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Economy

Georgian foreign trade in Q1 up 18%

by | Apr 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first three months of 2014 was USD 2,523 million. This is 18 percent ...

News

Georgian TV crew released by South Ossetia

by | Apr 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian TV crew of three was released by South Ossetia Wednesday evening. Bela Zakaidze, Vakho Lekiashvili and Mikheil Mikhoev ...

News

No news about release of Georgian TV crew held in South Ossetia

by | Apr 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--It is still unknown whether three Georgian journalists detained by South Ossetia will be released today. Neither the Ministry ...

News

Confusion over Georgian justice moratorium

by | Apr 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, the National Movement is crying foul over the trial against one of their top people, suspended Tbilisi ...

News

Georgian justice minister calls for fair election campaign

by | Apr 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's minister of justice calls on everyone to allow political parties to conduct their election campaign in a normal ...

News

Georgian TV crew detained in South Ossetia

by | Apr 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian TV crew of three was detained by Russian soldiers Tuesday on the de facto border with South ...

News

Abashidze and Karasin will meet tomorrow in Prague

by | Apr 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Negotiatiors for Russia and Georgia are meeting April 16 in Prague, after postponing several times. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gregory ...

News

Georgian lawyer group files lawsuit against Russia

by | Apr 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A human rights organization in Georgia has taken Russia to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of ...

Elections

PM announces ‘moratorium’ on prosecuting ex-officials

by | Apr 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia has introduced a 'moratorium' on prosecuting former officials from the National Movement party of Mikheil ...

Politics

Georgia gets new region and infrastructure minister

by | Apr 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Elguja Khokrishvili was Monday appointed as Georgia's new minister for regional development and infrastructure. He will take over from Davit ...

Elections

Georgia to hold local elections on June 15

by | Apr 14
Maya Panjikidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--The 2014 local elections in Georgia will be held on June 15. This is decided in a decree by ...

News

Anti-Russia rally outside government office in Tbilisi

by | Apr 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--An anti-Russia rally outside the government office in Tbilisi Sunday demanded a ban on organizations cooperating with Russia and ...

News

Pro-EU rally and concert in Tbilisi

by | Apr 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A concert was held in Tbilisi on Sunday to rally support for Georgia's integration with the EU. The concert was ...

News

MP and former prosecutor charged with abuse of power

by | Apr 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has officially charged National Movement parliamentarian Roland Akhalaia. Akhalaia is charged with abusing his power ...

Elections

Georgia may limit questioning of politicians ahead of election

by | Apr 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani wants guidelines for criminal investigations involving people running in the local election in June. Tsulukiani ...

News

Campaigners launch protest camp to defend ancient Georgian site

by | Apr 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A campaign to save an ancient gold mine in southern Georgia is planning to start a protest camp on ...

News

Court ruling supports former GPB board members

by | Apr 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's Constitutional Court has decided that the Public Broadcaster cannot fire members of its board before the end of ...

In brief

Germany’s Steinmeier to visit Georgia in late April

by | Apr 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Georgia in about ten days. Steinmeier announced the trip after a meeting with ...

In brief

Georgian FM Panjikidze is visiting Germany

by | Apr 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze today begins a working visit to Germany. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Panjikidze's ...

News

Russian plane flies briefly over Georgia

by | Apr 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A Russian plane overflew Georgian-controlled territory briefly on Thursday, Georgia's Interior Ministry confirmed. The plane, of the model Antonov An-2, ...

In brief

New tuberculosis center to be opened in Tbilisi

by | Apr 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is opening a new treatment center for tuberculosis in Tbilisi. The government is discussing the new clinic today. Minister of ...

News

Georgian MP calls for “return” of breakaway territories

by | Apr 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A spokeswoman for Georgia's coalition government Wednesday told European countries to be tougher against Russia and said four disputed ...

In brief

Georgian parliament prepares to check safety of large facilities

by | Apr 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is preparing to conduct impact assessments for many large factories and other facilities, built during the Soviet Union. Gia ...

Security

Georgian speaker: What will NATO do if Georgia is attacked?

by | Apr 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's speaker of parliament says his country could disappear from the world map if abandoned by NATO. “If Georgia takes ...

News

Georgian minister says there will be no Ukraine scenario here

by | Apr 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Paata Zakareishvili rules out that there will be a repetition in Georgia of ...

In brief

Georgia marks 25 years since deadly clashes with Soviet troops

by | Apr 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Members of the Georgian government today planted saplings in the Ninth of April Garden in Tbilisi, comemmorating the deadly ...

Minorities

Adjara changes its decision to allow new mosque in Batumi

by | Apr 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia's southwestern Adjara region, authorities have changed their decision to allow the Muslim population to build a new ...

In brief

Georgia appoints ambassadors to India, Slovenia, Kuwait

by | Apr 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has appointed new ambassadors to India, Slovenia, Vatican and Kuwait. From May 1, Georgia's ambassador to Slovenia will be ...

