Uninvestigated Cases of Alleged High-Level Corruption in Georgia — A Periodically Updated List
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.
In recent years, high-level, so-called “elite” corruption and the lack of appropriate response to it has emerged as one of the main challenges facing Georgia. Conclusions by local civil society, evaluations by international organisations, results of a range of global ratings and public opinion surveys conducted in Georgia – all point to the existence and seriousness of this problem.
The essence of the problem is that the agencies responsible for preventing and dealing with corruption-related crimes in Georgia (the General Prosecutor’s Office and the State Security Service) for the most part do not respond to corruption cases that involve high-ranking public officials in the central government or persons with close ties to the ruling party. For example, the 2018 (the latest) report of the State Security Service states that the highest-ranking officials detained by the agency for corruption were a municipality mayor and a former governor. Cases of possible corruption reported to these agencies on a regular basis by TI Georgia are also left without a response.
We believe that the surest way to address this problem is the establishment of an Independent Anti-Corruption Agency, equipped with adequate resources and authority to investigate corruption-related violations that take place at the highest level of government. A relevant draft law prepared with the involvement of TI Georgia was registered in the Parliament in August 2020. We hope that the Parliament will support this initiative and a real fight against elite corruption will begin in Georgia.
Until then, as a kind of preparatory work, we have launched this catalog of alleged cases of high-level corruption, which will be periodically updated to include investigations published by not only TI Georgia but other civil society and media organisations as well.
According to Georgian law, information which was supplied to an investigator or a prosecutor or was published in the media may become a basis for launching an investigation. Since investigative bodies rarely respond to alleged corruption cases reported by the media, we believe that this catalogue will prove to be a useful tool for them as well.
The list includes alleged cases of corruption that satisfy the following conditions:
- The information disseminated about them, without conducting a comprehensive investigation, raises substantiated suspicion about the occurrence of a corruption-related violation.
- High-level public officials or persons with close connections to the ruling party are involved.
- No appropriate response has been issued: an investigation was never launched or was not completed over a reasonable time period.
Transparency International Georgia tried to determine whether an investigation has been launched into the alleged high-level corruption cases listed below. The State Security Service left our appeal unanswered, while the Prosecutor General’s Office replied that the law does not obligate them to disclose this type of information.
We believe that due to the severity of the problem of high-level corruption, as well as the high public interest in the issue, the Prosecutor General's Office and the State Security Service should introduce a new practice of periodically disclosing information on the investigation of high-profile corruption cases to the extent possible. We believe that such an approach will help prevent corruption.
If you think that a specific case needs to be added to this list, please, contact us using the contact information indicated on our website.
Alleged Cases of High-Level Corruption
7 December, 2022
(latest additions to the list are marked in blue)
The list currently includes:
Involvement of Former or Incumbent Public Officials in Alleged Corrupt Deals
- Alleged political corruption related to the management of Racha forest
The article describes circumstances that indicate political corruption involving Davit Khidasheli, a Georgian businessman with Russian ties and close relationship with the Georgian ruling party. More specifically, after assisting the ruling party in launching a politically motivated case for the purpose of mobilizing voters in 2020, Khidasheli received a hunting farm license in the Racha forest that was 13 times less profitable then the alternative to set up a protected area. By prioritizing Khidasheli’s project, the country lost around 2 million GEL direct income.
Publication date: 24 November 2021
Source: Transparency International Georgia https://bit.ly/3Fa28Pb
- Allegations of the Prosecutor’s Office illegally assisting a politically connected businessman
The journalist investigation describes how the Prosecutor's Office is illegally disputing ownership of land of 20 families in Sairme in favor of Temur Kokhidze, owner of the Sairme resort and a businessman with close ties to the ruling party. Kokhodze’s companies (Tegeta Motors) receive multi-million value state contracts every year and regularly donate to the ruling Georgian Dream party. Kokhodze denies the accusation. According to the investigation, the Mayor of Baghdati municipality Kakha Enukidze was also involved in the negotiation with the locals representing the interests of Kokhodze.
TI Georgia has previously (2012) written about Kokhodze’s alleged attempts to get hold of properties in Sairme through political connections. In 2010, 20 local entrepreneurs in Sairme gifted their real estate to the state over a period of one week, after which the properties were registered under the ownership of Temur Kokhodze's company. Kokhodze denied allegations. At the time, Kokhodze and his companies were major donors to the former ruling party United National Movement.
Publication date: 22 July 2022
- Alleged influence of Otar Danelia on sheep export business
The journalist investigation describes the alleged illegal influence of the former Minister of Agriculture (currently, Business Ombudsman) Otar Danelia on the Georgian sheep export business. More specifically, the sharp reduction in the number of companies involved in the export of Georgian sheep was allegedly not caused by natural competition, but rather by the personal connections of the owners of company called Viktoria with Danelia, which allowed the company to quickly become one of the major exporters of sheep at a detriment of competitors. Danelia denies the accusations.
Publication date: 27 May 2017
Source: Studio Monitor – https://bit.ly/3fX5yMC
- Allegations of Tbilisi City Hall giving illegal construction permits to far right leaders
The journalist investigation describes how the Architecture Service of Tbilisi City Hall allegedly gave illegal construction permits to Konstantine Morgoshia, one of the leaders of a far-right group Alt Info and political party Conservative Movement / Alt Info, and his brother Giorgi, who managed to obtain permits that were previously turned down multiple times. Secret surveillance documents leaked from the State Security Service in 2021 also implicate Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze in the granting of illegal permits to these individuals.
Publication date: 3 April 2022 / 5 April 2022 / 23 July 2022
- Alleged corrupt deals between public officials and high-ranking clerics
The journalist investigation, based on secret surveillance documents leaked from the State Security Service, describes how certain high-ranking clerics, with the help of high-ranking government officials and in return for compensation, were able to obtain plea bargain agreements or early release of certain persons convicted of serious crimes. Eight cases are described in the investigation and the names of the following government officials are mentioned: former Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani, former Deputy Minister of Justice Aleksandre Tabatadze, Prosecutor General Irakli Shotadze and former Minister of Economy Dimitri Kumsishvili.
