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Bidzina Ivanishvili: Without Citizenship Again2012-04-05 15:25
Wednesday, April 4, the Civil Registry Agency of Georgia published resolution on the question of granting the leader of the opposition coalition "Georgian Dream", billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgian citizenship. According to the document, Ivanishvili was denied of returning citizenship through naturalization since he is also a citizen of another country.
As reported by the Lenta.ru, Georgian authorities have refused to return the citizenship to the leader of the opposition coalition "Georgian Dream", billionaire and politician Bidzina Ivanishvili. According to the Civil Registry Agency of Georgia, the naturalization procedure is provided to those persons who are not citizens of other states.
"A citizen of France Bidzina Ivanishvili appealed to the Civil Registry Agency with a request to grant him Georgian citizenship by naturalization. Georgian legislation does not provide granting of the citizenship to foreign nationals by naturalization", the edition led the statement of the Ministry of Justice.
According to the Ministry of Justice, the billionaire was to file other application - on the granting of dual citizenship. Under the Georgian law, such issue is being solved positively only in exceptional cases (for special merits to Georgia or if the assignment of the citizenship is related to the state interests of the country). In this case, such decision should be taken personally by the president, Mikheil Saakashvili, Voice of America reported.
It is not the first Ivanishvili's attempt to return Georgian citizenship. In 2011, Bidzina Ivanishvili, as well as his wife, was deprived of Georgian citizenship under the direct order of Mikheil Saakashvili. Ivanishvili's lawyers tried to challenge such decision of the Tbilisi City Court. However, they've managed to cancel this decision only in the part, related to Ivanishvili's wife. Georgian citizenship is necessary to Bidzina Ivanishvili in regard of his decision to enter the politics: without citizenship he can't personally lead the political movement "Georgian Dream", which initially was the social movement.
The lawyers of Georgian billionaire and politician Bidzina Ivanishvili accused the Civil Registry Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia of violating the terms of taking the decision on the case of businessman's citizenship. January 5, the lawyers sent an appeal to the Civil Registry Agency on the granting the businessman Georgian citizenship on an expedited basis.
"Civil Registry Agency has decided that a decision must be taken by February 14, 2012. February 14, the decision on this issue was not been published. It should be noted that to address the issue on an expedited basis, we've paid 200 lari (about $ 121) in accordance with the law", said in the statement of Ivanishvili's secretariat on Wednesday, February 15.
At the same time it was noted that in a telephone conversation the agency employees explained that the decision will be taken by the end of the day.