It was not my wish to come into politics. I was not a public person; I preferred to spend my birthdays with family and friends. But the 2008 elections were fraudulent, so I decided to finance the opposition to make them stronger.
There are eight different breeds of peacock. I have them all.
Restoration of friendship with Russia, our biggest neighbor, is necessary for our peace and economy.
There is a real and evident problem of democracy in Georgia, and this was the core reason of my entrance into politics. We have no rule of law. It's absolutely absent.
Our policy is European and Euro-Atlantic integration. There is no substitute for NATO.
I did not like formal meetings, because they took away my freedom. I just liked to spend time with my friends, where I could be myself and did not need to don a mask.
All the therapists would tell me was that I was the only healthy person they knew.
I may not be a politician, but I will fight to the end of my life for what I believe in.
Since the whole village was poor, we didn't realize our own poverty. I was happy.
I was writing my Ph.D. in the late 1980s and was keeping an eye on what was happening in the world. It became obvious to me that Russia couldn't live without computers. I think I worked this out a year before anyone else. I started looking for people who could help import them.
I would like to become the prime minister, do the job for two years, and then leave and devote myself to public work.
I do yoga every day, some sport, have a meal once a day, eat some fruit, and drink one glass of wine. And once a month I gather together my close friends. But my wife and I do not like conspicuous luxury.
In Georgia, people had already understood that communism couldn't survive, and I came to the institute in Moscow, and people still believed in it. They were completely different people, and I found it very difficult psychologically.
Any private security is a joke in a country where you're up against your own government.
I decided to go into politics because of our Soviet-style government.
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