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Georgian opposition demands punishment for PR company dealing with Abkhazia and South Ossetia2009-08-19 11:52
Labour Party of Georgia turned to the U.S. State Department with a request to impose sanctions on Saylor Company, which signed contract for PR campaign with the authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"According to Nestan Kirtsadze, one of the party leaders, this contract "in fact, legalizes separatism at the international level". She added that this agreement contradicts the policy of the USA, which supports Georgia' territorial integrity.
Shota Malashkhia, the head of the temporary parliamentary commission for territorial integrity restoration, reminded the Law on Occupied Territories, endorsed by the Parliament in fall 2008, and said that the fact of signing the contract like the aforesaid one means breaking Georgian law. The legislation restricts economic activities and cooperation with these regions.
Previously Georgia Times reported that governments of South Ossetia and Abkhazia hired Saylor Company [American PR agency] to take care of their image in the West.
The contracts were signed in June, in July registered by the Department of Justice. The contracts are valid for 1 year, each hour of expert will USD 165-550 (50 per cent as much in conflict are), but no more than 30 000 dollars per month.