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Former Georgian Government Hit By Sex-Tape Scandal

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has denied any involvement in the scandal.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has denied any involvement in the scandal.
By Nino Kharadze and Claire Bigg
It has all the elements of a resounding scandal: corrupt cops, gay-sex videos, blackmail, and celebrities.
Georgian prosecutors dropped a bombshell this week by announcing that high-ranking officials from the former government had filmed well-known public figures engaging in gay sex and then used the videos to blackmail them.
The former Defense Ministry officials, prosecutors charge, extorted money from their victims and coerced them into cooperating with the secret services. In some cases, this allegedly involved voicing public support for President Mikheil Saakashvili and the government his party controlled.
Archil Kbilashvili, Georgia's prosecutor-general, told a news conference on January 15 that "we wanted to show that the method of state governance went against the law as well as the very values on which society should be based."
Sex Videos Aired
Kbilashvili said such methods were "systematic" at the height of Saakashvili's rule.
To back their claims, prosecutors released several of the sex videos, partially blurred to protect the victims' identity. Several local television channels broadcast the footage.
Dozens of more tapes are believed to be in existence.
Prosecutors say three officials have been arrested and released on bail in the case. They are suspected of recruiting gay men by threatening to reveal their homosexuality. 
Gays and lesbians are still severely stigmatized in the conservative Caucasus nation, where the Orthodox Church wields strong influence.
The freshly recruited agents were then instructed to seduce prominent men believed to be gay and lure them to flats fitted with hidden cameras. The ensuing sexual intercourse was recorded and used to blackmail the new victims.
The revelations could deal a major blow to Saakashvili, already reeling from a damaging prison-torture scandal.
Some of the sex videos were aired on Georgian TVSome of the sex videos were aired on Georgian TV
Some of the sex videos were aired on Georgian TV
Some of the sex videos were aired on Georgian TV
Asked to comment on the allegations at a news briefing, the president said he had personally ensured that such videos were not made under his watch. "Name at least one such case and I will accept the allegations," he told reporters.
He added that he would soon propose a new bill tightening privacy-protection laws.
Saakashvili's tenure has come under intense scrutiny since his party was ousted from government following the October parliamentary elections, which were won by a coalition led by his rival, Bidzina Ivanishvili, now Georgia's prime minister.
The freshly elected parliament has even set up a special commission to investigate misconduct by the former government.
Some Georgians, however, condemn the videos' publication as a grave breach of privacy from both prosecutors and television channels that chose to air the footage.
Gay Community Concerned
Tamar Kordzaia, the head of the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, says that "there has to be an extraordinarily high societal need to make the violation of a person's private life acceptable and tolerable, from a legal and, especially, an ethical point of view."
Georgia's small community of gay activists has also voiced deep concern. Irakli Vacharadze, the head of the homosexual rights NGO Identoba (Identity), says that "human beings are not a priority here, they are part of politics and PR."
"The Prosecutor-General's Office did not bother to think about the victims, about their emotional or psychological health, their safety," Vacharadze adds. "They did not think about possible retaliation that the publication of these videos might trigger against those individuals, who had been recruited and were ensnaring the victims."
The videos' release came just two days after Saakashvili accused the new government of using similar "dirty methods" to exert pressure on officials seen as loyal to him.
Saakashvili claimed that secret agents recently sought to intimidate a district police chief by threatening to tell his son that he had been adopted. He also cited another case, in which a female judge was allegedly filmed having sex with her boyfriend and later blackmailed into cooperating with Ivanishvili's secret services.

