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  • Ivanishvili on collision course with the U.S. on role of NGOsrichard_norland
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The godfather of the government in Georgia, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, was rebuked by the US ambassador Thursday after criticizing three of the most influential NGO leaders in the country. In a long TV interview on one of...

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    “Freedom of speech and the press are supreme values that must be duly protected everywhere and at all times,” Irakli Garibashvili stated before flying to the global peace rally in Paris. These are the words of the man who was the head of the Min...

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  • New day of protest against hotel in Vake Parkvake_park_guerilla_gardening_2015-01-28
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Environmental activists in Tbilisi on Wednesday continued their protest against the construction of a hotel inside one of the city’s central parks. City Hall decided to fine the company for minor violations, but protesters wa...
  • Ivanishvili's latest reprimand: Do they think Margvelashvili is doing magic?bidzina_ivanishvili_on_Imedi_TV_2015-01-28_
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Bidzina Ivanishvili, the businessman who created the Georgian Dream coalition, on Wednesday criticized the president in an interview with Imedi TV. For the last year, the president and prime minister in Georgia have been in a s...
  • Ivanishvili criticizes Saakashvili's party for urging youth to join Ukraine warbidzina_ivanishvili_on_Imedi_TV_2015-01-28
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili criticizes the party of ex-President Saakashvili, the National Movement, of encouraging youth to volunteer for the war in Ukraine. “[Mikheil] Saakashvili and others who wish ...
  • Leader of 2006 Kodori mutiny released after entering plea dealemzar-kviciani_Cropped
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A former warlord who was sentenced to 12 years in jail last November, was Wednesday released after entering a plea agreement. Emzar Kvitsiani, who was convicted of leading the mutiny in Kodori Gorge in 2006 and for setting up a...
  • Lowest lari rate for eleven yearsnational library
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian lari has dropped in value again and is now traded for more than two US dollars - the lowest exchange rate for the last eleven years. According to the National Bank, the exchange rate for lari on January 28 is 2.014...
  • Prisoner was to have murdered mother of Buta RobakidzeIa_Metreveli
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A prisoner serving time for drug related crime claims he was forced to carry out a murder in 2008, but the plan was called off. The prisoner’s story was discovered by the Georgian ombudsman, who recommended that the case be i...
  • Deputy head of NATO visiting Georgia, will visit planned training centeralexander_vershbow
    TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO's deputy secretary general, Alexander Vershbow, will visit Georgia January 29-30. The purpose of the trip is to monitor the implementation of a 'substantive package' offered by the alliance at the Wales summit last summer,...
  • Prisoners with life sentence on hunger strike to be part of 2013 amnestyPrison_No_8_Gldani
    TBILISI, DFWatch--At least 50 prisoners serving life sentences have gone on hunger strike to demand to benefit from a mass amnesty introduced in early 2013. The prisoners want to change their life sentences into a set number of years, after wh...
  • Few of the ombudsman's recommendations are followedpublic defender - ombudsman
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Only 35 out of 154 of the ombudsman recommendations in 2014 were followed, according to a report published on Friday. 22 out of the 154 recommendations to central and local government bodies, or the government officials were pa...
  • More people leave Georgia's law enforcement after activist's deathMIA_shark
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The fallout from a bombing of a rights activist in Georgia last week continued Sunday with several prosecutors asking to be suspended and police officers being fired. On Friday, the interior minister resigned. This was followed...
  • Georgia's interior minister resignsalexandre_chikaidze
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Interior Minister Alexandre Chikaidze, who was hardly seen in public during his tenure, on Friday resigned following the controversial murder of Yuri Vazagashvili. In his letter of resignation to the PM, Chikaidze writ...
  • Appeals Court upholds nine year sentence against Megis Kardavamegis kardava
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A former government official charged in the case of Sergo Tetradze’s murder, was on Friday sentenced to nine years in jail by the Appeals Court of Georgia. Megis Kardava, who held the post of deputy at the military police dep...
  • Georgian Dream hesitates over inquest into destruction of gold minesakdrisi_investigate_destruction_2014-12-19
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Doubt has been cast on the Georgian parliament's plans to have an inquest into the destruction of a prehistoric gold mine, as a leading parliamentarian says he no longer thinks it's a good idea. The ancient cave complex in Sakd...
  • Suspect in Batumi murder of girl, 16, detained in Iranmurder_suspect_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Iran has detained the suspect in the murder of a 16 year old girl in Batumi in July, 2013. Mariam Kochalidze was found dead with her throat slashed and a large stone on her back near the new boulevard in Batumi, a city on the B...

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