In brief

Angela Merkel invites Georgia’s PM

by | Apr 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Germany's Angela Merkel has invited Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili to Germany. Gharibashvili will visit Germany in the beginning of ...

Elections

Georgia creates commission to handle election violations

by | Apr 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has created an interagency commission to handle violations ahead of the local elections, slated for June. The commission will ...

News

Minibus drivers in Rustavi on strike, claim tender was rigged

by | Apr 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Drivers of minibuses on the route between Tbilisi and Rustavi have been on strike for the last few days, ...

News

Georgia denies reports of mass issuing of Russian passports

by | Apr 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia denies reports that the consular office for Russian interests in Tbilisi is issuing Russian passports. Deputy ...

News

Autopsy report published in case of Data Akhalaia witness death

by | Apr 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday published more material regarding the death of a witness who testified against a recently ...

Minorities

Bullying in schools is a persistent problem in Georgia

by | Apr 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A human rights group in Georgia warns of an alarming trend of intolerance of religious minorities in public schools. Human ...

Politics

Opposition groups form coalition in Tbilisi

by | Apr 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A coalition of opposition parties not represented in parliament met on Friday to present their candidate for Tbilisi Mayor: ...

News

Close Saakashvili ally questioned about embezzlement

by | Apr 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prosecutors in Georgia Friday questioned the former secretary of the country's Security Council in an embezzlement case. Walking out after ...

News

Saakashvili wants to educate Ukrainians in reforms

by | Apr 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is to start a center for the study of reforms in the Ukrainian capital ...

Economy

Georgia had 8 percent increase in visitors in March

by | Apr 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia had an 8 percent increase in number of visitors in March, 2014, compared to the same period last ...

News

Georgian prosecutors proceed without Saakashvili’s help

by | Apr 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian prosecutors will not question ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili. The investigation continues without his testimony. Deputy Chief Prosecutor Irakli Shotadze said ...

Economy

Georgian PM visits site of new air, sea and land transit hub

by | Apr 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia on Wednesday confirmed plans for a new airport in conjunction with a port in Anaklia, a small settlement ...

News

Lawyer group demands effective investigation of prisoner abuse

by | Apr 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) demands that the government starts investigating several cases of possible mistreatment of prisoners. According to ...

Security

NATO chief doesn’t exclude Georgian membership plan

by | Apr 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen does not rule out that the alliance might give Georgia a Membership Action Plan ...

News

Videos seem to rule out torture of Data Akhalaia witness

by | Apr 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has described more details surrounding the death of Shalva Tatukhashvili, which it says shows ...

News

Poland’s Komorowski urges Georgia to sign EU treaty

by | Apr 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, on Wednesday met with his Polish counterpart Bronisław Komorowski. Margvelashvili spoke about Georgia's integration with ...

Security

NATO chief reiterates support for Georgia’s borders

by | Apr 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--As NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels and discussed the Ukraine crisis, the alliance's secretary general underlined that it ...

Europe

Georgia expects visa free travel with Schengen by 2016

by | Apr 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government hopes its country's citizens will be able to travel to Schengen countries visa free from 2016 ...

In brief

Georgian President Margvelashvili visiting Poland

by | Apr 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili Wednesday began a two day visit to Poland. On the first day of his visit, Margvelashvili ...

Politics

Poll shows Georgian Dream winning Tbilisi mayoral race

by | Apr 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--In a new poll, 52 percent of Tbilisians say they would vote for the Georgian Dream candidate for mayor ...

Media

Live interviews of 27 candidates for Public Broadcaster board

by | Apr 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The 27 candidates for the Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will be interviewed live on GPB's Channel ...

In brief

76 prisoners released by parole board

by | Apr 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--76 prisoners were released before the end of their sentence term today; two minors and one woman. The Prison Ministry’s ...

News

Death of a witness calls into question interrogation methods

by | Apr 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The lawyer and the family of a man who died after questioning claim the Prosecutor’s Office tortured him to ...

Minorities

Improved human rights in Georgia, but minorities are discriminated

by | Apr 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Discrimination of sexual, ethnic and religious minorities, child marriage, family violence, bullying in schools, people affected by hydro power ...

Security

Georgia expecting a ‘benificial decision’ at NATO summit

by | Apr 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is expecting a ‘beneficial decision’ from the NATO summit in Newport, Wales in September. Parliament Speaker Davit Usupashvili said ...

News

Tuvalu withdraws recognition of Georgian breakaway regions

by | Mar 31
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tuvalu has withdrawn its recognition of the Georgian breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A government delegation from Tuvalu is ...

News

UNM parliamentarian attacked in Tbilisi by masked men

by | Mar 31
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A close ally of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was attacked Sunday night in Tbilisi. Nugzar Tsiklauri, an outspoken member ...

Economy

Are interruptions in Georgia’s wine export economic warfare?

by | Mar 31
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TBILISI, DFWatch--There are interruptions in the export of wine from Georgia to Belarus, although formally the export is not stopped. The ...

