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How Chubais helped Saakashvili to start war2012-08-01 20:04
"Football match Georgia-Russia. The final score: 300 thousand dollars in favor of Chubais". In the beginning of 2000s this anecdote was unnecessary illustration of the resourcefulness of Anatoly Chubais. The main advocate of privatization of Russia could make money out of air and did not hesitate in means. In 2008, the anecdote about the Russian-Georgian match acquired a different sound, but the meaning remains the same. The war of 08.08.08 was profitable for those who were not involved in it. Specifically - Anatoly Chubais.
In September 2006, publicist and writer Alexander Prokhanov talked with Anatoly Chubais. In this conversation the head of the RAO "UES of Russia" recounted to the writer one of his ideas - project "Liberal Empire". "Liberal Empire should not rely on bayonets, but on the attractiveness of Russia, on the image of our country as a source of justice and protection. The Empire is not "the subjugated peoples" and annexed lands. It is not an area of interests, but an area of responsibility".
From late 90s the RAO "UES of Russia", headed by Chubais, involved the Caucasus in the orbit of a "Liberal Empire". Chubais began with Armenia, Russia's strategic partner. Implemented in 2002, the program "Property in exchange for debt" gave Chubais' Empire the whole Armenian fuel and energy complex and almost the entire economy. Georgia was after Armenia. In 2003, RAO "UES of Russia" got control over the Tbilisi electricity distribution network. Chubais has got 75 % of the country's electric grid.
Bright Saakashvili's Pro-Western charisma impressed Chubais. In fact, Anatoly Borisovich took the term "Liberal Empire" from the same country, where Mikheil Saakashvili defended the doctorate in jurisprudence. It is known, that Saakashvili started his presidency with the program of privatization of state-owned companies, and led it in accordance with Chubais' recipes and techniques.
"Many state-owned companies were privatized for amounts many times greater than those paid during asset sales under the previous government of Eduard Shevardnadze. An utter lack of transparency allowed Russian companies and their subsidiaries, registered in third countries, to snap up most of the new proposals", the Georgian economist Vladimir Papava wrote about the privatization policy of Saakashvili. The key words in this paragraph - third countries.
Fearing of being branded as "Pro-Russian", Saakashvili solved his business with Chubais through a third country - the Czech Republic. There was the office of the company Energo-Pro, an agent of RAO "UES". January 8, 2007, a Czech company and the government of Georgia signed an agreement on privatization of the assets of the whole energy system of Georgia. The negotiations were so untransparent, that seriously concerned the Georgian opposition, which began its own investigation. February 16, 2007, ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili said that the deal on assets could not be valid, since it was fraudulent from the beginning to the end.