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Theories swirl about what started Tbilisi shopping centre fire

by | Jan 31

TBILISI, DFWatch--Several theories were circulating about the cause of a massive fire Monday morning near Tbilisi’s central railway station, which is estimated to have done several million US dollars’ worth of damage, but there is still no firm information about why it started.

News

Constitutional Court lifts work ban for former Soviet officials

by | Nov 6

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Constitutional Court in Georgia has decided that a controversial provision barring former senior Soviet officials and Communist Party members from holding post in state institutions is unconstitutional. The court on Tuesday announced the ruling,

Minorities

All defendants acquitted in 2013 anti-gay rights attack case

by | Oct 23

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Friday acquitted four people for organizing a violent anti-gay rights rally in 2013. The four, who also included clergy in the Georgian Orthodox Church, were on trial for urging protesters who disrupted a peaceful rally to mark the

News, Sport

Website selling UEFA Super Cup tickets goes down

by | Jun 22

TBILISI, DFWatch--The website biletebi.ge, which is responsible for selling tickets for UEFA Super Cup 2015, went down Monday morning. Administrators claim they have been the target of a cyber attack and that enormous amounts of users have tried to enter the site at the same time.

News

Tbilisi’s escaped zoo animals: Bear and hyena still not accounted for

by | Jun 17

TBILISI, DFWatch--As Tbilisi reels from the shock of a tiger attack which killed one man in a warehouse around noon today, a bear and a hyena may still be on loose in a city with a million inhabitants. The man who was killed by an escaped zoo tiger has been identified as a worker at a warehouse in the Laguna Vere compound, a few hundred meters from the zoo which was destroyed in a flood June 14. The man, who was about 40 years old, was severely injured and taken to the Republican Hospital, but doctors couldn’t save him. Doctors said he had injuries in the neck, damaging the carotid artery. Minister of Internal Affairs Vakhtang Gomelauri, as well as the head of the Security and Crisis Management Council Mindia Janelidze, both said they relied on information given by the zoo two days ago, that no animals were out in the streets. But yesterday evening, the zoo’s management issued a statement saying that a white tiger, a bear and a hyena were still absent. After the tiger has now appeared, this means a bear ...

Environment

Court decides that RMG Gold must allow inspection of ancient mine

by | May 14

TBILISI, DFWatch--A court in Georgia on Wednesday decided that a mining company must allow experts access to a site so they can inspect an ancient gold mine which was destroyed last December. Tbilisi City Court ruled that the parties in the conflict, experts and witnesses

Politics

Georgian parliament to discuss low lari rate again

by | Apr 27

TBILISI, DFWatch--Parliament in Georgia is calling on the group of economy ministers to explain themselves again about the falling currency rate, but the finance minister claims the drop in the lari's value is only temporary. The value of the Georgian lari started

News

Suspected police killer says he was pressured into confessing

by | Apr 15

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian man suspected of killing two policemen denies guilt after first having pleaded guilty. Shalva Abuladze was booked for two encounters with police, one in January and the last one on April 4, which left two policemen dead and two wounded.

News

Dismissed defense minister ‘told not to sign air defense agreement’

by | Mar 26

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, former Defense Minister Irakli Alasania and his successor Mindia Janelidze on Wednesday accused each other of lying about a treaty Alasania signed in France in 2014 shortly before his dismissal. The treaty

Politics

Saakashvili’s party again demands answers from government

by | Mar 9

TBILISI, DFWatch--The National Movement party warns of an economic crisis in Georgia and demands measures from the government. The government claims the situation is under control and the ruling coalition sees no need for scheduling the special session.

Sport

Georgian kickboxer accused of robbery in Russia

by | Feb 16

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian athlete and four time world champion in kickboxing was detained in Moscow last month, accused of robbery. Russian media outlets report that Irakli Gvinjilia is accused of stealing 70,000 Russian rubles, or about USD 1,000, from someone

News

Update: Restrictions on several roads due to snow

by | Feb 12

TBILISI, DFWatch--Traffic is still blocked along the road between Gudauri and Kobi in the north of Georgia due to danger of avalanche. According to the Road Department, no vehicles are allowed through. There are also the following restrictions on the Tkibuli

In brief

President’s annual address will be on March 18

by | Feb 10

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president’s annual state of the nation address in parliament will be held on March 18. It is still an open question whether there will be a debate after President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s address. His parliamentary secretary Giorgi

News

Eleven police officers detained in Georgia

by | Feb 3

TBILISI, DFWatch--Eleven current and former police officers were detained in Georgia on Tuesday in connection with bombing of a human rights activist nearly two weeks ago. Yuri Vazagashvili, a Tbilisi businessman, was killed January 20 as he stepped on a land mine

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