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News

Suspect detained in journalist’s beating

by | Oct 24
Zaza_Davitaia

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police two days ago detained a man who is suspected of beating a journalist working for a conservative newspaper. According ...

Economy

Georgia’s foreign trade turnover up 10% Jan-Sept ’14

by | Oct 24
poti

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first nine months of 2014 was ten percent more than the year before, ...

News

Foreign experts say evidence against Saakashvili is sound

by | Oct 24
mikheil_saakashvili_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Three foreign prosecutors visiting Georgia have concluded that there is enough evidence to continue the criminal prosecution of ex-President ...

News

School children stay home in Mokhe as politicians explian conflict

by | Oct 23
mokhe_shura-miqeladze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Politicians Thursday began making sense of the conflict in Mokhe the day before, while local Muslims spent the whole ...

News

Mosque conflict continues in southern Georgian town

by | Oct 23
mokhe

TBILISI, DFWatch--Conflict continued Wednesday in the small Georgian village Mokhe, as an old mosque was dismantled from morning. Muslims tried to ...

Europe

Ukraine support rallies in three Georgian cities

by | Oct 23
Ukraine_support_rally_2010-10-22

TBILISI, DFWatch--Ukraine support rallies were held in three different Georgian cities on Wednesday. They were organized by the National Platform, ...

News

Bacho Akhalaia sentenced to seven years in jail

by | Oct 22
bacho_akhalaia__Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--One of the strongmen in Saakashvili’s government was Wednesday sentenced to seven years and six months in jail in ...

In brief

Activists detained – want Saakashvili’s party banned

by | Oct 22
scuffle_anti-UNM_2014-10-22

TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of people from the organization Free Generation Tuesday evening demonstrated outside the office of the National Movement, ...

Security

Russian drones threaten stability, Georgia says

by | Oct 22
TransasDozor-100_Photo-Vitaly_V_Kuzmin

TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian drones are endangering the security and stability in the region, Georgia’s representatives said at a meeting of the ...

News

Violence against women highlighted at demonstration in Tbilisi

by | Oct 21
violence against women

TBILISI, DFWatch--Demonstrators gathered outside the government office on Tuesday to demand better protection of women after what they claim is ...

Minorities

Muslims in south of Georgia plan petition to dismiss mufti

by | Oct 21
mokhe

TBILISI, DFWatch--Muslims in south Georgia are planning to start a petition to dismiss the country’s mufti, who they claim is ...

Youth

Tbilisi students demonstrate against gas station on university area

by | Oct 21
defend_TSU

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students demonstrated Monday against the construction of a new petrol station on an area that is part of Tbilisi ...

In brief

Supporters of controversial ex-official rally outside PM’s residence

by | Oct 20
pro_National_Movement_demo_2014-10-19

TBILISI, DFWatch--Supporters of Georgia’s former regime demonstrated outside the house of the prime minister on Sunday. Outraged passers-by confronted them, ...

News

Merabishvili gets three years in jail for Girgvliani murder

by | Oct 20
vano_merabishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian interior minister Vano Merabishvili was Monday sentenced to three years in jail for involvement in the cover-up ...

News

Locals demonstrate for and against turning mosque into culture center

by | Oct 20
mokhe

TBILISI, DFWatch--Muslims in Mokhe, a village in the south of Georgia, protested on Saturday, because they don't want to give ...

Environment

Bad weather causes flooding in Georgia

by | Oct 19
storm_2014-10-19

TBILISI, DFWatch--Bad weather continued to cause problems in many parts of Georgia on Sunday. A storm was raging on the ...

News

String of violent incidents fuels crime debate in Georgia

by | Oct 19
police_cordon_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--After a lecturer was murdered in the corridor of a Tbilisi university on Friday, there have been more reports ...

News

Man shoots ex-wife, then kills himself at Tbilisi university

by | Oct 18
murder_at_Ilia_University

TBILISI, DFWatch--A lecturer was shot dead by her former husband at Ilia State University (ISU) in Tbilisi on Friday. The ...