Publication date: 28 December 2021
- Alleged corruption case in the judiciary
The journalist investigation describes the failure of the justice reform in Georgia and its consequences. As an example, an interview is shown with a Swiss investor Ronald Waldmann (Basel LLC), who states that: "Specific high-ranking officials asked us to pay millions of GEL so that the court review of our case could be continued and finally resolved. Because of this, we had to involve the embassies of Switzerland and other countries so that we would not have to pay a bribe to continue the review of the case."
Publication date: 4 December 2021
- Influence peddling by high-ranking officials for the benefit of influential clerics
The journalist investigation describes 4 cases of influential clerics allegedly using their connections with high-ranking government officials to receive certain benefits and make corrupt deals: 1. Judge Levan Murusidze allegedly assisting a cleric regarding shares in a company; 2. Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi Irakli Bendeliani allegedly helping a cleric obtain a construction permit; 3. MPs Sozar Subari and Irakli Kadagishvili allegedly assisting a cleric in solving problems regarding his son failing to fulfill public procurement obligations; 4. Former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Kakha Sabanadze and Governor Besik Amiranashvili allegedly assisting an influential cleric.
Publication date: 23 October 2021
- Alleged attempt of ruling party MPs to influence court decisions
A journalist investigation, based on leaked surveillance documents from the State Security Service, describes how it appears that Georgian Dream MPs over the phone are requesting specific outcomes on certain court cases. As it turns out from the story, Georgian Dream MPs Irakli Kovzanadze and Paata Kvizhinadze, with the help of their colleague, now former MP Vano Zardiashvili, are influencing the final decisions of the court. MP Mamuka Mdinaradze also appears to have an influence in this process.
Publication date: 25 September 2021
- An alleged case of pressure on judges
A former Supreme Court judge Besarion Alavidze spoke about pressure exerted on judges in an interview on the TV channel Mtavari. According to Alavidze, the High Council of Justice demanded specific rulings from judges. Alavidze’s statement was confirmed by the currently incarcerated former high official of the State Security Service, Soso Gogashvili. Gogashvili stated that the State Security Service, upon the request of one of the leaders of the ‘judicial clan’ and Chairman of the Tbilisi Court of Appeals - Mikheil Chinchaladze, exerted pressure on Alavidze to force him into delivering a desired ruling on the case of TV Rustavi 2.
Publication date: 22 September 2022
- Fish processing facilities in Poti - Political connections and ecological problems
Environmental problems in Poti are related to the fish processing companies. The owners of these companies are current and former high-ranking officials, related to the government. They made a political donation of GEL 783 100 and are funded by state subsidy programs.
Publication date: 26 July 2021
Source: TI Georgia – bit.ly/3sn37oH
- Privileges granted to relatives of Bidzina Ivanishvili
The journalist investigation alleges conflict of interests of the Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Iuri Nozadze, a relative of former PM and ruling party founder Bidzina Ivanishvili. More specifically, companies belonging to Nozadze’s brother (pig farm in Racha, brick factory in Kaspi and ham production in Racha) received ample funding from the state budget, Partnership Fund, and Enterprise Georgia; the companies also had penalties lifted.
Publication date: 26 June 2021
- Allegations of corruption against Bidzina Ivanishvili’s nephew and his business partner
The investigation alleges that Bidzina Ivanishvili’s nephew (Emzar Ivanishvili) and his business partner (Grigol Khurtsidze) have used their connections to obtain problematic construction permits on three separate occasions.
Publication date: 15 May 2021
- Allegations of misuse of authority and corruption in the process of issuing construction permits in Tbilisi
The investigation alleges that high ranking public officials (Chair of the Competition Agency Irakli Lekvinadze and Deputy Minister of Finance Mikheil Dundua) and Georgian Dream party donors (shareholder of LLC Lisi Hills Mikheil Japaridze) have been granted problematic construction permits in the area adjacent to Lisi lake in Tbilisi, while local residents are left facing red tape.
Publication date: 17 April 2021
- Allegations against Georgian Dream Member of Parliament hindering an investigation
The journalist investigation alleges that a Georgian Dream MP Isko Dasen has used his influence to hinder an ongoing investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office of a scam currency trading company LLC Vip Trade, which used to be owned by two of his sons.
Publication date: 3 April 2021
- Alleged corruption in the government grape subsidy program
According to the investigation, the government grape subsidy program has been changed to fit the interests of companies that have donated to the ruling party and companies directly associated with Bidzina Ivanishvili (through his brother - Alexander Ivanishvili, and cousin - Ucha Mamatsashvili).
Publication date: 23 January 2021
- Alleged undue influence over the second instance court
The investigation describes a possible undue influence over the second instance court which backtracked on its initial decision to grant the appeal of a German investor Richard Saller against JSC Bank of Georgia, involving embezzlement of USD 7 million by local partner Iberia Business Group, headed by former Minister of Sport Tariel Khechikashvil. The investigation mentions that the presiding judge Mzia Todua used to head the Legal Department at JSC Cartu Bank (belonging to Bidzina Ivanishvili’s family).
Publication date: 17 October 2020
- Allegations of law enforcement inaction against ruling party associated businessman
The investigation describes an alleged case of a politically backed pressure being applied to a private company Iberia LLC by business partners of Giorgi Kapanadze, a businessman with close ties to the ruling Georgian Dream party. According to the investigation, law enforcement authorities have repeatedly turned a blind eye to the company’s troubles.
Publication date: 1 October 2020
Source: Radio Liberty – https://bit.ly/2Ot8e6Z
- Alleged cornering of the re-export market with the involvement of high-ranking officials
The investigation describes how companies operating transit trucks from Turkey through Georgia are being extorted in favor of a Russian businessman Felix Khudoev allegedly with the help of the Revenue Service and other high-ranking officials in the government, who create artificial barriers at the Georgia-Turkey border.
