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Georgian Opposition Tycoon Pays Multimillion Fine To Assist Flood Victims

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Georgian opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili
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By RFE/RL
The leader of the opposition Georgian Dream coalition, Bidzina Ivanishvili, has announced he has transferred 80 million laris, or about $48 million, to the Georgian state treasury.

Ivanishvili says the transfer is meant to pay off a fine and also as a contribution to the government's effort to help victims of recent heavy rains and floods in eastern Georgia.

Ivanishvili initially refused to pay the fine, but he stated on Facebook that paying it now is the best way for him to help the flood victims.

Last month, Ivanishvili was fined more than $90 million for alleged political funding violations.

The penalty was later cut to $45 million.

The opposition leader-tycoon has been campaigning to oust President Mikheil Saakashvili's governing party in parliamentary elections scheduled for October.

With reporting by Kavkaz-Press
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by: Jack from: US
July 25, 2012 13:00
in the words of NATO General Secretary the rump republic of Georgia is a model NATO minion. Just wait to see Saakashvilli "wins" another "election"
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by: Jack from: US
July 25, 2012 13:56
This comment not by me but by homophobic RFE/RL staffer.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
July 25, 2012 19:04
Are RFE/RL staff still controlled by Russia, like during Cold War?
Or are they bittered veterans of WW2 Germans, that hate
Stalins relatives for defeiting nazi Germany?
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by: roger from: nyc
July 27, 2012 01:55
Good one, Konstantin! :)

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
July 27, 2012 00:21
I hope that good will of Ivanishvili isn't permission of OBHS-Ivan.
I hope, that if it's permission of Ivan, it is aid - not debth to kan.
I hope, that if it's debth to kan, genocide shifted to "karman".
In any case, why Ivanishvili wouldn't say, what he plans?

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