News

Greece refuses to extradite Data Akhalaia to Georgia

by | Oct 17
data_akhalaia

TBILISI, DFWatch--A court in Greece has refused to extradite a former Georgian official who is charged with involvement in the ...

In brief

Georgia’s parliament speaker defends Ivanishvili in newspaper ad

by | Oct 17
davit_usupashvili_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--The speaker of the Georgian parliament went on the offensive Thursday against former President Mikheil Saakashvili and in defense ...

In brief

Update: Two teens captured for vandalizing a church in Tbilisi

by | Oct 16
saint_barbare_church

TBILISI, DFWatch--The police on Thursday arrested two youngsters for suspicion of vandalizing a church just during a religious holiday. The detainees ...

News

Georgia’s Russia-envoy does not plan to cancel Prague meeting

by | Oct 16
zurab_abashidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s envoy for talks with Russia says he will meet his Russian counterpart in Prague on Thursday, despite criticism ...

News

Georgia investigating coup plans by the former ruling party

by | Oct 15
levan izoria2

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian law enforcers are investigating alleged plans by the former ruling party, the National Movement, to destabilize the country ...

News

Georgian diplomats clash over proposed Russia-Abkhazia pact

by | Oct 15
Tedo Japaridze

TBILISI, DFWatch--A proposed new comprehensive agreement between Russia and Abkhazia has triggered a quarrel between two veterans of the Georgian diplomacy ...

News

Former members of Georgian elite forces accused of kidnapping

by | Oct 14
Ioseb_Giorkhelidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--The police on Monday arrested four persons for alleged kidnapping, two of whom are former members of special forces ...

News

Georgia eyes with suspicion Russian plans for new road through Caucasus

by | Oct 13
Roki_tunnel

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia views with caution the construction by Russia of yet another trans-Caucasus road, while the opposition sees a direct ...

News

Seventh jihadi from Pankisi Gorge, Georgia, dies in Syrian war

by | Oct 13
Mideast Syria

TBILISI, DFWatch--One more Georgian jihadist from Pankisi Gorge has been killed in Syria fighting alongside the Islamic State. 22 year old ...

Minorities

Human rights court faults Georgia for its treatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses

by | Oct 12
jehovas_witnesses_freedom_square

TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Court of Human Rights last week found that Georgia has violated the human rights of the Jehovah’s Witnesses ...

News

Brother of deceased PM Zurab Zhvania expects results soon

by | Oct 11
zhvania_frontpage-155x129

TBILISI, DFWatch--The investigation into the death of the Georgian prime minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005 will soon enter its final ...

News

Georgia’s president pardons 88 prisoners

by | Oct 9
gldani-prison-guard-tower

TBILISI, DFWatch--Wednesday was probably the happiest day in the lives of 88 prisoners in Georgia, as they were allowed to ...

Minorities

Georgian opera singer postpones gay rights charity concert

by | Oct 9
tamar_iveri_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Fans of Tamar Iveri will have to wait another two months to see her singing in a charity concert ...

News

3.7 magnitude earthquake rattles southern Caucasus

by | Oct 9
tkibuli_mine

TBILISI, DFWatch--A 3.7 magnitude earthquake rattled the south central slopes of the Caucasus mountains Wednesday. The earthquake occurred at 4:36 pm ...

In brief

Two Georgians detained by Russian border guards

by | Oct 8
Dvani

TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian border guards on Tuesday detained a husband and wife in a village bordering breakaway South Ossetia. The two, Kakha ...

Politics

PM’s relative appointed party secretary

by | Oct 7
zviad_jankarashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--A relative of the Georgian prime minister has been appointed as executive secretary of the Georgian Dream Party, the ...

Media

Ivanishvili plans to host TV show

by | Oct 7
bidzina ivanishvili --

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says he wants to host a weekly talk show. This comes after Ivanishvili many ...