Publication date: 28 April 2020
Source: Netgazeti – https://netgazeti.ge/news/447571/
- Alleged favoritism in a Partnership Fund investment project
The investigation describes a GEL 7 mln investment project of questionable profitability funded by Georgia’s state-run Partnership Fund and received through possible favoritism by Global Brand, a company run by Levan Gachechiladze, who has personal ties with Partnership Fund head Davit Saganelidze and former PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Publication date: 29 February 2020
- Alleged corruption of JSC Georgian Railway in the transfer of oil products to Armenia
The investigation alleges that JSC Georgian Railway, a state-owned enterprise, has made an illegal agreement with Lukoil Georgia, which used to be headed by the former Chief Prosecutor Otar Partskhaladze, to restrict all other companies from transporting oil products through Georgia to Armenia.
Publication date: 20 October 2018
- The so-called Omega Group case
In September 2018, according to businessman Zaza Okuashvili’s statement and secret audio recordings which were made public, a deal took place between private companies, representatives of different government institutions and influential persons connected to the ruling party leadership, which involved using the powers of public officials to ensure a dominant position on the tobacco market for these companies. The income generated as a result would be distributed between the companies and the groups linked to the ruling party. The names of Vice Prime Minister Dimitri Kumsishvili, Competition Agency head Nodar Khaduri, former Chief Prosecutor Otar Partskhaladze and ruling party leader Bidzina Ivanishvili were mentioned in the materials.
Publication date: 26 September 2018
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/39NgUM7
- Alleged cases of corruption in the Ministries of Infrastructure and Economy
In 2018, the Prosecutor’s Office questioned two former ministers: Dimitri Kumsishvili, former Minister of Economy, and Zurab Alavidze, former Minister of Infrastructure. While the Prosecutor’s Office refused to specify the cases under investigation, media reports suggested that Dimitri Kumsishvili was accused of creating favorable conditions in various government programs for his relatives, while Zurab Alavidze was connected to a corruption/revolving door case involving GEL 56 mln of public funds spent by the Roads Department.
Publication date: 18 July 2018
Source: Radio Liberty – https://bit.ly/3bPL1oF
- Unlawful transfer of property to former chief prosecutor Otar Partskhaladze
In February 2016, the State Audit Office published a conclusion, according to which Tbilisi City Hall unlawfully transferred the property to former Chief Prosecutor Otar Partskhaladze’s company BSR-CDG Development, which could be the result of a certain corrupt deal.
Publication date: 28 February 2018
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/39NTLt5
- Signs of corruption at Tbilisi City Hall’s ‘Zoning Council’
As a result of studying the 2014-2017 activities of Tbilisi City Hall’s Regulatory Council on the Use and Development of Territories (so-called “Zoning Council”), many instances of an alleged conflict of interest and corruption were uncovered.
Publication date: 18 October 2017
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/2LPC3gH
- Signs of corruption in the process of managing land in and around the Tbilisi Botanical Garden
The process of privatization of 29 hectares of land within the recreational zone adjacent to Tbilisi Botanical Garden as well as issuing a special zoning agreement to build a hotel on this and adjacent land plots were essentially fictitious and served to create a legal basis for an earlier, informal decision.
Publication date: 13 May 2016
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3p31ObM
- Signs of corruption at the Ministry of Culture
A study of the conflict of interests and corruption risks at the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection revealed that companies with direct or indirect links to the minister and other high-ranking officials of the ministry often received budget money/funding from the ministry, bypassing competition and tenders.
Publication date: 6 May 2016
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3qygKz9
Alleged violations related to elections
- Mobilizing voters in favor of the ruling party by illegal means
Based on the joint research by Transparency International Georgia and International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy, a large-scale scheme of mobilizing voters in favor of the ruling party by illegal means was identified, which provides evidence of use of state agencies (including law enforcement agencies) for election/party purposes. Personal information about employees of budgetary organizations and other citizens was allegedly collected through these agencies, to put pressure on them in the future. In addition, in exchange for support in the elections, citizens were provided with pre-requested and other types of benefits through various state agencies.
Publication date: 21 July 2022
Source: TI Georgia - https://bit.ly/3sOetDd
- Alleged case of forced political donation
According to a media report, which was based on an anonymous source, the governor of Samtskhe-Javakheti region and the regional heads of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Ministry of Finance had instructed local businessmen to donate to the ruling party. TI Georgia verified the information and indeed found an unusual concentration of donations from Samtskhe-Javakheti over a short period of time (87 individuals and 5 legal entities donated GEL 714,000 to the ruling party in August 2-16).
Publication date: 26 August 2021
- An alleged case of mass vote-buying
After the first round of the 2018 presidential election, Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Cartu Foundation promised 600,000 voters to write off their debts. It was a clear case of voter bribery and misuse of administrative resources since the Government of Georgia was actively involved in the process of fulfilling this promise.
Publication date: 19 November 2018
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3sG8C1o
Cases of Suspicious Enrichment of Former and Incumbent Public Officials
- Suspicious enrichment of Business Ombudsman Otar Danelia
The journalist investigation describes the suspicious enrichment, failure to declare property, illegal entrepreneurial activities and alleged nepotism of Business Ombudsman Otar Danelia over the past 8 years, during which he held various other high positions.
Publication date: 12 November 2022
Source: Studio Monitor / Radio Liberty – https://bit.ly/3iqoyUM
- The mother of the Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze received state property in suspicious circumstances
Journalist investigation describes how Tbilisi City Hall sold a plot of land located in a recreation zone in Kiketi to a company (Kiketi Development LLC) owned by the mother of the Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze for much cheaper than the estimated price, without any investment obligation. On the purchase agreement with the National Agency of State Property, the signatory from the company's side is Galaktion Buadze, who worked as the director of the Municipal Development Fund in 2016-2018, the first deputy of which used to be Juansher Burchuladze.
