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Georgian Court Rejects Ivanishvili Appeal To Restore Citizenship

Bidzina Ivanishvili at a rally in Kutaisi in June
Bidzina Ivanishvili at a rally in Kutaisi in June

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TBILISI -- A Georgian court has rejected an appeal by a billionaire opposition leader to restore his Georgian citizenship.

New legal changes, however, mean Bidzina Ivanishvili can apparently still run for elected office in Georgia.

An appeals court in Tbilisi on June 29 upheld an earlier decision to strip Ivanishvili of his Georgian passport for violating the country's citizenship laws.

The ruling was issued after Ivanishvili acquired a French passport.

Ivanishvili says the ruling was politically motivated.

Since announcing his decision to challenge President Mikheil Saakashvili's governing party in elections set for autumn, Ivanishvili has been fined tens of millions of dollars for violating political fundraising laws.

On June 28, Georgia's parliament approved legislation allowing EU citizens like Ivanishvili who have been permanent residents of Georgia for the past five years to run for political office.

Based on reporting by AFP and RFE/RL's Georgian Service
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by: Jack from: US
June 29, 2012 13:13
anyone want to be a citizen of US-propped rump dictatorship of Georgia? Half of that pitiful country already fled to Russia as illegal migrants
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by: John from: USA
June 29, 2012 14:19
I agree Jack! I live and work in 3rd world Georgia for an international organization and can tell you many stories about the corrupt regime and police here in Georgia. By in large, the Georgian's are uneducated and uncivilized. They think the world owes them everything, but refuse to help themselves due to laziness. The men act barbaric and have no respect for women whatsoever. Most of the expats here have the same opinion here about the Georgians. Horrible country that started a war against a superpower like Russia and got their butts kicked in 3 days. That goes to show the uneducated, hotheaded mindset of the people and government. Idiots!!
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by: Anonymous
June 30, 2012 10:12
if you despise the culture and the people, why don't you leave then? if Sakartwelo/Georgia is that bad?

besides, abusive language doesn't change anything.
if you want to make a difference, do something positive, have a positive impact, even in Georgia or wherever you are.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 01, 2012 06:02
Please excuse me, John, for jumping into your conversation with Jack. Unlike you, I do not have any first-hand experience with Georgia, and yet I would like to point it out to you that when you say that the Georgians "got their butts kicked in 3 days" one can only disagree with you - the Georgians took the whole 5 (!!!) days to get their ... kicked :-))).
But another thing is that if they attacked Russia, it is because they thought that you, guys from the US, would help them out. And you didn't! It's not nice of you, John, not nice at all :-))!

by: Anonymous
June 30, 2012 10:19
Chirac, Sarkozy, Romney, etc.
Too much nepotism, corruption and financial resources influence politics.
One good thing about Ivanishwili is he doesn't need any money.
One bad thing is he can buy anyone with his money.
Not the best starting point for the development of a democracy.

yet, if he's for real. why not give him a chance. none the less, despite all the negative comments about Sakashwili, Georgia has seen a development in the last years, probably due to some of his decisions.
The war against Russia and Abkhaz though and the subsequent loss of the territory was the silliest thing that could happen.

by: Ben
June 30, 2012 19:54
Forward,Ivanishvili,millions of Ivans are after you.

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