News

Murder charges against police officer who fatally shot 21 year old

by | Oct 6
police_shooting_Lasha Jikhvashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The police officer who shot to death a young man in Kutaisi has been charged with purposeful murder and ...

News

Georgia’s controversial new immigration law may be changed

by | Oct 6
Irakli_Garibashvili_2014-0-10-05

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government may change a new controversial law on immigration that has caused a wave of confusion and ...

News

Policeman arrested after fatally shooting 21 year old

by | Oct 5
mirza_gochuadze

TBILISI, DFWatch--A police officer who shot to death a 21 year old man in Kutaisi on Friday has been arrested. The ...

News

21-year old dies after being shot by police

by | Oct 3
Mirza_Gochuadze_car

TBILISI, DFWatch--A 21 year old man was shot by police during a car chase Friday in Kutaisi. The man later ...

Youth

More Georgian students to get scholarships for UK

by | Oct 3
Chevening_scholarship_2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--In 2014-2014, six Georgian students will continue their Masters degrees at British universities with support from the Chevening program. The ...

News

Abkhaz leader plans to close all but one checkpoint

by | Oct 3
enguri

TBILISI, DFWatch--The newly elected de facto president of the breakaway region Abkhazia wants to close five out of a total ...

Youth

Saakashvili supporters and opponents clash again

by | Oct 3
Tavisupali_Zona_Tavisupali_Taoba01_2014-10-02

TBILISI, DFWatch--Opponents and supporters of former President Saakashvili clashed again in Tbilisi on Thursday, two days after their first showdown. The ...

News

Investigators find no proof Kitsmarishvili was murdered

by | Oct 2
prosecutors_office

TBILISI, DFWatch--Investigators haven’t  found any evidence that Georgia’s former ambassador to Russia and founder of Rustavi 2 TV company was ...

Minorities

Religious minorities in Georgia shortchanged due to prejudice

by | Oct 2
mosque_demonstration_2013-08-28_aqciaa_mechettan__5__Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--In the last few years, Georgia has had a surge in discrimination against religious minorities. A new report reveals ...

Minorities

Georgian man stabs sister for not wearing hijab

by | Oct 1
mosque_duisi_pankisi

TBILISI, DFWatch--A man from Pankisi Gorge stabbed his sister in the chest with a knife for refusing to wear a ...

In brief

Georgian president presents candidates for head of Supreme Court

by | Oct 1
supreme court

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president on Tuesday presented parliament with his two candidates to take over as head of Supreme Court. This ...

News

Two activist groups clash in Tbilisi

by | Oct 1
Zaza_Davitaia

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two groups of politically motivated youth clashed on Tuesday, inflicting injuries on each other. The conflict started after activists from ...

News

Remains of dead Georgian PM may be exhumed

by | Sep 30
zurab_zhvania_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--The body of a former Georgian prime minister may be exhumed in order to determine the cause of death. Prime ...

In brief

Margvelashvili calls for peaceful resolution of frozen conflicts

by | Sep 30
Giorgi_Margvelashvili_on_turkish_TV

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili appeared on the Turkish TV Monday, explaining his country’s policy toward two breakaway regions that ...

In brief

Georgia to help Kyrgyzstan get access to the EU market

by | Sep 29
Giorgi_Margvelashvili-Almazbek_Atambayev_2014-09-29

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili says the free trade treaty Georgia signed with the EU earlier this year opens opportunities also ...

Environment

Georgian authorities issue warning about new storm in southwest

by | Sep 29
Batumi_storm_2014-09-29

TBILISI, DFWatch--Heavy rain hit Georgia’s southwestern parts on Monday, but so far without causing the amount of damage which was ...

In brief

Pathologist in Zhvania’s death must remain in detention

by | Sep 27
levan_chachua_

TBILISI, DFWatch--The pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the body of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania denies that he harassed a ...

News

Schools in Turkey to start teaching Georgian language

by | Sep 26
school_class_-_Ministry_of_Education_and_Science

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Turkish Ministry of Education has adopted a plan to teach Georgian in the schools, according to a Facebook ...

