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Badri’s heritage won’t be divided equally

2011-07-09 15:14

Badri’s heritage won’t be divided equally. 19375.jpegThe family of the late tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili has waived property claims against the Georgian authorities. It was not done just verbally; a relative agreement with the Ministry of Justice has been signed. Hands were shaken in an almost solemn atmosphere. Indeed, why not rejoicing?


A three-year war between the country's authorities and the tycoon's relatives is over and the authorities' opponents have naturally lost it.

On the part of the family, the agreement was signed by Patarkatsishvili's wife Inna Gudavadze, as well as by his daughter and mother. On the part of the Ministry of Justice, it was signed by Deputy Minister Tina Burdzhaliani.

The essence of the agreement is that the family waives any claims against the state in the international arbitrary court. It is clear from the text what concessions Patarkatsishvili's relatives are ready to make. They cease two property disputes: one is about Mtatsminda Park in Tbilisi and the other one is related to Imedi TV company that had been owned by Badri Patarkatsishvili before it was taken away from him by the Georgian authorities.

They are to receive some vague dividends for that. They will be able "to continue commercial and humanitarian activity in Georgia", though it is not clear what kind of activity it will be. It is to be supposed that until this moment, they have not been allowed to live and work in their own country.

Badri Patarkatsishvili died in February 2008 in London from a heart attack, as the official version goes. However, many people had doubts whether the tycoon really died because of infarct. Former chief of the Georgian special services Igor Giorgadze is sure that it was a murder ordered by the Georgian top officials. Patarkatsishvili had complicated relations with Sakartvelo authorities, that is why the businessman started actively sponsoring the opposition and paid lavishly for the "disrupting" activity of the main oppositional megaphone - Imedi TV channel. By the way, the government had tried to take the television away from him long before his strange death.

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