News

Controversial preacher holds law lecture at Tbilisi City Court

by | Mar 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--One of the most prominent and famous representatives of Georgian clergy, Teodore Gignadze, Saturday held a lecture at Tbilisi ...

Europe

Georgia’s EU treaty will be signed by the prime minister

by | Mar 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--When Georgia finally signs the Association Agreement with the EU by the end of June, it will be the ...

Minorities

Georgian PM wants constitutional block against same-sex marriage

by | Mar 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian prime minister wants to define a family as a union between a man and a woman. Prime Minister ...

Minorities

EU criticizes Georgia for failing to protect human rights

by | Mar 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The EU criticizes Georgia for not having done enough in 2013 to protect freedom of speech and prevent violent ...

Security

Georgians debate Obama’s comment on NATO expansion

by | Mar 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that there has not been any immediate plans for expansion of NATO’s ...

News

Saakashvili refuses to be questioned via Skype

by | Mar 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former President Mikheil Saakashvili has refused an offer from the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office to give witness testimony via Skype. Saakashvili ...

News

Pro- and anti-Russia demonstrators clash in Tbilisi

by | Mar 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two people have been detained during a scuffle at a demonstration against the US sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. The ...

Minorities

Georgia to start funding religious minorities

by | Mar 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia will finance four traditional religious confessions besides the Orthodox Church. Non-traditional religions will not receive ...

News

Saakashvili did not show up, supporters and opponents clash

by | Mar 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili was supposed to meet at the Prosecutor’s Office today at 13:00, but he didn’t come. Supporters ...

Minorities

LGBT group in Georgia cancels May 17 demonstration

by | Mar 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Identoba, an organization which protects the rights of sexual minorities in Georgia, has decided to not mark the international ...

Politics

Georgia without ambassador to the UK for more than a year

by | Mar 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has been without an ambassador to the UK for more than a year. In recent days, a candidate who ...

News

Saakashvili refuses to come home for questioning, blames Putin

by | Mar 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday made his first comments regarding the news that he is asked to ...

News

Saakashvili wanted at home, party office sprayed with red paint

by | Mar 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Demonstrators in Georgia Tuesday demanded that former President Mikheil Saakashvili returns to his home country and answers questions from ...

News

Strike in Kazreti called off after agreement with RMG Gold

by | Mar 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A protest in the Georgian village Kazreti, where people protested the treatments of workers in the gold mines, ended ...

Minorities

Georgian anti-gay activists warn of tougher line

by | Mar 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Anti-gay activists and clerics want to be more tough toward LGBT rights activists if the latter demonstrate for their ...

News

Supporters and opponents of NATO clash in Tbilisi

by | Mar 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three people were detained in Tbilisi on Monday as supporters and opponents of NATO clashed outside the Cinema House. Tension ...

Economy

17% increase in Georgia’s foreign trade Jan-Feb confirmed

by | Mar 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover January-February, 2014, was USD 1 567 million. This is a 17 percent increase, compared to ...

In brief

Two detainees in Zhvania case placed in pre-trial detention

by | Mar 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two men detained for negligence in connection with the death of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania were Sunday placed ...

Europe

West warns Georgia against prosecuting Saakashvili

by | Mar 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's Western partners are threatening that prosecuting former President Saakashvili may jeopardize an EU treaty and membership in NATO. Georgia ...

Security

Georgian soldiers in NATO-Ukraine military exercise

by | Mar 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian soldiers are participating in a two-week joint NATO-Ukraine military exercise in eastern Bulgaria, 400 km from Crimea. The exercise, ...

News

Saakashvili called in for questioning in numerous cases

by | Mar 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's former President Mikheil Saakashvili will be declared a wanted person if he doesn't come and answer questions in ...

Security

SO field meeting highlights border problems and helicopter overflight

by | Mar 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The parties in the 2008 war met again on Friday for a field meeting in a tent in Ergneti, ...

News

One more detained in case about Georgian PM’s death

by | Mar 22
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia have detained a second person in connection with the death of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania ...

Europe

EU speeds up signing of treaties with Georgia and Moldova

by | Mar 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Council accelerates the process of signing association agreements with two former Soviet republics, Georgia and Moldova. The move ...

Economy

Georgia creates service center to assist exporters

by | Mar 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Ministry of Economy Giorgi Kvirikashvili is creating a new service center to protect the interests of exporters. Kvirikashvili said on ...

Environment

UN helping Georgia improve disaster preparedness

by | Mar 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The United Nations will help Georgia strengthen its preparedness against natural disasters. “Georgia is often challenged by the risk of ...

News

Pathologist detained in case about death of Georgian PM

by | Mar 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has ordered the detention of pathologist Levan Chachua in relation with the death of ...

News

Georgian PM horrified by Zhvania autopsy photos

by | Mar 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili says it was horrible to see recently published photographs from 2005 of PM Zurab ...

