‘YOU DON’T NEED TO THROW YOURSELF UNDER A TANK’
11 November, 2011
‘YOU DON’T NEED TO THROW YOURSELF UNDER A TANK’

Interview with Kibar Khalvashi, former head of ‘Arti Group’

Last week, former head of ‘Arti Group’ Kibar Khalvashi who due to certain reasons doesn’t reside in Georgia, expressed his open-letter support for Bidzina Ivanishvili: ‘I hope soon the time will come when nobody will attempt to deprive us of freedom, lock us up in prison and oust us from our home and country just for having our own opinion’, his statement reads. 

The businessman thinks that the society should fight against

not-supporting of each other, facade democracy, pseudo opposition, total falsification, allegedly won war, ‘paper top- ranking’, ‘sand castles’ and ‘glass economy’.

Kibar Khalvashi: ‘I was really glad with Ivanishvili’s emergence. I support the man since I read his statements. Very candidly he explained why he came to politics and it was reasonable for me. I also see his attitude towards Georgia. It’s most important for me that he is the man of word and deeds. His attitude to political forces is also acceptable for me. Unfortunately the politicians have shown us that they are unable to do whatever they are meant to do. In case politicians can’t do it, a businessman has more moral right to take care of it.

Q. – Mr. Kibar, you’ve called on other businessmen to support Ivanishvili.

K.Kh. – I know about 60 businessmen who support Ivanishvili but they don’t talk about it in public. It’s not necessary either! I won’t insist that I feel fine outside Georgia and call on the others to make sacrifices. Of course, a businessman who achieved success can’t put everything on the scales. For this reason, it’s better to keep silent, great deeds can be achieved without much ado. You don’t need to gather, express protest and throw yourself under a tank. They can mull everything over and fix their position without any publicity, in small groups or in the circle of their friends.

Q. – Now you are a fugitive but you were a like-minded person and friend of ex-Minister of Defense Irakli Okruashvili; actually your business suffered thanks to all this. What do you think about the fact that Ivanishvili ruled out cooperation with ‘Georgian Party’?

K.Kh. – It’d be better if Ivanishvili and Okruashvili settle things between themselves, I can’t answer this question. I know that Ivanishvili had made declarations but afterwards he corrected whatever he considered to be incorrect. As time passes he may make other corrections. He doesn’t deem it impossible to make corrections.

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