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Property of Candidates for the Local Self-Government Elections in the Autonomous Republics of Batumi and Adjara

13 October, 2017

Transparency International  Georgia presents information on the property and business interests of persons nominated as Batumi mayoral candidates, as well as of the persons being the first numbers of the party lists and mayoral candidates of the “Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia” in the remaining municipalities of Adjara.


The information is based upon the data of the Public Registry, as well as the property declarations submitted by some of the candidates.

  • 9 persons have been registered as mayoral candidates in Batumi - none of them are independent candidates;
  • There is only 1 woman among Batumi mayoral candidates - Natia Buadze from the election bloc “People’s Unanimity”;
  • Three election subjects have nominated female candidates as the first numbers of the list – “Republican Party” nominated Larisa Andguladze; apart from being nominated as mayoral candidate from the bloc “People’s Unanimity”, Natia Buadze is also topping the party list. The “Progressive Democratic Movement” nominated Nino Ephadze as the first number of the list.
  •  From the persons nominated as mayoral candidates by the “Georgian Dream”, 1 used to hold office of Minister, 1 - Deputy Minister, 1 – Deputy Chair of Sakrebulo, 1 - Head of the Police and 2 were employed in state agencies.
  • From the mayoral candidates nominated by the “Georgian Dream” in 6 municipalities, four have business interests; it is noteworthy that Pridon Putkaradze has not reported his wife’s business interests in his property declaration;
  • Two of the mayoral candidates of “Georgian Dream” - Jumber Vardmanidze and Pridon Putkaradze have not filled in property declarations (Vardmanidze has not included property owned by his spouse, whereas Putkaradze has not declared share of his wife in the company);
  • Three candidates from the opposition parties own shares in various companies (Amiran Mamuladze from Alliance of Patriots, Mirdat Kamadadze from “United National Movement” and Omar Partenadze from “Democratic Movement”).
  • From the mayoral candidates of Batumi and first numbers of the party list, four  (Mirdat Kamadadze - United National Movement, Omar Partenadze – “Nino Burjanadze - Democratic Movement”, Raul Tavartkiladze and Petre Zambakhidze – “European Georgia”) have made donations to political parties, including Raul Tavartkiladze and Petre Zambakhidze – to the United National Movement, when they were members of that party.

 

Batumi Mayoral Candidates and First Numbers in the List  

“Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia”

Lasha Komakhidze – Batumi Mayoral Candidate

Work experience:

In 1998-2000, he worked as a specialist of the analytical department at the “Marine Bank of Georgia”; he also worked as Head of the Investment Unit. In 2001-2003 he served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara Aslan Abashidze. He was the Secretary of the Economic Council and later Head of the Treasury of the Autonomous Republic. In 2004-2008, he held managerial positions in private business organizations (LLC ‘Gorgia”, LLC “Deco”). In 2008-2016, he managed various projects under UNDP program, including ENPARD’s European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development (2013 - 2016). From 2016 until being nominated as a mayoral candidate, he was the Minister of Agriculture of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara.

Property and business interests:

According to the property declaration published on the website of the National Bureau of Public Service on 16 September 2016, Lasha Komakhidze owns a residential area of 70.27 m2 in Batumi, at 86 Zurab Gorgiladze Street (cadastral code 05.03.04.006.01.501) and at the same address, a non-residential space, with area of 73.70 m2. (Cadastral code 05.23.04.039.01.052ა).

In his property declaration, the mayoral candidate has indicated that he has transferred the right to manage 30% stock in the company   Plastic Card Distribution (tax code - 245437013) to his partner. The same is the case with K & K company (tax code - 245562822) (Lasha Komakhidze owns 50% of the company’s shares).

None of these companies have participated in state procurement before Lasha Komakhidze becoming a Minister of Agriculture or afterwards.

 

Suliko Tebidze – First Number in the Party list

Work experience

From 2012 up to 2017 local self-government pre-election period, the first number of the Georgian Dream’s proportional list was the First Deputy Minister of Education of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. In 2008-2011 he served as an Acting Director of Public School # 18 in Batumi. Before that, he was conducting pedagogic activities.

Property

According to the property declaration submitted on 24 January 2017, Suliko Tebidze owns three apartments in Batumi (acquired for 6300 USD, GEL18000 and 49240 USD) (cadastral codes: 05.22.36.011.01.582; 05.28.01.048.01.013ა; 05.28.01.011. 01.013).


According to the public registry data, none of the companies are registered on the name of Suliko Tebidze and his family members.

 

United National Movement

Levan Antadze  - Batumi Mayoral Candidate

Work experience:

In 2008-2012, Levan Antadze was the Minister of Health of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. Prior to becoming the minister, he served as a Deputy Mayor and Director of “Batumi Water”. From 2012, he has been first working in the insurance sector and later held the position of Adjara-Guria Regional Director of hospital network “Medalpha”.