Minorities

Debate: Minorities and local government reform in Georgia

by | Mar 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--On March 14 , DFWatch.net organized a discussion about ethnic minorities’ participation problems in pre-election process. The non-parliamentary opposition and ...

News

Saakashvili ideologue questioned about university privatization

by | Mar 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday questioned an influential Georgian economist in connection with an investigation into possible embezzlement when the ...

News

Autopsy photos of deceased Georgian PM posted on Youtube

by | Mar 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--For several days a video titled “Saakashvili murderer” has gone viral in social media in Georgia. The video, which was ...

NGO news

Georgians switching off phones one hour to protest wiretapping

by | Mar 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, campaigners are asking people to switch off their mobile phones for one hour on Friday to protest ...

In brief

NATO parliamentarians coming to Georgia next week

by | Mar 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A delegation from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly is coming to Georgia March 24-26. The NATO parliamentarians will be attending a ...

In brief

France’s Hollande visiting Georgia May 13

by | Mar 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--French President François Hollande will visit Georgia on May 13, the foreign minister of the host country said on ...

Politics

Ivanishvili dissatisfied with president he recommended

by | Mar 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is dissatisfied with the president that he selected as candidate. Ivanishvili selected Giorgi Margvelashvili ...

News

Ten persons convicted in torture ring case in Georgia

by | Mar 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Ten persons have been convicted in the case about a secret weapons cache in Samegrelo, a region in eastern ...

Environment

Dead fish found on shores of recreational lake near Tbilisi

by | Mar 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A large number of dead fish has been discovered on the shores of Kumisi Lake. Specialists at the National Food ...

News

Afghanistan and Georgia consider economic cooperation

by | Mar 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Afghanistan is interested in Georgia’s location and prospects for cooperation in the fields of economy and transport, but nothing ...

In brief

Former head of Georgia’s special police charged with fraud

by | Mar 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has charged former Interior Ministry official Erekle Kodua with abuse of power and fraud. Irakli ...

Economy

Georgia’s foreign trade up 17% Jan-Feb

by | Mar 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's foreign trade turnover was USD 1 567 million in January-February 2014, according to preliminary figures from Georgian National ...

In brief

Tbilisi does not recognize Crimea referendum

by | Mar 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi does not recognize the referendum in Crimea, according to a statement released by the Foreign Affairs Ministry Sunday ...

News

Clashes in Tbilisi for and against Crimea referendum

by | Mar 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Supporters and opponents of the referendum in Crimea clashed in Tbilisi Sunday. A group called "Eurasian Choice" tried to hold ...

Politics

Christian Democrats leader leaves amid coalition talks

by | Mar 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Giorgi Targamadze, the leader of the opposition Christian Democratic Movement, has left the party, after it began planning to ...

News

Georgia allows commercial gold mining in prehistoric cave

by | Mar 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--RMG Gold, a company which owns mines in the south of Georgia, was Friday given permission to start mining ...

Media

Georgian ‘propaganda’ TV in South Ossetia was run illegally

by | Mar 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A parliamentary commission in Georgia has exposed how one television station was operating for years without a license during ...

Minorities

Jehova’s Witnesses accused of stoking separatism in Georgia

by | Mar 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Friday, about 100 Orthodox Christians demonstrated in Georgia against Jehovah’s Witnesses constructing a congregation center in their town. The Witnesses ...

In brief

Former counterintelligence chief convicted in absentia

by | Mar 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A former Georgian counterintelligence chief who is currently wanted was today convicted in absentia for abuse of power. Data Akhalaia, ...

News

UN, OSCE and EU diplomats on field trip in South Ossetia

by | Mar 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Representatives of the United Nations, OSCE and European Union this week paid a two-day visit to South Ossetia and met ...

Society

UNDP plans aid projects for USD 15 million in Abkhazia

by | Mar 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The United Nations is ready to finance projects in Abkhazia with USD 15 million this year. Resident Coordinator for the ...

Security

Georgian defense minister visits Italy

by | Mar 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Italy and Georgia will strengthen their defense cooperation, according to a press release published by Georgia's Ministry of Defense. Irakli ...

Economy

Foreign investments in Georgia virtually unchanged in 2013

by | Mar 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia received USD 914 million in direct foreign investments in in 2013. This is 0.3 percent more than in ...

Politics

National Movement designates candidate for Tbilisi mayor

by | Mar 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, the out-of-power National Movement party has designated its candidate for Tbilisi mayor by direct appointment. Nika Melia, a ...

News

Theater play canceled in Georgia, actor listed as Putin supporter

by | Mar 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A theater play featuring Russian actor Sergei Bezrukov has been canceled in Tbilisi, because of his support for Russia’s ...

Economy

Georgian PM woos foreign investors

by | Mar 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia offers investors a favorable environment and a market of potentially 900 million people, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said ...

Security

NATO may accept Georgia as member if Russia annexes Crimea

by | Mar 12
irakli alasania - soldiers

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia may move one step closer to joining NATO as a result of the Ukraine crisis. If Russia annexes Crimea, ...

