Perhaps the greatest irony is that it was in Georgia’s Black Sea tourism resort city Batumi that in 2012 Donald Trump, the faux investor lending his name to a project, and Mikheil Saakashvili shook hands after cutting a $250 million deal to add a Trump Tower to the brilliant lights of the Georgian city skyline. A little later Saakashvili escaped to Ukraine, became governor of the wealthy tourist resort region Odessa, and was just recently stripped of his adopted Ukraine citizenship, but found rescue in the United States.
A little later Saakashvili escaped to Ukraine, became governor of the wealthy tourist resort region Odessa, and was just recently stripped of his adopted Ukraine citizenship, but found rescue in the United States.
The deal in Batumi would no doubt have made a lot of people wealthy, but Trump pulled out for good just before his inauguration.
The recent case of the Azerbaijan dissident and journalist Efqan Muxtarli in Georgia shows clearly the disrespect for legal procedures and human rights. Muxtarli was abducted near his home in Tbilisi in broad daylight on May 29. He turned up in custody in Baku, Azerbaijan the next day.
On May 12 in Madrid Georgian ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili was nominated at the UWNTO Executive council to become the next Secretary General of the UN Tourism Agency. Flaws in the election process are voiced loudly by the Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism Walter Mzembi. The executive council and election proceedings were chaired by Azerbaijan, Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfaz Garayev.
The Daily Beast published a fascinating and well-researched article today that is shedding some light on today’s Georgia.
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