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“Zhvania’s case” waiting for proof2010-02-03 17:25
Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania was found dead in Tbilisi on February 3, 2005. The official investigation chose the version of carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of an accident. However, the inconsistencies in the case materials, as well as the statements made by the oppositional politicians speak for the version of a deliberate murder. Mikhail Saakashvili's team is under suspicion.
Zurab Zhvania strove after power shoulder to shoulder with Nino Burjanadze and Mikhail Saakashvili. People called them the "revolutionary trio". Together they managed to attain President Eduard Shevardnadze's resignation.
In the opinion of many experts, Zhvania seemed to be the brightest leader of the three. As newspapers said, at that time Saakashvili already resembled a mad man. He used to speak foam at the mouth during the meetings. "Such presidents should not be voted for. Georgia has already had a crazy president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, - that is quite enough", - the journalists speculated.
Thus, the propaganda blow of "the former" was aimed against Zurab Zhvania. There appeared a heap of damaging materials stressing his Armenian origin and his non-standard sexual orientation. Ultimately, Zhvania withdrew into the shadow, having named Burjanadze as the leader of his block.
Meanwhile, Saakashvili's United National Movement was gaining score. When Mishiko (Mikhail Saakashvili) won the first presidential elections after the Rose Revolution he made Zurab Zhvania the prime minister.
However, the chairman of the government managed to keep his post only for several months until his mysterious death.
His body was found in a rented apartment in Saburtalinskaya Street in Tbilisi. The body of his young friend Vice Governor of Kvemo Kartli region Raul Yusupov was also found there. The expertise showed that the reason of death was carbon monoxide poisoning because of a broken heater.
The investigation accepted the accident version almost immediately.
FBI experts provided assistance to the Georgian specialists. However, as Zhvania's brother Georgi stated later on, the report made by American investigators was practically ignored, some of its clauses having been translated vice versa. For instance, the statement that the poisoning could not be attributed to gas leakage from the heater goes as follows in the Georgian version of the report: "The poisoning could be attributed to gas leakage".