Publication date: 22 January 2022
Source: TV Formula – https://bit.ly/3IUTs0I
- Alleged illicit enrichment of Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili
The investigation describes how the current Prime Minister (and former Defense and Interior Minister) Irakli Gharibashvili, has failed to disclose his collection of expensive watches worth more than GEL 0.5 mln in his asset declarations, pointing to signs of illicit enrichment.
Publication date: 22 April 2020
Source: Radio Liberty – https://bit.ly/3l8xoDQ
- Suspicious enrichment of Aleksandre Chikaidze
Former Minister of Internal Affairs Aleksandre Chikaidze managed to accumulate considerable assets soon after leaving public office, which was accompanied by a number of suspicious circumstances.
Publication date: 28 February 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3sEw1QJ
- Allegations of illicit enrichment of a former Deputy Minister of Justice
The investigation describes the suspicious enrichment, undisclosed assets and luxurious real estate of Aleksandre Tabatadze, current MP and former Deputy Minister of Justice.
Publication date: 11 May 2019
Source: Rustavi 2 – https://rustavi2.ge/ka/news/133095
- Undeclared real estate of high-ranking public officials
The investigation identifies three high-ranking public officials who have failed to declare pieces of real estate in their asset declarations and points to signs of unsubstantiated income. These officials are: Dimitri Kumsishvili, former Minister of Economy and Vice PM; Mikheil Chinchaladze Chairman of Tbilisi Court of Appeal; and Lela Chikovani Deputy Minister of Defense
Publication date: 9 March 2019
- Defence minister’s undeclared house construction expenses
In 2013-2018, then Defence Minister Levan Izoria built two houses but, in violation of the law, failed to indicate the related expenses in his asset declaration. Furthermore, the origins of these expenses raise questions.
Publication date: 11 December 2018
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/2KyV5Yg
- Suspicious enrichment of former Prosecutor Otar Partskhaladze
The assets of former Chief Prosecutor Otar Partskhaladze and his wife increased considerably after he had left his post. While he was in office, his family owned two properties of 226 sq. m in total; as of late 2018, however, he became the owner of up to 24 properties with the combined space of 7,900 sq. m.
Publication date: 9 November 2018
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/2LEZV6X
- Allegations of illicit enrichment of MPs and ministers
The investigation describes undisclosed and/or luxurious real estate owned by high-ranking government officials that raises questions of illicit enrichment: Levan Izoria, former Defence Minister; Mikheil Janelidze, former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Vakhtang Gomelauri, Minister of Internal Affairs and former head of the State Security Service; Manana Kobakhidze, Constitutional Court Judge and former Georgian Dream MP; Irakli Sesiashvili, head of the parliamentary committee on defence and security; Zviad Dzidziguri, MP and leader of the conservative faction in Parliament.
Publication date: 13 October 2018
Source: Rustavi 2 – https://bit.ly/30IRxXR
- Allegations of illicit enrichment of the former Deputy Head of State Security Service
The investigation describes the suspicious enrichment and undisclosed assets of Ioseb Gogashvili, former Deputy Head of the State Security Service.
Publication date: 23 April 2017
Source: Rustavi 2 – https://bit.ly/3ljQiHT
- The hidden wealth of judges and ‘clan rule’ in the judiciary
According to the joint investigation by Studio Monitor and OCCRP, the most influential Georgian judges - Levan Murusidze and Mikheil Chinchaladze do not disclose their expensive properties. In particular, Levan Murusidze failed to disclose assets belonging to his long-term romantic partner (unregistered marriage) Lela Chania in his asset declarations. Mikheil Chinchaladze had failed to declare significant real estate holdings (apartments and garages in Tbilisi, Vera) registered to his aunt.
Publication date: 7 August 2022
Alleged Corruption Cases related to the Spending of Public Funds
- Alleged corruption in the grape harvest subsidy program
TI Georgia studied spending of grape harvest subsidies amounting to 138 million GEL in 2021 and found that a significant part of the subsidies were received by ruling party donors and companies connected with high-ranking officials, including the Prime Minister, Irakli Gharibashvili.
Publication date: 29 April 2022
Source: Transparency International Georgia – https://bit.ly/3yZCFoA
- A well connected company Ili Group LLC receiving large government contracts despite failing to fulfill them
Journalist investigation describes the case of a company called Ili Group LLC, a major donor for the ruling party (total donations of 350,000 GEL by shareholders), which is allegedly backed by the deputy head of the State Security Service, Giga Nikoleishvili. The company keeps winning multi-million dollar government tenders with ease across the country (more than 123 million GEL in total), despite failing to fulfill past obligations. For example: according to one piece of journalist investigation, the company violated the contract for feeding prisoners 29 times, but was neither blacklisted, nor was the contract annulled. Soon after, the company received an additional 10 million GEL government contract.
Publication date: 7 February 2022
- Suspicious transfer of a forest to a company run by the wife of the former mayor of Tbilisi Davit Narmania
According to the journalist investigation, the wife of former Tbilisi mayor Davit Narmania was put in charge of a company, which, two months prior and only a few days after being registered, had won an auction without facing competition granting it a 40 year lease on a 10-hectare plot of land in Tbilisi National Park.
Publication date: 28 January 2022
Source: Netgazeti – https://bit.ly/363F5aY
- Alleged abuse of power by Prime Minister Gharibashvili for the purpose of appropriation of state property
The journalist investigation alleges that Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili abused his authority to obtain a 49 year lease on almost 6,000 square meters of forest adjacent to his house in Bakuriani for his wife Nunu Tamazashvili.
Publication date: 22 January 2022
- A suspicious case of transfer of a forest to the relative of a ruling party MP Nino Tsilosani
According to the journalist investigation, the company of Omar Khatiashvili, a relative of the ruling party MP and former chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Nino Tsilosani, received 8 hectares of forest in Kvareli under suspicious circumstances. Omar Khatiashvili is the husband of Nino Tsilosani's cousin and business partner Gvantsa Tsilosani.
