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Police takes control of Georgians2011-11-02 13:06
Georgian police has become a special caste in the country. Their salaries cause envy of public employees, and conditions of work are almost kingly (let alone glass walls of Interior ministry departments). Local laws are more and more adjusted to the needs of law enforcement bodies whose powers grow by leaps and bounds in neglect of needs of common citizens.
According to the recent amendments into legislation introduced by the parliament, the police acquires the right to transfer detainees inside buildings of police and carry our searches of suspects. Resistance and disobedience will be subject to a GEL 400 fine. For refusal to pay it, a person will be sent to prison for 90 days.
These measures are quite in line with openly extortionist policies of the Georgian ministry of interior. Employees of the authorities led by omnipotent "grey eminence" Vano Merabishvili know well how to beat ransoms out of relatives of the detained. Tbilisi can boast of the victory over corruption: in reality it is conquered at the floor level with simple measures. Common policemen are scared to lose their juicy posts, since their salaries are incredibly higher than an average salary in Georgia. Thus, they choose stable income refusing to accept beggarly donations that citizens can offer.
Yet, the upper level knows no limit. Presently Georgia hardly has any independent private entrepreneur. Really successful businessmen have good financial results only when protected by officials or representatives of the security structures. Others have to play by a different set of rules - not like favorites.