Georgia to Initiate Lawsuit against Russian Forbes

Georgia Materials 7 September 2007 16:51 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi / Тrend corr N. Kirtskhalia / Georgian Parliament Speaker, Nino Burdzhanadze expressed his protest at the meeting of the Parliament's Bureau in regards to Russian Forbes' publication on proposals of selling real estate in Abkhazia in its World's Real Estate rubric. "The point is houses and land lots in Gagra and Pitsunda are owned by the Georgian population evicted from Abkhazia," Burdzhanadze noted.

According to her, the proposals on sale of real estate in Abkhazia are published in Forbes with the risk warning that officially Abkhazia is still Georgian territory and problems with these properties are possible. "It is bewildering that such a serious and prestigious publication as Forbes practically advertises illegal bargains," she noted.

Responding to this statement the Chairman of the Georgian Parliament's Committee on Foreign Relations, Kote Gabashvili, said that the Georgian Justice Ministry and Abkhazia's legitimate government should bring a criminal action suit against Russia's Forbes.

Sale of the property bereft of the Georgian population should be properly responded to, she said. The Speaker charged the appropriate parliamentary committees to take up the issue.