News

Tbilisi to get rid of its old Soviet style apartment blocks

by | Mar 12
City authorities have hired  an emirates company to tear down the old Soviet style blocks and build new ones.

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian capital plans to dismantle its so-called Khrushchovkas, a type of low-cost apartment blocks that were built in ...

In brief

Abashidze-Karasin meeting postponed again

by | Mar 11
zurab_abashidze_-_grigory_karasin

TBILISI, DFWatch--The direct talks between Georgia and Russia have been postponed again. Zurab Abashidze, the Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for ...

News

Georgia begins pilot project for e-government

by | Mar 11
irakli_gharibashvili_

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is starting a pilot project to introduce electronic government, or e-government. Representatives of the Justice Ministry on Monday presented ...

Economy

Georgia may revise taxation on some imported goods

by | Mar 11
gogi_topadze_cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia may change the rules for VAT taxation and abolish advantages for importers of certain categories of goods. Parliament has ...

News

Negotiations in Kazreti, the Georgian village on strike

by | Mar 11
kazreti_gold_mine_workers_on_strike_cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Negotiations have started in a Georgian village where the population has been on strike to protest the treatment of ...

Security

Obama to meet Georgian PM at Hague summit

by | Mar 10
irakli gharibashvili - barack obama - 2014-02-24

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Barack Obama writes in a letter that he hopes to meet Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili at the ...

Security

Georgia to present 2014 reform plan to NATO

by | Mar 10
Alexi_Petriashvili_cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s State Commission for NATO Integration on Monday approved the annual national program (ANP) for 2014, which will be ...

Sport

Riot interrupts football match in Georgia

by | Mar 10
riot_at_kutaisi_football_stadium_-_cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--A match of Georgia’s National Football Championship in Kutaisi between old rivals, local FC Torpedo and Dinamo Tbilisi, was ...

News

Villagers, Government reached agreement

by | Mar 10
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - Adjarian villagers who on Saturday protested construction of a hydro-power plant and were dispersed by the police achieved ...

Environment

Police beat villagers for Norwegian hydro power in Georgia

by | Mar 9
Ghurta_clashes_2014-03-08_cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia Saturday broke up a protest in a village where a Norwegian company wants to build a ...

Politics

Budget gridlock finally solved in Tbilisi

by | Mar 8
meria - city hall

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Council decided to write the 2014 budget themselves, after refusing twice to pass drafts proposed by City ...

News

Four tourists dead in avalanche in Georgia

by | Mar 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Four tourists have died in an avalanche in Ushguli, a village in the Upper Svaneti region, north in Georgia. According ...

Europe

Georgian parliament condemns Russia’s actions in Crimea

by | Mar 7
session-hall-parliament-2012-10-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--Parliament in Georgia Wednesday passed a resolution condemning Russia's deployment of military forces in Crimea, which it says is ...

News

Georgian PM: ‘Suicide’ if Ukraine takes advice from Saakashvili

by | Mar 7
irakli_gharibashvili_2

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili claims former President Mikheil Saakashvili is being used as an adviser by the new ...

News

Russian military helicopter and UAV fly over Georgia

by | Mar 7
Afghan_Mi-8M_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Russian military helicopter violated Georgian air space on Thursday. The helicopter, which was of the type Mi-8, flew over ...

NGO news

2012′s democracy campaign revived in Georgia

by | Mar 6
this_affects_you_too_-_video_still_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--A campaign in Georgia which played an important role ahead of Saakashvili's unexpected election defeat in 2012 has been ...

News

Georgia miners’ strike gathers more supporters

by | Mar 6
Chiatura miners strike November 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch--The strike among mine workers in western Georgia is continuing. Workers in the coal mines in Chiatura demand better conditions ...

News

New charges against Bacho Akhalaia lawyer

by | Mar 6
Giorgi_Goga_Oniani_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has brought in new charges against a lawyer representing former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia. Prosecutors ...

Economy

47 % price hike on vegetables in Georgia

by | Mar 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Vegetable prices are on course to a 46.6 % projected annual increase in Georgia, new figures from the National ...

Minorities

Georgian receives Women of Courage Award

by | Mar 5
michelle_obama_-_rusudan_gotsiridze_-_women_of_courage_award_2014_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Rusudan Gotsiridze, Bishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, has been given the International Women of Courage Award ...

Society

37% of children in Georgia are below the poverty line

by | Mar 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--37 percent of children in Georgia live below the poverty line, according to a new report by UNICEF. Child poverty ...

News

Georgia’s parliament to hold meetings in two cities

by | Mar 5
parliament

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili has started working at the old parliament building in Tbilisi. The speaker explained it ...

Europe

Presidents of Turkey and Georgia discussed Ukraine crisis

by | Mar 4
giorgi_margvelashvili_-_abdullah_gul_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--The presidents of Georgia and Turkey have spoken on phone about the latest events in Ukraine. President of Turkey, Abdullah ...

