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Prominent Georgian Journalist Released From Jail

Shalva Ramishvili after his release

Shalva Ramishvili after his release

A prominent Georgian journalist has been released from prison after serving a four-year term for extortion, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Shalva Ramishvili was convicted of trying to blackmail a member of parliament representing the ruling United National Movement of President Mikheil Saakashvili. The opposition considered him a political prisoner.

Ramishvili was the founder, director, and a co-owner of the 202 independent television company, which played a major role in Georgia's Rose Revolution in 2003, which brought Saakashvili to power.

Ramishvili has always said that his imprisonment was politically motivated and he therefore never asked for clemency.