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2010-06-23 10:49

6203.jpegDemocratic Georgia has ousted another celebrity, Vano Chkhartishvili, former official and a banker of a multi-million fortune. As Georgian media report, he had to leave the country under pressure from authorities that were seeking incriminating evidence against Zurab Nogaideli, a pro-Russian oppositionist. The Labor Party suggests that Chkhartishvili refused to finance the ruling party at the recent election. He has always had good political intuition...


Mikheil Saakashvli's presidency has been the time of Great Exodus in the country. Those who have a slightest chance to settle down in another country leave Georgia-2 that Western media refer to solely as a miracle of democracy in Caucasus.

There are hopeless illiterate Kurds driven by poverty and unemployment and persecuted mafia bosses among refugees. Musicians, journalists and politicians flee the country too suffocated without freedom of thinking, expression and creation if all that goes in contradiction to the pro-Western line of current government.

But there are people who stick to a conformist position. Until recently it was Vano Chkhartishvili, ex president of Sberbank and former economy and trade minister. There is information that at the time of Saakashvili's advent to power his assets amounted to USD 100,000,000.

With politics the former banker was bound by secret ties of sponsorship. He has always known how to invest in right people. Why does he have to emigrate to the capital of Great Britain like once his friend Badri Patarkatsishvili, a Georgian oligarch, did?

Pro-opposition Maestro channel reports that Chkhartishvili was pressurized by Georgian authorities forcing him to provide evidence against Zurab Nogaideli, ex PM, now For Fair Georgia opposition movement leader. He was threatened with the loss of millions of lari in case of refusal.

Yesterday SOCAR Georgia Petroleum with Chkhartishvili as co-owner, was subject to a "well-timed" fuel check-up. Until now Monitoring, the fuel certification authority, has found no violation of standards adopted in Georgia, Business Georgia reports. That does not mean though that controllers won't find a suitable pretext to impose a fine on the unruly businessman. 

Until recently Chkhartishvili was considered to be inside Mikheil Saakashvili's inner circle. The Labor Party of Georgia called him the president's "sidekick" accusing him of monopolization of the oil products market.  

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