Big opera bass is questioned for embezzlement

February 12, 2018 by norman lebrecht


The mighty Paata Burchuladze is facing police questioning in his home town, Tbilisi, over allegations of embezzlement from his foundation.

Paata, 62, has returned from St Petersburg, where he works at the  Mikhailovsky Theatre, to help the investigation.

Aside from the normal presumptions of innocence, there may be a political dimension to these accusations. Paata ran unsuccessfully for president of Georgia in 2016.



Comments (4)

  1. Nik says:

    “Paata ran unsuccessfully for president of Georgia in 2016.” No he didn’t. The last presidential election was in 2013. Burchuladze headed up a party that participated in the parliamentary elections in 2016.

  2. Maria says:

    At least it’s not for sex abuse!

    1. martain smith says:

      …which would have been much more enticing!

  3. Whimbrel says:

    The presidential election is coming up in October….

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