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Russia keeps helping Georgia2010-01-20 12:03
According to the National Bank of Georgia in December 2009 money transfers from abroad increased by USD 24 mln compared to November and amount to USD 96 mln in total. Half of the sum - USD 52 mln - are transfers from Russia that have also increased by USD 13 mln compared to last month. Thus despite the lack of diplomatic relations and no political contacts Moscow continues to provide help to Tbilisi.
Remarkably in December only USD 8 mln were transferred from Georgia abroad and nearly USD 4 mln to Russia.
A year ago the index of money transfers from abroad was USD 13 mln more. Russia-Georgia transfers were USD 22 mln more. Nonetheless current statistical data show a slow growth in money transfers to Georgia which is not a surprise: today a million and a half Georgians reside in Russia helping their families in the republic.
By the way in August Vladimir Khomeriki, president of Unity of Russian and Georgian Peoples foundation reported that a third of Georgia's budget is formed out of the money transfers from the diaspora in Russia. "The Georgian authorities have never cared about the Georgian diaspora residing in Russia, they have never thought of making rational use of its potential calling every normal Georgian who wanted to do something for their motherland a spy and a traitor", - Khomeriki stated then. He believes Georgia's current authorities are not interested in restoration of direct dialogue with Russia as their US masters dictate.
Khomeriki also remarked that all Georgia's interests, spiritual and cultural ties, as well as employments are in Russia that's why the Georgian authorities only aggravate the situation arousing tensions with Russia. For today's Georgia it can lead to the collapse of Georgian statehood.
The situation hasn't changed ever since. Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili pursues his aggressive rhetoric against Russia. In Bakuriani ski resort that hosted discussion on development of the country's tourism potential the Georgian leader repeatedly tried to wound Russia by stating the country's health resort welcome Russian citizens, "not occupants or FSS agents". Paying a visit to Saakashvili or not is a matter of personal choice. However judging by the summer rating by Petit Futé travel guide (France) Georgia as well as Afghanistan, Iraq and Somali ended up in the "black list" of most dangerous places for tourism. Yes, in Bakuriani Mikheil Nikolayevich promised to attract foreign investments to the country with the help of ads on BBC and CNN but experts believe this idea will fail.