Political bribe in Russia -Nauruan Dollar Diplomacy
03 February, 2011

Exclusive comments by Nauru citizens on Abkhazian and S. Ossetian independence

August, 2008 - a war breaks out in so called South Ossetia, Georgia. Nino Elauri’s mother runs from the village on foot under the rainfall of bombs. Nino’s father is captured because his son is a soldier, defending his country. Nino Elauri is 20 years old.

 

A year later in 2009 she is homeless, living in a building of gymnasium; her father dies from injuries - the result of the torture he underwent during his captivity the previous year. Along with Nino, nearly 160, 000 people have been thrown out from their homes throughout Georgia. 362 people are dead. Dozens upon dozens are still missing.
Shunt in time to December 15, 2009; a fragile time for the smallest independent country in the world. The Republic of Nauru is desperate. Its most important source of income - phosphates formed from fossilized bird droppings over centuries is almost exhausted. The “Pleasant Island”, as it is known, must find a way to survive the crisis, but Nauru has to pay a price for it. The Russian Gambit unfolds and Nauru is a pawn in the game. Russia pays $50 million for “urgent social-economic projects” and in turn the island recognizes the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries. This offer is provided under the guise of economic aid, but is the largest republic in the world really helping the smallest?
Nauru has 11,000 inhabitants and no official capital city. With $33 million in foreign debt, Nauru relies on imports for nearly everything: from food and water to vehicles, drinks, cigarettes and entertainment systems. Furthermore Nauru has absolutely no defense structure. Since the 19th century when the population was merely 1,500 after an influenza epidemic, public policy for the tiny island nation has been “populate or perish”. Due to economic conditions each Nauruan supports ten people with his wages. The Pacific Island, which was one of the richest in the world, is today a tiny republic facing an uncertain future. The president and the head of the government, Marcus Stephen with an 18-man parliament resorts to accepting Russia’s “dollar diplomacy”, which is the promotion of Russia’s political or commercial interests abroad by using financial resources. This time Nauru puts price on the recognition of a state—12,700 km away and Russia is its new “sponsor”.
Nauru’s dollar diplomats began their work in 2002 when Nauru received $130 million in aid from China to de-recognize Taiwan. However, in 2005 in exchange for more aid from Taiwan, the “pleasant island” pleased Taiwan with its re-recognition. Between 2002 and 2009, the price of Nauruan recognition fell from $130 to $50 million. Apparently, the more often Nauru performs “recognition-for-sale” politics, the more its recognition value decreases. The question is: do these actions mean that not only the “recognition value” is decreasing, but also the invaluable and irretrievable national integrity of Nauru is also being devalued?
Still, despite the crisis, despite the entire government policy, the diplomatic games and the financial politics, the life of an average Nauruan has not changed. The Nauruan mother still goes to the Christian Protestant church in the morning, while her husband is already out fishing or selling straw hats and ornaments made of shell. Jake Ageidu, a Nauruan says: “Women mostly stay at home and prepare food and clean the house until their family comes back home”. But Barrick Harris, a student, explains:”It depends on the woman. If she chooses to stay at home to watch over the kids and the house at home and be a normal housewife, that’s entirely her choice, but if she finds that she has potential to work at an office or other jobs, then she may seek for jobs matching her qualifications”.  However, there are no women in Nauru politics. Some Nauruan women teach at school. Ninety percent of children attend school every day; the primary education is both free and compulsory. After school an average Nauruan child goes to the only pitch in Nauru to play soccer or Australian Football, which is very popular with the small island nation. Students say that another interest for Nauruan children is weightlifting, as they are inspired by President Marcus Stephen, whose seven gold and five silver medals in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games, are an issue of pride for the nation of Nauru. According to the survey of Nauru Bureau of Statistics, the average Nauruan drinks rainwater along with 90 percent of his fellow citizens. The population listens to the Australian radio channel FM 105.1. As 21 year-old George Quadina says: “Men usually work for government office and other departments like phosphate labor”. An average Nauruan father comes home in the evening, reads the popular fortnightly newspaper the “Bulletin” to get information about national and international news. He, like most on the islanders, watches Nauru Television ( NTV).
But is an average Nauruan really interested in politics—in the foreign policy of his republic, which affects other country’s territorial integrity? According to Octavian Harris, a Nauruan student, the average Nauruan should be interested in this, “Because the politics will determine how our country will run and how it further improves or deteriorates”.
After the recognition-in-cash of 2009, some things did change in Nauru. As Barrick Harris, a Nauruan student says: “It is not a profit (for each Nauruan), but it is “stored” to be fortnightly salaries for people who are working for the government; also quite a significant amount of that money has been invested in renovating hospitals and schools and even in building the new ones”. Nauruans see all the unusual changes in their republic, but they can barely connect this to the fact that this is a political bribe in Russia-Nauruan Dollar Diplomacy. According to one source close to the Nauruan government who has requested to remain anonymous, only 20 percent of the island’s population is likely to know about the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by their country’s government. While another source, close to a member of Nauruan Parliament, who also prefers to be anonymous, claims that 1-2 percent of Nauruans are aware that their country has recognized other country’s regions as independent.
The world chess game of countries and their inhabitants goes on and people from the Pleasant Island continue with their pleasant lives, while 350,000 homeless Georgians have the lives that are anything but pleasant, thousands of kilometers away.


