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Saakashvili is not beloved2011-11-29 14:58
Mikhail Saakashvili suffered another paroxysm of lack of attention. At a meeting with Ukrainian businessmen, which the Georgian authorities are trying to lure to the Caucasian republic, instead of business negotiations, the president of Sakartvelo began to praise himself. He chided Kiev for dependence on Moscow and gave the example of his country. Georgia turns out to be the favorite child of Europe.
Admittedly, this time Mikhail Saakashvili just surpassed himself. Such a wonderful monologue, in which he managed to cram everything, from the Soviet Union to the Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov, left no one indifferent. After all, everyone thought that the proposal to give their organs for Abkhazia and South Ossetia - this is the apotheosis of the political career of Mr. Saakashvili, but no such luck. Meeting with Ukrainian businessmen, he described sad picture in Ukraine, complained that all this is because of Russia and offered to invest in the Caucasian republic.
It's no secret how Georgia attracts Ukrainian millionaires: by the ability of quick customs clearance, the alleged lack of bureaucracy and exemption from any tax. Vice Prime Minister Sergei Tigipko quickly realized how to quickly get additional revenue in the collapsing state. Tourism, promoted by Saakashvili, is one of favorite subjects for Ukrainian capitalists, along with metallurgy. All what they could plunder after the collapse of the Soviet Union, has long been divided between a narrow range of businessmen.
One of the most influential people of Ukraine Igor Kolomoisky, having begun to churn out tourism in the Carpathians, has chosen a slice of the Georgian ski resorts. In 2010 "Privat Group", controlled by him, acquired 87 percent of the authorized capital of the Gudauri resort for $ 14.5 million - the remaining shares are owned by subsidiary of the Russian bank VTB. Furthermore, it were the Ukrainians who have opened the largest car market in the Caucasus for $ 40 million in Rustavi. Thus, engaging foreigners in Georgian business, the authorities mostly rely on the post-Soviet space. As the saying goes, politics in politics, but money apart.