Publication date: 22 January 2022
Source: Studio Monitor / Radio Liberty – https://bit.ly/3Jrx4ey
- Tender Announced by Georgian Railway Restricts Competition
JSC Georgian Railway announced a tender worth GEL 52.8m to procure mainline rails and requested that the suppliers provide certificates established by the Eurasian Customs Union founded by Russia. Only one company, Uni-2 LLC, made a bid. Uni-2 matched the amount of its bid exactly with that of the tender – GEL 52,799,117. The participation of only one supplier in a tender worth GEL 52.8m raises suspicions whether the invitation to bid issued by Georgian Railway restricted competition and the tender was “tailored to fit” a specific supplier. The suspicions are solidified by the fact that Transparency International Georgia received a letter from GSL Steel Trad GmbH, an Austrian company, whose representatives believe that competition had been artificially restricted in case of this tender.
Publication date: 05 August 2021
Source: TI Georgia – bit.ly/3xUcaOO
- Alleged rigging of a major public procurement tender by Tbilisi City Hall
The investigation describes how Tbilisi City Hall announced a GEL 30 mln tender on purchasing minibusses in which it allegedly excluded qualified bidders by using unreasonable participation requirements. As a result, the tender was won by a ruling party donor company.
Publication date: 13 September 2020
Source: Radio Liberty – https://bit.ly/3l9Vjml
- Alleged corruption / revolving door case of former officials securing major government contracts
The investigation describes how Parvus Group LLC a company established by two former high-ranking officials (Sulkhan Zumburidze and Mamuka papuashvili) of a state-owned enterprise JSC Georgian State Electrosystem shortly after their resignation was granted major government contracts worth a total of GEL 19 mln without competition and through various other suspicious circumstances.
Publication date: 18 August 2022
Source: Radio Liberty – https://bit.ly/2N9NnoE
- Signs of corruption in public procurement carried out during state of emergency
TI Georgia examined the public procurements made during the state of emergency (21 March – 22 May 2020) and uncovered 21 specific procurements showing links between donations made to the ruling party and contracts won. Among them, there are two procurements when contracts with companies were signed only a few days after they had made donations. These companies are Kvarlis Edemi, LLC and K da Kartuli Spirti, LLC.
Publication date: 7 July 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3bVyOiH
- Public procurement contracts received by MP Viktor Japaridze's businesses
Viktor Japaridze and his family members are shareholders of 11 different companies in total, they own a number of properties in Mestia and Tbilisi, including two hotels. The companies related to Viktor Japaridze received 7,775,565 GEL from public procurements. In addition, a study published in 2021 revealed that Viktor Japaridze's company received a subsidy of 528,150 GEL from the state budget.
Publication date: 5 October 2022
- Suspicious enrichment of companies associated with the head of the State Security Service
The investigation describes how major ruling party donor companies associated with Bichiko Paikidze, a friend and relative of Grigol Liluashvili, head of the Georgian State Security Service (and former head of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Cartu Group), received government contracts of more than GEL 100 mln.
Publication date: 27 June 2020
- Suspicious public tenders received by Bidzina Ivanishvili’s relative in Imereti
Bidzina Ivanishvili’s relative Murman Togonidze (Msheninvesti, LLC and individual entrepreneur) has since 2014 received GEL 16,395,501 from the budgets of various municipalities of Imereti through public procurement. He won the highest number of procurements in Sachkhere Municipality.
Publication date: 18 June 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3nY83MJ
- Signs of corruption in the Tbilisi City Hall procurements related to New Year celebrations
There were signs of adapted tenders and corruption in Tbilisi City Hall’s procurements related to the New Year’s events of 2019 (GEL 6.6m). There is a suspicion that the New Year’s procurements were adapted to the Italian company IDO SRL which has been receiving public contracts without competition for years.
Publication date: 6 June 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3qz7BWY
- Business interests of Giorgi Zedelashvili’s family members in construction of hydroelectric power plants and roads
The circumstances surrounding the construction of two hydroelectric power plants in Kakheti raise a suspicion that favourable conditions may have been created artificially for the companies connected to Giorgi Zedelashvili (former first deputy secretary of the State Security and Crisis Management Council).
Publication date: 28 May 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/2LPDs6X
- Suspicious public tenders received by the company Giorgi Zedelashvili’s mother
The company owned by the mother of Giorgi Zedelashvili, former first deputy secretary of the State Security and Crisis Management Council, Roads Construction and Repair Company “Serpantini” started winning large tenders in 2013 (over GEL 105m in Kakheti region alone). The suspicious circumstances include: disqualified competitors, terminated tenders, tenders without competition.
Publication date: 17 February 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/2M4TWYL
- Suspicious public tenders received by companies associated with former MP Enzel Mkoian
Three companies owned by the children, brother and uncle of Enzel Mkoian, former MP elected from the single-seat district of Akhalkalaki-Ninotsminda, received GEL 2,312,278 from the budget in fuel procurement in Javakheti in 2010-2019. Enzel Mkoian himself purchased fuel for his single-seat district MP Bureau only from his family’s companies.
Publication date: 30 January 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3ir1i52
- Alleged rigging of a state-owned real estate privatization auction
The investigation describes how a state-owned historic building and surrounding piece of land were privatized to a company registered just 2 hours before the privatization auction was announced, suggesting that the privatization auction was rigged.
Publication date: 17 January 2020
Source: Business Media Georgia – https://bit.ly/2OV4FGN
- Alleged corruption in the procurement of meat by the Ministry of Defense
The investigation alleges that the method of procuring meat for Georgian soldiers was changed to exclude local production in favor of imported meat, after which a company fully owned by the daughter of the former Georgian Dream Member of Parliament Goderdzi Bukia became the sole supplier. The investigation also includes serious allegations about the quality of the meat.
Publication date: 17 November 2019
- Suspicious public tenders received by companies associated with former MP Ioseb Makrakhidze
The companies connected to Makrakhidze and his family members (Ibolia, LLC; daughter Ophelia Makrakhidze – Shara, LLC; brother Aleksandre Makrakhidze – ArkMshenStudia 2002, LLC) received over GEL 91.8 through tenders after his nomination as candidate from single-seat district of Gori.
