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News

Georgia creates body to investigate crimes by legal proceedings

by | Jan 31
prosecutors_office

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia wants to create a new department which will investigate offenses committed in the course ...

In brief

Ivanishvili plans tv series about Saakashvili’s nine year rule

by | Jan 30
bidzina ivanishvili --

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili plans a TV series about the nine years of National Movement rule. In an ...

News

HRW criticizes Georgia for not prosecuting political violence

by | Jan 30
HRW_World_Report_2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--In a new report, Human Rights Watch criticizes Georgia for failing to prosecute attacks on activists from the National ...

NGO news

Ivanishvili on collision course with the U.S. on role of NGOs

by | Jan 30
richard_norland

TBILISI, DFWatch--The godfather of the government in Georgia, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, was rebuked by the US ambassador Thursday after criticizing ...

Environment

New day of protest against hotel in Vake Park

by | Jan 29
vake_park_guerilla_gardening_2015-01-28

TBILISI, DFWatch--Environmental activists in Tbilisi on Wednesday continued their protest against the construction of a hotel inside one of the ...

In brief

Gulf under investigation for tax avoidance in Georgia

by | Jan 29
gulf_gas_station

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Finance Ministry’s investigation service is going through the accounting documents of Gulf, one of the largest oil retail ...

News

Ivanishvili’s latest reprimand: Do they think Margvelashvili is doing magic?

by | Jan 29
bidzina_ivanishvili_on_Imedi_TV_2015-01-28_

TBILISI, DFWatch--Bidzina Ivanishvili, the businessman who created the Georgian Dream coalition, on Wednesday criticized the president in an interview with ...

News

Ivanishvili criticizes Saakashvili’s party for urging youth to join Ukraine war

by | Jan 29
bidzina_ivanishvili_on_Imedi_TV_2015-01-28

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili criticizes the party of ex-President Saakashvili, the National Movement, of encouraging youth to ...

News

Leader of 2006 Kodori mutiny released after entering plea deal

by | Jan 28
emzar-kviciani_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--A former warlord who was sentenced to 12 years in jail last November, was Wednesday released after entering a ...

News

Lowest lari rate for eleven years

by | Jan 28
national library

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian lari has dropped in value again and is now traded for more than two US dollars - ...

In brief

Consultations continue to find new head of Georgia’s Supreme Court

by | Jan 28
kote_and_pavle_kublashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Consultations are continuing in Tbilisi’s political circles to find a new head of Supreme Court. Current head Kote Kublashvili’s ...

News

Prisoner was to have murdered mother of Buta Robakidze

by | Jan 28
Ia_Metreveli

TBILISI, DFWatch--A prisoner serving time for drug related crime claims he was forced to carry out a murder in 2008, ...

Society

Trade union blames weak worker protection for deaths in the workplace

by | Jan 27
DSC_0346_copy_Chiatura_miners_2014-03-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Trade Union blames a weak labor code for what it says is a rise in the number of ...

News

Deputy head of NATO visiting Georgia, will visit planned training center

by | Jan 27
alexander_vershbow

TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO's deputy secretary general, Alexander Vershbow, will visit Georgia January 29-30. The purpose of the trip is to monitor the ...

News

Prisoners with life sentence on hunger strike to be part of 2013 amnesty

by | Jan 27
Prison_No_8_Gldani

TBILISI, DFWatch--At least 50 prisoners serving life sentences have gone on hunger strike to demand to benefit from a mass ...

In brief

Georgian PM appoints new interior minister

by | Jan 26
vakhtang_gomelauri

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Monday appointed Vakhtang Gomelarui as new interior minister after the previous minister resigned ...

In brief

Yuri Vazagashvili buried Sunday

by | Jan 26
funeral

TBILISI, DFWatch---Yuri Vazagashvili was Sunday buried in the village Karapila, near Kaspi, 50 km west of the capital. He was buried ...

In brief

Lithuanian PM starts two day visit to Georgia

by | Jan 26
algirdas butkevicius

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Lithuanian prime minister on Monday starts a two day visit to Georgia. On the first day of his visit, ...

News

Few of the ombudsman’s recommendations are followed

by | Jan 26
public defender - ombudsman

TBILISI, DFWatch--Only 35 out of 154 of the ombudsman recommendations in 2014 were followed, according to a report published on ...

News

More people leave Georgia’s law enforcement after activist’s death

by | Jan 25
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--The fallout from a bombing of a rights activist in Georgia last week continued Sunday with several prosecutors asking ...

In brief

Police official in Georgia resigns following bombing of activist

by | Jan 24
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--A high-ranking police official in Georgia resigned Friday evening. His resignation follows that of the interior minister, and is ...

News

Georgia’s interior minister resigns

by | Jan 23
alexandre_chikaidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Interior Minister Alexandre Chikaidze, who was hardly seen in public during his tenure, on Friday resigned following the ...

News

Appeals Court upholds nine year sentence against Megis Kardava

by | Jan 23
megis kardava

TBILISI, DFWatch--A former government official charged in the case of Sergo Tetradze’s murder, was on Friday sentenced to nine years ...

News

Georgian Dream hesitates over inquest into destruction of gold mine

by | Jan 23
sakdrisi_investigate_destruction_2014-12-19

TBILISI, DFWatch--Doubt has been cast on the Georgian parliament's plans to have an inquest into the destruction of a prehistoric ...

News

Suspect in Batumi murder of girl, 16, detained in Iran

by | Jan 23
murder_suspect_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Iran has detained the suspect in the murder of a 16 year old girl in Batumi in July, 2013. Mariam ...