Europe

EUs Füle working ‘intensely’ on timetable for Georgia trade pact

by | Mar 4
Stefan_Fule_2014-03-04_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia says negotiations with the European Union about the schedule and procedures for signing the Association Agreement must be ...

News

Georgians demonstrated against Russian fences in Atotsi

by | Mar 4
Atotsi_demonstration_2014-03-03_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Several hundred people demonstrated Monday near the de facto border with South Ossetia, to highlight the recent resumption of ...

News

Georgian ministers call Ukrainian interim counterparts

by | Mar 4
maya panjikidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s defense and foreign ministers on Monday spoke by phone with Ukraine’s acting defense and foreign ministers. In the phone ...

News

Suspect in 2006 Kodori Valley crisis detained in Tbilisi

by | Mar 3
police_airport_evacuation

TBILISI, DFWatch--Emzar Kvitsiani, who was accused of organizing a mutiny in Kodori Valley and has been wanted since 2006, has ...

In brief

French, German FMs postpone visits due to Ukraine crisis

by | Mar 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The foreign ministers of France and Germany and an EU commissioner have postponed their visits to Georgia due to ...

In brief

Tbilisi City Council March 7 makes last attempt to pass budget

by | Mar 3
meria - city hall

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Council will hold a special session on March 7 to once more put the city's 2014 budget ...

News

Hundreds rallied outside Ukrainian embassy in Tbilisi

by | Mar 3
DSC_0007_copy_Ukraine_support_rally_2014-03-02

TBILISI, DFWatch--Hundreds of people demonstrated in support of Ukraine on Sunday outside the Ukrainian embassy in Tbilisi. Some came carrying Ukrainian ...

News

Georgia reacts to Russian Duma’s Ukraine resolution

by | Mar 2
ivanishvilii-margvelashvili_PK__11_

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili says Russia's actions in Crimea are a brutal intervention in the domestic affairs of a ...

News

Protest in Tbilisi for better protection of workers’ rights

by | Mar 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Several hundred people gathered outside the government building in Tbilisi on Friday to demand better protection of workers' rights. Workers ...

In brief

Stefan Fule to visit Georgia March 3-4

by | Mar 1
irakli gharibashvili - stefan fule - 2014-02-03

TBILISI, DFWatch--EU Commissioner Stefan Fule is planning a visit to Georgia next Monday and Tuesday. According to his press office, the ...

In brief

Abashidze-Karasin meeting postponed until March 14

by | Feb 28
zurab_abashidze_-_grigory_karasin

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian and Russian negotiators Zurab Abashidze and Gregory Karasin have postponed their planned meeting until March 14. Abashidze, the ...

News

France refuses to extradite former Georgian defense minister

by | Feb 28
Davit_Kezerashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--France has refused to extradite former Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili to Georgia. Kezerashvili is charged with acquiring a large amount ...

News

Merabishvili found guilty of violent May 26, 2011, dispersal

by | Feb 27
vano_merabishvili_at_the_prosecutors_office_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili was Thursday sentenced to four years and six months in jail in a ...

Economy

Georgia: 15% rise in January’s foreign trade confirmed

by | Feb 27
Rustavi_car_market_-_rustavi.ge_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover was USD 761 million in January 2014 according to precise data published by Georgia's National ...

News

John Kerry to visit Georgia in spring

by | Feb 27
john kerry - maya panjikidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Georgia in spring 2014. Kerry said after a meeting with Georgian Prime ...

In brief

Bacho Akhalaia’s lawyer released on bail

by | Feb 26
oniani_giorgi_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court has released the lawyer of a former defense minister against a 20 000 lari (USD 12 000) bail. Goga ...

News

Russia resumes building of South Ossetia border fences

by | Feb 26
razor wire border south ossetia

TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian soldiers have resumed the installation of warning signs and barbed wire at villages near the border with the ...

Politics

Georgia creates agency to oversee party financing

by | Feb 26
chamber_of_control

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is creating a temporary commission to monitor the financing of political parties. The new body will be staffed by ...

News

Former police official and Bacho Akhalaia lawyer detained

by | Feb 25
giorgi oniani

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has ordered the detention of a lawyer for former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia. Giorgi Oniani ...

News

Georgian PM Gharibashvili met Obama and Biden

by | Feb 25
irakli gharibashvili - barack obama - 2014-02-24

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Monday met with US Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. President ...

News

Abashidze-Karasin talks planned for March 4 in Prague

by | Feb 24
zurab_abashidze_-_grigory_karasin

TBILISI, DFWatch--The next meeting between Russian and Georgian negotiators might take place on March 4 or 5. Zurab Abashidze, the Prime ...

Europe

Demonstrations in support of Ukraine were held in Tbilisi

by | Feb 24
Ukraine support demonstration 2014-02-23

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgians gathered at the old parliament building in Tbilisi on Sunday to pay tribute to those who died during ...