Publication date: 2 September 2019
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3o1tw7m
- Alleged corruption in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The investigation describes how a company belonging to the brother of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs received a large direct contract from the same ministry the day after the company was registered. The funds in question were transferred to the ministry from the government contingency fund, which is exempt from public procurement legislation, on the same day the company was registered.
Publication date: 4 September 2018
Source: Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) – https://bit.ly/3qHnTg8
- Possible case of rigged tender specifications related to vehicle procurement
In 2013-2018, public agencies purchased Russian-made Niva cars worth up to GEL 3m from Global Motors Georgia – GMG, LLC (whose founder Gocha Rostiashvili is a cousin of Shalva Obgaidze, member of Tbilisi City Council from Georgian Dream), mostly through tenders in which they had no competition and whose conditions were, in all likelihood, adapted to fit the company.
Publication date: 18 July 2018
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/39RO5y2
Alleged Corruption Cases at the Municipal Level
- Suspicious public procurements by the company linked to the Kobuleti City Hall former and current high officials
Zoma LLC, which is related to the former and current high-ranking officials of Kobuleti City Hall, wins Kobuleti Municipality public procurement contracts without competition. The director of the company - Otar Zoidze is a former head of the municipal LLC Kobuleti Water, and deputy director Gia Goliadze’s wife - Fati Jincharadze is the head of the financial service of Kobuleti City Hall.
Kobuleti Municipality is the procurer in all (18) tenders won by Zoma LLC. The company received 847,974 GEL, including 634,415 GEL (75%) in non-competitive conditions. Kobuleti Municipality and its legal entities signed 25 simplified procurement contracts of 469,865 GEL with Zima LLC.
Publication date: 26 October 2022
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3FCt2kE
- Construction without permit and inaccuracies in the asset declaration of the Khelvachauri Mayor
Khelvachauri municipality Mayor Zaza Diasamidze started building a house in Batumi without a permit and did not disclose construction costs in his asset declaration. Moreover, he did not indicate the income (39,000 USD) received from the sale of the land plot owned by him.
Publication date: 31 August 2022
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3FGKNiP
- Company with links to the Georgian Dream wins tenders in Imereti
Tenders in the municipalities of Zestaponi, Terjola, and Baghdati are won by Borani LLC, a company with links to the Georgian Dream. Borani LLC is owned by the family of Terjola Municipal Council deputy chairperson Nino Chkhikvadze and its shareholders are ruling party donors. From 2013 to July 12, 2022, the company obtained tenders and simplified procurement contracts worth GEL 34,970,860.
Publication date: 20 July 2022
Source: Transparency International Georgia – https://bit.ly/3yWV719
- Companies of uncle and cousin of the Mayor of Senaki win local tenders
Three months after Vakhtang Gadelia was elected as the Mayor of Senaki Municipality, companies (JSC Arkeopolisi and Indiko LLC) belonging to his uncle and cousin won 5 local tenders with a total value of GEL 2,614,550 without competition, raising doubts that the tenders were tailored to the Mayor’s relatives. Vakhtang Gadelia previously also worked at Arkeopolisi.
Publication date: 13 May 2022
Source: Transparency International Georgia – https://bit.ly/3PHWyrc
- Revolving door and alleged corruption in Borjomi municipality
When Piran Gogichaishvili, the owner of Mshenebloba da Proektireba LLC (Construction and Design LLC), was appointed to a position in the Borjomi City Council in 2018, he transferred his company to Vasil Mchedlidze for free. In 2022, after his term expired, the former City Council member reclaimed the company. Between 2018 and 2021, Construction and Design LLC and sole entrepreneur Vasil Mchedlidze received GEL 2,203,460 through 52 public procurement contracts awarded by the Borjomi municipality.
Publication date: 6 May 2022
Source: Transparency International Georgia – https://bit.ly/3PItaAV
- Signs of corruption Senaki Municipality procurement
TI Georgia wrote in February 2021 about the procurements of Dato Adamia, former member of the Senaki City Council. Shortly after our publication, Adamia formally transferred his shares in Dagi LLC, a company with a history of involvement in public procurement worth up to 7 million GEL, free of charge and changed the company name to Menati LLC. Since then, the company has received procurement contracts worth 1,4 mln GEL, most of which were signed while Adamia was still a council member. Dato Adamia is presumably trying to hide his ties with the company.
Publication date: 6 April 2021
- Suspicious procurements of Chkhorotsku Municipality
Chkhorotsku City Hall awarded Salome 92 LLC, a company founded 2 months prior, a single-source procurement contract worth GEL 207,197. The owners of the company are Salome and Jambul Papava, a father and daughter with links to the Georgian Dream ruling party. Since 2012, they obtained municipal procurements worth a total of GEL 1,080,842 in Chkhorotsku municipality.
Publication date: 31 March, 2022
Source: Transparency International Georgia – https://bit.ly/3OoUu64
- Companies of a member of the Tskaltubo City Council obtain public procurement contracts worth GEL 63 million
Companies of a member of the Tskaltubo City Council, Jeiran Omanadze – J and J Ltd and Rostverki Ltd – received a total of GEL 63,039,857 through 100 tenders and 11 simplified public procurements since 2013. Jeiran Omanadze is also a political donor – he and his company, Rostverki Ltd, donated GEL 135,000 to the Georgian Dream in the years 2017-2021.
Publication date: 24 March 2022
- Companies of a former member of Batumi City Council obtain public procurements in Adjara
Companies (Adjarganateba and Ganateba) owned by the family of Irakli Topuridze, former member of Batumi City Council from the Georgian Dream party obtained GEL 66,844,339 from local public procurement in 2011-2022. 91% of this amount was obtained without competition or through disqualification of competitors.
Publication date: 22 March 2022
- Alleged corruption in the public procurement of Borjomi Municipality
My Town LLC and sole entrepreneur Shorena Tabagari, who are linked to the former Head of the Infrastructure Service of the Borjomi City Hall, have received GEL 4,117,864 from 68 public procurements in the years 2014-2021. Out of this, they received GEL 2,162,992 (52% of the total amount) without competition and by means of disqualification of competitors.
