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Interviews

  • World famous game designer gets inspired by Georgian myths
    Inga Popovaite
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    TBILISI, DFWatch--“Amirani is the legendary first Zombie, some worship him. Legend has it that he is the original Prometheus and still chained to the Caucasus Mountains, he brought fire to humans and half life to us. Three Angels made him their ...

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Opinion

  • Freezing the Kremlin's policy
    Lasha Tughushi
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    How Europe should respond to Putin at the Riga Summit Against the backdrop of a rain of bullets, and the rumble of tanks and cannons, Europe is preparing for the Riga Summit in May. Expectations are already low, but one likely positive decision is v...

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Economy

  • Georgia govt backtracks on budget cutsNational_Bank
    TBILISI, DFWatch--After a period of depreciation, Georgia’s national currency, lari, has started to stablize. The government has cancelled plans to drastically cut the budget. According to data from the National Bank, one USD is today worth 2.3234...

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Society

  • UN agency finds Georgian couples prefer to have boysfirst_baby_a_girl_born_at_Patriarchy_maternity_ward_2011-03-03
    TBILISI, DFWatch--46 percent of Georgian families would like to have a son instead of a daughter. Nine percent have the opposite preference, while women with partners or husbands admit they have had an abortion because of the sex of child. These...

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News

  • Public defender demands investigation of 'selective justice'ucha_nanuashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's public defender demands an investigation into ‘selective justice’ toward former government officials, but the government is still not planning to do this. Parliament has now started going through the public defend...
  • Georgia’s disappointment in Riga?EUs_Eastern_Partnership
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - This week’s Riga summit for Georgians will not result in the visa-free travel to the EU. Moreover, the final summit declaration, according to the media reports, is even more vague about the possibility of the EU membership than th...
  • '2nd June' group rally for legalization of marijuana2nd_June_Dont_arrest_me
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A movement demanding to decriminalize marijuana in Georgia plans to rally on June 2, in front of the government office. Campaigners have two demands: to stop jailing people for personal use of marijuana and to stop the use of force...
  • Rustavi road workers still on strike, decision expected Thursdayrustavi_highway_strike
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Workers on a highway south of Tbilisi are still on strike, demanding a USD 4 per day pay rise, because of the rapid devaluation of the national currency over the half year. Efforts are now underway to try to negotiate with the ...
  • Hazardous waste blamed on exiled ex-justice ministerthea_tsulukiani
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The discovery of 25 tons of hazardous waste in the roof of the House of Justice in Tbilisi may lead to new charges against ex-Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili or his deputy. According to current Justice Minister Thea Tsulukian...
  • Over two thousand Georgians have been detained on disputed bordersdvani_razor_wire
    TBILISI, DFWatch--2,117 Georgians have been detained by Russian border guards accused of crossing the border with Abkhazia or South Ossetia since 2009. The new figures were presented by Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) ...
  • Ombudsman calls for measures after man beats 3 childrenucha_nanuashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Public Defender warns that children are victims of domestic violence in Georgia, after a 25 year old man allegedly severely beat three children. The children, one of whom was his own and two were step-children, were taken t...
  • Russian general, wounded in 2008, appointed at Abkhazian army military commandAnatoly Khrulyov (Rossiya 1)
    Anatoly Khrulyov (Rossiya 1)
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - One of commanders of Russian forces invading Georgia during August War in 2008, has been appointed as a Chief of the General Staff of the breakaway Abkhazia's army. "Anatoly Khrulyov expressed his readiness to carry out duties...
  • Georgian govt officials visiting Beijing, signalling closer cooperationDavit_Saganelidze_in_Beijing
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is seeking closer relations with China. After a recent visit by a Chinese delegation to Georgia, a  parliamentary delegation with government members plan to visit China in about a week. Head of the delegation is Davit ...
  • How to empower women in business?Mariam_Valishvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Only 3.9% of CEOs around the world are women. And only 14% of the richest 500 companies in the world have female executives. What can be done to include more women to predominantly male world of business? May 14-15 the European...
  • Road workers on strike on Tbilisi-Rustavi highwayroad_workers_strike_rustavi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A strike has broken out among workers on a new highway connecting Tbilisi with Rustavi, a town 20km to the south. Workers demand a ten lari (USD 4) pay rise from their current 20 lari (USD 8) per day. Their demand comes as a re...
  • 33 year old Georgian from Pankisi dies in Syrian warMideast Syria
    TBILISI, DFWatch--One more Georgian from Pankisi has died in the war in Syria. Ibrahim Tsatiashvili, 33, left his home village Tsinubani two months ago. His relatives knew he was in Turkey. On Friday, they learned that he had died. It is not yet kno...
  • Georgian government draws up plan for breakup of Interior Ministrymoduli_building
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia has drawn up a plan to split the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) into two units, with counterintelligence kept separately and under parliamentary control. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announce...
  • Two Georgian boys detained, released by South Ossetiasouth_ossetia_border_sign_warning_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Two Georgians were detained by Russian border guards on Friday near the village Adzvi, near the delineation line around South Ossetia. The detainees were two young men, Lasha Tanashvili, 15 and Levan Kokoriani, 18, who were out...

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Minorities

  • Anti-homophobia day marked in secrecy in TbilisiMay_17_2015_n01
    TBILISI, DFWatch--When groups in Tbilisi wanted to mark the international day against homophobia May 17, they had to organize it in tightly-controlled secrecy and gather in silence. Time and location was secret, and everyone who showed up, inc...

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Photo galleries

  • A trip to Georgia’s savannahvashlovani10
    VASHLOVANI, DFWatch--A few hours east from Tbilisi lies a magical place, where lonely pistachio trees give shade to rear birds and rolling hills slowly turn into sharp limestone cliffs, which once were deep under a sea. Vashlovani National Par...

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