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Opinion

  • Threats to the Russian NGOs: Institute of ‘foreign agent’
    Maria Kanevskaya
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    Campaign of the Russian authorities to ‘reveal’ and include in the special ‘foreign agents’ registry of non-governmental (NGOs) organizations, has been accelerating exponentially. After two and a half years of introducing the law, there ar...

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Interviews

  • Unchallenged stereotypes blight Georgian–Armenian relations
    Dominik K. Cagara
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    DF Watch discusses roots and manifestations of the anti-Armenian sentiment in Georgia with director of Cultural, Educational and Youth Centre Hayartun, Levon Chidilyan. DF Watch: Mr Chidilyan, how representative is Hayartun for Georgia’s Armen...

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Economy

  • Georgian lari reaches historic low of 2.49 against USDgeorgian_lari
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian national currency on Monday reached a new historic low of 2.4923 lari for one US dollar. The price of dollars in exchange booths and banks was more than 2.53 laris. On January 23, one US dollar was 2.4694. Since th...

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Society

  • Health minister offers hospital own car to deal with swine fluhospital_bed_mask
    TBILISI, DFWatch--3,800 people in Tbilisi called the emergency number 112 only on Thursday as fear spread about the swine flu outbreak which has infected 9,000 people so far. Three people have died after being infected with the H1N1 virus that c...

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News

  • Interior Ministry answers critics about hidden cameras in police carsministry_of_internal_affairs
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday explained a proposal to place video cameras in unmarked police cars, which was criticized the day before. “Recently, the media have purposely replicated the opinions of the so-called...
  • Should unmarked police cars be equipped with video cameras?police_line
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A proposal to put cameras in unmarked police cars and use video recordings to fine drivers for traffic violations is met with suspicion in Georgia. According to the bill, police will be entitled to install secret video cameras ...
  • Georgia and Iran may resume visa-free traveliran georgia flags
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia and Iran are considering reopening mutual visa-free travel for each other’s citizens, according to the Georgian prime minister. Such an arrangement existed between January 2011 and summer of 2013, until Georgia cancelled ...
  • Tbilisi airport will get new terminal buildingtbilisi-airport
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A new terminal building will be built at Tbilisi Airport, due to an increase in passenger numbers. The new terminal will be finished within an year. Giorgi Molodinashvili, Deputy Director of the Georgia’s Airports Union, told...
  • Georgia's NATO accession debate too much focused on MAP: Ministertina_khidasheli
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian defense minister says there has been too much focus on her country being approved for a formalized plan toward NATO membership, called a MAP, since the alliance can accept Georgia as a member directly, she argues. ...
  • Passportisation in Abkhazia, questions about Gali Georgians remainGali, Abkhazia (Dominik K. Cagara)
    Gali, Abkhazia (Dominik K. Cagara)
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - New legislation doesn’t solve the problems of Abkhazia’s Georgians, who still find themselves in limbo of no right to vote and own property. ‘Issuance of new passports for inhabitants of Abkhazia will begin in March and ...
  • Maestro TV staff reject new owner and start new channelmaestro_building
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian TV company Maestro has been taken over by two brothers, one a rock singer and the other a former presidential candidate, but staff won’t let them into the building. Maestro’s majority owner is now Giorgi Gachec...
  • Georgia sending team to investigate sexual misconduct in CARdefense_ministry
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian military police is preparing to send a team to the Central African Republic to investigate alleged sexual crimes committed there by Georgian soldiers. Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli said Wednesday that investigators ...
  • Transgender woman found dead in Tbilisiremembrance_trans_2015
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A transgender woman was found dead in her apartment in Tbilisi on Thursday. She had apparently suffocated due to a gas leak. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) confirmed the death of Bianka Shigurova and said an investigati...
  • Demonstration, comments, apologies follow MP’s Down’s syndrome slurparliament  tbilisi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Gogi Topadze’s use of handicapist language provoked reaction from Georgia’s top politicians and a demonstration in Tbilisi’s center. MP Gogi Topadze’s use of Down’s syndrome as a term of abuse provoked a variety of re...
  • Topadze's use of Down's syndrome as term of abuse stuns parliamentgogi_topadze
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian parliament member Wednesday used Down’s syndrome as a term of abuse. Gogi Topadze, previously known for his praise of Stalin a few months ago, claimed that the president in his national address compared the Georgia...
  • Road closed north of Gudaurigudauri_police_car_snow
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The S-3 road between the winter resort Gudauri and the village Kobi is closed due to high winds and poor visibility. Between Aragvispiri and Gudauri, and between Kobi and the Russian border at Larsi, trailers, semi-trailers and...
  • Eighth person dies of swine flu in Georgiaambulance_hospital
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s eighth swine flu victim was a young man who had an accompanying disease. Amiran Gamkrelidze, director of the National Center of the Disease Control (NCDC), said the man died because he received treatment too late. ...
  • Parliament will consider making it a crime to offend religious feelingseka_beselia_pirveli_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia might bring in a new law that makes it a crime to offend ‘religious feelings’. A member of parliament from the ruling Georgian Dream coalition has submitted a bill in parliament which was supported by the human righ...
  • Georgian, Armenian Ministers of Defense sign cooperation agreement1111
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Minister of Defence conducted a series of meetings with Armenia’s prominent politicians and commented on issues linked to Armenian–Georgian cooperation. Minister of Defense of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli concluded ...
  • Georgia may amend Constitution to bar same-sex marriagetomaradze
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A controversy is brewing in Georgia over whether it should be written into the Constitution that a marriage is union between a man and a woman. The idea has been around at least since former Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili s...

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  • Zezvaoba - a people's celebration of 17th century herozezvaoba_2015
    Zezvaoba is a celebration held every year in the villages Zemo Alvani and Kvemo Alvani. It is a commemoration of Zezva Gaprindauli, one of the leaders of the Bakhtrioni uprising against the Persians in 1659. A ritual called Dalaoba is part of...

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