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Punitive control in Georgian style2012-01-18 12:54
Georgia's Control Chamber is demonstrating most lively interest in Bidzina Ivanishvili's movement Georgian Dream. At first the chamber demanded a financial report on the basis of the recently adopted law "On political associations of citizens". When representatives of Ivanishvili refused to do that explaining that Georgian Dream is not a political party, the required information was obtained from the National Bank and published. GTimes correspondent has managed to find out what Bidzina Ivanishvili was hiding.
Georgian Control Chamber's concern over Bidzina Ivanishvili's movement has little to do with clauses of the recently adopted law "On political associations of citizens", since the sphere of control of the chamber covers political parties mainly, and Georgian Dream is not, as Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder specified refusing to present information on sources of financing for his movement.
"Who exactly and on the basis of what administrative and legal act or enactment has decided to assign the status of a legal body to Georgian Dream movement, as it is specified in art. 26 of the law On political associations of citizens and what exact circumstances led to this decision? - the businessman asked officials not without a reason. There was no answer though. However, people in charge of Levan Bezhashvili did not stop at that point. Natia Mogeladze, head of the monitoring of financial activities of political parties service at the Control Chamber of Georgia demanded necessary information from the National Bank of Georgia. Finally she got hold of the information about persons whom the Georgian billionaire had provided financial help to. Employees of the chamber were not ashamed of making public this personal information together with Georgian Dream's financial flows.
GeorgiaTimes correspondent got in touch with people from this list most of whom refused to tell anything learning that Bidzina Ivanishvili would be discussed. For instance, Temuri Chkheidze, a well-known theater director stated he knows the businessman seeing him on TV and had never had direct contacts with him. The same was confirmed by many other interlocutors. Only one woman, widow of Karlo Sakandelidze, Georgia's people's artist, answered the questions. (Natia Mogeladze's document claimed she had received GEL 3 thousand). "Since 1995 my husband received aid from Bidzina Ivanishvili. With time it grew bigger. Karlo was not an exception. Bidzina was helping all people's artists, painters, composers, directors of Georgia. He really helped a lot of people. Please, don't write bad things about him, for God's sake. There has not been a person like that in Georgia before. He started helping people when they simply starved. Salaries were not enough, many died of hunger. Bidzina Ivanishvili's aid helped them to survive starvation. If somebody needed a medical operation...For us, my husband and I, it was very important. If not for Ivanishviili's aid, I would not have been able to do anything - call the doctor or buy medicines. The last six years of my husband's life after the blood stroke Karlo needed expensive medicines that I would have never been able to buy without Bidzina's money. All our family depended on that money. Ivanishvili simply saved my husband and all of us", - Karlo Sakandelidze's widow told GTimes correspondent.