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Environment

Two missing after flood in Vani, Georgia

by | Jul 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two women are missing after several villages were flooded Sunday in Vani, a town in the west of Georgia, after ...

In brief

Electricity back online in Georgia after massive outage

by | Jul 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Trains stopped and all but one national TV station went off air in Georgia Sunday evening as much of ...

Youth

Traditionalists are against holding music festival KaZantip in Georgia

by | Jul 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of religious radicals protested in Tbilisi on Saturday against the music festival KaZantip, which is planned in ...

In brief

Massive power outage in Georgia

by | Jul 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A failure in a high-voltage power line has left large parts of Georgia without electricity Sunday evening. The capital Tbilisi is ...

Politics

New ministers confirmed by lighthearted Georgian parliament

by | Jul 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Though officially on summer break, the parliament in Georgia convened on Saturday to declare trust in the government after ...

Security

NATO to strengthen cooperation along Russia’s southwest fringes

by | Jul 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of NATO Parliamentary Assembly says the alliance will strengthen its cooperation with countries along Russia’s southwest borders. Hugh ...

Youth

Georgian Church wants music festival called off

by | Jul 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Orthodox Church is against holding the electronic music festival KaZantip in Georgia, claiming that it will ‘harm’ Georgians. The ...

Media

Georgian lawmaker wants to ban Russian TV channels

by | Jul 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A lawmaker from the National Movement wants to ban Russian news channels in Georgia. Giorgi Baramidze floated the idea in a Facebook post last ...

In brief

90% of cars in Georgia are more than 10 years old

by | Jul 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--More than 90 percent of the cars people drive in Georgia are from before 2004, according to a new ...

Sport

Georgian and Turkish football players clash in Tbilisi

by | Jul 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian and Turkish soccer players clashed in Tbilisi on Thursday, during a qualification match for UEFA Europe League. Georgia’s Chikhura ...

News

Rustavi 2 head acquitted in appeals court

by | Jul 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Appeals Court in Georgia on Thursday acquitted the head of Rustavi 2 TV in a corruption case. Rustavi 2 ...

Security

NATO politicians on visit to Georgia

by | Jul 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of NATO politicians are arriving in Georgia on Thursday, to meet Georgian politicians and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The ...

Politics

Insults exchanged in parliament’s human rights committee

by | Jul 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two members of the Georgian parliament insulted each other on Thursday during a meeting of the human rights committee. The ...

In brief

Three detained in Georgia for tax fraud with Iranian tar sand

by | Jul 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Finance Ministry’s investigative service on Thursday detained three persons for organized financial crime that caused the state a ...

In brief

New Georgian government to be confirmed by parliament on Saturday

by | Jul 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The new Georgian government will be put to parliament for a vote of confidence on Saturday. Vice Speaker of Parliament ...

Politics

New Georgian culture minister a government insider

by | Jul 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Wednesday presented economist Mikheil Giorgadze, a government insider, as new culture minister. The PM on ...

News

Foreign prosecutors to help Georgia investigate former officials

by | Jul 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three law experts are coming to Georgia to assist with the prosecution of former officials. Many former government officials have ...

Youth

Georgian team won medals at young scientist competition

by | Jul 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A team of Georgian school pupils won one gold and two bronze medals at the 26th International Olympiad in ...

Politics

Georgian PM names all but one of new ministers

by | Jul 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Tuesday named another four out of seven candidates to fill the empty ministers ...

Society

Bus drivers in Georgia protest against rough work conditions

by | Jul 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Bus drivers demonstrated in many Georgian towns on Tuesday, as a response to one of their colleagues who died ...

In brief

Georgian parliament speaker visiting Israel

by | Jul 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian speaker of parliament is Tuesday visiting Israel. Davit Usupashvili will meet with Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset, ...

Minorities

Ombudsman asks for effective investigation of Armenian church attack

by | Jul 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian ombudsman addresses law enforcement bodies to properly and effectively investigate the attack on priests at an Armenian ...

Youth

Georgian students: the generation of ‘three nos’

by | Jul 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--DF Watch on July 18 organized a discussion about the situation of students today. What problems are students facing? How ...

Politics

Seven ministers replaced in Georgian government reshuffle

by | Jul 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Monday fired seven ministers: the ministers for agriculture, prisons, refugees, environment, infrastructure, culture and ...

