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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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Colleagues mark the 30th anniversary of the late Georgian hero Giorgi Antsukhelidze

18.08.14 15:37

Today is the birthday of the Georgian national hero Giorgi Antsukhelidze. 30th anniversary of the military servicemen who served in the 41st Battalion of the IV Infantry Brigade was marked at the NCO Training Center clip 

Foreign Minister comments on possible Russian embargo

18.08.14 13:20

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia says the government will find ways to fit the new trade terms in case Russia bans import of Georgian product on its territory, which is quite possible after Georgia and two other post-Soviet republics signed Association Agreement with the European Union last June. clip 

Man arrested for drug crime in Batumi

18.08.14 12:20

Police have arrested a 56-year-old man for drug crime. 56 year-old Robert Sh. was detained in Batumi after police found 3 pills of Subutex in his pocket. Later, the police searched his place and seized 88 pills of the prohibited clip 

People stand in queues eager to meet mayor

18.08.14 11:58

About 1,500 people are standing in queue at the office of the Tbilisi mayor - Monday is the day of meeting with the residents of Tbilisi under the decision of the new mayor of the capital. Davit Narmania announced Monday as the day of meeting with the residents clip 

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Former news editor of Imedi TV summoned for interrogation

18.08.14 11:25

The former editor of the news department of the Imedi TV, Ekaterine Tsamalashvili has been summoned for interrogation by the prosecutor`s office. The prosecutors arguably have questions to her regarding the so-called `Model Chronicle`...More...

Opposition, NGOs, call for uprooting problems in prisons

18.08.14 10:13

The opposition and the non-governmental sector disapproves the failure of the penitentiary system to provide the security of the inmates - these comments were made after the report on the death of a 24 year-old convict, Jido Pitskhelani at the N6 Rustavi prison. clip 

Temperature is expected to exceed 40°C

18.08.14 10:00

Today`s weather forecast has scared the residents of Tbilisi, as the hydrometer center reported that temperature today will exceed 40°C. High temperature is expected in the rest of the Georgian territories, especially in the Western regions of clip 

Prime Minister visited the National Center of Manuscripts

15.08.14 14:28

The National Center of Manuscripts will have a new building - Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili announced during his visit to the center clip 

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