Investigative reports

Georgia is Low-Cost Home for Bitfury

by | December 22, 2016

Bitfury, one of the biggest companies in the bitcoin industry, operates two bitcoin production centers in Georgia. Bitfury CEO Valery Vavilov promotes the company by listing all the advantages of operating in Georgia. They include:

Investigative reports

Investigation reveals misspending of Government Reserve Fund

by | December 3, 2016

The Georgian Government Reserve Fund aimed at funding unexpected and urgent situations, has spent 62% of its budget for programs already funded by the national budget and for which there seems to be no need for emergency spending, investigative website Ifact reports.

Investigative reports

Georgian Lottery Will Take Chance on New License Holder

by | October 1, 2016

A new company will get the license to organize the Georgia national lottery. The Ministry of Finance has announced a tender to award the license and will accept offers until December 12.

Investigative reports

New Season, Same Old Match-Fixing Story in Georgian Football

by | September 20, 2016

It took just four weeks into the new season for new match fixing to appear in Georgian football. According to a UEFA Betting Fraud Detection System report, which was sent to the Georgian Football Federation (GFF), the result of a September 8 match between Merani Martvili and Rustavi was manipulated. According to the UEFA report, an unusual number of bets were placed during the match for Merani to win and for more than 2.5 goals to be scored. Merani was a 2-1 winner in the match.

Investigative reports

Match Fixing Plagues Georgian Football

by | August 2, 2016

By Giorgi Chaduneli  In the last two years, there have been six cases exposed of either successful or attempted match fixing in Georgian football.  Players, referees and entire teams have been fined or in some cases permanently banned from the sport. While one case has been working its way through the Tbilisi City Court system for the past year, two new suspicious matches have been uncovered.

Investigative reports

Budget Is Loser in State Lottery

by | July 22, 2016

By Nino Bakradze In 2011, a company formed by the brother-in law of former Georgia Minister of Defense David Kezarashvili to operate the country's national lottery system gave 70 percent of that company's shares to the Ministry of Economics free of charge. Leaked documents found in the Panama Papers offer a possible explanation for this gift. Due to a wild overestimation of possible revenues from the lottery, the Georgian Lottery Company was already 30 million lari (about $US12 million) behind in its promised payments to the government for the rights to operate the lottery. The holding company for Georgian Lottery Company was registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in 2009 and the sole shareholder was Dimitri Chikovani, whose brother-in-law was a powerful minister under former President Mikheil Saakashvili and is currently a fugitive from justice in England. The Panama Papers are a collection of documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack-Fonseca, obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zietung  and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with reporters from over 80 countries. According to the Panama Papers documents, Lexor Capital was registered ...

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Offshore Company Spent 3 Years Chasing Ivanishvili’s Passport

by | April 3, 2016

By Nino Bakradze and Dave Bloss Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project TBILISI, REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA -- Bidzina Ivanishvili's wealth is not all hidden away in vaults. His 108,000 square foot glass house perches on a hill above the capital city of the country he returned to rule as prime minister after leaving for neighboring Russia as a young man and accumulating billions of dollars before moving back to Georgia in 2004.

Investigative reports, Society

Georgians struggling to get through European visa maze

by | March 20, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch - Vakhtang Nadibaidze (53) stands in line in front of the Polish embassy, waiting for the answer to his visa application. Many Georgians have been in his place, facing the labyrinth it is to get a visa at the European embassies here. He remembers how about

Investigative reports, News

Police action against Chinese settlement in Tbilisi

by | January 19, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch - People at a Chinese settlement south of Tbilisi say the police came and questioned them two days after DFWatch wrote about the place. The Interior Ministry denies that the police was there. DFWatch December 6, 2011, reported on a Chinese market where women and children seemed to be living under cramped conditions in the highest secrecy. A spokesman for a company called Lilo City Ltd, which owns the area, says the police arrived two days later. They came in six cars and questioned the management for five to six hours, says the spokesman, who only wants to say his first name: Zviad. The police also looked around the market, where there are more than a hundred booths of about three by three meter’s size, many of them locked from the outside with a padlock. Some are used as living quarters. When first reporting about this market, DFWatch was approached by Zviad, and we asked him whether people were living there, but all our questions were rejected. After fifteen minutes we were physically thrown out by his security guards. There were ...

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