Environment

Green concert against maximum resource extraction

by | Jul 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--What connects the Khudoni hydro power project, a prehistoric gold mine, shrinking green areas in Tbilisi and human rights ...

Minorities

Priests attacked at Armenian church in Tbilisi

by | Jul 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--About 50 people physically attacked priests at an Armenian Church in Tbilisi on Saturday. The Armenian Orthodox Church says the attack was motivated ...

Youth

Indian medical students in Tbilisi

by | Jul 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Hundreds of Indians come to Georgia every year to study medicine at Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU). The two Indian ...

News

Georgia ratifies association agreement with the EU

by | Jul 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament on Friday ratified a new agreement with the European Union which was signed three weeks ago. The ...

In brief

16 year old boy dies in rockslide in Borjomi, Georgia

by | Jul 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A 16-year-old boy died on late Thursday as a result of a rockslide in Borjomi, a tourist resort in ...

Europe

Georgian parliament expected to ratify EU treaty Friday

by | Jul 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament will vote on whether to ratify the Association Agreement with the European Union on Friday. Several prominent ...

In brief

Tbilisi bus drivers on strike following death of colleague

by | Jul 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Drivers of bus line number 19 in Tbilisi on Thursday laid down work as a sign of protest, after one ...

Minorities

Georgian opera singer plans charity concert for gay rights

by | Jul 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian opera singer plans a charity concert dedicated to gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities. Tamar Iveri’s announcement in ...

In brief

Georgia signs agreement with Orthodox Church about cultural heritage

by | Jul 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Culture Ministry and Georgian Church will Thursday sign a memorandum about protection of cultural heritage. The memorandum is about taking ...

News

Georgian soldiers leaving base in Helmand

by | Jul 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian soldiers are leaving the U.S. military base Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as it is being closed down. According ...

Economy

GeoStat publishes foreign trade data for Jan-Jun ’14

by | Jul 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first half of 2014 was 16 percent more than last year, according to ...

In brief

Court adds to Bacho Akhalaia’s pre-trial detention

by | Jul 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Saturday added further pretrial detention for former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia for the murder of ...

News

Georgia considers reopening Ergneti market

by | Jul 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government plans to reopen the Ergneti market on the border with South Ossetia. In recent days, it ...

In brief

14 year old girl dead in traffic accident in Rikoti

by | Jul 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A minibus crushed into a truck on Tuesday, resulting in the death of a 14-year-old girl and ten others ...

News

Former ambassador found dead in Tbilisi

by | Jul 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian politician and media investor Erosi Kitsmarishvili was found dead in Tbilisi Tuesday afternoon. The Ministry of Internal Affairs immediately ...

Minorities

Naturalized Chechen still being denied to leave Georgia

by | Jul 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A Chechen refugee continues to claim that he is being harassed by government bodies and that he is not ...

News

Former presidential security staff questioned in ‘top secret’ case

by | Jul 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has questioned three of former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s security personnel as well as a ...

In brief

Court rejects prosecutor’s motion in case of suspended mayor

by | Jul 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Monday rejected a motion by the Prosecutor’s Office to change the USD 30,000 bail set ...

Politics

New Tbilisi city assembly convenes after the election

by | Jul 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The new Tbilisi City Council on Monday held its first session after the local election to elect a new ...

Economy

Flight route to connect Mestia with Tbilisi by air

by | Jul 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--There will be regular flights between Mestia, in the northwest of Georgia, with Mtskheta, just north of Tbilisi. The route, ...

News

Georgian film wins prize at Karlovy Vary film festival

by | Jul 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian film Corn Island won the top prize at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the ...

Youth

Tbilisi beer festival held at Roses Square

by | Jul 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi beer festival was held July 12-13 for the fifth year. It brought together thousands of people to drink ...

Elections

Clean sweep for government in Georgia’s local election

by | Jul 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian Dream coalition won the second round of the local election in every city and municipality, according to ...

News

Eduard Shevardnadze buried in Tbilisi Sunday

by | Jul 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Eduard Shevardnadze was buried on Sunday with military honors at his residence in Krtsanisi, Tbilisi. The former Soviet foreign minister ...

Youth

Bicycle marathon in Tbilisi to promote a healthy lifestyle

by | Jul 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A bicycle marathon Sunday brought together youth from many countries in Tbilisi. “Live with sport” was the slogan of the ...