In brief

Coffin of Georgian who fought in Ukraine greeted at Tbilisi airport

by | Jan 22
Tamaz_Sukhiashvili_coffin_Kashueti

TBILISI, DFWatch--The body of a Georgian volunteer fighter who died in Ukraine on January 17 arrived in Georgia on Wednesday ...

News

Over 30 witnesses questioned about Yuri Vazagashvili’s death

by | Jan 22
yuri_vazagashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--At least thirty people have so far been questioned about the death of Yuri Vazagashvili, father of a victim ...

Economy

China’s ambassador briefed about investment prospects in agriculture

by | Jan 22
meeting with chinese ambassador

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s agriculture minister on Wednesday met with the Chinese ambassador to discuss bilateral relations and the mostly positive dynamic ...

News

Return of dead 19 year old discussed at IPRM meeting

by | Jan 21
IPRM photo

TBILISI, DFWatch--At a regular field meeting Tuesday between the parties in the 2008 South Ossetia war, Georgia brought up the ...

News

Man blaming police of the son’s death, killed at his grave

by | Jan 21
It is still unknown whether it was a suicide or homocide (Interpressnews)

Tbilisi, DFWatch - A father of a victim of controversial police special operation back in 2006 was found dead on ...

In brief

Body of Georgian priest from Norman Atlantic arrives in Tbilisi

by | Jan 20
ilia_kartozia

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president on Monday posthumously honored priest Ilia Kartozia, 27, for his bravery rescuing people in the Norman ...

Minorities

Muslims in northeast Georgia demonstrate against Charlie Hebdo

by | Jan 20
Muslims rally in a village Duisi, Pankisi Gorge (Interpressnews)

TBILISI, DFWatch--Muslims in a valley northeast in Georgia demonstrated Monday against the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo for publishing a ...

News

Third Georgian fighter dies in the war in Ukraine

by | Jan 19
Tamaz_Sukhiashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--A third Georgian has died in the war in Ukraine. Tamaz Sukhiashvili, 36, was killed in the battle for ...

Economy

Georgia’s foreign trade grew 5% in 2014

by | Jan 19
poti

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in 2014 was five percent more than the previous year according to preliminary data from ...

In brief

Chinese citizen detained for facilitating prostitution

by | Jan 18
brothel_busted_in_Gonio

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Chinese citizen was on Sunday detained in Georgia’s second largest city Kutaisi for providing premises used for prostitution. According ...

In brief

23 Georgian sailors stranded on five ships in Benin

by | Jan 18
maritime_transport_agency

TBILISI, DFWatch--23 Georgian sailors have been stuck on five ships under Greek management close to Benin in western Africa. The sailors ...

News

Georgian Church explains its position regarding Charlie Hebdo

by | Jan 17
Patriarchate

TBILISI, DFWatch--In its first comments about the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, the Georgian Orthodox Church condemns the terror act but also ...

Economy

Sharp drop in money transfers into Georgia

by | Jan 16
lari_cash

TBILISI, DFWatch--Money transfers to Georgia in December 2014 were 24.9 percent lower than in the same period in 2013, according ...

News

Film made by Georgian director nominated for Oscar

by | Jan 16
tangerines

TBILISI, DFWatch--A film made by a Georgian filmmaker which was previously nominated for a Golden Globe, was Thursday nominated for ...

In brief

Missing 77 year old found dead near South Ossetia

by | Jan 16
ergneti_03_resized

TBILISI, DFWatch--A 77 year old man who went missing a few days ago in the village Ergneti next to South ...

News

Georgian government plans to sell university tower in Batumi

by | Jan 16
UNM rally Batumi technical university

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia wants to sell a high-rise in Batumi that was built during the previous government to ...

News

Four Georgians nominated for Ukraine’s Justice Ministry

by | Jan 15
gia getsadze

Former deputy interior minister and three more former Georgian officials have been nominated on high positions in Ukaraine Justice Ministry ...

News

PM Garibashvili: no obligation to attend the presidents ‘symbolic’ address

by | Jan 14
Irakli Garibashvili, the PM, at the opening ceremony of the five-stars hotel in Borjomi resort town (Press Office photo)

Tbilisi, DFWatch - Irakli Garibashvili, the PM, once more publicly disregards the President stating that government members have no obligation ...

News

Georgian parliamentarians visit Kiev

by | Jan 14
session hall parliament 2012-10-21

Tbilisi, DFWatch - Amid tensions over appointment of former Georgian officials on the high positions in Ukraine, Georgian parliamentary delegation visits ...

News

Saakashvili criticized for his Syria statement

by | Jan 13
giorgi_margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--President of Georgia slammed his predecessor Mikheil Saakashvili, accusing him of manipulating with important and strategic issues of the country's ...

News

Man taken from his garden at South Ossetia border

by | Jan 13
Dvani

TBILISI, DFWatch--One Georgian was detained Monday in a village that lies on the de facto border with the breakaway region ...

News

One Chinese worker injured in fire at youth Olympic festival site

by | Jan 12
olympic_village_fire_2015-01-11

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Chinese worker was injured in a fire on Sunday on the construction site of the future Olympic village ...

News

Ivanishvili has abandoned the idea of hosting TV show

by | Jan 12
bidzina_ivanishvili_TV1_2014-11-08

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian PM Bidzina Ivanishvili has finally abandoned the idea to host a political talk show on a TV ...