News

Sixth Georgian from Pankisi Gorge dies in Syrian war

by | Sep 25
Mideast Syria

TBILISI, DFWatch--An 18 year old Georgian has died in the Syrian civil war. He is the sixth fighter to die ...

In brief

Georgia to join arms trade treaty

by | Sep 25
weapons cache samegrelo

TBILISI, DFWatch--On Friday, Georgia will join a new treaty which restricts the international trade in small arms. The Arms Trade Treaty ...

Security

Tbilisi denies that it offered US to host training camp for Syrian rebels

by | Sep 24
irakli_alasania_-_chuck_hegel_-_sept_2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government denies that it has offered the US to host a training facility for Syrian rebels fighting ...

News

Decision in Girgvliani trial expected in two weeks

by | Sep 24
vano_merabishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--A verdict in one Georgia’s most controversial murder cases is expected two weeks from now, with a former interior ...

News

Georgian MP: three out of five pregnant women opt for an abortion

by | Sep 23
maternity-ward

TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of the healthcare committee in the Georgian parliament wants tougher punishment for illegal abortions. In 2012, there were ...

News

Saakashvili’s former head of security also subject to asset freeze

by | Sep 23
janashia11

TBILISI, DFWatch--After slapping an asset freeze on former President Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office got court approval to do ...

News

Court hearing into 2005 death of Georgian PM focuses on autopsy

by | Sep 22
Zurab_Zhvania

TBILISI, DFWatch--The trial into the circumstances surrounding the death of Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005 continued in Tbilisi ...

Environment

Storm causes landslides and power cuts in western Georgia

by | Sep 22
storm_batumi_01

TBILISI, DFWatch--A storm Sunday night left about 7,000 households without electricity in Batumi, a city on the Black Sea coast. According ...

News

Saakashvili’s Georgian bank accounts also seized, lawyer claims

by | Sep 22
mikheil_saakashvili_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has seized the bank accounts of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, his attorney wrote in ...

Politics

Georgian president says he may resign

by | Sep 21
giorgi_margvelashvili2

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has said he may dissolve parliament or step down if this is needed to avert ...

Economy

Slight increase in money transfers to Georgia

by | Sep 20
National_Bank

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's National Bank noted a one percent increase in money transfers into the country in August 2014, compared to ...

In brief

New US-trained judge candidates taking exams in Georgia

by | Sep 20
high_council_of_justice

TBILISI, DFWatch--A new cohort of judge candidates are taking qualification exams September 20 and 27, under the auspices of the ...

Environment

Groups sound final alarm for threatened landscape in Georgia

by | Sep 20
Khaishi_demonstration_2014-01-29

TBILISI, DFWatch--Opponents of the Khudoni hydropower project met in Mestia on Thursday to sound the final alarm before a massive ...

News

Court in Georgia orders seizure of ex-President Saakashvili’s property

by | Sep 19
tbilisi_city_court

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Appeals Court in Georgia Friday upheld a decision to seize the property of former president Mikheil Saakashvili, along ...

Politics

Georgian president denies that he plans to split from coalition

by | Sep 19
giorgi margvelashvili inauguracia

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s president has rejected suggestions that he is planning to set up his own political party, despite an apparent ...

Politics

Council member in Adjara accuses local official of corruption

by | Sep 18
medea_vasadze

TBILISI, DFWatch--There was further infighting in Georgia's government coalition  on Thursday as a member of the council in the Adjara ...

Economy

Georgia’s foreign trade turnover Jan-Aug up 12%

by | Sep 18
bazar tbilisi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first eight months of 2014 was 12 percent more than in the same ...

Youth

Students at TSU protest against ‘low level of education’

by | Sep 18
Art Academy protest 2014-09-06

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students protested on Tuesday against the level of education at Tbilisi State University. Some of the students left the hall ...

