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New Georgian Leadership To Reopen Investigation Of Ex-Prime Minister’s Death

Georgia's incoming Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani (file photo)
Georgia's incoming Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani (file photo)
Speaking to journalists one week after her nomination as justice minister in Bidzina Ivanishvili’s new cabinet, Tea Tsulukiani said the investigations into the deaths of banker Sandro Girgvliani and Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania will be reopened as numerous questions remain unanswered.

Girgvliani was found beaten and stabbed in the throat on the outskirts of Tbilisi in January 2006 after an altercation in a bar the previous night with senior Interior Ministry personnel and the wife of Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili. Zhvania was found dead with another man in a rented Tbilisi apartment early on February 3, 2005. Georgian officials, including Merabishvili, immediately said their deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from an Iranian-manufactured heater that had been incorrectly installed. But FBI experts who traveled to Tbilisi to assist the investigation failed to confirm that assumption.

Zhvania’s brother Giorgi subsequently adduced circumstantial evidence suggesting the two men died elsewhere and their bodies were then transported to the apartment where they were found. Giorgi Zhvania has now openly accused Merabishvili and two other former senior officials of staging, at the behest of President Mikhail Saakashvili, the scene at the apartment intended to create the impression that the two men were the accidental victims of asphyxiation. Zhvania stressed, however, that he is "not saying that it was these persons who killed my brother."

The apartment where the bodies of Zhvania and Kvemo Kartli Deputy Governor Raul Usupov were discovered had been rented several months previously by Misha Dzadzamia, one of Zhvania’s bodyguards, for clandestine assignations with his mistress, according to UPI on November 28, 2005. Zhvania had requested the temporary use of it "for a secret meeting." When Zhvania failed to make regular contact with his bodyguards, Dzadzamia broke a window to enable another bodyguard to enter the apartment. That man found Zurab Zhvania and Yusupov dead and "a terrible something was burning."

Merabishvili announced within hours that the two men had died of carbon monoxide poisoning, but carbon monoxide has no odor. Moreover, the main gas supply to the entire street had been cut hours before the bodies were discovered because residents had reported a suspected gas leak. FBI experts invited to Tbilisi by the Georgian authorities failed to confirm that the heater could have produced lethal quantities of carbon monoxide, according to an IWPR article by investigative journalist Vakhtang Komakhidze published a year after Zhvania’s death.

In that article, Komakhidze also listed Giorgi Zhvania’s doubts that his brother died in the apartment where his body was found. Giorgi Zhvania had earlier pointed out repeatedly that neither his brother’s fingerprints nor those of Yusupov were found anywhere in that apartment. He said Zurab never smoked a cigarette to the end and always twisted it when stubbing it out, but only one of the several dozen cigarette butts found in the apartment had been extinguished that way. Giorgi Zhvania also noted that the food laid out on the table (together with a bottle of cognac) included sausage, which his brother did not eat, according to on April 4, 2005.

Komakhidze later made a TV documentary questioning the official version of the circumstances of Zhvania’s death that was shown in October 2007 on Russia’s REN TV channel.

In the September 2007 TV interview in which he accused Saakashvili of condoning corruption and the murder of political opponents, former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili also said he knows that Zhvania did not die at the location where he was found. Zurab Noghaideli, who succeeded Zhvania as premier but fell out with Saakashvili in 2008, has also hinted that he knows incriminating details about Zhvania’s death, but he has not revealed them.

In his interview with Maestro TV, Giorgi Zhvania named three former top officials who he claims engineered the transport of the bodies of his brother and Yusupov to the apartment where they were found. The three are Merabishvii; former Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze, now a deputy parliament speaker representing Saakashvili’s United National Movement (EEM); and former Prosecutor General Zurab Adeishvili, who according to Tsulukiani left Georgia after the EEM’s defeat in the October 1 parliamentary election.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
October 29, 2012 04:37
Investigation is right thing to do, let cheaps fall where they may.
I am consearned, thought, about pushing out of invaders way
To pushy and in expedite manner independence symbols,
Like in CIS and Ukraine they destroy Ukrainian leaders,
Influx Russia and subdue locals, turning them slaves.

Just take your time, but keep an open mind, the devil
Is next dor, already invaded your land, he's heassing,
As World of devil and antichrist cannot wait bring evil
Using as justification long influxed CIS Russia spying.
Have an open mind, don't harry please your nemesis.