Environment

Traffic restrictions lifted on most roads in Georgia after heavy snowfall

by | Jan 11
plowing_snow_on_road

TBILISI, DFWatch--Traffic restrictions have been lifted on most road sections in Georgia after being closed due to heavy snowfall that ...

News

Another archaeological site in Georgia being destroyed

by | Jan 10
digging_beri_kldeebi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Another historical object allegedly more than 6,000 years old is believed to be destroyed by a construction company. In a ...

Environment

Locals in Tbilisi demonstrating against Chinese road construction company

by | Jan 9
Sinohydro_Corp_Tbilisi-Rustavi_road

TBILISI, DFWatch--In a village just south of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, locals are protesting against a Chinese company which they ...

In brief

Snowfall causing interruptions several places in Georgia

by | Jan 8
jvari_tunnel

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two Latvian tourists are stranded in Jvari pass in the north of Georgia. Snowfall is also causing other problems ...

News

Heavy snow and avalanche danger on Georgian roads

by | Jan 7
Weather created difficulties on roads of Georgia over the few days (Road Department photo)

Tbilisi, DFWatch - Parts of the important roads in Georgia, including a highway connecting it with Armenia are still blocked ...

Economy

Georgia had 2% growth in tourism in 2014

by | Jan 6
tourists

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia had a two percent growth in tourism in 2014. More than 5.4 million people visited the country last year, ...

News

Three suspects admit double murder during robbery

by | Jan 6
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Tbilisi on Sunday detained three suspects who all pleaded guilty of the murder of two brothers during ...

In brief

Missing 19-year old boy found dead in Akhalgori

by | Jan 6
forest

TBILISI, DFWatch--A 19-year-old boy who has been missing for six month has been found dead in South Ossetia. Davit Basharuli was ...

News

Three killed when train crashed with minibus

by | Jan 6
marani_train_crashed_with_minibus

TBILISI, DFWatch--Three died and dozens were injured as result of a minibus crashing with a train in western Georgia on ...

News

Georgian priest who died in ferry disaster praised for heroic rescue effort

by | Jan 4
norman_atlantic1

TBILISI, DFWatch--A witness has told how a Georgian priest helped save people before he himself perished in the Norman Atlantic ...

News

One believed dead, three more missing after avalanche

by | Jan 3
bakhmaro_avalanche_Jan-2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--One person is believed to have been taken by an avalanche in Bakhmaro, in the Guria region of western ...

Environment

Four environmental activists detained outside city council in Tbilisi

by | Dec 30
guarilla_gardening_four_detained_Dec30-2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Four environmentalists were detained outside the city council building in Tbilisi on Wednesday. The four were demonstrating against the project ...

News

Georgian priest among dead in Norman Atlantic fire

by | Dec 30
norman_atlantic_ferry_fire

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian priest is among those who died after the ferry Norman Atlantic caught fire in the Adriatic Sea ...

In brief

Nearly a hundred prisoners pardoned in Georgia

by | Dec 30
geguti prison camp

TBILISI, DFWatch--Nearly a hundred prisoners have been pardoned in Georgia, partly in relation to the New Year celebration. Most of the ...

Caucasus region

Chechen leader proposes building road and railway to Georgia

by | Dec 29
larsi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov proposes building a new railway as well as a new road connecting the Russian republic ...

In brief

Ombudsman asks Prosecutor’s Office to investigate police brutality

by | Dec 29
Gldani_police_station

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian ombudsman has asked the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate an incident of possible mistreatment by police. On Monday, the ...

In brief

Eight Georgians among passangers of ferry that caught fire in Adriatic Sea

by | Dec 29
Ferry_caught_fire_Adriatic_2014-12-19

TBILISI, DFWatch--A ferry which caught fire on December 28 in the Adriatic Sea, was carrying eight Georgian citizens. According to ...

News

Georgian president considers meeting Putin

by | Dec 29
giorgi_margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president says he is ready to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin if bilateral relations between the ...

News

Five Georgian Defense Ministry officials must remain in detention

by | Dec 29
defense_ministry

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi city court on Saturday turned down a plea from five Defense Ministry officials who asked to be released ...

News

One more Georgian jihadist dies in Syrian war

by | Dec 27
Mideast Syria

TBILISI, DFWatch--One more Georgian citizen has died in the Syrian war. Israphil Tsatiashvili, 18, died in Kobani, Syria, fighting for Islamic ...

Politics

Brawl in Georgian parliament

by | Dec 27
fight_in_parliament_2014-12-26

TBILISI, DFWatch--Parliamentarians on Friday got into a physical scuffle hitting microphones at each other because they didn't agree on how ...

News

Georgia to reorganize Interior Ministry, Prosecutor’s Office

by | Dec 26
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia plans to reorganize the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor's Office. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili ...

Environment

Georgian parliament halts work in prehistoric mine, orders investigation

by | Dec 26
sakdrisi_mining_work

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament on Wednesday decided to halt work at a prehistoric mine that was almost destroyed by a ...

News

Famous Georgians plea for detained officers’ release

by | Dec 25
defense_ministry

Tbilisi, DFWatch - 37 famous Georgians, including members of the ruling coalition, stand in bail for release of the five ...

Minorities

Government members attend Catholic Midnight Mass in Tbilisi

by | Dec 25
catholic_midnight_mass_tbilisi_2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Several government members attended Midnight Mass at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church in Tbilisi last night. The ceremony ...

Minorities

Georgia doubles state funding of four religious communities

by | Dec 24
Orta_Jame_mosque_Batumi_2014-04-25

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government is doubling the funding of four religious denominations operating in the country, apart of the Georgian ...