Politics

Split widened between Georgia’s president and government

by | Sep 17
Giorgi_Margvelashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The conflict between the Georgian president and the government soured even more on Wednesday after the TV company Rustavi ...

News

Tbilisi’s ‘gypsy market’ destroyed by fire

by | Sep 17
gypsy_market

TBILISI, DFWatch--A fire destroyed the ‘gypsy market’ in Tbilisi on Tuesday. Vendors claim the fire was started deliberately. About 2500 square ...

News

Georgian lawmakers plan to introduce language tests in public sector

by | Sep 16
session-hall-parliament-2012-10-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament has begun discussing a draft bill which will require all public employees to pass a language ...

In brief

German tourist hospitalized after roadside robbery in Georgia

by | Sep 16
mestiaaaa

TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of German tourists were robbed in Mestia Monday night, several Georgian news outlets reported. The reports differ on important details, but ...

Politics

Tbilisi mayor says former government squandered city’s money

by | Sep 16
davit narmania

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Tbilisi mayor says the city must tighten its belt, because the National Movement, which ruled the city for ...

News

Fired Georgian tourism official says he was pressured by the Church

by | Sep 16
giorgi sigua

TBILISI, DFWatch--The former head of Georgia’s National Tourism Administration has said that the Georgian Orthodox Church demanded that he cancel ...

News

Vatican official is visiting Georgia

by | Sep 13
dominique_mamberti

TBILISI, DFWatch--Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, is visiting Georgia September 13-16. The Vatican’s Section for ...

Minorities

Turkish religious official visiting Georgia

by | Sep 13
mosque

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Turkish public official who is visiting Georgia says he hopes there will be built new mosques in Batumi ...

Minorities

Georgian Orthodox Church issues statement on madrasa incident

by | Sep 12
Kobuleti_demonstration_against_madrasa

TBILISI, DFWatch--Patriarchate of Georgia claims that a boarding school for Muslim kids was built against the will of a majority ...

Youth

Music festival KaZantip to be held in Georgia in 2015

by | Sep 12
Kazantip_colors

TBILISI, DFWatch--Organizers of KaZantip are determined to hold the electronic music festival in Georgia next year too, despite low visitor ...

News

Georgian president cancels New York trip due to resistance

by | Sep 11
giorgi_margvelashvili_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvili has canceled a planned trip to New York to attend the UN climate change summit, ...

In brief

Georgian PM visiting Azerbaijan

by | Sep 11
aliyev gharibashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili met Thursday with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to discuss strategic cooperation and bilateral relations. The ...

Politics

Georgian businessman Ivanishvili criticizes president

by | Sep 11
bidzina_ivanishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--In a rare interview, former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has criticized President Giorgi Margvelashvili for harming the country’s image. Ivanishvili ...

Minorities

Investigation into protest against Muslim school

by | Sep 11
demonstration_against_madrasa_kobuleti

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into an incident in a small town about a pig head being ...

Minorities

Locals slaughtered pig outside planned madrasa in Georgia

by | Sep 10
pig_head

TBILISI, DFWatch--Locals in the small Georgian town Kobuleti on the Black Sea coast are protesting against the construction of a ...

Economy

Georgia sees sharp drop in foreign investments

by | Sep 10
poti

TBILISI, DFWatch--The amount of direct foreign investments in Georgia in the second quarter of 2014 was USD 151 million; significantly ...

Minorities

Yazidi refugees in Georgia awaiting decision

by | Sep 10
yazidi discussion

TBILISI, DFWatch--More than 50 Yazidis have fled from Iraq to Georgia and applied for political asylum here. DF Watch September 3 ...

Environment

Building of gigantic hydro power dam may be postponed

by | Sep 9
khudoni_demonstration_2013-12-08

TBILISI, DFWatch--The building of a controversial hydropower dam in a mountainous region of Georgia may be further postponed, if the company ...

News

New wave of frequent police searches in Georgia

by | Sep 9
policeman

TBILISI, DFWatch--Over a year after a wave of complaints about frequent police searches in the streets, new reports are coming ...