Elections

Landslide victory for the government coalition in Tbilisi local election

by | Jul 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government coalition’s candidate for Tbilisi mayor will get 72.7 percent of votes, according to  preliminary results from the ...

In brief

Lower voter turnout in Georgia run-off elections

by | Jul 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The second round of Georgia’s local elections are proceeding without any major violations. Voter turnout at 17:00 was 28%  - ...

News

Georgia seizes record 2.8 tons of heroin hidden in trailer

by | Jul 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia Friday seized 2.8 tons of liquid heroin hidden in a trailer truck destined for Turkey, in a ...

Elections

Georgia holds second round of local elections

by | Jul 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Today, Georgia holds the second round of the local election in eight cities and 13 municipalities. According to the Central ...

News

Shevardnadze’s body moved to Sameba Cathedral

by | Jul 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The body of former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze was moved to Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi on Friday. A prayer was ...

In brief

EU ambassador: Georgian business will not be served breakfast in bed

by | Jul 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--EU Ambassador to Georgia Philip Dimitrov says business in Georgia will have to do a lot and is not ...

Youth

Women used as percussion instruments on TV show

by | Jul 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A TV show on Thursday has stirred controversy for showing a man performing music by slapping his hands on ...

News

Prosecutor says suspended mayor broke bail conditions

by | Jul 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has asked a court to further toughen the pre-trial conditions of former Tbilisi Mayor ...

News

Russia allows Georgian export of new products

by | Jul 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia will begin exporting melons and watermelons and some other products to Russia. The agricultural products will add to goods ...

Security

NATO envoy to Georgia: Courts must act independently

by | Jul 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO envoy James Appathurai says the justice system shouldn't be politically motivated and trials must be conducted independently, without ...

In brief

Businesses offer discount for Georgians who vote

by | Jul 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Several large companies in Georgia are offering discounts for customers who go and vote in the second round of ...

News

No significant changes expected in Russia-Georgia trade relations

by | Jul 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gregory Karasin says it is not necessary to begin threatening sanctions yet, but that Georgia ...

News

Bishop’s warning against Saakashvili’s party causes controversy

by | Jul 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Is the National Movement a legitimate political party or an antidemocratic movement which leading figures in society have a ...

Youth

Candidates for Tbilisi mayor face off in TV debate

by | Jul 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The candidates for Tbilisi mayor are facing off in a televised debate now at 8 PM local time. Davit Narmania ...

Economy

Georgia unveils new symbol for its currency, the lari

by | Jul 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s National Bank has unveiled a new symbol for its currency, the lari. The sign is a modified old ...

In brief

Lithuania ratifies Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova agreements with EU

by | Jul 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday ratified the association agreements between Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova with the EU. The vote was almost unanimous, ...

News

Court rejects appeal from ex-mayor

by | Jul 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Appeal’s Court in Georgia rejected an appeal from former Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava and he must therefore remain ...

In brief

Georgia appoints new ambassador to the UK

by | Jul 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvili on Monday appointed professor Revaz Gachechiladze as new ambassador to the UK, Northern Ireland and ...

In brief

Drop in summer visitors to Georgia

by | Jul 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The number of visitors to Georgia in June dropped eight percent compared to the same period last year, according ...

In brief

NATO envoy to Tbilisi to discuss ‘substantive package’

by | Jul 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO envoy James Appathurai will visit Georgia on Wednesday to discuss the ‘substantive package’ which the alliance is to ...

News

Eduard Shevardnadze dies at age 86

by | Jul 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze died on Monday at about 12:00 PM, at age 86. Shevardnadze was minister of internal ...

Economy

Georgia hopes to keep its free trade with Russia

by | Jul 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Economy Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Sunday that his country will try to have free trade with both Russia ...

News

Former mayor moved to Matrosov Prison

by | Jul 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava was Sunday moved to the so-called Matrosov Prison, where former government officials are usually ...

In brief

Seven fined after Friday’s scuffle about ex-mayor’s detention

by | Jul 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Seven people were Saturday fined 100 lari (USD 60) each for hooliganism after being detained the day before in a ...

In brief

Former defense minister must remain in detention, court rules

by | Jul 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court Saturday placed former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia in pretrial detention on new charges concerning the murder ...

News

Four detained in outburst of violence outside Tbilisi court

by | Jul 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Supporters of the National Movement were Friday night involved in a violent disturbance outside Tbilisi City Court, after it ...