News

One Georgian released by South Ossetia

by | Dec 24
south_ossetia_border_sign_warning_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--South Ossetia on Tuesday released one of two Georgians who were detained for crossing the disputed border. According to the ...

Environment

Tbilisi “invaded” by workers from Russian mining company

by | Dec 24
RMG_Gold_workers_demonstration_crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi was Tuesday “invaded” by workers from a Russian mining company who are angry over the suggestion that they ...

News

Businessman beaten in Tbilisi, claims political motive

by | Dec 23
mikheil_khubutia

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian businessman was beaten at Tbilisi restaurant on Saturday and claims it was because of his support for ...

Media

Many journalists leave Georgian TV channel, claim interference

by | Dec 23
maestro_crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Many employees left their jobs at a Georgian TV station on Monday, as a protest against what they say ...

News

Prison conditions in Geguti criticized by ombudsman

by | Dec 22
prison_

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian ombudsman has raised the alarm about bad conditions at Geguti Prison in western Georgia. According to a new ...

In brief

Eco refugees demonstrated in Batumi

by | Dec 22
refuees_batumi_supreme_council

TBILISI, DFWatch--Refugees living on an abandoned military base near Batumi broke into the yeard of the Adjara Supreme Council on ...

Youth

Youth activists rally outside PM’s residence

by | Dec 22
save_sakdrisi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Youth activists continued to protest against the destruction of an ancient mine in the south of Georgia on Sunday ...

News

Two Georgian films nominated for Oscar

by | Dec 21
Corn_Island_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two Georgian films, Corn Island and Tangerines, the latter of which represents Estonia, are among the nominees for an ...

In brief

New EUMM head appointed

by | Dec 21
EUMM_photo

TBILISI, DFWatch--The EU Monitoring Mission to Georgia (EUMM), which was recently prolonged for two more years, has a new head. Kęstutis ...

Environment

Groups want independent inquest into destruction of ancient gold mine

by | Dec 19
sakdrisi_investigate_destruction_2014-12-19

TBILISI, DFWatch--Non-governmental organizations in Georgia demand an inquest into how an important archaeological site was almost completely destroyed by a ...

In brief

44 mosques in Georgia taken over by the state

by | Dec 19
Chela_mosque

TBILISI, DFWatch--44 mosques were taken over by Georgia’s Muslim Department two days ago by decision of the State Commission on ...

Europe

EU parliament ratifies association agreement with Georgia

by | Dec 19
European_parliament_plenary_session

TBILISI, DFWatch--With 490 votes against 76 and 57 absentees European Parliament Thursday approved EU-Georgia’s Association Agreement and adopted a resolution ...

Economy

Georgian parliamentarian visiting China to attract new investors

by | Dec 18
Davit_Saganelidze_in_Beijing

TBILISI, DFWatch--Head of the parliamentary majority in Georgia is on a visit to China to attract more investments to his ...

News

Georgia to reform the Prosecutor’s Office

by | Dec 18
irakli_gharibashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's PM wants to start consultations about institutional reform of the Prosecutor’s Office which has long been criticized for ...

News

Georgian politician confirmed as Ukraine’s new deputy interior minister

by | Dec 18
eka_zghuladze2

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian politician was on December 17 officially appointed as deputy interior minister in Ukraine, the same post she ...

In brief

EU parliament to pass resolution on Georgia and ratify agreement

by | Dec 18
European_Parliament_Strasbourg

TBILISI, DFWatch--The EU Parliament is voting today over whether to ratify an treaty with Georgia signed in June and already ...

News

Head of Tbilisi NGO detained for illegal possession of firearm

by | Dec 18
giorgi_kldiashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The director of an influential Tbilisi-based non-governmental organization says he was detained for illegal possession of a firearm on ...

In brief

EU’s observer mission to Georgia extended for two years

by | Dec 17
EUMM_observers

TBILISI, DFWatch--EU’s military observers in Georgia have had their mandate extended for another two years, until December 2016. EU Monitoring Mission ...

Environment

Outrage in Tbilisi over destruction of 5,400 year old gold mine

by | Dec 17
sakdrisi rally

TBILISI, DFWatch--The news that a prehistoric mine has been damaged by a mining company sparked outrage in Tbilisi Tuesday. People ...

Politics

Governing coalition may dismiss Free Democrats committee head

by | Dec 17
giorgi_volski

TBILISI, DFWatch--The governing coalition is discussing whether to dismiss the head of parliament's finance and budget committee, because he is ...

Economy

Georgia’s growth in export grinds to a halt

by | Dec 16
poti

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia looked set to continue growing its export this year, but a 35% drop in November has brought the ...

Minorities

Ombudsman to study progress of Mokhe commission

by | Dec 16
mokhe_scuffles

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's Public Defender is considering checking the progress of a new commission tasked with studying a conflict around a ...

In brief

Georgian president rides horse during Turkmenistan visit

by | Dec 16
giorgi_margvelashvili_in_Turkmenistan

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili visited Turkmenistan on Monday and signed four agreements dealing with as diverse issues as economy, ...

News

Guard accused in Zhvania case released on bail

by | Dec 15
mikheil_dzadzamia_

TBILISI, DFWatch--A former head of shift of Zurab Zhvania’s security detail, who was detained in the new investigation into the ...

News

One more Georgian ex-official proposed for post in Ukraine

by | Dec 15
eka_zghuladze

TBILISI, DFWatch--One more former official from Mikheil Saakashvili's government has been granted Ukrainian citizenship after being proposed for a high ...