Publication date: 18 March 2022
- Companies belonging to Georgian Dream donors and public officials receive subsidies through state programs in Samtskhe-Javakheti
Companies belonging to Georgian Dream members and donors, as well as family members of current and former public officials, receive state procurement in addition to the subsidies from the state program. In 2018-2020, 17 such entities within the framework of Enterprise Georgia received approximately GEL 2,240,794 (one third of the amount spent in the region within the program). Among them, 9 entities received GEL 4,733,891 from state procurements at various times. 7 out of 17 entities donated 594,400 GEL to Georgian Dream.
Publication date: 17 December 2022
Source: Transparency International Georgia – https://bit.ly/3RSc1qw
- 14 years of being a majoritarian MP and tens of million GEL from state procurements to Anzor Bolkvadze's family and relatives
Income of relatives and the close circle of Anzor Bolkvadze, elected from the Georgian Dream as a majoritarian MP in highland Adjara, reached GEL 13,647,191 from public procurement tenders in 2011-2021. In addition, Roda LLC owned by Anzor Bolkvadze’s relative received GEL 4,891,873 from public procurements, of which 53% (GEL 2,611,087) were received from simplified procurements, tenders without competition, and at the expense of disqualification of competitors in procurements.
Publication date: 15 August 2022
- The plots of land in Ninotsminda central park were registered into the ownership of the government-related persons
The park located in the center of Ninotsminda, which used to be a public space, was gradually registered in private ownership. It is noteworthy that the owners of 2,840 sq/m of land became current and former local government officials, their family members, the persons closely related to them, and the representatives of the companies, which were receiving simplified procurements solely from Ninotsminda city hall and its legal entities for many years.
Publication date: 8 July 2021
Source: TI Georgia – bit.ly/2VYwfpQ
The case of the Revolving Door in Senaki municipality
Nana Zarandia has held the position of the head of the Legal Department of Senaki City Hall since 2014 and she became the head of the Administrative Department in 2018. On February 8, 2019, Zarandia left the city hall and was appointed as a director of JSC Archaeopolis, where she worked until June 12, 2020. During this period, her company won 6 tenders and 1 simplified procurement from Senaki municipality worth GEL 6,054,373 in total. All seven contracts are signed by Nana Zarandia in the name of JSC Archaeopolis.
Publication date: 2 July 2021
Source: TI Georgia – bit.ly/3yy5R46
- Financial interests of a former Georgian MP - Jumber Izoria in Chkhorotsku
The technical inspection of vehicles in Chkhorotsku is provided by Togeni LTD, which is owned by the family of a former MP from the ruling Georgian Dream party - Jumber Izoria. Simplified procurements on vehicle repair and spare parts are won by Jumber Izoria’s friend, Tsabu Gogua, who received GEL 257, 987 worth of tenders and simplified procurements in total. It is noteworthy that Tsabu Gogua did not have competitors in 12 out of 13 tenders and received one contract at the expense of disqualifying his competitor, whose bid was smaller than the one of Gogua’s.
Publication date: 24 June 2021
Source: TI Georgia – bit.ly/3wn8jJi
- People convicted for corruption receive state procurements in Samtskhe-Javakheti
Four persons convicted for violations in the state procurements and unlawful misappropriation of budget funds received GEL 7 442 197 from 80 state procurements. Receiving millions of GEL from public procurement by people convicted of corruption contradicts both the best international practice in the field of procurement and the recommendations of Georgia's partner international organizations.
Publication date: 19 June 2021
Source: TI Georgia – bit.ly/2TOdnce
- The former member of Batumi City Council receives GEL 130 million from the state procurements
The companies of the former member of Batumi City Council - Nukri Dolidze, Bondi 2009 and Monoliti 2005 are one of the major implementers of large infrastructure projects in Adjara. Both companies received up to GEL 130 million in 2010-2021, mainly from state procurements of Batumi City Hall and Adjara Roads Department, among them 68% were won without competition, by disqualifying the competitors and simplified procurements.
Publication date: 11 June 2021
Source: TI Georgia – bit.ly/3vNclKL
- Suspicious public procurements Chkhorotsku Municipality
Persons associated with Chkhorotsku Mayor Dato Gogua, more specifically the brother and father of Nestan Karchava, the mayor's representative in the village of Khabume, have been winning local tenders under suspicious circumstances - disqualification of competitors and frequent changes in the contract value. Karchavas have received tenders and single-source procurements worth GEL 3,377,519 since 2011.
Publication date: 24 May 2021
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3yO13IV
- Signs of corruption in public procurement involving connections with Bidzina Ivanishvili
In 2018, after Otar Tateshvili, the owner of LLC Arali, who was found guilty of embezzling money from state procurement in the past, sold a piece of land to Bidzina Ivanishvili in Abastumani and became involved in projects funded by the Cartu Foundation (Ivanishvili being its beneficial owner), the company started receiving considerably larger public procurement contracts. LLC Arali received GEL 51.5 million in the previous 7 years, while during the 2.5 years after the land transaction with Ivanishvili, the company won contracts worth GEL 125.4 million. The company won many of these tenders based on the disqualification of competitors.
Publication date: 22 May 2021
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3ySns7W
- Procurement related conflict of interests of Kutaisi Deputy Mayor
A business partner of the Deputy Mayor of Kutaisi, Iuza Ugulava, won 5 tenders (294,545 GEL) from Kutaisi City Hall, mostly without competition. The head of the tender commission was Iuza Ugulava himself, who did not take any steps to avoid having a conflict of interests.
Publication date: 13 May 2021
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3fWbmlN
- Procurement related conflict of interests in Batumi City Council
A company (LLC Trading Service) formerly belonging to Irakli Pataridze, chair of the Education and Culture Commission of the Batumi City Council, which he gifted to his brother-in-law Gocha Abuselidze, receives public procurement contracts from those non-profit legal entities under Batumi City Hall, which Pataridze himself oversees.