News

Former mayor placed in pre-trial detention

by | Jul 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court Friday night placed former mayor Gigi Ugulava in pretrial detention. He faces charges of money laundering ...

Europe

Romania ratified EU agreements with Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

by | Jul 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--As the first EU member state, Romania on Thursday ratified Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova’s association agreements with the Union. Leaders ...

Elections

Mayor candidates promising Tbilisians better times

by | Jul 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--One week before the run-off election for Tbilisi mayor, candidates are showering the electorate with promises, though the major ...

News

President’s pardon commission gets new head

by | Jul 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Friday appointed a journalist to take over as head of the pardon commission under his ...

Elections

Second round of Georgia’s local election slated for July 12

by | Jul 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The second round of Georgia’s local election will be held on next Saturday, July 12, according to the Central ...

News

Russia violated human rights when expelling Georgians, court rules

by | Jul 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia violated the European human rights convention when it expelled ...

News

Former mayor detained at Tbilisi airport

by | Jul 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Mayor Gigi Ugulava was detained Thursday morning at Tbilisi airport as he was about to leave for Ukraine. ...

Economy

Two thirds of Georgia’s growing wine export goes to Russia

by | Jul 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia exported 26,872,145 bottles of wine in the first half of 2014. Out of the 34 different countries receiving ...

News

South Ossetia accuses EU observers of bias

by | Jul 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A spokesman for the Georgian breakaway region South Ossetia has accused the European Union's observers of being biased following ...

News

New torture charge against Bacho Akhalaia

by | Jul 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia on Wednesday brought further charges against former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia, for abuse of ...

In brief

Court did not set bail for former Tbilisi mayor

by | Jul 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Wednesday decided not to set bail conditions for former Tbilisi mayor Gigi Ugulava, who is ...

News

Court to decide bail conditions for former Tbilisi mayor

by | Jul 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has asked the court to set a 50,000 lari (USD 30,000) bail for former ...

News

The grave of painter Pirosmani allegedly found in Tbilisi

by | Jul 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The tomb of the Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani has allegedly been discovered in Tbilisi. Pirosmani was self-taught and his paintings ...

Youth

Art students in Tbilisi protest ‘Russian, socialist’ teaching methods

by | Jul 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Art students in Tbilisi protested Monday against what they see as a backward teaching style and an outdated understanding ...

Economy

Georgia and Russia meet to sort out EU vs CIS free trade

by | Jul 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian and Russian trade experts will meet in Prague on July 7 to find out how compatible Georgia's new ...

Minorities

How well did Georgia’s local election include minorities?

by | Jul 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--On June 23, DF Watch invited members of three non-governmental organizations working with minority issues to discuss how well ...

Minorities

New report details obstacles for minorities in Georgia

by | Jul 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--There are many obstacles to integrating minorities in Georgia, according to a new report published on Thursday by the ...

Politics

Tbilisi’s ex-mayor accused of embezzlement involving parking fees

by | Jun 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The former mayor of Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava, was Monday charged with embezzlement involving the city’s parking company. In a statement ...

News

Government cuts duration of administrative detention

by | Jun 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government coalition in Georgia has proposed to reduce the maximum duration of administrative detention from 90 to 15 ...

Economy

Georgia improves on global retail index

by | Jun 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has improved its position on the Global Retail Development Index, a list of the most prospective countries for investing ...

Elections

Repeat elections held in Georgia

by | Jun 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia conducted repeat elections at fourteen precincts on Sunday. The government coalition won in eight precincts, while the National ...

Minorities

Jehova’s Witnesses still under pressure in Georgia

by | Jun 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Jehovah’s Witnesses in Georgia continue to be under pressure as another community denies the establishment of a prayer house. This ...

News

Georgians celebrated becoming ‘part of a big family’

by | Jun 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--On June 27, Georgia became part of a big family, President Margvelashvili said at a concert in Tbilisi to celebrate ...

News

Lavrov’s threat of trade measures met with calm in Tbilisi

by | Jun 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A threat by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Russia may take protective measures against the EU’s new free ...

Europe

New treaty between EU and Georgia finally signed

by | Jun 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia on Friday signed the Association Agreement with the EU in Brussels. The 1,135 page document was signed by ...

