Georgia: Media Tycoon's Death Puts Government in Spotlight
A media-tycoon who once reassumed physical control of a local TV station by climbing over its fence with a band of men and locking himself in, the late 49-year-old Erosi Kitsmarishvili was not one to duck a fight.
That is one of the few things about which Georgians can agree as they try to make sense of the mysterious gunshot to the head believed to have killed Kitsmarishvili, a co-founder of Georgia’s influential national broadcaster Rustavi2 and the supposed media-mind behind the 2003 Rose Revolution.
But the accuracy of the widespread supposition that suicide had nothing to do with this controversial businessman’s July-15 death could become increasingly sensitive — both for the Georgian government’s claims that, with an EU Association Agreement in its pocket, it can conduct impartial, fact-based investigations, and for the scandal-weary public’s trust in elected officials.
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