Press Secretary: Ivanishvili is a citizen of Georgia
Today, well-known Georgian businessman and billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili's press secretary Irakli Tripolsky, in his blog in Internet, spread information that Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili has again awarded Bidzina Ivanishvili Georgian citizenship. According to Tripolsky, it happened on August 8, 2005.
"Ivanishvili became a citizen of Georgia in 2004 and he lost it the same year in connection with obtaining French citizenship", agency Trend quoted Tripolsky's blog.
"After that, on August 8, 2005, Georgian President awarded Bidzina Ivanishvili the citizenship of Georgia once again. Currently, Ivanishvili is a citizen of Georgia", said Tripolsky.
Recall, on the eve, Civil Registry Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia issued a statement saying that the businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who intends to create an opposition party in Sakartvelo, as well as to participate in parliamentary elections in Georgia in 2012, is not a citizen of the republic. "According to the Constitution of Georgia and the 32nd article of the law "On Citizenship of Georgia", when Georgian citizen becomes a citizen of another country this fact automatically causes the loss of Georgian citizenship", Interfax quoted the office.
"A citizen of Russia Bidzina Ivanishvili was granted Georgian citizenship on July 22, 2004", the GHN quoted document of the Georgian authorities.