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Georgia without corruption. For publicity purposes2011-04-19 11:23
It looks like Mikhail Saakashvili has completely got tied up in knots. Delivering a recent speech in parliament, he boasted again that the world community has recognized Georgia as the most active country in corruption control. He also remarked that the materials on the safe Caucasian republic were once again published by Financial Times British newspaper and American Wall Street Journal. However, the cat is always out of the bag and soon the Georgian president will be no more able to feed his people with the tales about fair government. It turns out that the loyalty of the western press cost Sakartvelo's people one and a half million laris.
Journal. However, the cat is always out of the bag and soon the Georgian president will be no more able to feed his people with the tales about fair government. It turns out that the loyalty of the western press cost Sakartvelo's people one and a half million laris.
Two oppositionists at once decided to bring the Georgian leader out into the open - it is Nino Burjanadze, Mishiko's former supporter, and her associate, representative of the Chief Council of the Democratic Movement Manana Salukvadze. They assert that Saakashvili is doing a snow-job not only on the electors but on the parliament as well, which treats the Cabinet skeptically. As is known, it's a short way to a vote of non-confidence in this case.
According to Ms. Salukvadze, Mikhail Nikolozovitch's bald lie is hard to swallow even for those who have recently been quite loyal to the Caucasian republic. In an attempt to figure out the real situation with the newspaper articles, she appealed to a spokesman of an international non-government organization called International Transparency - Georgia Matias Hooter and learnt some interesting details. It turned out that the articles which Mr. Saakashvili is telling the parliament about never appeared on the pages of the western press. Instead, curious publications in the form of advertisements about "Georgia No.1 from the viewpoint of corruption" published on Sakartvelo's authorities' order could be seen in Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and The Economist.
Thus, while the Georgian people are waiting for Mikhail Saakashvili to start fulfilling the promises of his pre-election campaign, taxpayers' wallets were robbed of at least one and a half million laris - that's how much the authorities spent on the printed PR in European magazines. The merits of the "father of nations" in corruption control are rather modest. All he has to do is pay: 647 million laris to British periodicals and 614 million laris to the American financial magazine.