Business in Georgia, be ready to face "democracy..."
started this topic @ 15:52 on 02/05/2012
Hi, everyone. I was thinking is there any use in writing the following and now I came to a decision that it is worth doing so.
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I work for export-import company and we have bad luck to start business in Georgia and open our office in Tbilisi. From the very beginning we saw a lot of "democracy." Well, we closed eyes at bribes we had to pay Georgian officials for the help to form contacts with Georgia, and we considered those "expenses" as investment in future. After we organized business and finally began to work we had some issues that required some legal assistance and of course we asked Georgian lawyers for help, simply because for them it'll be much easier to work in their own country. We were very surprised when we learned that our lawyers were arrested by Georgian police and of course we start digging out what's wrong. It turned out that being a lawyer in Georgia is a very dangerous occupation, 142 lawyers were arrested in the country since 2003. A heck of a lot! Even Georgians themselves say how dangerous lawyer's profession could be. Zaza Khatiashvili, Chairman of the Georgian Bar Association, said that all these arrests and harassments of lawyers are done to intimidate them... What else to say... the executive branch got the judicial power under so there is no hope for fair and unaffected decisions...
In the beginning everything was just fine, Georgians were friendly and helpful, but I already told you what happened later. In fine we can't work in Georgia, our personnel are bluffed and lawyers are weak in the face of "democracy" in Georgia... That's it...