Property:


According to the public registry data, Levan Antadze owns two apartments in Batumi at  Parnavaz Mephe (cadastral code 05.21.22.005.01.501) and Luka Asatiani (cadastral code: 05.08.04.018.01.079) Streets.

Neither Levan Antadze nor his wife has assets in any company.

 

Mirdat Kamadadze – First Number of the Election List

Work experience:

In 2004-2007, he was Head of the Legal Department at Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Division of Adjara. In 2007-2012 he was a lawyer at the legal firm - LLC “BGI Advisory Services Georgia”. In 2012 – 2015, he was a founder and lawyer at the legal company LLC “Legal Office”. From 2015 up to now, he is a founding partner and director of LLC “GLG” (tax code: 402011648).

On 8 September 2016, Kamadadze donated  5 000 GEL to the National Movement.  

 

Election Bloc “Bakradze, Ugulava – European Georgia”

Petre Zambakhidze  - Batumi Mayoral Candidate

Work experience:

In 2016, Petre Zambakhidze became a member of the Supreme Council of Adjara for the fourth time by the party list of the “National Movement”. Before the first election in the Council, Zambakhidze served as chairman of the Constitutional Commission of Adjara. Even earlier, he worked for various public and non-governmental organizations.

In 2013-2016, Petre Zambakhidze transferred a total of 2600 GEL to the account of the “United National Movement”.  

Property:

According to the property declaration filed on 16 May 2017, Zambakhidze owns an inherited apartment in Batumi, on Pushkini Street.

The mayoral candidate is not a shareholder of any company.

 

Raul Tavartkiladze – First Number in the Party List

Work experience:

Like Petre Zambakhidze, candidate for Mayor of “European Georgia”, Raul Tavartkiladze was a member of the United National Movement for many years. At different times, he was a member of the Supreme Council of Adjara, Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of Adjara. After leaving the “National Movement”, he is head of Batumi office of “European Georgia”.

Property:

According to the Public Registry data, Raul Tavartkiladze owns non-agricultural land (cadastral code 23.14.35.232) and agricultural plot of land (cadastral code: 23.06.37.355) in the village of Dekanashvilebi, Khulo municipality.

In 2014, Petre Zambakhidze made non-monetary donation worth of GEL 1 200 to the “United National Movement”.

 

Dimitry Lortkipanidze, Kakha Kukava – Democratic Movement -

Free Georgia”

Omar Partenadze  - Mayoral Candidate and the First Number on the Election List  

Work experience:

Omar Partenadze is an active member of Batumi Sakrebulo. Prior to being elected in the self-government body by the proportional list of “Nino Burjanadze - United Opposition”, he worked as a head of law department of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University; before that, he held various administrative and academic positions at the university.

Property:

According to the Public Registry data, Omar Partenadze owns non-agricultural plot of land on Mtisdziri Street in Batumi (cadastral code - 05.26.23.004), an attic on Memed Abashidze Street (c/c 05/02.19.004.01.513) and a residential area in the building under construction on Kldiashvili Street (05.22.16.015.01.01.025).

In 2014, he donated  275 GEL to the “Christian-Democratic Movement”.


 

„Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi, Irma Inashvili – Alliance of Patriots of Georgia”

Tengiz Tavdgiridze – Mayoral Candidate

In August-December of 2012, he was a head of a Center for Art and Culture – non-entrepreneurial legal entity of Batumi municipality.

Tengiz Tavdgiridze is heading the “Adjara-Lazeti Harbor Hall of Georgian Society of Knights (Chokhosnebi)”. He is a director and 50% shareholder of "Gandzi" Ltd (c/c 448394568) - according to the registry data, no specific area of ​​the company's activities is defined; He is also chairing the Boards at “Bartskhaneli” - a union protecting interests of citizens and “Dzmoba” –Georgian -Abkhazian Friendship Society.

In August-December of 2012, he was a head of a Center for Art and Culture – non-entrepreneurial legal entity of Batumi municipality.

Tengiz Tavdgiridze is heading the “Adjara-Lazeti Harbor Hall of Georgian Society of Knights (Chokhosnebi)”. He is a director and 50% shareholder of "Gandzi" Ltd (c/c 448394568) - according to the registry data, no specific area of ​​the company's activities is defined; He is also chairing the Boards at “Bartskhaneli” - a union protecting interests of citizens and “Dzmoba” –Georgian -Abkhazian Friendship Society.

 

Archil Mamuladze – First Number of the Party List

Property and business interests:

According to the public registry data, Archil Mamuladze, who is a lawyer and economist by profession, is registered as a director of the company “Ozani” (c/c 445388296), which is owned by two citizens of Turkey. In 2010, another company was also registered by Turkish citizens – “FBM” ltd, (cadastral code 445383709), 5% of which is owned by Archil Mamuladze, member of the Allianc of Patriots.

According to the registry data, Mamuladze owns an apartment in Batumi, in Tamar settlement, with an areas of 52 m2 (cadastral code -05.10.28.004.01.503).


