Aug 22, 2007

The Fix Is In

Georgia's opposition is hopping mad over the "covert privatization" of Georgian Railways.

Saakashvili transfered the company to UK-based "Parkfield Investments" under an 89 year managment agreement. Yet, for some unknown reason, people are skeptical how a one year-old company, with an ambigious ownership structure and initial assets of only $12 million, is going to come up with the promised $100 million dollars a year in promised investments. Will you take a check?

Then again, "privatization is privatization, it doesn't matter who gets these companies," as Mr. Privatization (Anders Aslund) would say. And someone has to pay for Saakashvili's Italian suits.

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