News

Georgian former paramilitary detained in Azerbaijan

by | Jun 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A former employee of the paramilitary organization Mkhedrioni who was wanted for four murders was Thursday detained in Azerbaijan, ...

Europe

Georgia signs association agreement with the EU

by | Jun 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia today signs the association agreement with the EU at 09:00 in Brussels. Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili and the rest ...

Youth

Georgia holds national exams

by | Jun 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--National exams started Thursday morning all over Georgia, on three different levels of education. About 36,000 school graduates will take ...

News

Workers protest bad drinking water at ferroalloy plant

by | Jun 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tens of workers at the ferro-alloy plant in Zestaponi went on strike on Wednesday to protest the quality of ...

Security

NATO will not offer Georgia a membership plan this year

by | Jun 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO will not offer Georgia a Membership Action Plan (MAP) at a summit in Wales in September, the alliance’s ...

News

Tbilisi mayor withdraws court case

by | Jun 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Tbilisi mayor who was removed from office has called off his lawsuit to get back his job, calling ...

Environment

Rebellion against oil company in Georgian village

by | Jun 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Locals have rebelled against an oil company that wants to search for oil in an eastern Georgian town. People ...

News

Georgia ends moratorium on foreigners buying agricultural land

by | Jun 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Foreigners will be again able to purchase agricultural lands in Georgia unhindered. This follows from a decision by Georgia’s Constitutional ...

Europe

Georgia plans concert to celebrate new EU treaty

by | Jun 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia plans to hold a big outdoors concert in the capital to celebrate the signing of ...

News

Georgia and Russia to hold trade talks

by | Jun 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia and Russia plan to hold a meeting of experts on trade and economic issues. The meeting will also deal ...

Caucasus region

South Ossetia parliament to discuss joining Russia

by | Jun 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The de facto parliament in South Ossetia plans to start discussing the issue of joining Russia. It was the parliament’s ...

News

Opera Australia cans Georgian opera singer for homophobic comment

by | Jun 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Opera Australia has canceled a contract with the Georgian opera singer Tamar Iveri after she made comments that were ...

Politics

Campaign finance watchdog wants to fine the government

by | Jun 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The public watchdog overseeing the financial activity of political parties in Georgia claims that the government coalition has received ...

Economy

Russian experts in Georgia to inspect produce

by | Jun 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of four experts from Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, Monday arrived in Georgia ...

Minorities

Language exams prepare Azeri-Georgian youth for university

by | Jun 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tural is a 19 years old high school graduate who plans to go on to university and study IT. ...

In brief

National Movement activist beaten in Batumi

by | Jun 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A member of the National Movement was Saturday attacked in Batumi, a city on the Black Sea coast. Party activist ...

Interviews

Russia might intervene in Ukraine if major violence

by | Jun 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Right now we have a civil war in Ukraine, says peace researcher Johan Galtung. He warns that Russia might ...

In brief

Rikoti tunnel reopened for traffic

by | Jun 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Rikoti tunnel was reopened for traffic on Friday. It is part of the road which connects the eastern and ...

News

National Movement implicated in election fraud video

by | Jun 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Ministry of Interior on Friday charged 13 persons with having engaged in election fraud at two precincts in the ...

Elections

Georgia repeat elections will be on June 29

by | Jun 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Repeat elections will be held June 29 at seven precincts because results there were canceled, Georgia's Central Election Commission (CEC) ...

News

Russia invites Georgia to establish diplomatic relations

by | Jun 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Russia thinks Georgia should take the first steps toward restoring diplomatic relations, but Georgia answers that restoring diplomatic relations ...

News

South Ossetia recognizes Lugansk breakaway republic

by | Jun 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The de facto South Ossetian government on June 18 recognized the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic. The Lugansk republic, comprising a ...

Elections

Results canceled at two precincts after video shows fraud

by | Jun 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Election results at two Georgian precincts were canceled Tuesday, as a result of a controversial video published by the ...

News

Georgia improves its position on Global Peace Index

by | Jun 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has improved its standing on the latest Global Peace Index by 28 places and is now 111 among ...

Sport, Youth

Georgian wins European junior wrestling championship

by | Jun 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian wrestler Tarzan Maisuradze on Tuesday won the European junior wrestling championships in Katowice, Poland. Maisuradze won in Men's ...

News

Georgia’s PM claims more power from the president

by | Jun 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia wants to take away one more power from the president: the right to award two ...

