like they did with Israeli businessmen Fuchs and Frankel! And the money would get hold of, and would eliminate the risk factor.
But, unfortunately for the Georgian president and his companions, they can not eliminate Ivanishvili by habitual to the regime's methods now. Therefore, the ruling party is imposing upon the people the idea that Saakashvili's competitor "was purchased by Mr. Putin," and if he'll come to power he would be "a puppet of Moscow". Indeed, the "United National Movement" knows how to make "puppets" from presidents. However, the fact, that Michael Saakashvili is governed by the very Washington, does not promise Bidzina Ivanishvili a similar fate. And when representative of the parliamentary majority Goka Gabashvili proclaims with pathos that Georgia is not for sale, it is unlikely he actually knows what specific amounts are involved. Indeed, the question is not in principles but in the price - this is not a secret.