 

„Shalva Natelashvili – Georgian Labor Party”

Jelal Kikava – Mayoral Candidate and First Number of the Party List  

The first number of the Labor Party’s party list is the director and 100 % shareholder of “Jelo-Trans” ltd (c/c 445467423). The company has not taken part in any state procurement.

Kikava owns non-agricultural plot of land in Khelvachauri, in Ortabatumi (c/c 22.22.07.005) and an apartment in Batumi, at 10 Rustaveli Street (c/c - 05.21.03.0010.01.021).

 

Mayoral Candidates from the “Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia” in municipalities of the Autonomous republic of Adjara

Jumber Vardmanidze  - Mayoral Candidate in Khelvachauri

Work experience:

Prior to becoming Deputy Chair of Khelvachauri Sakrebulo, Jumber Vardmanidze worked at the Department of Business Faculty Quality Assurance at Batumi Maritime Academy. He used to teach history at different universities.

Property:

By the declaration filed on 28 September 2017, he owns two plots of land and a house in Makhinjauri. In 2015, he was donated a commercial space in Batumi, at 6 Chavchavadze Street, with an area 121 m2.


Jumber Vardmanidze’s declaration does not include non-agricultural plot of land owned by his wife Ia Zeishvili in Makhinjauri (c/c 05.34.22.297).

Jumber Vardmanidze and his family members have no interests in commercial organizations.  

 

 

Mirian Katamadze – Kobuleti Mayoral Candidate

Work experience:

In 2006-2014, he was first head of the Legal Department at “Batumi Sea Port” and then - a Managing Director. He was conducting private law practice. Prior to being nominated as a mayoral candidate, he served as a Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of Adjara.

Property and business interests:

The property declaration submitted on 27 February 2017 states that he owns an apartment in Batumi, at 51 Luka Asatiani Street (c/c 05.28.04.014.01.055), which was purchased in 2011 for USD 42000. In almost one month after filing the property declaration, Katamadze’s wife purchased a flat the same address, with an area of 137 m2(c/c 05.28.04.014.01.514). Mirian Katamadze should reflect the given acquisition in 2018 property declaration.

According to the same declaration, Mirian Katamadze received 40 000 GEL in 2016 from ownership 25% of shared in solidarity liability company “Mgeladze, Palavandishvili, Katamadze and Partners” (tax code: 245564214) (currently, Katamadze has his share management tittle transferred to his business partner - Kakha Palavandishvili). Mirian Katamadze was the director of the society until January 6, 2017. On the same day Mirian Katamadze gave up the position of a director in another company – “Reliable Legal Consulting” ltd (c/c 445477608). His brother Mirza Katamadze became 100% shareholder.

 

Levan Gorgiladze – Mayoral Candidate in Keda

Work experience:

At different times,Levan Gorgiladze worked as a doctor, head of Batumi Medical-Criminalist Laboratory. In 2012-2016, he was Deputy Health Minister of Adjara. Currently, he is a Director of Batumi Regional Center for Infectious Diseases, AIDS and TB.

Property and business interests:

Till present, Levan Gorgiladze is a 100% shareholder of LLC “Levgori” (tax code: 445398891). The company registered in 2012 is engaged in provision of medical care and public nutrition. According to the State Procurement and Competition Agency, the company has not participated in state tenders.

Levan Gorgiladze owns 92 m2 apartment in Batumi, at 159b Gorgasali Street (c/c 05.23.23.033.01.526), 70 m2 apartment at 9 Pirosmani Street (c/c 05.24.08.004.01.037) and 120 m2 at 43 Parnavaz Mepe Street (c/c 05.02.36.001.01.005).

 

Mayoral Vandidate in Shuakhevi – Pridon Putkaradze

Work experience:

In 2004-2005, he worked as an investigator in Shuakhevi; then, he served as a senior investigator of the Adjara Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia; in he held the position of Deputy Head of Khulo Regional Division. In 2012-2014, he was the head of Shuakhevi regional division of MIA. Prior to being nominated as a mayoral candidate, he served as a head of Khelvachauri district division of MIA.

Property and business interests:

By the declaration  filed on 23 June 2017, Pridon Putkaradze inherited a flat, a house and a lot of land in Shuakhevi in 1990.


In his declaration, Pridon Futkaradze has not indicated that his wife Nestan Putkaradze owns 50% of the shares in the company “Ecotour GE” (tax code: 2009/248435475) registered in 2009. The company has not taken part in any state procurement.

 

Gocha Meladze – Khulo Mayoral Candidate

 

Work experience:

In 2006-2007, he served as a lawyer at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Adjara. In 2008-2011 he served at the legal department of Adjara Environment Protection Division. In 2009-2011, he was a lawyer at the legal department of Batumi Regional Center of the Revenue Service of the Georgian Ministry of Finance. In 2011-2017, he was first an officer at “Batumi Port”, then head of the shift at checkpoint Sarpi. From the beginning of 2017 till being nominated as a mayoral candidate of Khulo, he was a deputy director of “Goderdzi Resorts”, a limited liability company under the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Adjara.

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