News

Georgian victim of Ukraine war brought home

by | Sep 9
funeral Arsen  Beridze 2014-09-08

TBILISI, DFWatch--The body of a Georgian who died a few days ago in a bomb explosion in Ukraine's Donetsk region ...

Politics

Georgia sending two delegations to UN

by | Sep 8
giorgi_margvelashvili_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili will attend the UN Climate Summit 2014 despite the express wishes of Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili. The ...

Politics

Georgian president no longer to oversee student scholarships

by | Sep 8
giorgi-margvelashvili_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government wants to strip the president of the power to set terms for student scholarships and studies abroad. A ...

Youth

Art students in Tbilisi protesting against new government decree

by | Sep 6
art_academy_protest02_2014-09-05_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students demonstrated Friday outside the Culture Ministry against a decision to only allow professors at accredited universities to become ...

Security

What NATO’s Wales declaration said about Georgia

by | Sep 6
NATO_Wales_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--A 113 point declaration passed by leaders of NATO countries at the summit in Wales has two points about ...

Environment

Georgia warns of possible new landslide in Dariali Valley

by | Sep 5
Dariali_landslide_16_2014-05-17_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Geologists in Georgia say heavy rainfall would cause another landslide in Dariali Valley, where eight people have already been ...

Security

Georgian president compares Ukraine events with 2008 war

by | Sep 5
margvelashvili_rasmussen_cameron_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said in a speech at the NATO summit in Wales that the events in Georgia ...

Security

Georgian soldiers to take part in military exercise in Ukraine

by | Sep 5
exercise_Rapid_Trident_2014_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian platoon is taking part in the annual exercise Rapid Trident in Ukraine September 13-27. The multinational exercise will ...

Security

NATO chief meets Georgian president

by | Sep 4
Bilateral meeting with the President of Georgia - NATO Wales Summit

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president on Thursday met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in preparation for the NATO summit ...

Economy

Georgian wine export up 69% Jan-Aug ’14

by | Sep 4
Georgian_wine_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia increased its wine export by 69 percent in the first eight months of 2014, compared to last year. According ...

News

Georgian parliament calls for end to violence in Ukraine

by | Sep 4
session-hall-parliament-2012-10-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament on Wednesday asked the international community to use every kind of means to stop the military ...

In brief

Less visitors to Georgia in August than last year

by | Sep 4
tourists

TBILISI, DFWatch--772,216 people visited Georgia in August, which is 0.5 percent less than in August 2013. The new statistics published by ...

News

Wales Summit: NATO discusses setting up new mission in Georgia

by | Sep 4
2014_Newport_summit

Tbilisi, DFWatch - Against the backdrop of tragic events going on in Ukraine, Georgian delegation left optimistic to Wales to ...

News

Georgia offers rehabilitation for Ukrainian children

by | Sep 3
maia_panjikidze_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze on Tuesday offered her Ukrainian colleague to bring children to Georgia for vacation and ...

Interviews

Interview: Francis Fukuyama on the war in Ukraine and NATO expansion

by | Sep 3
Francis_Fukuyama_Crop

Many Georgians are discussing how far Mr Putin will go in his attempt to subdue his neighbor Ukraine. Maybe he will ...

Security

NATO plans to hold more military exercises in Georgia

by | Sep 2
anders_fogh_rasmussen_in_Georgia_September_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO is ramping up its defense of Eastern Europe with a new expeditionary force that will be able to ...

News

Police chief investigated for beating detective

by | Sep 2
policeman

TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of the police department and his deputy at one of the regions in Georgia on Sunday beat ...

In brief

53,067 were granted Georgian citizenship during Saakashvili

by | Sep 2
mikheil_saakashvili_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--53,067 foreigners were granted Georgian citizenship from 2005 to 2013, and in 2013 the president granted citizenship to most ...