News

Miners on strike in Chiatura, Georgia

by | Feb 24
mine_workers_in_Chiatura__2012-11-02

TBILISI, DFWatch--About 600 miners in western Georgia have gone on strike, demanding that the management fulfills a promise made during ...

News

Parliament speaker in Georgia sees no threat

by | Feb 23
davit_usupashvili_2

TBILISI, DFWatch--The speaker of parliament in Georgia says there are currently no threats against the country. Gubaz Sanikidze, a member of ...

Society

Bus drivers on strike in Rustavi, Georgia

by | Feb 22
drivers on strike in Rustavi 2014-02-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--Minibus drivers in Rustavi southeast of Tbilisi are on strike. They are protesting against the competition for transport by City ...

News

Georgians show support for Ukrainians in many ways

by | Feb 22
one woman protesting outside parliament 2014-02-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--One lone woman demonstrated in support of Ukraine in front of Georgia's parliament on Friday. Georgians are showing solidarity ...

News

Georgian PM starts weeklong US trip Saturday

by | Feb 21
irakli_gharibashvili_03_-_2014-01-16

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili tomorrow begins his first United States visit since assuming office. Gharibashvili, who is accompanied by several ...

Europe

Georgian president ‘completely shocked’ by events in Ukraine

by | Feb 21
giorgi margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili says no government has ever been forgiven for using weapons against its own people. Margvelashvili said ...

News

Georgian activist dies from sniper fire in Kiev

by | Feb 21
kiev interior ministry forces truck burning 2014-02-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--One more Georgian citizen died in Kiev on February 21. Davit Kipiani, a young National Movement activist, was found dead ...

News

Georgia sends peacekeepers to Central African Republic

by | Feb 21
irakli alasania

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government has decided to commit its military forces to the European Union's rapid reaction force in the ...

Caucasus region

Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan foreign ministers meet

by | Feb 20
maya panjikidze - Elmar Mammadyarov - Ahmet Davutoglu - 2014-02-20

TBILISI, DFWatch--The foreign ministers of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey met on Wednesday in Azerbaijan’s second largest city Ganja to discuss ...

Politics

Green Party leaves Georgian Dream coalition

by | Feb 20
Greens Gia Gachechiladze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Member of Parliament Gia Gachechiladze on Wednesday left the parliamentary majority, the Georgian Dream coalition. Gachechiladze is a member of ...

Sport

Figure skater Elene Gedevanishvili in 17th place at Sochi

by | Feb 20
elene gedevanishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian figure skater Elene Gedevanishvili Wednesday ended up in 17th place in the Sochi Olympics. The 24-year old competed in ...

News

One Georgian dead in Kiev violence

by | Feb 20
kiev violence 2014-02-19

TBILISI, DFWatch--One Georgian citizen died in Kiev on February 18 during clashes between activists and Interior Ministry troops. Zurab Khurtsia, 54, ...

Minorities

How can minority women get into politics in Georgia?

by | Feb 19
sabina talibova

TBILISI, DFWatch--Sabina Talibova is an ethnic Azerbaijanian living in Marneuli. Some time ago, she became involved in several non-governmental organizations ...

Politics

National Movement might boycott president’s address

by | Feb 19
Giorgi Vashadze

TBILISI, DFWatch--The National Movement party's members of parliament might not attend the Georgian president's state of the nation address, which ...

Minorities

Georgia creates new agency for religious issues

by | Feb 19
paata zakareishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia is planning to create a new agency that will work on religious issues. Minister of Reconciliation ...

Sport

Georgian Nino Tsiklauri finishes 49th in giant slalom

by | Feb 18
nino tsiklauri - giant slalom - sochi - 2014-02-18

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian alpine skier participating in the Sochi Winter Olympics competed on February 18 and finished in 49th place. Nino ...

Economy

Georgia’s foreign trade up 15% in Jan compared to last year

by | Feb 18
carrefour

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's foreign trade turnover increased 15 percent in January, 2014, compared to the same period last year. The total ...

News

Firefighters on strike in Tbilisi, claim their boss is corrupt

by | Feb 18
fire trucks

TBILISI, DFWatch--16 firefighters in Tbilisi are on a strike to demand the resignation of the head of the emergency service, ...

Elections

Georgian PM wants 50% first past the post threshold

by | Feb 18
irakli_gharibashvili_02_-_2014-01-16

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili proposes to raise the threshold for winning in the first round of local elections to ...

News

Merabishvili used employment program for election campaign

by | Feb 17
vano merabishvili --

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili used an employment program as a way to campaign for the National ...

News

Complaints against Georgia at Strasbourg court drops 70%

by | Feb 17
Geguti prison February 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The number of complaints against Georgia at the European Court of Human Rights has been reduced by 70 percent. On ...

Caucasus region

Naturalized Chechen refugee not allowed to leave Georgia

by | Feb 17
tbilisi-airport

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Public Defender's Office in Georgia calls on the Interior Ministry to react to the violation of the rights ...

