December 9 is the International Anti-Corruption Day. Last year, Transparency International Georgia wrote that if left unchecked, corruption was expected to rise, which would cause more and more damage to the country, including creating more obstacles for its democratic development.
Transparency International Georgia would like to present a policy brief titled ‘Why Georgia Needs an Independent Anti-Corruption Agency’ prepared as part of a project of the Open Society Georgia Foundation.
Transparency International Georgia has been sounding the alarm about the increasing problem of high-level corruption in the country for years.
Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) continues to scrutinize the economic interests of Viktor Japaridze, the Member of the Parliament from the Georgian Dream party. On October 4, 2022 he left the ruling party and joined the group of MPs that founded a public movement - "People's Power".
Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) continues a systematised process of collecting information about cases of alleged high-level corruption in Georgia, which have been revealed in recent years and have not been investigated. Our goal is to create a regularly updated resource which will enable the tracking of each individual case as well as to see the true scale of high-level corruption in Georgia.
Transparency International Georgia has analyzed the official data related to privatization of the state-owned real estate by the central government in 2013-2021 and found that the process of privatization contains significant corruption risks.
Five tenders announced by the Senaki City Hall in March 2022, whose total value amounts to GEL 2,614,550, were won without competition by JSC Arkeopolisi, a company owned by Demur Gadelia, the uncle of the Mayor of Senaki Vakhtang Gadelia, and
TI Georgia has studied the expenses of 9 administrations of State Representatives in 2021, which amounted to GEL 5,567,583 in total.
On April 25, the YouTube channel "Cyber Kmara" revealed another audio recording of an alleged conversation between Bidzina Ivanishvili and Russian businessman Vladimir Evtushenkov. The latter is on the list of Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the United Kingdom and Australia in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent outbreak of war.
In 2021, the government subsidized the grape harvest with GEL 138 million in total. They named excessive crops and the global pandemic as the reasons for the subsidy.