Environment

Georgian patriarch deplores destruction of ancient mine

by | Dec 15
sakdrisi IPN

TBILISI, DFWatch--The influential Georgian patriarch on Sunday criticized a company which is excavating an ancient mine in the southern part ...

Environment

Mining work resumed at prehistoric Sakdrisi site

by | Dec 13
sakdrisi_-_overview

TBILISI, DFWatch--Mining work resumed at Sakdrisi on Saturday, a site where scientists and environmentalist groups say is an ancient gold ...

News

One more Defense Ministry official detained for corruption

by | Dec 13
defense_ministry

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Finance Ministry’s investigative service detained one more Defense Ministry official on Saturday. Bakhva Surmanidze was detained for accepting a ...

In brief

Oleg Melnikov released

by | Dec 12
oleg melnikov

TBILISI, DFWatch--A former officer in Georgia's domestic intelligence who was involved in the 2006 murder of Sandro Girgvliani has beenreleased ...

News

Film by Georgian director nominated for Golden Globe

by | Dec 12
tangerines

TBILISI, DFWatch--A film by a Georgian filmmaker has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. Tangerines, or Mandariinid, is a Georgian-Estonian ...

News

South Ossetia preparing to sign treaty with Russia

by | Dec 11
tskhinvali

TBILISI, DFWatch--South Ossetia may open its border with Russia and even seek some form of closer association, the breakaway region’s ...

News

Rallies in Tbilisi and Batumi in support of jailed Azerbaijani journalist

by | Dec 11
Khadija_Ismayilova_support_demonstration_2014-12-10

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two demonstrations were held in Georgia Wednesday in support of the Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was recently detained. Ismayilova ...

News

Georgian government considers reforming the domestic intelligence

by | Dec 11
Moduli_building

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia is beginning a debate about restructuring the Ministry of Internal Affairs and make the domestic ...

In brief

Georgian lari and Armenian dram recover after slump

by | Dec 10
lari_exchange_rate

TBILISI, DFWatch--The currencies of Georgia and Armenia are recovering after a slump of more than 10% in the last few ...

News

Four dead from Abkhazia war buried in Tbilisi

by | Dec 10
funeral_abkhazia_dead

TBILISI, DFWatch--A public funeral was held Tuesday for four victims of a plane crash during the Abkhazia war more than ...

News

Georgia prepares tougher punishment for joining terrorist groups

by | Dec 10
Mideast Syria

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia is working on a new bill that will punish people for joining terrorist organizations abroad. Spokesperson ...

News

Woman shot and run over with car by husband in Georgia

by | Dec 10
ozurgeti_police_car

TBILISI, DFWatch--A 41-year old woman was killed by her husband in Kakheti on Sunday. According to local media, a 41 year ...

In brief

Large amount of undeclared gold seized by Georgian customs

by | Dec 9
gold_jewelry

TBILISI, DFWatch--Large quantities of undeclared gold has been seized by Georgian customs at the Sarpi border crossing with Turkey. The gold ...

In brief

Georgia sends more soldiers to Central African Republic

by | Dec 9
georgian soldiers afghanistan isaf

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Margvelashvili has asked parliament for approval to again send soldiers to the Central African Republic, after the EU ...

News

Saakashvili claims Georgian officers preparing to join Ukraine’s military

by | Dec 9
mindia_janelidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former President Mikheil Saakashvili yesterday said that Georgian officers will be serving in Ukraine's armed forces and have been ...

News

Georgia plans new measures as one more fighter dies in Syria war

by | Dec 8
mosque_duisi_pankisi

TBILISI, DFWatch--One more Georgian citizen from the Pankisi gorge has died during clashes in the city of Kobane, Syria, fighting ...

In brief

Man injured in Batumi fire dies

by | Dec 8
khopa

TBILISI, DFWatch--A man who was injured in a fire at a market in Batumi died in hospital Sunday night. Police ...

News

Journalist detained at Russian singer Grigory Leps’s Tbilisi concert

by | Dec 8
leps_concert

TBILISI, DFWatch--A journalist was detained by organizers of a concert by the Russian singer Grigory Leps on Sunday. The incident ...

In brief

Two die in fire in Batumi

by | Dec 8
fire_batumi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two people died in a fire at a market in Batumi on Sunday. One person is in hospital in ...

News

Four victims of Abkhazia war identified

by | Dec 7
Babushara_airport

TBILISI, DFWatch--Four bodies found in a cemetery in Abkhazia have been identified. The bodies belong to the same family and ...

News

Relative of PM leaves his position

by | Dec 6
irakli_gharibashvili_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--A relative of the prime minister left his position as executive secretary of the Georgian Dream party, the largest ...

Politics

Ivanishvili’s new barrage against Alasania: ‘You are a weak manager’

by | Dec 5
bidzina_ivanishvili_2014-12-04

TBILISI, DFWatch--On Thursday, Georgia’s richest person and godfather of the governing coalition again lashed out at Irakli Alasania, calling him ...

Environment

Mystery: Why is the water level so low in Mtkvari (Kura)?

by | Dec 5
mtkvari

TBILISI, DFWatch--Water levels have fallen drastically the last few days in the biggest river in the South Caucasus, causing massive ...

News

Envoy says prosecuting ex-officials slows down NATO integration

by | Dec 4
james appathurai

TBILISI, DFWatch--A visiting NATO envoy warns Georgia that if the prosecution of former officials is seen as being politically motivated, ...

