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Scandalous letter by English teacher of the Ivanishvilis

08.02.12 20:51

"Life with Bidzina Ivanishvili, an eye opening and near death experience in Georgia", - the letter has been published by Patrick Downey, who used to work as an English teacher at the Ivanishvilis` in 2007-2008. In the letter the former U.S. citizens tells a lot of details about the family of the Georgian business tycoon and leader of the Georgian Dream Public Movement.

"I had to come to expect the unexpected living with and working for the Ivanishvilis... but being drugged was something I never would have expected in a million years. Not to mention being told blatant lies, and having one of the world`s richest men, who I considered to be a friend, suddenly turn his back on me. Maybe this was out of fear of a confrontation, but probably more was involved, perhaps my Foreign Service background – I had served at the US Embassy in Moscow, and had knowledge of the people Ivanishvili would come to associate with, and the networks of patronage within the political elites of Georgia and Russia.

"Settled in my room in the small apartment building (the "Teachers Home") across the compound in the late hours of September 28, I was startled when Bera called. He told me that Uta had drugged me, as a joke, and that he was sorry - Uta later apologized over the phone to me - and that he, and Ivanishvili`s Assistant Head of Security, would come by shortly to take me to the doctor, who also lived in the compound: a cardiologist named Zviad Matoshvili.

"It was then that I learned from Dr. Matoshvili that I had been given a "twentyfold overdose" of a powerful, prescription-strength laxative (I believe the Ivanishvilis used laxatives as part of their diet/health regime) as a prank, during our "end of summer" celebration, but that Uta and the boys had thought better of it afterward and decided to call the doctor - Matoshvili told me that my condition could have been "very serious" had I not been treated." the letter says.

Bidzina Ivanishvili responded to the letter today saying that it`s evident Patrick Downey is suffering from psychical problems and his letter should not be perceived seriously by journalists.

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UNM MP Tsiklauri assaulted

31.03.14 10:00

Opposition MP from the United National Movement has been assaulted late last night. As Nugzar Tsiklauri says, three cars stopped outside his house and several masked men tried to abduct him; they even used the electric shock to weaken clip 

PM comments on Saakashvili`s rejection of video interrogation

28.03.14 14:49

`All that was happening during the nine years, is the responsibility of the former president,` Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said before the beginning of the government session today. clip 

The President meets with the Head of the EUMM in Georgia

28.03.14 14:25

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili held meeting with the Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia, Mr. Toivo Klaar today and discussed the current situation in Georgia`s conflict regions. clip 

MP Bobokhidze`s brother arrested

28.03.14 14:07

Brother of the opposition MP Akaki Bobokhidze has been arrested. The prosecutor`s office of Georgia has confirmed the information about the detention of Levan Bobokhidze, however, abstained from going into the details. More...

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EU publishes progress report on Georgia

28.03.14 12:30

The European Union has published the report on Georgia, which reviews the progress of the country in its European Neighborhood Policy in 2013. The document has been prepared by the European Commission and each says that in 2013 and in the beginning of clip 

Int. approach to Russia`s aggression slammed at meeting of ambassadors at U.S. Congress

28.03.14 12:27

The approach of the international society towards the Russian aggression in Ukraine and other states of former Soviet space was criticized at the meeting held in U.S. Congress in Washington. The meeting was organized by the U.S. Catholic clip 

Prime Minister attends official dinner in honor of international partners

28.03.14 11:25

Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili has attended a dinner organized on behalf of the government of Georgia in honor of the participants of the International Business Forum held in Tbilisi. clip 

Municipal official complains about pressure

28.03.14 11:17

The United National Movement accuses the government of Georgia of pressure prior to the upcoming self-government elections in Georgia. Mamuka Akhvlediani was interrogated at the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance for ten hours clip 

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