Youth

Music festival KaZantip defends against splinter group

by | Jun 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Republic of KaZantip, until now residing in Crimea, seems to be experiencing its own share of separatism, but ...

News

One man dies of electrocution at metal plant in Georgia

by | Jun 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--One man died from electrocution on Tuesday at the steelworks part of a smelter plant in Rustavi, near Tbilisi. Nukri Kimadze, ...

Environment

Another landslide blocks main east-west road in Georgia

by | Jun 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Another landslide Tuesday blocked the main road that connects western and eastern Georgia. The first landslide damaged the road through ...

Background

Georgians waiting to see what the EU treaty will bring

by | Jun 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Technical preparations for Georgia and Moldova signing free trade treaties with the European Union ended Monday. As ten days are ...

In brief

One more dead body found in Dariali

by | Jun 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Another body was found in Dariali Valley on Monday, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced. This is the fourth victim ...

Economy

Georgia’s foreign trade up 16% Jan-May ’14

by | Jun 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first five months of 2014 was USD 4,498 million. This is 16 percent ...

Elections

Election update after 98% of votes have been counted

by | Jun 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government coalition had a strong showing in the local election, though not as strong as in the previous ...

News

Georgian politician who withdrew candidacy wins election by 52%

by | Jun 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian politician who withdrew his candidacy one day before Sunday’s local election seems to have won by an ...

News

Abkhazia’s interim rulers plan to block Georgians from voting

by | Jun 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The new de facto rulers of Abkhazia are preparing to prevent Georgians with dual citizenship from voting in the election planned ...

Elections

Celebratory mood after Georgia’s local election

by | Jun 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Both the ruling Georgian Dream coalition and the National Movement celebrated the results of exit polls from Sunday’s local ...

News

Preliminary results: Government coalition 55%, UNM 20%

by | Jun 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Dream gets 55.45 percent of the votes in all of Georgia, UNM  20.19 percent while Burjanadze’s coalition received ...

Minorities

Mother claims daughter discriminated against by priest

by | Jun 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A mother claims a priest forced her daughter to leave a church a few days ago because of her ...

NGO news

Observers say violations do not affect election outcome

by | Jun 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Independent observers in Georgia’s local election say the extent of violations seen so far is not enough to influence the ...

News

Exit poll: second round may be needed in Tbilisi

by | Jun 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--An exit poll conducted by Rustavi 2 indicates that a second round might be necessary in Tbilisi. If the ...

Elections

Footballer-minister Kaladze accused of election violation

by | Jun 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A government spokesperson in Georgia defended himself Sunday against criticism from an opposition politician for standing in front of ...

Elections

What you need to know about Georgia’s local election

by | Jun 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Sunday's election in Georgia marks a significant expansion of local democracy in the country. Voters are electing twelve new mayors, ...

Elections

Voting goes smoothly in Georgia’s local election

by | Jun 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch-Voting went smoothly Sunday in Georgia’s local election. 517,123 people had voted by noon, according to the Central Election Commission ...

Elections

561 foreign observers for Georgia’s local election

by | Jun 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--There will be 32 international and 59 Georgian organizations observing the local election on Sunday, according to the Central Election Commission ...

Elections

Government’s candidate in Marneuli confirms withdrawal

by | Jun 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A candidate for Georgia’s governing coalition in a town south of the capital has announced that he is withdrawing ...

News

16 Georgians captured by Iraqi insurgents

by | Jun 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A United Nations spokesperson said Friday that 16 Georgians had been captured by Islamist insurgents in Iraq. Georgian authorities ...

Environment

Court faults Georgia’s lifting of mine’s protected status

by | Jun 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Friday canceled a decision by the Culture Ministry to remove the protected area status of ...

Europe

Barroso: Georgia doesn’t have to choose between East and West

by | Jun 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso Thursday arrived in Georgia on the second leg of his visit to countries ...

Elections

Government coalition withdraws its candidate in Marneuli

by | Jun 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Dream coalition on Thursday withdrew its candidate for gamgebeli in Marneuli in Sunday’s local election, explaining that it ...

Elections

National Movement under investigation for faking persecution

by | Jun 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s party is under investigation for pretending to be victim of political persecution.  Justice Minister Thea ...

News

Russian given 12 years for Batumi shooting

by | Jun 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Batumi City Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to 12 years in jail, who is suspected of murdering a ...

