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                                                                           I will bury a grapeseed in warm soil,
                                                                           And I will kiss the grapevine,
                                                                           and pluck off the ripe bunches,
                                                                           And I will invite my friends,
                                                                           and open my heart to love —
                                                                           What else is there worth living
                                                                           for on this sinful earth?
                                                                                          Bulat Okudzhava



                                                                                                                                      Living by Law of Grapevine

                                                                                                                                      Interview by Oleg Cherne

                                                                                                                                          The conversation with Bidzina Ivanishvili about wine, vines and Georgia felt rather
                                                                                                                                          like grape planting. We agreed in advance not to touch upon political issues, which
                                                                                                                                          was in fact not necessary, as a comprehensive presentation of the Georgian
                                                                                                                                          identity was well embodied by my interviewee. It is an impression of life as
                                                                                                                                          a vivid, vibrant and highly organized process, based on respect for the people
                                                                                                                                          and space of Georgia.

                                                                                                                                          Each question created associations as if it were not an interview but a journey
                                                                                                                                          through the fabric of time, through the fabric of Georgia, and each answer of my
                                                                                                                                          interlocutor was imbued with love for his homeland. Georgia and love! An amazing
                                                                                                                                          example of well-cared-for principles of human existence and curiosity about
                                                                                                                                          human nature have created hidden horizons of exploration and knowledge
                                                                                                                                          in Mr Ivanishvili.
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