Georgia Seizes Satellite Dishes Tied To Opposition [The New York Times]

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Authorities in Georgia seized a number of satellite dishes in a raid on companies connected to opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, claiming they were being handed out to bribe voters, The New York Times reports.

Ivanishvili, a billionaire investor, is backing a movement to challenge President Mikheil Saakashvili in October’s parliamentary elections. The dishes were being distributed to provide access to an opposition station.

Georgian prosecutors said the Tbilisi City Court approved the raids as part of an investigation of satellite television provider Global Contact Consulting Ltd., in which Ivanishvili’s brother, Alexander, holds a majority stake.