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The Georgians stake everything on Ivanishvili2011-11-07 11:59
It is hard to predict the successes of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili at the Georgian political scene, but already now, even before the elections, he has left his main opponent - the current president Mikhail Saakashvili - behind.
The hype, occured around new big player of Georgian politics, helps to make hype from literally every word oligarch. Moreover, he strikes the most tender places of the ruling elite. It is not surprisingly that voters have already found a way to express their confidence to Ivanishvili. The action appeared very interesting and different from those of protest rallies, which is usualy carried out by the Georgian opposition.
In fact, Bidzina Ivanishvili gets political benefit from his business, his bank "Kartu", for which the government stakes, played a role of a ballot box. And the money were used as ballot papres.
Prominent public figures of Sakartvelo have called his countrymen to protest against the persecution of opposition politician and to make a contribution. And the Georgians have set record of political activity: during only one day, about six thousand people have opened accounts in the Tbilisi branch of "Kartu Bank", entrusting the bank for a total of about $ 60 thousand. But we're talking about the fact of their participation. Those who disagree with the policy of the current government can not act in the streets, fearing for their life. Bidzina Ivanishvili and his colleagues suggested people a new relatively safe form of protest - and the voters have demonstrated their potential for protest.
Tellingly, the pressure from the authorities has produced a completely opposite effect on the legal entities, previously holding the account in the "Kartu". According to the head of the Bank Nodar Javakhishvili, from October 7 (that's when the billionaire announced his political ambitions and opposition mood) the list of clients has lost approximately 250 organizations. Naturally, the outflow of funds appeared incomparably more powerful than the income during the current protest. "Kartu" has lost about $ 27 million. But, according to executives of the Bank and Ivanishvili himself, "it won't cause financial problems".