The faster World nations fall to the pseudo-revolution
The faster Russia, Brits, Germans-Austrians polution
Will resurrect colonial empires - at level of a Holocost,
One never knew - CIS must withstand the devil's host.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 29, 2012 18:24
Aaah,Ah spoke too soon-see my previous post-and here is where the Nobel prize for poetry should have gone.Ah think them swedes should take the prize from the china man and give it to Con.before the Bechtels or some ordinary georgian criminal get him.And, is high time we start a Georgian empire to beat all previous empires,cause the rashkas,prashkas,britashkas and generally all non-georgians are gonna get us if we dont #@@^%$~*)) them!!! Its now or never-tomorrow will be late!!!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
October 29, 2012 22:04
Paint yourself as Kurdistan, your smell of imputent Russian
Give you up. You might be payed by Varagas and Prussians,
By Bechtel and even Brits, but you like "dvuhgorbyiy" Camel,
You carry on for many miles same lying evil Russian Babbel,
Indeed. I don't care that you mock Turks, Anush, and rushing.

However - beside predisposing Turks for Russia's platcdarm,
Beside hatefull mocking CIS nations, starting with Georgians,
Beside eagerly waiting CIS nations to die under Russian ham,
Beside sending on me few "Lavrushas" from old KGB, Borgio,
You make a poin to justify genocide by "Imperial Competition":

Georgia was never an Empire, althought, if the tragic genocide
Was threatening the wery existance of Ibero-Caucasia ethnos,
When evil empires, Chaldea, Persia, Visant and Russian side,
With their provocations, were pounding the edges of tectonus,
It cracked, some fell for feudes - Georgia's CIS had problems.

Who doesn't? - Ibero-Caucasian CISes known for milleniums,
Less advanced nations - halh Century and already hate them,
Russia even less, only 20 years, never stoped blood-suckium
And destroying it since day one. The main goal of Russia-ham
Repopulate old Eastern block and more, your "Competitionum"
Is "zamorochka" of Russia-"Shtaby", for USA-CIA Aaa-Ah-ium.

It might be fear of Russia's Varaga-Prussaka ruling class elite.
If justice will emerge, symbolized by Georgia, Ukraine and CIS,
The crimes of Russian ruling class based on lies will cramble.
Is it your depict, competing Georgia and Russia as "empires"?
Once again, I have no nation, I stood for any victim you invade.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 30, 2012 13:24
Dear Con.,since all previous empires have failed,now is the time to establish a new-fangled empire to beat them all-the georgian one.We`ll have to revive the old Albanian one and I think we must start in Gori-the birthplace of the Greatest georgians of them all-Generallissimuss Counter-Admiral ObergruppenFuhrer Uncle Joe Koba-that is St.Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashvilli-the man,or rather the Georgian made of Steel !!! And I also think we must build a fourth Rome in Tbilissi or Kutaissi and here is where Vakh-ta -vah-tang from Moss cow can help.I know you will be standing tall when you find your pokhmelin pills,and if Vakhtang sells his empty bottles of wine,as he promised we`ll have enough funding for it all,so,please get up from your knees and please do something before its too late-the barbarians are already at the gates !!!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
October 30, 2012 20:43
Here you go again, Anush-Turk of Great Van'kas,
Insulting and provoking neskladuha from Lubyanka.
Sure pre-Georgia created Civilizations, inspiring right
With Nobility of Soul, Purity of Heart and Elevated Mind.

But never Empire, even in time of Media, Lidia and Hetites
They offered help and "Common Wealth" to many nations
That let later some of them turn Empires and attack sides
Of Ibero-Caucasian tektonics, leaving behind abomination.
Peter and Stalin created Russia - betrayed, both poisoned.
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
October 31, 2012 05:36
I also would advise Ms.Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani pay attention to the criminals who are out of Georgia..Identify criminals and demanded their extradition is very important for Georgia..
On the waves of "Radio Liberty" already a long period of time "swimming" two suspicious types- camel and jack...they support the abkhaz criminals and racists, that makes you think that they may be accomplices....
Find them, shackled and sent away from civilization-it is the duty of every citizen of the world...fence off the normal people from dangerous camel and jack...
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 31, 2012 12:55
Yes,dear Vakhtangadze,you are right,like Constantnashvili,I think georgian KGB should find Camel and Jack and as you say sent them away from civilization-that is as far away from Georgia on my mind as possible.And the best place for that would be of course Moss cow where good old Vakhtang has found his erstwhile refuge.And as good old lavrenty lavrentievich is long dead, the best man,pardon,Georgian to do that would be Vakhtangashvili.Alternatively,Jack and Camel may be locked in a room with Constantinashvili and Vakhtangadze and forced to drink a barrel of adulterated georgian pigswill,pardon wine,until they convert to Georgian Orthodox Pagan Church!!!
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
October 31, 2012 18:58
I wouldn't go that far Vakhtang, Georgia are not the Russia,
Making nazi laws. Also "Free Europe", thought payed by USA,
Is staffed by Russian proxies, protected by Austria-Prussia
And British complicity of imperial resurrectors 1954 pact.

