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Common land in private hands2012-01-05 12:50
Sometimes you can see a little more than you should through the glass wall separating the small Georgian officials and ordinary citizens. Number of cases of corruption at low levels is decreasing while elitist corruption is increasing. It seems that the current government will never know rest until fleeces its countrymen. In one of the editions of the publication "Georgia and the world" you can find interesting information about the machinations with land lots. The main characters are the Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze and his wife, dancer Nino Ananiashvili, as well as David, brother of the Georgian president.
The peasants of the Georgian villages are constantly complaining that the government took away their land because of inability to pay huge taxes. Then it turns out that these pieces of government property either goes South African Boers, coming to raise agriculture in the Caucasian republic, or is sold for "fantastic sum" to the foreigners. The reason why the government does not fight with these blatant violations becomes even clearer after the publication in "Georgia and the World" which tells the story of Mikhail Saakashvili's expensive gift to the famous ballet dancer Nino Ananiashvili - a land lot of 8000 square meters, located between Tskneti and Bagebi.
The fact that Ananiashvili is the godmother of the youngest son of the Georgian leader and the wife of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze should alert everyone immediately. However, the dancer denies that she has got the gift from the "beacon of democracy" and assures us that the land lot is very small and she has got it from Eduard Shevardnadze. But there's one detail: if 80 acres were given her by previous, non-democratic regime, then why two houses are being built at this vast territory? And one of them is a four-storey house for Mikhail Saakashvili's brother David? It turns out that those, who are willing to serve the current president and his small retinue, may be allowed to participation in corrupt schemes of the country.
Not surprisingly that in 2010, Georgia got into the list of countries with high elite corruption in the rating of "Transparency International". In this field, Mikhail Saakashvili gets help from the closest people - relatives, officials of the Cabinet and, of course, the internal forces. It is thanks to the latter that they have managed to tackle corruption and bureaucracy in a fairly short period of time. Under the threat of jail term the gentlemen policemen do not take bribes and playfully write out fines for the violations, opening the way for the political elite which drives to lunch in "Mercedeses" with flashers or builds castles in foreign lands.