In brief

Barroso visits Georgia to underline EU’s support

by | Jun 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--José Manuel Barroso will visit Georgia Thursday and Friday. The two day stopover will be the EU Commission president’s first ...

News

Family of murdered ranger demonstrate outside UNM office

by | Jun 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The family of a forest ranger who was killed in 2008 demonstrated in Zugdidi Wednesday. Ranger Davit Tsindeliani is still ...

News

Saakashvili ridicules OSCE envoy

by | Jun 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has ridiculed the appointment of Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini as OSCE special representative to ...

Elections

Audit Office wants to fine three political parties

by | Jun 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The State Audit Office wants to fine the political parties Alliance of Georgia’s Patriots, Conservative Party and Georgia’s Way. The ...

News

Workers rally outside clinic treating burnt miners

by | Jun 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Trade Union demonstrated outside a hospital in Tbilisi on Tuesday to show solidarity with workers who were burnt ...

News

South Ossetia election raises specter of ‘Crimean scenario’

by | Jun 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The parliamentary election in South Ossetia Sunday was soundly won by a political bloc which wants the breakaway region ...

Elections

Tbilisi court restores UNM’s candidate in Marneuli

by | Jun 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Tuesday restored a National Movement candidate’s right to run in the June 15 local election. Akmamed ...

Economy

Foreign investments Georgia was USD 260 million in Q1

by | Jun 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Direct foreign investment in Georgia in the first quarter of 2014 was USD 260 million, according to preliminary data ...

News

Seven injured in Georgian coal mine fire

by | Jun 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Seven people were injured in a fire in a coal mine in Tkibuli on Monday. Two of them are ...

News

CEC upholds rejection of UNM candidate in Marneuli

by | Jun 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Central Election Commission (CEC) in Georgia has canceled the registration of a National Movement candidate for gamgebeli of ...

News

Biden announces new USD 5 million aid package to Georgia

by | Jun 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The United States allocates USD five million in assistance to Georgia, specifically people affected by the so-called borderization at ...

News

Georgia to cut troop numbers in Afghanistan to 700

by | Jun 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is reducing its number of troops in Afghanistan from January 1, 2015, to 700, Mindia Janelidze, Chairman of ...

News

New investigation into brutal 2008 murder in Georgia

by | Jun 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Ministry of Internal Affairs has opened an investigation into the 2008 disappearance and murder of Paata Kardava, an ...

Minorities

Orthodox activists protest evangelical event in Tbilisi

by | Jun 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of Orthodox Christian activists protest against the international evangelistic Festival of Hope to be held in Georgia and ...

Environment

Dariali Valley evacuated after landslide alert

by | Jun 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Clean-up work in Dariali Valley in northern Georgia was resumed on Saturday, a day after  workers were evacuated due ...

Elections

Mayor breaks into district election office, swears at official

by | Jun 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Suspended Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava Thursday broke into a district election commission office in Marneuli and swore at the ...

Environment

Calls to restore heritage status for Sakdrisi mine

by | Jun 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A rally was held Thursday to demand the restoration of protected area status for the old Sakdrisi mine in ...

Security

Rasmussen stops short of promising Georgia MAP

by | Jun 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen promises that Georgia’s progress will be assessed at the upcoming NATO Summit in ...

Minorities

30,000 conservatives demand anti-discrimination law changed

by | Jun 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--30 000 people in Georgia have signed a document demanding changes in a newly adopted anti-discrimination law. The Union of ...

In brief

Merkel to visit Georgia

by | Jun 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Georgia before spring 2015, by invitation of Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili. The PM on ...

Politics

Georgian PM expects ‘adequate assessment’ of his efforts

by | Jun 4
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Tbilisi, Dfwatch - Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili hopes that a progress done by Georgia will be ‘adequately assessed’ on the ...

Environment

Heavy rains hit Georgia, a man drowned near Borjomi

by | Jun 4
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - A 25-year-old man has drowned in a river Sakirula, near resort town Borjomi, in southern Georgia on ...

Economy

Georgia’s wine export is booming

by | Jun 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia increased its export of wine by 147 percent in the first five months of 2014, compared to last ...

Environment

Court temporarily bans mining in Sakdrisi

by | Jun 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court has suspended a decree by the Ministry of Culture that gave a green light to begin mining at the ...