Why CIS, Eastern Europe and Georgia, separatly each,
Would not start public, or diplomatic influence on USA,
Make "Free Europe" standard of "Freedom of Speech"
By investigating avalanche of slender against Georgia
And many other nations and individuals, including me:

They must investigate role of Russian proxies set-up
Blackmail me and murder of my mother - by posting
On "Free Europe" Forums anti-American stupid pup,
Mosstly with name Eugenio - than claiming I wrote it,
Than use it to blackmail me, as anti-American enemy.

They said they will murder my mother first if I resisted
Be their intellectual slave, plagiarized from art-science
Through literary works and "write" for them the twisted
CIA staff on Forums - In name of government of USA,
Because what liers wrote. They murdered my mother!

Why USA covering it up? Is Russia, Brits and Germany
1954 pact, or just KGB-Gelena Russia-Austria Empires
Plote again. put ratten egs in homes of other nationality,
Blaim "their" smell and make USA murder their moms?
Are they promiss USA use "Free Europe" for spy infos?

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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
November 01, 2012 03:39
You camel think that the center of civilization shifted to Kurdistan?
Chew roots squatting, pick your nose, and discuss the savages who live in Europe and the U.S..
You should take crumbs, apologize before Radio Liberty and go to Georgia to serve out deserved punishment..
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by: Konstantin from: Los angteles
November 03, 2012 19:42
Vakhtang, he is not a Kurd, but rather some sort of Urartu,
Making-up name Anush-Turk, understandable grievencies,
Camel misguiding further Muslim auditorium for Russians
And make as much as possible ignorants read his Kakado.

As for encient Kurd's Civilization, it was once pre-Georgia.
As 10 milleniums ago their setlments reached Kura-Araks
And East Asia Minor, Ararat plains emerged "South Iberia"
And South the same - changed later with imperial attacks.

Muslim Iran tried to subdue its independence for Centuries.
Kurds at time succeded to mantain it, so Iran deported half
To Asia and replaced them with Asian tribes. Some Kurds
Still South Iberians, some Asians, some are mixed-up staff
Tat Russia turn against Turks and Georgia - for the Russia.

by: Gio from: Georgia
October 29, 2012 08:38
How unprofessional is from Liz Fuller to not read the FBI report herself and rely on Komakhidze who has clearly manufactured the FBI findings on the case.
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by: boris from: Lodnon
October 31, 2012 13:32

by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 29, 2012 14:59
The only one who knows who the killers are is Con stan tin tin-they were either KGB,CIA,MI5,the Mossads,the Rashkas or most probably Bechtel.But Con is keeping suspiciously silent on the subject,fuelling rumours he`s also fallen a victim of the aforementioned agencies.Come,on,Cons,say something ,even if its only:`Leave me alone,I cant find my hangover pokhmelin pills!!!`

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
October 29, 2012 15:02
Smart, smart, so they are starting to hit Mischa and his friends exactly where it hurts most: he has gone out of his way to present himself as a "Georgian patriot", whereas the "Georgian Dream" will most probably end up dressing him as a trivial Khodorkovsky-stile gangster - a guy who orders assasinations of his competitors. Let's see what the investigation into the misterious death of Zurab Zhvania will show at the end of the day...
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by: Jack from: US
October 30, 2012 03:22
a cave has been prepared for Mischa to die heroically amongst Muslims and piles of excrement like his predecessor Gamsahurdia, the president of glorious republic of Georgia did. Isn't it a fate of US minions to die like rats in caves, holes, and cellars.. Gamsakhurdia, Dudaev, Maskhadov, all ended up the same way. Mischa is on his way there
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
October 30, 2012 09:50
A good point, Jack, although some of them simply end up in prison cells - such as Julia in Ukraine or Mubarak in Egypt or General Videla in Argentina. But one way or the other, the slow but steady stream of the US-lackeys being kicked out of govts has one important consequence: it demonstrates the continued disappearance of the US with their failed policies from the international arena.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
October 30, 2012 05:27
Unfortunately it must be noted that in Georgia,again adventurers came to power
instead to start investigate the crimes of the аbkhaz bandits who killed thousands of innocent georgians, they again begin to investigate the case of a guy with a dubious reputation..They want to know apparently, why two drunken men that night were alone in this apartment and in their underwear and why they forgot to close the valve..
People usually say: you should drink less to avoid mess...

Unfortunately with Ivanishvili Georgian people should not expect any change for the better in the foreseeable future...

