BUSINESS, ELECTIONS AND AUTHORITIES
01 March, 2012
BUSINESS, ELECTIONS AND AUTHORITIES

‘Taxation of businessmen is directly connected to coming elections’

Georgian business for the umpteenth time is facing difficulties. Law-enforcing structures and controlling bodies got interested in functioning of private firms. As shown by practice and experience it’s followed by bad results – procedural deal or big fine. This time the attention of law-enforcing bodies was attracted by companies that participated in tenders and implemented orders financed through budget for GEL dozens of millions. It certainly is no novelty but this time

public prosecutor’s office and revenue police went to those firms that have big share in filling the ‘National Movements’ money-box. According to backstage information, among the detained contributors there are those companies that entered sums on ruling party’s account during local self-government elections.

 

According to reliable sources, Butkhuz Baramia, head of ‘Total’ ltd is detained and heads of those firms that won in different tenders are intensely interrogated. Based on audit acts drawn up at different times the controlling bodies entered several companies. According to a reliable source, among them is ‘Black Sea Group’ that belongs to husband of Nazi Aronia, a ‘National Movement’ member; as they say this company is supported by Givi Targamadze. It’s true that majority of tender-winners are voluntary funders of ‘National Movement’ but as it seems, time has come when authorities will have no mercy even on court businessmen. In order to retain power new blood is needed but it’s impossible to get it from blood-drained business.

Dimitri Lortkipanidze, MP: As soon as critical situation is created the authorities inevitably start acting. Taxing of businessmen is directly connected with the coming elections and for this reason the authorities will have no mercy on their hostages. Among them are those businessmen who voluntarily implement political instructions of the clan. Through procedural deals and other tax obligations the businessmen are forced to fill the election black money-box. As a rule this process is activated during the pre-election period. Relative share of those prisoners who are serving their sentence for financial crime and are kept in prison is very big.

Penitentiary system was insured in 2009. GEL 3 million was allocated from state budget and it was completely used by an insurance company. After checking it was found that at the expense of prisoners the company made 65% profit. Actually this income was fixed only in documents but it’s everybody’s knowledge that the money transferred through tenders goes back to the functionaries as kickback.

The tender-winners voluntarily subscribe to their being the authorities’ hostages. In the last count any tender-winner regardless his authority or social status is a victim of this vicious political conjuncture.

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