News

Georgia may replace ambassador to Ukraine

by | Dec 4
davit_saganelidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia may replace its ambassador to Ukraine after a Saakashvili era official was appointed as Ukrainian health minister. Wednesday there ...

News

Georgia ranked 50th on corruption index

by | Dec 3
TI_Corruption_Perception_Index_2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Transparency International (TI) ranked Georgia 50th among 175 countries in its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) report. Georgia got 52 ...

News

Ukraine appointment of Georgian ex-official angers Tbilisi

by | Dec 3
Aleksandre Kvitashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi takes it as a slap in the face that Ukraine has appointed a former member of government from ...

In brief

Tbilisi NGOs vow to defend president’s veto

by | Dec 3
parliament

TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of NGOs based in Tbilisi warn that they are going on the offensive against the country's parliament, ...

News

New report sheds light on border shooting in 2012

by | Dec 2
police in lapankuri 2012-08-29

TBILISI, DFWatch--The ombudsman in Georgia on Monday published a report which criticizes the authorities for holding back information and not ...

In brief

Parliament overturns president’s veto, approves surveillance bill

by | Dec 1
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament on Sunday overturned the president's veto and approved the a surveillance bill which gives the Interior ...

News

Georgian parliament rejects sanctions against Russia

by | Dec 1
session-hall-parliament-2012-10-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--A proposal in the Georgian parliament to introduce sanctions against Russia has failed to achieve enough votes. Only 36 MPs ...

Media

Launch of Ivanishvili’s new talk show postponed till February

by | Nov 30
Ivanishvili will not be a host in talk-show 2030 (photo: Channel 1)

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s talk show will not go on air until February at the earliest. the businessman ...

Economy

Georgia to regulate quality of traditional yogurt

by | Nov 30
matsoni_-_for.ge

TBILISI, DFWatch--A new law will regulate the quality of the Georgian milk product matsoni, a kind of a fermented milk ...

News

Georgian president vetoes surveillance bill, again

by | Nov 29
giorgi_margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president has vetoed a surveillance bill which would have given the Interior Ministry control over access keys ...

Politics

Georgia’s surveillance bill passed, now up to president

by | Nov 28
parliament

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament on Friday finally passed a law about secret surveillance that grants the Interior Ministry direct access ...

News

Georgian parliament lets Interior Ministry have access to surveillance

by | Nov 28
bug secret listening device

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s national assembly on Thursday decided to leave access keys to secretly obtained surveillance material in the hands of ...

News

Saakashvili claims Georgian govt blocked Ukraine appointment

by | Nov 28
nika gilauri

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili says the new government has blocked the appointment of one of his former associates ...

Minorities

Georgian talk show host makes fun of Jehovah’s Witnesses

by | Nov 27
nanuka_zhorzholiani

TBILISI, DFWatch--A well-known TV host in the republic of Georgia was Wednesday evening criticized for making discriminating statements about Jehovah’s ...

News

Saakashvili charged in case he considered ‘black stain’ on his reputation

by | Nov 27
mikheil_saakashvili_

TBILISI, DFWatch--New charges were brought against former Georgian President Mikheil Saakasvhili on Thursday, related to the murder of a bank ...

In brief

Hungary ratifies Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova’s EU treaties

by | Nov 27
Hungary_parliament

TBILISI, DFWatch--The parliament in Hungary on Tuesday ratified agreements signed with the EU by Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The press service ...

News

Georgian rail workers go on strike

by | Nov 26
rail_workers_on_strike

TBILISI, DFWatch--Employees of the Georgian railway went on strike this week demanding overtime compensation, new salary rules and a so-called ...

News

Tbilisi considers Russia’s new Abkhazia treaty a form of annexation

by | Nov 26
giorgi_margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The signing of a new treaty between Abkhazia and Russia has caused outrage in Tbilisi. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said ...

Economy

New figures confirm upward trend of Georgia’s foreign trade

by | Nov 25
trailers_Sarpi_customs

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first ten months of 2014 was USD 9.4 billion; 10 percent more than ...

Politics

Georgian parliament makes new attempt to agree on surveillance reform

by | Nov 24
session hall parliament 2012-10-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has still not decided who should have access to secret surveillance material, a problem that has remained unresolved ...

News

Georgia goes dark after accident at thermal power plant

by | Nov 24
high_voltage_power_lines_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--An accident at a thermal power plant in eastern Georgia caused a country-wide blackout early Monday morning. Almost the entire ...

News

Georgian president pardons 121 prisoners

by | Nov 24
prison_

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili pardoned 121 prisoners in connection with the celebration of Giorgoba, an important Christian holiday in ...

In brief

Activists throw eggs and tomatoes at UNM office on anniversary

by | Nov 24
anti unm rally

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two people were detained during a demonstration against the National Movement in Tbilisi on Sunday. The demonstration took place outside ...

News

Kakha Bendukidze buried in Tbilisi on Saturday

by | Nov 23
kakha_bendukidze_panashvidi_01_

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s former economy minister, the businessman Kakha Bendukidze was buried in Tbilisi on Saturday. Bendukidze died in London recently. A ...

News

Prosecutor’s Office investigating possible prisoner mistreatment

by | Nov 23
Prison_No_8_Gldani

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a possible mistreatment case at Gldani prison (“No 8”) in Tbilisi. The investigation will involve ...

Interviews

Caucasus is caught between two ambitious powers

by | Nov 21
ronald_suny

Ukraine and the Caucasus countries are caught between two ambitious powers: Russia, which wants to have hegemony in the former ...