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by: Archie from: Georgia
October 30, 2012 07:52
When two non-drinkers and non-pork eaters are found with cognac and pork sausage on the table without shoes in the apartment - that moment gas poisoning comes to mind, even if gas supply was cut hours before that event - in addition, bodyguard claims he entered apartment via window, but apparently window opening is too narrow to fit his body! Fun!
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
October 30, 2012 08:51
Hello Archie....I'm mainly pointing out that we see again some bias of the new government.
No one says that we should not investigate exactly this case, where definitely there are some questions that need answers but it also draws attention to itself the position of the new authorities did not investigate the most horrible crimes against the innocent georgians may be for many centuries of their history..
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by: Archie from: Georgia
October 31, 2012 12:08
Igniter of all crimes in Abkhazia - Kitovani is living next to you in Moscow, another was politbureau member Suslov and late general Grachev played their roles in that too. All from places around you and our investigating ability goes beyond that point. Crime participants from our side are all Georgian presidents, but so far they're immune from conviction, so far...
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
November 01, 2012 03:19
The problem of the Georgian authorities is the lack of educational level and diplomatic skills..
If in Georgia believe that Kitovani war criminal, Georgia should demand his extradition through an international tribunal as well as the bandit Ankvab who committed crimes against humanity in 1993..
Putin, of course not give the bandits, but first you need to run this process..
No diplomatic immunity has Shevardnadze..
Saakashvili just promised Americans that he will not touch Shevardnadze who is considered as one of the destroyers of the USSR.and did not touch him for fear of losing U.S. financial support..
Besides the Georgians do not want to know their history..
Hundreds of аbkhaz thugs who killed thousands of Georgian women, children and the elderly living in the Georgian houses, and Georgians are pretending that this is not a very big problem, preferring to investigate the case of one person and not to talk about the murders of thousands of innocent people.
This all will ultimately lead to a deterioration, not improvement..
When Georgians ignore events that occurred 20 years ago, they questioned the truthfulness of their history in general...
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
November 01, 2012 08:15

FBI investigation mentioned possibility ofSpetcnaz-GRU
Low level chemical-bacteriologic warfare might be used,
With same autopsy result as monoxide - it might be too,
Archil from Bagramyan battalion, gas-stove maker dood.
They replace Russia's "Cheremushka" - gasing-shruds,
At list here the Forums Archils and Camel-Anush-Turks,
Or project granades into USA president, "nukelar" Bush.

For lies-defamations all this dirty-mouthes must be tried.
Camel-Anush-Turk - worse than "Innocence of Muslims",
How dare ofsprings of donkey and camel, "Bogohul'niks"
Against Chirch oralize "Sramno" Bagramyan-like deads?
For Anush-Camel Donkey-masters, even Georgian vine,
Smell "adulturated" and "pigswill" after smelling assholes.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 03, 2012 09:57
It is such a pity that the two latest articles published on this web-site on Georgia - (a) Georgia wants new format of talks with Russia and (b) Georgia is ready to recongnize the ID docs issued by Abkhazia and S. Ossetia - have no comment section! Those two would definitely give individuals like Andrew from Auckland an opportunity to post a few more comments on how the change of guard in Tbilisi "does no matter" :-)).
What it seems to me though is that (a) the new Georgian leadership - just about a month after the election - is already starting to undermine the legacy left by the 9 years of Georgia's subservience to the US and is embarking upon what is the most logical thing to do for this republic - improve its economic and political relations to its biggest neighbour, the Russian Federation.
(b) And on the other hand, the fact that the new authorities are ready to start step by step recognizing the de facto authorities in Sukhimi and Tskhinvali is again only logical: given that the confrontation policy - that the US cajoled the Mischa's administration into - against the two break-away and de facto independent (from Georgia) republics brought no positive results to Georgia (while helping the US to complicate the lives of those who live in the Caucasus), it's only normal that the new leadership embarks upon a more constructive path of dialogue with ALL of its neighbours.
So, it appears like the Southern Caucasus is yet another front on which the US has been on the losing side this year. Congratulations, guys, and please do not forget to vote for Barack W. Romney the next week - this guy will for sure help you restore your national pride by declaring wars on Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, Zimbabwe, the DPRK, Iran, Syria and about 100 other countries :-)).
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by: Archil from: Georgia
November 03, 2012 13:09
Thanks to Eugenio nothing to add to the reply but counting Saakashvili as executor of all American demands is as wrong as counting him as Russian spy! Misha was playing his game and pushing both powers on collision course. Europe was unhappy and our citizens felt great danger from his own government. []

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This blog presents analyst Liz Fuller's personal take on events in the region, following on from her work in the "RFE/RL Caucasus Report." It also aims, to borrow a metaphor from Tom de Waal, to act as a smoke detector, focusing attention on potential conflict situations and crises throughout the region. The views are the author's own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.