Claire Bigg

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by: Jack from: US
January 18, 2013 18:28
the well-known and admired by NATO minions freedom fighter Srakashvilli is the best friend of John McCain, George W Bush and Sarah Palin. The former government of the rump republic of Georgia has been bankrolled by US government

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 19, 2013 06:47
It's so sad to look at all those orange heroes that used to be such good friends of the United States: Julia in Ukraine is preparing to spend the rest of her days in prison, whereas ever more niceties on the 10-year-long of Mischa in Georgia can only make one wonder where this "beacon of democracy" is going to end up a few months from now... And it does not look like their friendship with George W Obama is going to help any of them - the latter is just way too busy "liberating hostages" in Algeria - from the hands of his own friends who came from new and "free" Libya, created by NATO just two years ago.

by: Katrina Day from: Reading
January 19, 2013 12:57
Against promotion of homosexuality. Violence must not be permitted however we need to make the global security services adopt the so-called moratorium i.e. ban the practice by which these services exploit the vulnerability of homosexuals and use this as a weapon to fight not only the enemies but the satellite countries as well. As it has been noted, these services, first and foremost, attack the male population of any country by this weapon to ensure its gradual annihilation.

by: Danielle from: russia
January 22, 2013 08:14
The sextape is leaked on for free- enjoy!

by: Greg from: Miami
January 22, 2013 18:58
We are all Georgians now.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 25, 2013 05:31
Where are my 3 comments on this topic?
Are Russians blocking freedom of speech in the World?
Most of CIS, now Ukraine and Georgia, becoming silenced.
Russia rearms technology and military, using stolen gas and oil.
Russia organized energy and economy blocade stagnate World.
West is about kneel, being slowly strangulated, simce oblivian.
In USA and Europe "Freedom of Speech" is also vanishing.
To silence me, Russia-CIA murder my mother 7/7/2012.
My comments are censored by RFE or mocked,
By Russians like Jack. Eugenio set-up killing
of my mother, framing-up me here by lies.
Is my apartment blocked by internal fony?
Is anybody read my comments, beside
narrow circles of spies, my enemies?
Is Russia about to repopulate CIS?
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by: Alex from: LA
January 25, 2013 08:39
Who took Konstatin's meds again... hehe... Is it Jack, Euginie or Vahtagnistan, or is it Camel... Ok it was ME... I like him delusional...
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 25, 2013 20:38
You are just the sleeping "medicine" of Russia-KGB.
They are arround my apartment building, like stinging bees.
Lemurs, telepats and "NLW" generators, for many years,
Since they stole my ideas on medicine, use of vawes,
But used torture people, starting wiith me in 1950th,
Including Ultrasound and Infrasound - Alex-Judas!
"Pshel won", Russian provocateur, you are sick!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 25, 2013 23:41

Where are my 3 previous comments to the point, Rashkas?
Eating elephant, plagiarize-sale to the World, "bukashkas",
To encroach as "benefactors" of used by you nations,
From West through Far East – sale the "innovations"?
Even Korea got "vegetable dome" and "sunny-zation".

What got Russia, another vote for "Cheremushka",
Expansion of Russia and a better "guidance chip",
To avoid "Patriots" and to bomb Georgian cities?
Sure CIA staffed by Russia is very proud, piping,
Trying enslave me they killed my mother, 7/7/12.

As for your innuendo, Georgia isn't homosexual.
Visant attacked Georgia with half Million armies,
Because imperial priests could not molest boys,
But lost to 50 Thousands knights, lying Vaalam.
US-Russia forces use it, probably it is the case.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 29, 2013 08:34
In other news on Georgia: The head of the Georgian Orthodox church Ilya II just visited Russia and even had talks with the Russian president Vladimir Putin (who, as we all know, suffered a humiliating defeat in the presidential election a year ago and almost was replaced by the Senator McCain :-))). After these talks, the political party of Mischa Saakaschwili made a statement saying that "this kind of visits only hurt the territorial sovereignty of Georgia".
It's a pity that you, guys, did not report on this event, because this would have given Andrew from Auckland yet another opportunity to remind us that Georgia is and will remiain a close ally of the US and NATO :-)).
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
January 29, 2013 14:09
You are right,Eug.,and crazydent Putin also promised to rebuild personally allthe churches in Georgia the Rashkas brought down in Koba`s time and to pay compensation to all the victims of bolshevik misrule and the biggest cathedral in the world will be in Gori and it will be consecrated to St.Vakhtang the magnificent and also the soviet kgb Patriarch was sacked and from now on the official state religion in Mother Russia will be Georgian Orthodox !!!

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