Europe

Georgia begins free trade with EU

by | Sep 1
clothes_market

TBILISI, DFWatch--A free trade agreement between Georgia and the European Union came into force today, September 1. This means that Georgian ...

News

Georgia preparing to send humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

by | Sep 1
davit_sergeenko_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Children and injured people will be brought from Ukraine to Georgia for treatment, and Georgia will offer humanitarian assistance ...

Minorities

50 Yazidis from Iraq ask for asylum in Georgia

by | Sep 1
Agit_Mirzoev

TBILISI, DFWatch--Kurdish Yazidis who fled from Iraq are seeking asylum in Georgia. Agit Mirzoev, the head of House of Yazidis in ...

News

Saakashvili makes appearance on Turkish border

by | Sep 1
mikheil_saakashvili_2014-08-31_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former President Mikheil Saakashvili on Saturday appeared at Sarpi checkpoint's Turkish side, on the border between Georgia and Turkey ...

News

Russia-Georgia border reopened after landslide

by | Aug 31
Dariali_landslide_Larsi_border_crossing_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--The road through Dariali Valley in Georgia is reopened for traffic with some restrictions, ten days after it was ...

In brief

Georgia to ask Interpol help detain Saakashvili

by | Aug 31
mikheil_saakashvili_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia is preparing to ask Interpol to issue a red alert for ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili ...

News

Ukraine support rally demands more forceful response from Tbilisi

by | Aug 30
Ukraine_demonstration_2014-08-29_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--People demonstrated in front of the old parliament building in Tbilisi Friday in support of Ukraine and against Russian ...

Economy

Georgia’s growth up 7.2% in July

by | Aug 30
bazar tbilisi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s estimated real GDP growth in July 2014 was 7.2 percent more than in the same period last year, ...

In brief

Azerbaijan fires four customs guards after record heroin seizure

by | Aug 30
truck_on_border_with_Azerbaijan

TBILISI, DFWatch--Four employees of Azerbaijan’s customs service have been fired following the seizure in Georgia of 2.8 tons of liquid ...

News

Grand Mufti of Caucasus visits Georgia

by | Aug 29
Pashazade_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Grand Mufti of Caucasus, Haji Allahshükür Hummat Pashazade, arrived this morning for a two day visit to Georgia. Pashazade, who ...

In brief

Three men shot dead in Georgian village

by | Aug 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three men were killed Thursday night near Adigeni in southern Georgia. The suspect is a local public registry official. A ...

Sport

Georgian takes gold medal in World Judo Championship

by | Aug 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Avtandil Chrikashvili, 23, won a gold medal in the 2014 World Judo Championship on Thursday in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Chrikashvili ...

News

Georgia’s government coalition has lost popularity

by | Aug 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government coalition and its leading figures have lost popularity, according to a new poll by National Democratic Institute ...

Sport

Georgia qualifies for EuroBasket with 71-59 win against Portugal

by | Aug 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s basketball team won 71-59 against Portugal on Wednesday and is qualified for FIBA 2015. The Georgian team is now ...

In brief

Georgian health minister in Ukraine developing aid plan

by | Aug 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Health Minister Davit Sergeenko started his visit to Ukraine by making several agreements about offering assistance to Ukraine as ...

News

Georgia ends visa free rules for 24 countries

by | Aug 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is ending visa free rules for citizens of 24 countries from September 1. But people from 94 countries ...

In brief

Second body found after Dariali landslide

by | Aug 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A second person has been found dead on Wednesday, after the massive landslide in Dariali Valley on August 21. Two ...

News

Georgia’s health minister to visit Ukraine, offer assistance

by | Aug 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian health minister Davit Sergeenko will go to Ukraine on Wednesday in order to learn what kind of assistance ...

News

Less Georgians think Russia is a threat

by | Aug 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch--42 percent of Georgians think Russia is a real and existing threat to Georgia, according to a new survey. The ...

