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Joseph Kay’s adventures on the banks of the Kura2009-03-23 15:37
Georgia's Anti-Crisis Council is trying to look into the delicate issue of the bankruptcy of the Nola construction firm, which has been erecting housing for refugees. According to some reports, the firm is fully owned by Sofia Minashvili and her husband Joseph Kay who, having dealt with Badri Patarkatsishvili's estate, is intending to leave for London with a clear conscience.
The agenda of the 19th March Anti-Crisis Council was unusual. The finance minister and the head of the financial police took part in its discussions. The deputy Dzhondi Bagaturia had asked for them to be summoned. At a briefing on 13th March, he declared that they had to explain the situation surrounding the Nola company, which had fallen behind its payments to workers who have built homes for refugees.
The Anti-Crisis Council has also previously shown interest in the problems of enforced migrants. On 11th March, for example, the Minister for Refugees and Settlement, Koba Subeliani, was called to account and reproached for the irregular distribution of humanitarian aid.
And on 18th March, the Council familiarized itself with the conclusions drawn by specialists and Georgian non-governmental organizations, which have studied the living conditions of 20,000 refugees in various regions of the country. "There are numerous problems - poor living conditions, poor quality refurbishment to their housing, bad food, the absence of heating equipment, and their electricity supply being frequently cut off," the opposition parliamentary deputy, Giorgi Tsagareishvili, reported following the session.
At the end of last year, as you may remember, the Georgian authorities promised to settle all the "new wave" of refugees by the spring. To this end, some residential housing was refurbished. About 4000 additional houses were built urgently over four months. Admittedly, the quality of these buildings is somewhat questionable. Even though reasonably large amounts of money were paid to the developers. Furthermore, several hundred houses were erected throughout the winter using money provided by Turkey and Germany. The latter provided 8 million euros for refugee housing.
It seemed that the developers and contractors had been saved - they had orders during the crisis! And then suddenly it emerges that one of the construction companies involved in the construction of housing for the settlers has gone bankrupt. At the end of January, Kommersant radio reported that the Nola firm had ceased to function. This company was founded in 1998. It was the first to import ferrous materials into Georgia and it subsequently expanded its activity, delivering all necessary types of building materials.