In brief

Bus drivers on strike in Batumi

by | Feb 17
yellow buses batumi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Bus drivers in Batumi have been on strike for five days, demanding higher salary and the dismissal of the ...

Elections

Georgia’s ruling coalition promises clean local election

by | Feb 16
dzidziguri-zviad

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian Dream coalition promises that there will not be fraud in the upcoming local elections, as the voters’ ...

Politics

Georgian president to hold annual address on February 21

by | Feb 15
giorgi margvelashvili inauguracia

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili will hold his first annual address to parliament on February 21. Outlining the content of his speech ...

News

Appeals court upholds partial acquittal of Bacho Akhalaia

by | Feb 15
bacho akhalaia - tbilisi court iii - 2013-02-28

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Appeals Court in Georgia has upheld a decision by Tbilisi City Court to partly acquit former Defense Minister ...

News

Georgia climbs 17 places on Press Freedom Index

by | Feb 15
press freedom map 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia climbs 17 places on the latest Press Freedom Index and is listed in 84th place among 180 countries. The ...

Europe

Georgian parliament speaker met Hungary’s president

by | Feb 14
janos ader - davit usupashvili 2014-02-14

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili Friday met Hungarian President János Áder. The two discussed economy, Georgia’s integration with ...

News

EUMM’s new deputy head criticized Georgia in 2008

by | Feb 14
ryan grist

TBILISI, DFWatch--A former British army captain who in 2008 accused Georgia of starting the South Ossetia war has been appointed ...

News

Georgia plans digital switchover on June 17, 2015

by | Feb 14
digital tv broadcasting

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia will make the switchover from analog to digital television on June 17, 2015. Deputy Economy Minister Dimitry Kumsishvili on ...

In brief

Georgia increases punishment for illegal surveillance

by | Feb 14
bug secret listening device

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia wants to increase the punishment for engaging in illegal surveillance to seven years in jail. Presenting ...

In brief

Georgian gov’t gives new homes to refugees

by | Feb 14
Davit Darakhvelidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--543 refugee families have been given apartments for one lari a piece from the government. Refugee Minister Davit Darakhvelidze said ...

Security

US to fund Georgia’s participation in NATO Rapid Reaction Force

by | Feb 13
knud bartels - irakli alasania - 2014-02-12

TBILISI, DFWatch--The United States will finance Georgia’s participation in NATO Rapid Reaction Force, Defense Minister Irakli Alasania says. The NATO Military ...

News

Georgia and Russia to discuss top level meeting

by | Feb 13
Grigory-Karasin

TBILISI, DFWatch--Negotiators for Georgia and Russia are to discuss the possibility of holding a top level meeting between the presidents ...

Politics

Tbilisi’s 2014 budget rejected a second time

by | Feb 13
meria - city hall

TBILISI, DFWatch--The city of Tbilisi’s elected representatives have again failed to approve a new budget for 2014. 17 assembly members ...

In brief

Azerbaijan and Georgia to cooperate about territories

by | Feb 13
giorgi margvelashvili - ilham aliyev 2014-02-12

TBILISI, DFWatch--Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev says Georgia and Azerbaijan support each other in territorial integrity issues. Both countries have lost ...

Security

Head of NATO Military Committee visits Georgia

by | Feb 12
knud bartels - giorgi margvelashvili - 2014-02-11

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Wednesday hosted Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, which is currently visiting ...

News

Georgian PM ready for direct talks with Russian leaders

by | Feb 12
irakli_gharibashvili_2

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili says he is ready to have direct dialogue with Russian leaders. Gharibashvili’s statement was a ...

News

Culture Ministry deputy’s dismissal approved by Georgian PM

by | Feb 12
marine mizandari -

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Tuesday approved the dismissal of First Deputy Culture Minister Marine Mizandari. Culture Minister Guram ...

In brief

Georgian president to visit Azerbaijan

by | Feb 12
giorgi_margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili will visit Azerbaijan for the first time on February 12. Margvelashvili will meet with President Ilham ...

News

Georgian president to carefully study Putin’s offer to meet

by | Feb 11
giorgi margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president says he will ‘carefully and seriously analyze’ a statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin about ...

News

Culture Minister fires deputy amid dispute over ancient mine

by | Feb 11
marine mizandari - guram odisharia -

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Culture Minister Guram Odisharia has dismissed his deputy, Marine Mizandari, claiming that she wasn’t able to work in ...

Europe

Romania supports Georgia’s EU and NATO aspirations

by | Feb 11
Crin Antonescu - David Usupashvili 2014-02-10

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Romanian Senate Monday passed a resolution supporting Georgia’s efforts toward integration with Europe and NATO. Speaker of Parliament Davit ...

News

Several prisoners hospitalized in Geguti, Georgia

by | Feb 10
geguti prison camp

TBILISI, DFWatch--Several prisoners at Geguti prison in Georgia have been taken to hospital with self-inflicted injuries. Doctors say their health ...

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