high level corruption

Saakashvili ‘bought 25 000 SIM cards to build Facebook support’

By | March 21st, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: , , |

Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri (left) and Defense Minister Irakli Alasania inspecting a military camp earlier this month. (Ministry of Defense.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Defense Minister Irakli Alasania Thursday told parliament that the defense ministry last year purchased 25 000 SIM cards for mobile phones in order to build up Facebook support before the election. Speaking during a meeting with the defense committee […]

Military tops enriched themselves: Alasania

By | March 7th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri (left) and Defense Minister Irakli Alasania. (Ministry of Defense.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The government accuses former officials during Saakashvili’s time in power of having embezzled state money in order to purchase luxurious cars and unnecessary apartments. The apartments were discovered at military bases which are in a […]

Saakashvili’s white collar crime amnesty takes form

By | February 6th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has presented parliament with a bill which will give amnesty for industrial, financial and economic crimes. A few days ago, the president spoke about the importance of announcing a financial amnesty to attract […]

Tbilisi mayor questioned, says prosecutors are ‘in deadlock’

By | February 4th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch — After having been questioned about his role in a large embezzlement case, the Tbilisi mayor says the Prosecutor’s Office is in a deadlock and in a hurry. Even though Gigi Ugulava refused to appear for questioning, he invited investigators […]

Tbilisi mayor fails to appear for questioning

By | February 2nd, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

“If anyone has illusions that I am leaving and won’t come back, I will tell them that I cannot grant such a pleasure to Ivanishvili, Kbilashvili, Tsulukiani and the others,” says Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch — Tbilisi mayor and staunch Saakshvili ally Gigi Ugulava failed to show up for questioning at the Finance Ministry’s Investigative Service today. He was called to explain himself regarding a case of suspected embezzlement of five million lari […]

Cleaning company was front for embezzlement

By | February 2nd, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office claims to have revealed a case of embezzlement in a cleaning contractor for the city of Tbilisi. Chief Prosecutor Archil Kbilashvili said that Tbilservice Group – a company established in 2006 which provides […]

Petitioning to decriminalize white collar crime

By | January 23rd, 2013|Categories: Economy, News|Tags: |

The National Movement Party’s Secretary General, Vano Merabishvili, says Georgia’s economy is in an alarming state. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch — The party of President Mikheil Saakashvili has started a campaign to gather signatures in support of his initiatives about tax amnesty and decriminalization of financial crime. The president presented his new initiatives to the government a few days […]

Saakashvili wants to decriminalize economic crime

By | January 18th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili suggests that the government decriminalizes economic crime, because of the importance of continuing to attract investments. Saakashvili said at a press conference at his palace in Tbilisi Thursday that […]

Top-level corruption was rife in Georgia: NGO

By | December 26th, 2012|Categories: NGO news|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Just as the Inter RAO corruption scandal is jolting the political scene in Georgia, a Georgian think tank claims to have revealed three further cases of what is called high level corruption. The Saakashvili government has been credited with having effectively […]

Risk of corruption in Georgia

By | November 4th, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

“Georgia is number one country fighting corruption”- we frequently hear this message from Georgian Government. Government representatives talk about the achievements in fighting corruption but their opponents underline number of failures in this regards. There are also talks about elite corruption as well and some people think such kind of corruption exists in the upper bureaucracy [...]