 

Other Stories
Detained Under Occupation
The Georgian journalists arrested inside the Georgia’s occupied territories which caused an international outcry have been released. TV 3 reporter Bela Zakaidze, cameraman Vakho Lekiashvili and technical assistant Michael Mikhoev were arrested by so-called Russian border guards in the Adzvi village while they were covering the fact of relocation of the boundary. They were later taken to Tskhinvali.
“GEORGIA IS IN DANGER”
Roman Fin’s address to the Georgian people

Georgia is facing a deadly threat. Georgian Dream, the coalition that came to power, did not manage to put an end to the Saakashvili’s regime and arrest the culprits (they were given freedom). In 2012, after losing the elections, with the help of American and European globalist forces they began preparing for revenge and again usurping the power. They have no chance to achieve it through democratic elections because their real rating is no more than 7-9%. The people even wanted early elections in order to get rid of the disproportionately inflated 45% representation that doesn’t correspond to their real, deteriorating popularity, considering the people’s hatred towards them. Accordingly, the only way for the Nationals to come back is to usurp the power. The West undoubtedly supports Saakashvili – they intend to restore his rule. If we consider the historical experience of staging colored revolutions, it won’t be difficult at all. The Nationals are openly speaking about the future Maidan.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE WALES SUMMIT?
Interview with Grigol Vashadze, ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs

Grigol Vashadze, ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke with us about the foreign course of Georgia, and threats and challenges country faces. Q. – Mr. Vashadze, you were one of the organizers of the action – No to Collaborationism. Who is the addressee of this No?
US supports but speaks of lack of consensus
The US supports granting the Membership Action Plan (MAP) to Georgia at the NATO Summit in Wales in September. However, Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs stresses there is no consensus within the allies on the issue. “Georgians are well aware that there is no consensus in the Alliance and that they have work to do to convince, particularly some of our western European allies, of their worthiness for the MAP,” Nuland stated.
Russia’s official statement about detention of Georgian journalists
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a statement with regard to the detention of Georgian journalists by Russian border guards near Adzvi village.
Irakli Alasania talks to John McCain on the phone
Telephone conversation was held between Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Alasania and the U.S. Senator John McCain on April 11.
Russian plane enters Khurcha air space
A Russian plane has entered the air space of the village of Khurcha, Samegrelo region of Georgia, from the Abkhazian territory. It flew back after ten minutes.
“Lobby Georgia in NATO Countries”
NATO Week in Georgia and Crimea’s Annexation in the Background

NATO Week has started on Monday in Georgia, at the Courtyard Marriott hotel. “The Road to NATO – Integration and Membership Experience” was opened by Alex Petriashvili, Georgia’s State Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, and Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy. The agenda was busy and the participants were diverse.
Next destination for Russian boots
It has been speculated recently that the Russian Embassy in Tbilisi has began issuing Russian passports through a simplified procedure to the Russian-speaking population living in Georgia. Georgian online media especially claimed that there were queues of applicants in front of the Russian embassy. Georgian officials have made special statements concerning the issue, stressing that the situation was “exaggerated.” In its turn, certain Russian analysts believe that “Russia is not afraid of deteriorating Georgian-Russian relations due to issuing the passports.”
FROM TSKHINVALI TO EREVAN…VIA TBILISI?
The threat of Russian armored equipment columns passing from occupied Tskhinvali to Armenia via Georgia isn’t denied by Americans either. A recent interview with Mike Rodgers, US Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, caused Georgian people to worry. The Congressman alleged that Russia is increasing its armament in occupied Tskhinvali in order to manage a pass to Armenia and thus have a land connection with Iran.
Major Opponents for Mayoral Race
A coalition of four non-parliamentary opposition parties led by former Parliament Speaker and the leader of the Democratic Movement-United Georgia, Nino Burjanadze, named former lawmaker Dimitri Lortkipanidze as the opposition coalition’s Tbilisi mayoral candidate for the 15 June local elections. The Democratic Movement-United Georgia (DMUG) party led by Nino Burjanadze and Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM) formed a coalition last month.
“WE’LL SIGN AGREEMENT IN ANY CASE”
“I think that on the background of the Crimean events our NATO membership should be expedited,” declares Alexi Petriashvili, State Minister of Georgia for Euro-Atlantic Integration. We began our interview with a review of the Ukrainian events.
“NOBODY CAN STAGE A  GEORGIAN MAIDAN”
The death of Shalva Tatukhashvili, a high-ranking official of Department of Constitutional Security and the attack on MP Nugzar Tsiklauri led the National Movement to blame the authorities for the travails, while the authorities in turn are making excuses and are waiting for the investigation to end. We spoke with a Majority member Zaza Papuashvili.
 NATO Parliamentary Assembly bars the Russian Parliament from its meetings
The leaders of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly affirmed their support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and withdrew the Russian Parliament’s Associate membership of the Assembly.
Saakashvili:‘War is Coming’ – Foreign Policy
Former President of Georgia and currently a Senior Statesman at the International Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, published an article in Foreign Press.
SCANDALOUS CONFESSION OF WITNESS
“I saw how Prime Minster Zurab Zhvania was killed”

