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USA put reward on Mishiko’s head2011-04-28 15:40
US Agency for International Development (USAID), Georgia's biggest donor, has launched G-Media, a new large-scale project for Georgian mass media. Serious amounts have been already allocated and grant seekers can start lining up for money. USAID is not the only organization that returns to Georgia. It is clear that a new wave from Washington is coming to finance Georgia's civil society.
A month ago one of the most dangerous rivals of Saakashvili - Irakli Alasania - returned from Washington bringing good news. US authorities want to finance reinforcement of Georgian opposition offering an exorbitant amount - US 26 million. This budget is required to establish a number of parties and their corporate mass media. However, as Alasania states, his party Free Democrats will not be the only holder of the grant. The sum will be equally divided between several oppositional structures.
Quite recently Georgia's civil activists learned a fascinating piece of news: the United States are launching a mega financing program for the country's democratic institutions. For the next four years nearly USD 90 mln will be spent for these purposes. "In Georgia we start a 90 mln program expected to continue for the next four years. This program is aimed at development of democracy in Georgia, creation of a strong and independent court system. We also want to make a contribution to a pre-election dialogue", - US ambassador to Georgia John Bass told.
Everything is clear about Georgian justice. Only yesterday the Court of Strasbourg ruled out a verdict on the case of Sandro Girgvliani, a bank clerk, murdered by officers of the Georgian Ministry of Interior. Despite the phrase that the murderers in police uniform "acted as individuals - not as representatives of the state", the entire verdict looks like a condemnation of Saakashvili regime. The point is that the country's authorities including president have set all possible obstacles in investigation of truth.
The second part of Bass's statement is more interesting: he tells about "a pre-election dialogue". Obviously, Washington has decided to get involved in the coming presidential election, and USD 26 mln the opposition of Georgia has brought is a nice advance payment for an efficient pre-election campaign.