News

Demonstrations in support of Kodori rebel leader

by | Nov 21
emzar_kvitsiani

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Supreme Court says it has become the target of harassment by certain politicians, particularly following the recent conviction ...

Minorities

Killed transgender woman remembered with a minute’s silence in Tbilisi

by | Nov 21
transgender_day_of_remembrance_2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--LGBT activists on Thursday marked Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) in Tbilisi. The demonstration took place at the House of ...

News

Who is building most roads is the new debate in Georgia

by | Nov 21
tbilisi-senaki-leselidze_motorway-

TBILISI, DFWatch--Road construction has become the new subject of dispute between the former and current government in Georgia. What sparked the ...

In brief

Bendukidze brought home to Georgia Thursday

by | Nov 20
Kakha_Bendukidze_brought_home

TBILISI, DFWatch--The body of the former Economy Minister Kakha Bendukidze, who recently died of heart failure according to preliminary information, ...

News

Ombudsman asks to investigate possible beating in Gldani prison

by | Nov 20
gldani-prison-guard-tower

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s ombudsman claims they have reason to believe prisoners were tortured last week at a prison in Gldani, Tbilisi; ...

News

Georgia’s dismissed defense minister gives ‘final warning’

by | Nov 19
irakli_alasania

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s dismissed defense minister has given a ‘final warning’ to the country’s prosecutors, after which he plans to get ...

News

Parliament fails to reach agreement on hat-removal during anthem

by | Nov 19
parlamenti-dumili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Parliamentarians in Georgia failed to reach agreement Tuesday about whether men should be legally obligated to take off their ...

In brief

Court releases pathologist on trial in connection with PM’s death

by | Nov 19
levan_chachua

TBILISI, DFWatch--The pathologist on trial in the case about the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005 has been ...

In brief

50th meeting of the post-2008 incident prevention talks

by | Nov 18
iprm

TBILISI, DFWatch--Monday another meeting was held of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) between the conflicting parties of the ...

News

Georgian PM claims Russia plans annexation of territories

by | Nov 18
irakli_garibashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian prime minister claims Russia is preparing to annex two Georgian breakaway regions. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said this ...

News

Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office checking the finances of several ministries

by | Nov 18
chamber_of_control

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has begun examining the finances of the biggest government ministries. This follows findings by the ...

News

Leader of 2006 Kodori mutiny gets 12 years in jail

by | Nov 17
emzar_kvitsiani

TBILISI, DFWatch--The leader of the Kodori Gorge mutiny in 2006 was Monday sentenced to 12 years in jail. Emzar Kvitsiani was ...

Economy

Georgia’s wine production grew 13% in 2013

by | Nov 17
grapes

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia produced 12.6 percent more wine in 2013 than in 2012, according to the government’s international monitoring center. 71.2 percent ...

In brief

Georgian PM appoints new minister for integration with Europe

by | Nov 16
davit_bakradze_(minister)

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian prime minister on Saturday approved a new minister of Euro and Euro Atlantic integration. The new Euro-integration minister ...

News

Saakashvili appears via video link at anti-Russia rally in Tbilisi

by | Nov 16
saakashvili_2014-11-15

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s former ruling party mobilized several thousand people on Saturday for an anti-Russia themed rally and blamed the government ...

News

Three Georgian soldiers injured in suicide attack in Afghanistan

by | Nov 15
afghanistan shooting incident Jan 24, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Three Georgian soldiers were injured at a military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, as a suicide bomber blew himself up ...

News

National Movement preparing ‘large-scale’ demonstration in Tbilisi

by | Nov 15
Rustaveli_blocked_by_police

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former government representatives from the years following the rose revolution in 2003 are holding a rally in central Tbilisi ...

News

Georgia’s problem lack of trust in institutions, president says

by | Nov 14
giorgi_margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili said in an address to parliament on Friday that he has warned that there would be ...

Society

Martyrs remembered in Tbilisi

by | Nov 14
100 000 martyrs march 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Orthodox Church on Thursday remembered the 100,000 martyrs by walking through the streets of Tbilisi for hours and ...

News

Rose revolution ideologue dies of heart failure in London

by | Nov 14
kakha bendukidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian economy minister Kakha Bendukidze died Thursday in London, aged 58. Bendukidze was an important strategist for the economic ...

News

New investigation against Georgia’s Ministry of Defense

by | Nov 14
ministry_of_foreign_affairs

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has opened another investigation against the Defense Ministry, which is already subject to two ...

In brief

Court sets no bail conditions for six on trial for food poisoning

by | Nov 13
city-court-in-tbilisi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court did not set bail conditions for six Defense Ministry officials who are on trial for being ...

News

Expert in PM Zhvania’s autopsy found dead

by | Nov 13
tbilisi_city_court

TBILISI, DFWatch--One of the experts who was involved in the autopsy following the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in ...

News

National Movement offensive against govt’s ‘loyal attitude to Russia’

by | Nov 13
national movement annexation t shirt

TBILISI, DFWatch--National Movement delegates left the suit and tie at home Wednesday and instead showed up in parliament wearing white ...

News

Ex-official makes plea agreement to testify against Saakashvili ally

by | Nov 13
oleg_melnikov_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--A former officer in Georgia’s Interior Minister has made another plea agreement in return for testifying against one of ...

In brief

Suspect detained in murder of trans woman

by | Nov 12
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia Wednesday detained a suspect in the murder of a transgender woman in Tbilisi the day before. According ...

