Ivanishvili gave up Russian citizenship
Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili was deprived of Russian citizenship on the basis of his own statements. "The official letter on the deprivation Bidzina Ivanishvili of his Russian citizenship was received on Monday from the Swiss embassy in Georgia", "Korrespondent.net" quoted the press secretariat of the businessman.
Ivanishvili appealed to the Russian Interests Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia with a statement with renouncing Russian citizenship on October 17. At the moment, he is only French citizen.
Ivanishvili made the decision to give up Russian citizenship in connection with the desire to create a party and take part in parliamentary elections in Georgia in 2012. He was speaking about this at the beginning of October. The purpose of the party of the businessman is the removal of the ruling United National Movement from power. The lack of Georgian citizenship, which was suspended on the grounds that the businessman has the citizenship of another state, became the obstacle to the desired, the MIR reported.
Bidzina Ivanishvili, as well as his wife Catherine Khvedelidze, were deprived their citizenship after the announcement of his plans and sharp criticism of President Mikhail Saakashvili. They tried to regain their citizenship of Georgia by the court. However, on October 25, 2011, Georgian Court of Administrative Cases did not answer the claim of their lawyers to annul the decree of President of Georgia concerning the deprivation the billionaire and his wife of citizenship of Georgia, the RBC reported.