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Kakha Kaladze:
“When Abkhazia had problems with electricity, we were supplying it with electricity purchased from Russia.”

On 12 December 2014, the so-called President of Occupied Abkhazia, Raul Khajimba, stated: “Up until now, we do not know whether or not we actually get that 40% of electricity which belongs to us according to the 60/40 percentage distribution scheme. We have to know precisely whether or not we are able to function under [...]

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Mikheil Saakashvili:
“Russian TV channels are now allowed to broadcast in Georgia.”

On 17 February 2015, during his interview with Rustavi 2 TV, the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, pointed out the fact that Russian media is circulating propaganda throughout the country. Mr Saakashvili stated: “Russian TV channels are now allowed to broadcast in Georgia.” FactCheck inquired about the issue of Russian TV channels returning to [...]

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Nodar Khaduri:
“The volume of Georgia’s debt has increased.”

On 4 March 2015, the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Nodar Khaduri, discussed the outcomes of the depreciation of GEL. Mr Khaduri stated: “Obviously, if debt is denominated is USD and recalculated in GEL, the volume of debt has increased.” FactCheck took interest in this topic and analysed the trends of national debt. According to [...]

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Tina Khidasheli:
“The report of the OSCE says nothing about selective justice in Georgia.”

On 6 February 2015, whilst a guest of the talk show, Reaction, the Parliamentary Majority MP, Tina Khidasheli, talked about the Trial Monitoring Report of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). According to the MP, the report of the OSCE says nothing about selective justice in Georgia. She said that the Report [...]

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Mikheil Saakashvili:
“We had a 57% growth rate in tourism in 2012 whilst this year it registered a 7% decline.”

On 17 February 2015, on air on Rustavi 2 TV, the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, discussed the decrease in tourism in Georgia. Mr Saakashvili named the irresolute effort of the government, its inconsistent policy and the new visa regulations as contributing factors behind the decline. During the interview he stated: “We had a [...]

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Zurab Japaridze:
“The economy is growing very slowly. Our country has lost GEL 4 billion in the past three years.”

On 3 March 2015, at the plenary session of the Parliament of Georgia, United National Movement MP, Zurab Japaridze, stated: “Our economy is growing about twice as slowly as it was before 2012. The Georgian economy has lost GEL 4 billion in the past three years.” FactCheck took interest in this statement and verified its [...]

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Kakha Kaladze:
“The situation abroad is significantly affecting the devaluation of GEL.”

On 24 February 2015, as a guest of the talk show, Archevani, the Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia, Kakha Kaladze, stated that foreign factors, including the negative processes in Russia and Ukraine, have had a significant impact upon the devaluation of GEL. FactCheck verified the accuracy of the statement. The depreciation of GEL started at [...]

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