When asked why Gakharia only now discovered that Bidzina Ivanishvili is an oligarch, Buchukuri explained that when Giorgi Gakharia held an official position, Bidzina Ivanishvili had a formal position, and it was Ivanishvili who signed the document on Gakharia’s nomination for the post of prime minister.
According to her, the problem of informal rule in the country arose after Ivanishvili publicly announced his retirement from politics, although later it was repeatedly confirmed that he had not left anywhere.
“The problem of informal rule arose after Ivanishvili publicly announced his retirement from politics, although later it was repeatedly confirmed that he had not left anywhere. The first confirmation of this is connected with our team – he announced that he was leaving politics, however, after Gakharia went into opposition, he expressed his political position in writing and thus gave the green light to the entire Georgian Dream. Immediately after that, the Georgian Dream leadership dared to open fire against Gakharia. And then we saw many manifestations, including when the entire leadership of the Georgian Dream comes out and uses the state apparatus to protect Ivanishvili’s money and well-being. We have seen attacks on the US ambassador, we have seen the state getting involved in an ongoing dispute between private individuals in Switzerland. At least Georgian Dream decided and agreed to debate with Giorgi Gakharia or any member of our team, but they do not have the courage to do so,” Anna Buchukuri said.
The leader of the For Georgia Party, Giorgi Gakharia, said that corruption and the oligarchy are the big enemies of democracy, and they need to be defeated in Georgia.
“Both destroy state institutions, destroy democracy and kill hope for the future. Both must be defeated in Georgia!” Giorgi Gakharia wrote on Twitter, responding to a post posted on Twitter by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tweeted that the US is imposing sanctions on Vladimir Plahotniuc, Ilan Shor and 19 other individuals and entities associated with systemic corruption and Kremlin interference in elections in Moldova. The United States will continue to support democracy in Moldova and the fight against corruption.”