Publication date: 9 March 2021
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3iajLEL
- Signs of corruption in procurement contracts received by Poti Mayor's business partner
After Gocha Kurdghelia was elected mayor of Poti in 2017, the company of his business partner and friend Ramaz Gujabidze - LLC Khalib started receiving significantly more single-source procurement contracts from Poti municipal legal entities, raising questions about possible corruption.
Publication date: 7 December 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/2TmrbKI
- Signs of corruption in the public procurement of Shida Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti municipalities
The companies of former high-ranking officials from Shida Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti (Avtandil Kachkachishvili and Giorgi Baliashvili) and large donors to Georgian Dream (Nugzar and Nukri Abalaki) – Sagzao Samsheneblo Sammartvelo No 1, LLC and Sagzao Samsheneblo Sammartvelo No 2, LLC – were granted procurements worth over GEL 200m in 2011-2020, mostly without competition.
Publication date: 7 October 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3sH7Hha
- Signs of corruption in the public procurement of Kakheti municipalities
The analysis of procurements made by eight municipalities in Kakheti (over GEL 167m in 2013-2020) revealed that, frequently, the tenders are won and simplified procurement contracts are awarded to the companies with connections to incumbent or former public officials (in 17 cases among 58 entities). Out of 52 LLCs, 32 started being awarded simplified procurement contracts and winning competition-free tenders soon after being established, in some cases – within several days.
Publication date: 6 October 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/38Y3LR9
- TV station of deputy chair of Ninotsminda Municipal Council wins local tenders without competition
Deputy Chairperson of Ninotsminda Council Konstantin Vardanian’s TV and Radio Station Parvana has received GEL 320,645 from Ninotsminda’s procurement budget since 2014, when Vardanian received his appointment. After Vardanian assumed his post, Parvana also received a property of 273 sq. m in Ninotsminda free of charge from the city hall.
Publication date: 17 July 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/39LYpYw
- Companies associated with Samtskhe-Javakheti public officials receive tenders in Samtskhe-Javakheti
After the election of Akhaltsikhe Mayor Zaza Melikidze, his brother Tamaz Melikidze (Nukia, LLC) and sister-in-law Nana Maisuradze (N(N)LP Satnoebis Sakhli) have been winning tenders in Akhaltsikhe Municipality. After the election of Aspindza Council Chairperson Mamuka Melikidze, his brother Malkhaz Melikidze (XXI Century, JSC) started winning tenders in Aspindza Municipality.
Publication date: 8 May 2020
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/2M4k85Y
- Corruption risks involving in competition-free procurements in Kobuleti Municipality
The director of Georgian Stone, LLC is Badri Romanadze, former head of Kobuleti Municipality Architecture Service (2011-2014). The company received GEL 24.6 million from Kobuleti Municipality procurements in 2015-2020. The company wins tenders worth millions amid disqualification of competitors and frequent changes to signed contracts.
Publication date: 23 April 2020
- Business partner of Sagarejo Municipal Council chair received GEL 1.4m from Sagarejo Municipal procurements
A business partner of Sagarejo Municipal Council Chairperson Otar Chalatashvili, Otar Buzariashvili (Akhali Kompania 2018, LLC), received GEL 1.4m from the procurements of Sagarejo Municipality, of which GEL 1,336,748 was received through simplified procurement procedures.
Publication date: 16 December 2019
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/2LNtza1
- Signs of corruptions in Sighnaghi Municipality procurements
Ivane Mirianashvili has been the chairperson of the Georgian Dream faction at Sighnaghi Municipality Council since 2017. The companies owned by his son, Davit Mirianashvili, and persons close to him (Seivoni, LLC, M.S.Msheni, LLC, Inter Plus, LLC, Orba 7, LLC, TNC, LLC and Tsotne, LLC) received procurement contracts worth GEL 5.3m in 2013-2019.
Publication date: 27 November 2019
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/390OGi4
- Company of Akhaltsikhe mayor’s advisor wins tenders in Akhaltsikhe
The company Mshenebeli 2004 owned by Gelvasi Geladze, advisor to Akhaltsikhe Mayor Zaza Melikidze (on the issues of infrastructure) is winning competition-free tenders of Akhaltsikhe Municipality. Gelvasi Geladze simultaneously was (and remains) a member of the tender and delivery and acceptance commissions, supervisor of ongoing projects as well as the implementing party.
Publication date: 21 October 2019
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3p591YQ
- Business partner of Tsalenjikha Municipal Council chair wins competition-free tenders in Tsalenjikha
Since Temur Ghvinjilia assumed the post of the chairperson of Tsalenjikha Municipal Council, his business partner Bagrat Ghvinjilia (Tsalenjikhis Sagzao Sammartvelo, LLC) has been winning tenders (over GEL 5m) announced by Tsalenjikha Municipality without competition.
Publication date: 1 October 2019
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/2LHPtLY
- Companies of Akhaltsikhe mayor win tenders in Akhaltsikhe
After Zaza Melikidze was elected mayor of Akhaltsikhe in 2015, the companies he owns or owned in the past (Meliza, LLC and Meskheti XXI, LLC) started being awarded public procurement contracts by Akhaltsikhe Municipality.
Publication date: 15 July 2019
Source: TI Georgia – https://bit.ly/3qBtNQb
- Allegations of corruption against Bolnisi Mayor
According to the investigation, Bolnisi Mayor Davit Sherazadishvili’s relatives and friends have been receiving municipal contracts worth several million without competition. Sherazadishvili has family ties with Aleksandre Tabatadze, former Deputy Head of State Security Service.
Publication date: 15 December 2018
Investigation status: Unknown
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 Transparency International Georgia, Results of 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index Point to Stagnation of Anti-Corruption Reforms in Georgia, 23 January 2020, https://bit.ly/2KwLKjJ; Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, Georgia’s Anti-Corruption Indexes are Worsening, 9 December 2020, https://bit.ly/3ivWfjz