The photos of deceased Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania that has been circling the Internet intensified the doubts that he was killed. The person who visited us in the editorial office presented a rather scandalous version which, until now, was hardly known to the people. Our respondent proves that he is a witness of Zhvania’s assassination. At this stage, he refused to disclose his name but declared that he is ready to cooperate with the Prosecutor’s Office.
Passive Elections and  Predicted Results
Georgian Journal spoke with expert Gia Khukhashvili about the pre-election period and the Ukrainian events which can influence Georgia’s political life. We offer this interview to the reader of our newspaper.
“I WILL WIN ELECTIONS IN FIRST ROUND”
We spoke with one of the most silent and strict ministers of the former Saakashvili’s cabinet, who earlier fled the country due to a confrontation with the authorities. Okruashvili’s answers resemble his character – laconic and concrete. Although, there were some questions he did not wish to answer.
Pro-Russian groups, clashes and aims
Events held by supporters of the Eurasian Union and Russia have ended into several clashes in Tbilisi. Eurasian Institute is one of the organizations which supports a tighter connection between Tbilisi and Moscow and rejects Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Their event at Tbilisi Cinema House on March 24 encouraged a rally of supporters of the European path outside the building and a clash between the two sides occurred. Social networks were full of videos filmed at the Cinema house where half of the gathered people honored Russian soldiers killed during the August War in 2008. The gathering of another pro Eurasian Union organization, Eurasian Choice, followed the event. The organization members held an online conference with Russia.
News came as a shock…
Obama Tells Georgia to Forget about NATO after Encouraging it to Join

When President Barack Obama delivered the message in Brussels that neither Ukraine nor Georgia “are currently on a path to NATO membership,” the news came as a shock and disappointment to Georgians, albeit a rather familiar one.
BBC – ‘Mikheil Saakashvili: Georgia threatens arrest warrant’
BBC publishes an article about Georgia’s Former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s summons for questioning.
“We consider it as advice”
Commenting on the US Department of State’s statement expressing concern over the decision to summon ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning, Georgian government officials said that they perceived the statement as “an advice” from a partner state to observe due process. Some senior lawmakers from the Georgian Dream ruling coalition said there is “nothing alarming” and there is no need to “dramatize” the situation. The US Department of State said that “no one is above the law, but launching multiple simultaneous investigations involving a former president raises legitimate concerns about political retribution, particularly when legal and judicial institutions are still fragile” in Georgia.
Russia strongly against Georgia’s  NATO membership
Alexander Grushko, Russian ambassador to NATO, has stressed that Moscow is against Georgia’s NATO membership. According to him, it would be a serious mistake for Georgia to become a NATO member.
“IF HE HAS ANY COMMON SENSE, HE WILL COME”
Interview with Irakli Gharibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia

Georgian publication of our media holding - Kviris Palitra – netted an exclusive interview with Irakli Gharibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia. Below we present important excerpts from it: Q. – According to different assumptions, that night somebody struck ex-Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania with a heavy object (presumably, an ashtray) in the head…
WHY DID SCHULZ  FORGET ABOUT GEORGIA?
At the press conference of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Ketevan Kardava, a journalist from the Georgian Public Broadcaster expressed her protest.
Also on the Web
In order to commemorate both “Palitra Media’s” anniversary and Easter, “Palitra L” publishing house donated over 650 books of 80 different literary genres to the Ministry of Corrections.
A house in Kojori, which seems beautiful at first glance, hides numerous strange stories and legends.
On April 16, the second episode of the entertainment show “Exact Matct” (“Erti Ertshi”) was aired on channel GDS. The judge lineup has changed: Nanuka Khuskivadze, Ephrem Shaneli
Former president of Georgian Mikheil Saakashvili talks to CNN’s Becky Anderson about how his experience with the Kremlin compares to Kiev's.
Georgian journalists that were captured by Russian occupant forces two days ago were released today. Bela Zakaidze and other TV3 crew members gave an interview
They're both masters of the beautiful game in their own age, adored by millions all over the world for their skill, artistry and phenomenal goal records
In yet another episode of American show “Dancing with the Stars” the competitors played the role of Disney characters.
A terrifying car crash was captured by a surveillance camera in Tbilisi, near the “Tegeta Motors” office. The driver of a car moving at a high speed failed to handle the wheel, lost control of the car
Welcome to the April 10 Weekly Summary with Mark Mullen. This week Mark discusses how the Prosecutor’s office published more material regarding Shalva Tatukhashvili’s death.
The viral ad that has made mothers everywhere cry and children everywhere remember they need to buy their mom a Mother’s Day card had an unlikely start.
«« April 2014 »»
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30
GEL Exchange
EUR
1
EUR
2.4308
USD
1
USD
1.7551
GBP
1
GBP
2.9510
RUB
100
RUB
4.8850