Russian meteorology service reports 2016 is record warm year in ArcticBusiness & Economy January 24, 18:22
Russian chief negotiator comments on outcome of Syria peace talks in AstanaRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 24, 18:11
Legendary Isinbayeva blasts recent German film on alleged doping in Russian athleticsSport January 24, 18:07
Russian senator says Astana meeting on settling Syrian crisis proves successfulRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 24, 17:55
Russian State Duma speaker hopes PACE will confirm its pan-European status under AgramuntRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 24, 17:14
De Mistura says agreement on Syria ceasefire monitoring major result of Astana talksWorld January 24, 17:07
Damascus won’t accept unilateral decisions on Syria’s federalization — envoyWorld January 24, 16:46
Syrian opposition hopes UNSC will pass resolution based on its proposalsWorld January 24, 16:28
Russian bombers destroy Islamic State's arms depots in Deir ez-ZorMilitary & Defense January 24, 16:22
TBILISI, February 22 (Itar-Tass) – The mayor of Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava, is facing charges of misappropriation of budget funds and money laundering in huge amounts, the investigation service of the Georgian Finance Ministry said in a statement released on Friday.
Ugulava is expected to appear in court on February 23 to hear the charges. Investigators did not clarify whether the mayor would be detained.
Ugulava is being charged on two separate episodes: the acquisition of the Imedi television company and the creation of dummy jobs for the activists of the then ruling United National Movement party in 2009-2009.
Investigators have disclosed a criminal scheme which the former authorities used to take over the Imedi television company in 2008. They have proven that Ugulava was one of the main participants in that scheme.
In addition to that, the mayor of Tbilisi is being accused of using budget funds to finance the activities of the then ruling United National Movement party by creating dummy jobs for party activists.
In the meantime, Gigi Ugulava has agreed to cooperate with investigators. However, he’s described the accusations against him as an attempt to exert pressure.
“The process which the investigation service of the Finance Ministry started today is directed at me personally with an aim to oust me from power and debar me from running Tbilisi,” the mayor told a briefing in the Georgian capital on Friday.