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Ivanishvili's "Dream" is not cheap12.01.2012 | 17:17
The information war between Georgian authorities and the oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili is gaining momentum. Georgian Chamber of Control, barely having got the right to get into the pocket of the political parties, has published bookkeeping of the "Georgian Dream" - a social movement created by the oligarch. But the data published on the web-site caused insignificant damage to Ivanishvili but seriously damaged the reputation of specific persons, whose names had appeared in the report of the Control Chamber.
The day before Chamber of Control received the right to monitor the state of finances of political parties. Earlier only the CEC had such powers. No sooner had the auditors to take up a completely new activity for them as they achieved a great success. Chamber of Control succeeded to get information about Bidzina Ivanishvili's funding his brainchild - the social movement "Georgian Dream".
Here is the whole field for all sorts of political speculation. "Georgian Dream" is a social movement, but, according to Chamber of Control, it is engaged in political activity and is voicing political slogans. And if it is so, the supervisors may request a report on the financing of the movement. However, it remains unclear, who gave them the right to consider the movement political.
Of course, the "Georgian Dream" refused to provide data, and it seems that the auditors didn't really expect it. They gave the supporters of the oligarchs only three days to prepare the report. Once the "Dream" refused, the Chamber of Control had learned all the mysteries of the movement's bookkeeping "on their channels" and immediately published them. And that's what happened: for fifteen days, from 6 to December 21, Ivanishvili fork out more than 16 million GEL. This is about $ 10 million. It's hard to believe. Of course, the scope of the "Dream" is grandiose. Only during December and January, there were created nine groups, each of which will develop a strategy for development in a particular area. This activity will engage large numbers of people. Actually it is about the fact that Ivanishvili creates jobs for a significant number of the intelligentsia, media professionals and experts. It's already close to the alternative government.
The Control Chamber made public the names of well-known people in Georgia to whom Ivanishvili currently pays the salary. That's okay, the oligarch is the richest man in the whole space of the former Soviet Union, but the amount of monthly salaries of some of its employees may impress even exacting Moscow audience, not to mention the Georgians, who must be shocked at the salaries of Tedo Japaridze and Tinatin Khidasheli. Tedo Japaridze is well-known Georgian diplomat, Georgia's former ambassador to the United States, representative to the UN and of course a bright person. Some time ago Japaridze appeared in the center of a scandal when the Georgian Foreign Ministry has decided to release him from the post of representative of the country in the BSEC (Black Sea Economic Cooperation). Young employees of the Georgian Foreign Ministry suspected Japaridze of excessive Russophilia and, as they say, his resignation was connected with this. However, the old diplomat gave his young colleagues a real battle. Eminent diplomats from several European countries stood up for him. Thanks to the Control Chamber it was found that Ivanishvili pays Japaridze about six thousand dollars per month.
Tinatin Khidasheli earns the same salary. She is really very influential figure in Georgian politics. Being the leader of the "Republican Party", she also heads one of the most efficient non-governmental organizations in the country - the Association of Lawyers.
Well-known Georgian political scientist, the author of the idea of recognizing the independence of Abkhazia in exchange for the return of refugees Mamuka Areshidze is also gets salary from the tycoon. But his salary is much lower - only $ 800.
During the day GTimes repeatedly attempted to get the heroes of the publication of the Control Chamber on the phone. But always available experts' phones were disabled this time. And a voice, very similar to the voice of Tedo Japaridze, said that we have the wrong number, after having heard our question. And we just wanted to find out what kind of their work is paid. Without any irony and subtext.
According to the report of the Control Chamber - and it's hard not to believe, since the "Dream" has not refuted the conclusions of the report in its reply - Ivanishvili well knows how to hurl the money. Or at the end of the year he was too much unnecessary cash, which he spent more quickly than a millionaire Ostap Bender in "The Golden Calf."
Over the last month of 2011 they spent $ 450 000 on advertising. Note, Georgia is a small country, and there's quite a little of effective advertising platforms. And all of these platforms were occupied by the movement's advertising.
The lawyers should explain if the disclosure of the bookkeeping of "Georgian Dream" conforms to the law, as well as the monitoring as a whole. The movement itself reminded about it in its reply.