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Georgian assets: honest policemen and thievish government

2010-08-27 11:40

6758.jpegGeorgian opposition's prophecy on a possible intragovernmental struggle is coming true. As it turns out, there are thieves in Education and Science Ministry as Irakli Andronikashvili, head of the ministry's audit department informed. A case of three years ago on the purchase of sports equipment is being investigated under art 332 of Georgia's Criminal Code - official misconduct. The dog barks but the caravan goes on and the usual question is: who is to blame and what to do about it?


The government is hurriedly trying to indemnify itself against any cataclysms, accusations and suspicions. That is why, probably, Education Minister Dmitry Shashkin ordered immediate revision to see whether the ministry's administration and its structures might have some black stains from some ancient times. Indeed, as a result of inexplicable "wrongful circumstances" over 2007-2008 some payables and receivables were formed. Thus, as Georgian Education Ministry officials state - an unknown violator stole nearly 600 thousand lari for his personal use. Naturally, the names are hushed up - for legal reasons, as alleged. Still, it's long been common knowledge that the Georgian government likes the game of laying their own fault at somebody else's door.

It's little wonder that Mr. Shashkin's "ant-hill" was touched first (the case was submitted to the General Prosecutor's office immediately after official presentation of the new anti-corruption plan). In early August Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava brought scandal upon the Education Ministry stating that this year's results of Uniform National Exams in natural and exact sciences are beneath any criticism. Ugulava put all responsibility onto the ministry thinking that correct administration in basic education is directly connected with the quality of higher education.

Besides, despite assertions that the name of the suspect is kept secret, everyone knows that during the period when this quaint misappropriation took place, Giya Nodia, now head of Caucasian Institute for Peace and Democracy, was Education Minister at that time. Most probably, he will be ostracized by the Georgian authorities. Since Archil Gagnidze, who as some data show purchased the misfortunate equipment, is presently in the United States and there is no one else to cast suspicion on.

Levan Berdzenishvili from the Republican Party thinks that Giya Nodia was chosen as a victim masterfully and not at all incidentally.    

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