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Paul Stronski: Georgia has carved out as much independence as possible against very large and aggressive neighbor

by | Jun 6

Voice of America's Ani Chkhikvadze sat down with Paul Stronski, Carnegie Endowment fellow in Washington DC to discuss Georgia's domestic and foreign affairs.


Feeling of insecurity grows among Azerbaijani activists in Georgia – the story of Khayal Azizov

by | May 29

Azerbaijani journalist Khayal Azizov, who has fled from his country, blames the Azerbaijani authorities in illegal persecution and psychological oppression in Georgia.


Integration of ethnic Azeris starts with language

by | Mar 24

The Constitution of Georgia stipulates that the state language of country is Georgian. The status of the official language creates grounds for, on the one hand, the social isolation and exclusion from economic and political spheres of people who do not speak Georgian and, on the other hand, the banning on the use of a minority language in administrative domains.


Integration of ethnic Azeris starts with language: challenges in quality education and employment

by | Feb 27

In Soviet times, the great majority of the population of Georgia spoke Russian, which served as the language of inter-ethnic communication. 66 year old Bayram Abbasov, resident of Telaveri village of Bolnisi district, describes that since Russian was the common language, they had little or no knowledge of Georgian. “We did not feel disenfranchised if we did not know Georgian. Education at our school was provided only in Russian. Our teachers did not speak Georgian. As a result, we did not receive adequate Georgian language educational opportunities. After independence, Georgian became the only official language and Russian is no longer accepted for communication. The decline of Russian as the language of communication and poor command of the Georgian language has been a severe obstacle to quality education, employability and thereby our integration into the Georgian society.” A number of development challenges caused by the lack of knowledge of Georgian are pervasive in the today’s Georgian society. This is especially true for the Azeri communities living compactly in areas bordering their kin-states, with which they have closer ties than with the rest ...


Selective abortions still rife in Georgia’s ethnic Azerbaijani community

by | Feb 2

People still actively request to determine the gender of the future child in advance during first trimester of the pregnancy in the municipalities inhabited by ethnic Azerbaijani people. 31-years-old Sakina Alieva from Marneuli has 5-years-old boy. Before having the boy she got two abortions because she was expecting girls.


How cousin marriages affect Georgia’s ethnic Azerbaijani population

by | Jan 30

“My elder daughter has thalassemia. When doctors diagnosed her, we learned that it is a genetic disease and mostly it happens with children when they are born as a result of cousin-marriages. I'm married with my cousin. If I were aware of the risk, I would not have married him;


More ethnic Azeris are on the move from Georgia than ever before  

by | Jan 21

Georgia is the most ethnically diverse state in the South Caucasus, with Azeri ethnic minorities constituting 6.3% of its population. They are present especially in the border province of Kvemo-Kartli, the region where unemployment and poverty that has spread over, pushing many ethnic Azeris to leave their place of origin.   


Carpenter: Not only sanctions… the US & NATO can take military steps to gain advantage over Russia in the region

by | Jan 13

To assess the US national security strategy issues, efficiency of the Trump administration and threats coming from increasingly assertive Russia, Voice of America’s (VOA) Nana Sajaia interviewed Washington-based Michael Carpenter, Senior Executive Director at Pen Biden Center.


Damon Wilson: The victory makes GD fully responsible for where Georgia comes out

by | Nov 11

To assess the past local elections in Georgia, , Voice of America’s (VOA) Nana Sajaia interviewed  Washington-based Damon Wilson, Executive Vice-President of US Atlantic Council.

NGO news

CSOs Seek Involvement in Public Defender’s Selection Process

by | Oct 19

We would like to respond to the statements related to the selection of Georgian Public Defender and call on the Parliament of Georgia to ensure civil society participation in the process of selecting the main human rights defender of the country. It is well-known to everyone that according to legislation, a Public Defender may be nominated by a parliamentary faction or by a group of at least six lawmakers, who do not belong to any faction. Despite it, civil society organizations had always participated in the discussions related to the election of Georgian Public Defender. As far as we know, following the elections, the Parliament of Georgia will launch the process of selecting the Public Defender. We suppose that participation of all stakeholders in this process will be of paramount importance. A number of documents, including the Action Plan of the Open Parliament of Georgia, envisages active participation of civil society in decision making.  Such promises gain importance just during such processes, as Public Defender's elections. Thus, we call on the Parliament of Georgia and especially, on the parliamentary majority group to ensure ...

Investigative reports

Budget Is Loser in State Lottery

by | Jul 22

By Nino Bakradze In 2011, a company formed by the brother-in law of former Georgia Minister of Defense David Kezarashvili to operate the country's national lottery system gave 70 percent of that company's shares to the Ministry of Economics free of charge. Leaked documents found in the Panama Papers offer a possible explanation for this gift. Due to a wild overestimation of possible revenues from the lottery, the Georgian Lottery Company was already 30 million lari (about $US12 million) behind in its promised payments to the government for the rights to operate the lottery. The holding company for Georgian Lottery Company was registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in 2009 and the sole shareholder was Dimitri Chikovani, whose brother-in-law was a powerful minister under former President Mikheil Saakashvili and is currently a fugitive from justice in England. The Panama Papers are a collection of documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack-Fonseca, obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zietung  and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with reporters from over 80 countries. According to the Panama Papers documents, Lexor Capital was registered ...

Caucasus region

Azerbaijani Insiders Benefited from Currency Collapse

by | Jun 8

by Dave Bloss, Miranda Patrucic, Khadija Ismayilova and OCCRP Azerbaijan 06 June 2016 The First Family of Azerbaijan and a close business partner made a series of financial transactions in the days and weeks before a crippling 2015 devaluation of the national currency that eventually earned them at least 100 million manat (US$ 64 million) in just two deals while additionally protecting their banks and companies.

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