Did Georgian president have dissident murdered?

This video is called Georgian protests against dictator Saakashvili.

From British daily The Guardian:

Police today said they were treating the death of Badri Patarkatsishvili, a Georgian businessman and political opposition figure, as suspicious.

Patarkatsishvili died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Leatherhead, Surrey, yesterday night, his spokesman, Guga Kvitaishvili, said.

The businessman was seen as a driving force behind anti-government protests in Georgia in November. He was being investigated in the country on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

Patarkatsishvili denied the accusations, but admitted offering large sums of money to police if they sided with protesters. The demonstrations were violently broken up.

He left Georgia in November, and had since spent time in Britain and Israel. …

Patarkatsishvili ran against the Georgian president, Mikhail Saakashvili, in a snap election in January, gaining around 7% of the vote. Opposition groups alleged that the poll was rigged.

Saakashvili has faced accusations of authoritarianism since the November crackdown.

In December, Patarkatsishvili told the Associated Press he had obtained a tape recording of an official in the Georgian interior ministry asking a Chechen warlord to murder him while he was in Britain.

“I believe they want to kill me,” he said.

Four months earlier, the former Georgian defence minister Irakli Okruashvili accused Saakashvili of trying to encourage him to kill Patarkatsishvili in 2005.

See also here.

This is not the first mysterious death of a Georgian since Saakashvili became president.

Saakashvili first became president in a United States government-backed ‘regime change’ by getting supposedly over 90% of the vote. If someone in North Korea gets over 90% of the vote, Western mainstream media call him a dictator. Not so for Saakashvili, a buddy of George W. Bush. Saakashvili got away with violently attacking peaceful demonstrators. He got away with vote rigging. Will he get away with murder maybe?

Georgia, Abkhazia, and Russia: here.

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  1. Rice due in Georgia amid mounting row with Russia

    09/07/2008 07h45

    TBILISI (AFP) – US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to fly into ex-Soviet Georgia on Wednesday as tensions rose between Washington and Moscow over the strategic Caucasus state.

    Officials said Rice would arrive for dinner with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, whose efforts to integrate his country into the NATO alliance have prompted consternation in Moscow.

    Russia on Wednesday accused Washington of fanning tensions around two separatist Georgian areas that have Russia’s formal backing and said the Georgian leadership was taking the Caucasus region to the brink of war.

    Those who “shield the provocateurs and blame everything on Moscow are doing a great disservice to the Georgian leadership and strengthening its sense of impunity,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    “That is the only way to assess recent comments from representatives of the US State Department.”

    On the eve of her visit Rice fired off her own broadside, saying that recent Russian actions had worsened the situation in Georgia.

    “Frankly some of the things the Russians did over the last couple of months added to tension in the region,” Rice said in Prague.

    “Georgia is an independent state. It has to be treated like one.”

    Rice’s visit came amid wider tensions with Russia over former communist-controlled territories, as the US secretary of state Tuesday signed a deal with the Czech Republic to set up missile defence facilities in that country, prompting a sharp reaction from Moscow.

    Ahead of her arrival, Saakashvili accused Russia of “flagrant violation” of Georgia’s territorial integrity and said Rice’s visit would help Georgia’s development.

    He also reiterated his commitment to peaceful settlement of the conflict with the Russian-backed separatist territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    “I want to call on our friends to increase diplomatic efforts ten-fold in order to prevent the attempts at annexation and illegal occupation of Georgian territory,” Saakashvili said in televised comments at a national security council meeting.

    On the ground in Georgia tensions have spiralled in recent days.

    On Tuesday the separatist leaders of Georgia’s South Ossetia region detained four Georgian soldiers.

    And last week a series of bomb attacks in Abkhazia killed four people and injured 16 others.

    Wednesday’s statement by Russia said Georgia may have been involved in the bomb attacks.

    “The signs available suggest that in some of them, the Georgian side may have been involved,” the foreign ministry statement said.

    Georgia has strongly denied earlier accusations by the Abkhaz side of involvement in the bomb blasts.

    The current tensions come after Russia moved to establish formal ties with Georgia’s separatist regions in April, inspired in part by Western support for Kosovan independence.

    Moscow has a peacekeeping contingent in Abkhazia that Georgia accuses of propping up the rebels.

    Behind the conflict lies Georgia’s efforts to integrate with the West and join the NATO alliance.

    Russia strongly opposes Georgian membership of NATO, seeing it as an infringement on its traditional sphere of influence.

    In April Georgia had an application for approval of its Membership Action Plan, a formal step towards membership, turned down at a NATO summit at which Russian president Vladimir Putin was present as a guest.

    With strong US backing, Georgia hopes to get approval for the plan at a lower profile meeting of NATO foreign ministers in December.


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