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Saakashvili’s file: SOCAR2009-10-19 17:39
The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan is in the center of a scandal in Georgia again. This time, the Laborite party accused it of corruption connections with President Mikhail Saakashvili and the government. A month ago, the Georgian Christians came out against SOCAR, indignant about the construction of mosques in Georgia sponsored by the oil company.
The Laborites are keeping their word, continuing the revelation campaign against Mikhail Saakashvili. In summer, a similar project of the Tetrebi party (The White) that was called People Judge the Government was never supported by the opposition.
Such inactivity was evidently attributed to the multi-faceted stagecraft of the Georgian political elite rather than to the absence of the elements of a crime. Why should one follow someone else's idea when one can work out his own project? Just like the Laborites did, for example.
However, leader of Tetrebi Temur Shashiashvili has not yet lost hope, accusing president of Georgia of participating in the murder of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania. He told the Georgian media that he listened personally to a 9-hour audio record where "the president and several more people discussed the plan of liquidating Zhvania, as well as the elections and methods of their stealing".
Shashiashvili was going to disclose it publicly in November, when the people "would judge the current authorities".
Having started a "week of revelations", the Laborites focused upon corruption crimes; moreover, it was not only the Georgian but the American officials as well who got into the spur of the moment. Leader of the party Shalva Natelashvili demanded that they should be brought to account for 2003 Rose Revolution, which allowed Saakashvili to come to power.
Besides, the Laborites accused the president of corruption connections with the Russian business, which, according to one of the leaders of the party Giorgiy Gugava, enables "Saakashvili and his family members to accrue millions", as Rosbalt reports.
According to the Laborites, 40 percent of stock in Beeline, which is Vympelcom's subsidiary, belongs to the Georgian president's family.
Besides, according to Gugava, Saakashvili is directly connected with the Russian Industrial Investors company; it is Tbilissian jewelry plant, gold-mining enterprise Madneuli and the arsenic producing enterprise that are working for this company.
Gugava also promised that later the Laborites will reveal the list of other partner companies of the Georgian president that partially belong to foreign business.