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Georgians driven to suicide

2010-09-03 16:25

7051.jpegDespair and loneliness plus weakening religious faith and material problems account for the rise in Georgia's suicide rate. Six years ago, in the early days of Mikheil Saakashvili's presidency the country was proud of its zest for life. Today's despondency of Sakartvelo citizens is evident.

Suicides keep shocking Georgia's society. People driven to despair see no way out and kill themselves. Of course, each case is different and it's hard for professional psychologists to generalize the causes. One thing is certain: risk factors for potential suicides are growing.


Late in August Otar Piranashvili, a well-known wine maker, Shumi co-owner, committed suicide. As the media report, the event was preceded by a tax inspection. Most probably, some discrepancy was found in the papers that put Piranishvili in trouble with law. Most Russian media compared this death with the state of Georgia's wine industry. Breakdown of ties with Russia stopped wine shipments to the northern capital hitting a heavy blow to the Georgian economy, particularly the wine making industry.

President Mikheil Saakashvili that spares no pains to take the country out of Russia's influence never says it out loud how difficult it is to diversify wine sales and how little efficient it is. 

Two years ago the state undertook to pay compensations for clear-cutting vineyards thus making part of the peasantry grow different kinds of crop plants. Only when the Patriarch interfered the country-wide cut-out of grapevines, the symbol of Sakartvelo, stopped.

This year some wine making companies refused to accept the "sun berries" from peasants since last year's crops have not been used up yet. Now, however, the state forces wine plants to buy grapes to avoid impoverishment of rural citizens. 

Sandro Megutnishvili, Tsinandal wine making plant director, was detained for expressing his refusal to buy crops from the population in an overemotional form. He was accused of disorderly behavior and damage to the property of an employee of Interior Ministry's constitutional security department.

It seems that Megutnishvili is being driven to the dead end like Piranishvili was. If he continues buying grapes, he won't be able to sell them and will operate at a loss. Some tax tricks might be needed to avoid that. In Georgia it can cause a problem. So, it depends on a person's strength of mind and mental order to deal with the dilemma.  

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