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The New Rights Party: Bendukidze is a spy; Saakashvili is an accomplice of Russia2008-11-20 18:28
The New Rights, a Georgian opposition party, charged Kakha Bendukidze, the present-day Head of the State Chancellery, the ex-Minister of Economy and the ex-State Minister for Reforms Coordination of Georgia, of espionage for Russia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
As Pikria Chikhradze, the representative of the party, said at today's briefing, she had the documents that proved Bendukidze's cooperation with Russian GRU (Chief Intelligence Staff) before and during the events of August, 2008, and his passing them important secret information.
She accused Bendukidze of cooperation with Vitaliy Shlykov, who, together with Konstantin Zatulin, Sergey Lavrov and other "politicians, aggressive towards Georgia" in his time founded «Council for Foreign and Defense Policy».
According to Chikhradze, Shlykov was Bendukidze's councilor in the times the latter was the director of Uralmash, and later, in 2001-2003, when Bendukidze was occupying the position of general director of Atomstroyexsport.
Chikhradze mentioned that Bendukidze pursued a privatization policy following Shlykov's advice. In the result of this privatization, major part of strategically important objects passed to Russian companies, she pointed out. According to her, in the times when Bendukidze occupied high positions in Georgian government, Shlykov suddenly disappeared from Russian political arena, and in fact, he was the "shadow" councilor of Kakha Bendukidze.
The fact that even after the war in August, 2008 Bendukidze stayed in Georgian government, the New Rights called suspicious and suggested that either Mikhail Saakashvili himself is closely connected to Bendukidze and company, or today's Georgian president was a champion of interests of Russia.