Gudavadze to run for presidency with Ebralidze as PM?11.12.2009 | 23:06
A new information attack was launched against Inna Gudavadze, the widow of Russian-Georgian oligarch Badri Patarkatsishvili. The media report she held talks with Alexander Ebralidze, Russian businessman chairing the World's Congress of Peoples of Georgia who has announced his intention to become Georgian leader. It seems Gudavadze's competitors claiming Patarkatsishvili's inheritance are wide awake.
The World's Congress of Peoples of Georgia denied holding talks with Patarkatsishvili's widow Inna Gudavadze. "Alexander Ebralidze doesn't even comment on that", - as GeorgiaTimes learned from Saint Petersburg's office of the organization. The businessman considers it nonsense.
Inna Gudavadze's press secretary Nonna Kandiashvili denied the fact of talks to GeorgiaTimes saying it's a "complete lie". "A dirty PR campaign is going on" against the heir to billions. To the question who could be responsible for it Kandiashvili said: "Guess".
Recently some news agencies disseminated information that the Georgian opposition was getting united in Russia referring to allegedly completed talks between the World's Congress of Peoples of Georgia with Inna Gudavadze, a Russian citizen. Supposedly she agreed to coordinate activities of Georgian diasporas in Great Britain, Spain, Italy and Greece.
This year Alexander Ebralidze, head of a freshly created organization, a Russian citizen born in Batumi repeatedly declared his intention to run for president of Georgia. He has already officially applied to the Georgian authorities for Georgian citizenship. He hasn't got a reply yet.
However to run for presidency a Georgian passport is not enough. A candidate is supposed to have lived in Georgia for at least 10 years and be living there at the time of elections. And Ebralidze left the country when a child - in 1971.
Now, however, he is denied access to Georgia. Not only him: the Georgian customs officers turned down members of the steering committee of Alexander Nevsky historical and literary award he established that were going to attend the presentation of he World's Congress of Peoples of Georgia office in Tbilisi and have little to do with politics.
No explanations were given to Marina Guseva and Alexander Velikogonenko, an access denial act was made and they were sent back to Yerevan (since there is no direct air communication). Detailed explanations were given after a group of Russian experts invited to meet their Georgian colleagues were deported from the Georgian airport none the wiser.
President Mikheil Saakashvili explained through his spokesperson he doesn't let in representatives of the "occupational army" (Russian militaries) and spies. Not being militaries it seems Guseva and Velikgonenko were enlisted as spies for cooperation with Alexander Ebralidze.
It's true that ambitions of this Peterburgian are so high and so far from his real authority in Georgia that it is suspected in Tbilisi that Russian special services are standing behind his back. Recalling that Russian president and PM were born in the city on the Neva this looks suggestive.
As the National News Agency (Russia) reports Alexander Ebralidze has certain influence in Kremlin and is the only Russia-friendly candidate for president of Georgia. For the majority of Georgian people who dream of peace, quiet, stability and availability of the Russian market, Ebralidze might grow pretty attractive.
Allegedly Inna Gudavadze is needed to "promote" him. She was an active supporter of massive demonstrations of part of the Georgian opposition this spring. The return of Mtatsminda part and Imedi TV that used to be owned by her opposition-minded husband Badri Patarkatsishvili were among the demands at the rallies.
NNA reminds about Gudavadze's recent call to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for protection of property rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Russian constitution. Allegedly she lost hope to have Patarkatsishvili's inheritance fairly distributed by Georgian justice.
However GeorgiaTimes has already written that the widow disproves rumors about her address to the Foreign Ministry which made no comments either. The history of the news agency that disseminates false information has led to...Boris Berezovsky - that very Berezovsky who's now litigating Patarkatsishvili's inheritance. The runaway oligarch's methods of struggle for multi-billion assets have gone public. Two days ago Novaya Gazeta (Russia) published an article about Irina Khalip, its special correspondent in Belarus that's receiving threats signed BA. However Boris Abramovich himself told the correspondent he was not involved and pointed to the special services.
The journalist was threatened to be killed for her yet unpublished article about Emmanul Zeltser, lawyer of Joseph Key (now in charge of the assets of the deceased) who was brought to Belarus by deceit on Boris Berezovsky's plane and then taken to prison. The lawyer told he was forced to draw Key to Minsk too with the original copy of the oligarch's will.