Minorities, Youth

Students demand decision about Kobuleti madrasa

by | Nov 12
house-front_2

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students at a Muslim school demonstrated outside the government house in Batumi a few days ago, demanding that the ...

News

Face slapping in Tbilisi City Council over dog shelter

by | Nov 12
Elizbarishvili_dog_shelter

TBILISI, DFWatch--Fighting broke out Tuesday at Tbilisi City Council over a proposal to shut down a large private dog shelter ...

News

Georgia’s new foreign minister is an experienced insider

by | Nov 12
tamar_beruchashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Tuesday appointed Tamar Beruchashvili as new foreign minister. Beruchashvili was a deputy to Foreign Minister ...

Youth

Students demonstrated against ‘nepotism’ at Tbilisi State University

by | Nov 11
students_TSU_Nov_10_2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students at Tbilisi State University on Monday demonstrated against what they say is a clan-run education system which doesn’t ...

Minorities

Ethnic clash in Akhmeta, eastern Georgia

by | Nov 11
Jokola_Achishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--A street fight with ethnic overtones in eastern Georgia on Sunday led to people being hospitalized and several people ...

In brief

Margvelashvili will address parliament on Friday

by | Nov 11
giorgi_margvelashvili2

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili will address parliament on November 14 at noon. The address will be held at the beginning at ...

News

New forensic report prompts tougher charges against Saakashvili

by | Nov 11
mikheil_saakashvili_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--A new forensic report concluding that the victim of a beating in 2005 had life-threatening injuries has led to ...

Politics

Government bloc in parliament grows to 87

by | Nov 10
session-hall-parliament-2012-10-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--The governing Georgian Dream coalition on Monday increased the number of seats it controls in parliament to 87, as ...

In brief

Roki tunnel reopened

by | Nov 10
Roki_tunnel

TBILISI, DFWatch--Russia has reopened a strategically important tunnel through the Caucasus mountain range after a full-scale overhaul that has taken ...

In brief

Justice minister leaves Free Democrats Party

by | Nov 10
thea_tsulukiani_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani decided to finally leave the Free Democrats, the party led by the dismissed defense minister ...

News

Ivanishvili’s new talk show will fill information vacuum

by | Nov 10
bidzina_ivanishvili_TV1_2014-11-08

TBILISI, DFWatch--The father of Georgia’s government coalition, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, presented his plans for a new talk show Saturday. Ivanishvili, who ...

News

Georgia’s ex-foreign minister: ‘Let them arrest us’

by | Nov 10
maia_panjikidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s recently resigned foreign minister believes herself and the recently dismissed defense minister might be arrested soon. Defense Minister Irakli ...

News

TI Georgia says Georgia’s new visa rules are harming the economy

by | Nov 9
viza

TBILISI, DFWatch--Transparency International said on Friday that Georgia’s new visa rules have created serious problems for investments and tourism. TI Georgia’s ...

News

Ivanishvili criticizes dismissed defense minister in lengthy TV interview

by | Nov 9
Ivanishvili will not be a host in talk-show 2030 (photo: Channel 1)

TBILISI, DFWatch--The billionaire behind the government coalition in Georgia on Saturday made his first public comments about the political crisis. Bidzina ...

Politics

Ex-defense minister’s party aims for victory in 2016 election

by | Nov 8
assembly free democrats

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s dismissed defense minister, Irakli Alasania, feels optimistic that his party which recently left the governing coalition will win ...

Society

Prisoners’ handicraft exhibition dedicated to violence against women

by | Nov 8
prisoners_handicraft_2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Handicraft made by prisoners went on sale at an exhibition at Radisson Blu Iveria hotel in Tbilisi on Friday ...

Politics

Georgia’s ruling coalition loses one more parliament member

by | Nov 7
shavgulidze-shalva

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s ruling Georgian Dream coalition received another unexpected blow Friday when one of its active members switched sides and ...

Politics

Dismissed defense minister met Ivanishvili

by | Nov 7
bidzina_ivanishvili-Irakli_Alasania

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, who was dismissed a few days ago, Thursday evening met Bidzina Ivanishvili, the businessman ...

News

PM: Coalition’s split will strengthen Georgia’s democracy

by | Nov 7
irakli_garibashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--After sacking and reprimanding his once ally, Prime Minister Garibashvili says if Alasania’s party goes into opposition, this will ...

Politics

Georgia’s ruling coalition struggling to maintain majority in parliament

by | Nov 7
davit_saganelidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, the party of the recently dismissed defense minister is rushing to try to deprive Georgian Dream of ...

News

Foreign minister’s deputies return to work, after resigning yesterday

by | Nov 6
Davit_Jalaghania

TBILISI, DFWatch--At least two of the deputies of the Georgian foreign minister will remain on their posts despite saying yesterday ...

Politics

Georgian PM castigates dismissed defense minister

by | Nov 6
irakli_gharibashvili_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili castigated former Defense Minister Irakli Alasania on Thursday, calling him ‘a traitor’ and ‘an opportunist’. “What ...

In brief

President: Georgia’s European course is unchangeable

by | Nov 6
giorgi_margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili rules out the possibility of a change in Georgia’s foreign policy orientation. The government coalition is split ...

In brief

Georgia’s ruling coalition may keep majority in parliament

by | Nov 6
session-hall-parliament-2012-10-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--According to the latest available information, the ruling Georgian Dream coalition may keep its majority of seats in the ...

Politics

One party leaves Georgia’s govt coalition in midst of political crisis

by | Nov 5
irakli_alasania

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government coalition in Georgia is in its worst crisis till now, as one party leaves and questions are ...

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