Environment

Temporary road to be opened in Dariali

by | Jun 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--For over two weeks, the only road through the Caucasus mountain range has been closed due to a massive ...

News

Georgia to change its policy toward softer drugs

by | Jun 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Hundreds of people, mostly youth, gathered Monday outside the government office in Tbilisi to demand decriminalization of marijuana. The rally ...

In brief

Swiss President Burkhalter visiting Georgia

by | Jun 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Swiss President Didier Burkhalter arrived in Georgia Monday evening as part of a round trip in the South Caucasus. Lasha ...

Security

Merkel: NATO not to offer Georgia MAP in September

by | Jun 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--German Chancellor Angela Merkel says NATO will not offer Georgia a Membership Action Plan (MAP) at the upcoming summit ...

Minorities

Gardabani street fight was ethnic, local says

by | Jun 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A recent street fight last week in the eastern Georgian town Gardabani appears to have background in ethnic tensions. ...

News

Abkhazian leader resigns

by | Jun 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The leader of the Georgian breakaway region Abkhazia,  Alexander Ankvab, resigned on Sunday. Ankvab said he resigned in order to ...

Politics

Parties in Georgia don’t pay enough attention to youth

by | Jun 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three youth politicians told DF Watch in a recent discussion that political parties in Georgia do not pay much ...

News

Demonstration in Tbilisi for decriminalization of marijuana

by | Jun 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Mostly young demonstrators marched through Tbilisi on Saturday, against what they see as a too tough drug policy. Their slogan, ‘Beka is ...

News

Viral meningitis outbreak receding in Georgia

by | May 31
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TBILISI, DFWatch--About 200 viral meningitis patients out of 400 have left hospital, according to Georgia’s Health Minister, Davit Sergeenko. He says ...

Youth

Youth for legalizing marijuana plan demonstration

by | May 31
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Youth in Georgia also this year plan to demonstrate for decriminalizing marijuana. On June 2 last year, there was a ...

News

Details published about Saakashvili’s travel expenses

by | May 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili spent GEL 1,533,222 (USD 866,000) of public money on official visits during his last ...

Youth

Youth Parliament – learning to put words into action

by | May 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, a group of young students have created their own parliament. It has 100 MPs and prepares real ...

Environment

Search for bodies continuing after May 17 landslide

by | May 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Nearly two weeks after a catastrophic landslide hit Dariali Valley in the Caucasus mountains, the search is continuing for four ...

News

Parole commission releases 79 prisoners

by | May 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The parole commission decided at a session Tuesday to release 79 prisoners. According to the Prison Ministry, 69 of those up ...

News

Saakashvili ideologue to be adviser for new Ukraine president

by | May 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is not to advise the new Ukrainian government, but his economy minister, Kakha Bendukidze, ...

News

Large street fight in eastern Georgian town

by | May 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Wednesday night there was a street fight in a town south east in Georgia involving hundreds of youth. The fight ...

Europe

Merkel meets premiers of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova

by | May 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The prime ministers of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on Wednesday met with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in Germany. “We ...

Youth

KaZantip festival will go ahead in Crimea after all

by | May 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The electronic dance music festival KaZantip will be held in Crimea after all. Earlier it was announced it had ...

In brief

Georgian foreign minister visiting U.S.

by | May 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze on Tuesday began an official visit to the United States which will last until ...

News

‘Coup attempt’ in Abkhazia

by | May 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The opposition in Abkhazia Tuesday night took over the presidential administration in Sukhumi and demanded the resignation of President ...

News

Former Tbilisi mayor brutally attacked

by | May 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Ex-Mayor of Tbilisi and National Movement member Zurab Chiaberashvili was attacked in the cafe in Tbilisi on Tuesday. The attackers ...

News

Georgian president transfers signing power to PM

by | May 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has transferred the right to sign an Association Agreement with EU to the prime minister ...

In brief

Davit Kezerashvili acquitted of cognac fraud

by | May 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Tuesday acquitted former Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili of cognac fraud. Kezerashvili, who is under house arrest ...

News

Georgian soldiers took oath on Independence Day

by | May 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Thousands of people came to downtown Tbilisi to mark Independence Day on Monday. The day was celebrated in 12 ...

News

School closure in Georgia extended four days due to virus

by | May 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian kindergartens and schools up to sixth grade will remain closed until the end of the week to deal ...

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