News

Suspect in Girgvliani murder avoids jail time after plea deal

by | Aug 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A court in Tbilisi has offered one of the suspects in the Girgvliani murder a plea bargain, after he ...

News

NDI survey looks at Georgians’ views on Church’s influence

by | Aug 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Jobs, poverty and territorial integrity are the most important national issues, as Georgians see it. 3 percent of those questioned ...

Minorities

How Georgians view minorities: Protect minority groups but not gays

by | Aug 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch--63 percent of Georgians think it is important to protect the rights of minorities, but they don’t want such ...

News

Khajimba won disputed election in Abkhazia

by | Aug 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--On Sunday, there was held de facto presidential election in the Georgian breakaway region Abkhazia. Preliminary results show that Raul ...

News

Three Georgians detained near South Ossetia

by | Aug 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian soldiers last week detained three Georgian citizens at a village bordering with the breakaway region South Ossetia. According to ...

Sport

Georgia’s basketball team won 79-59 against Hungary

by | Aug 25
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s national basketball team won 79-59 against Hungary on Sunday, in a qualification match for the 2015 FIBA EuroBasket. The ...

Interviews

Interview with Kenneth Yalowitz, former US ambassador to Georgia

by | Aug 24
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DFWatch: What’s your prediction, how will the situation around Ukraine evolve? Kenneth Yalowitz: What worries me is that you have a ...

Youth

26,000 passed university entrance exams in Georgia

by | Aug 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--More than 26,000 candidates have been accepted as students this year, according to the head of Georgia’s National Exam ...

News

Human chain outside Ukrainian embassy in Tbilisi

by | Aug 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The National Movement demonstrated outside the Ukrainian embassy in Tbilisi on Saturday, to mark the 25 year anniversary of ...

News

Abkhazia to hold presidential election August 24

by | Aug 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch--August 24, there will be held presidential election in the breakaway region Abkhazia. Four candidates are standing in the election, ...

In brief

Armenia’s gas supply restored, pipeline repaired after landslide

by | Aug 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Gas began flowing again Saturday in a pipeline that runs through a Georgian mountain valley which was hit by ...

Environment

Conflict erupts about illegal tree-cutting in Georgia

by | Aug 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Locals demonstrated Friday in a Georgian village because of strict rules about the cutting of trees for fire wood. People ...

News

Ice bucket challenge spreads to Georgia

by | Aug 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian celebrities, including politicians and journalists, are joining the international charity movement Ice Bucket Challenge, which aims gathering donations ...

News

Fight between inmates in Gardabani prison

by | Aug 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two prisoners clashed at Prison No 6 in Gardabani on Friday. The fight took place at 01:00 at night. Relatives ...

Environment

Danger of more landslides in Dariali

by | Aug 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--There is a danger that more snow may come loose from Devdorak glacier and trigger another landslide in Dariali ...

In brief

One person found dead after landslide in Georgia

by | Aug 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--One person has been found dead after the landslide catastrophe in Georgia on Thursday. The body was found on the ...

News

Georgian prosecutors examining finances of former parliament speaker

by | Aug 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian Prosecutor's Office wants to study the income of Davit Bakradze, former Speaker of Parliament and MP for ...

Environment

New catastrophic landslide hits Georgia’s Dariali Valley, two missing

by | Aug 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three months after a landslide disaster in a Georgian valley near the Russian border, another landslide struck Thursday, severing the ...

Europe

Delayed ratification of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine’s EU treaties

by | Aug 21
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two members of the European Parliament on Wednesday called on member states to accelerate the ratification of the association ...

Youth

KaZantip opens as conservatives protest

by | Aug 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Conservative groups continued protesting against KaZantip Wednesday as the music festival opened at 9 pm in the evening. Those opposed to ...

In brief

Georgian PM visits Armenia August 21-22

by | Aug 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili will visit Armenia on August 21-22. After meeting his Armenian colleague, Gharibashvili and the rest of ...

News

Saakashvili returns clothes after embezzlement charge

by | Aug 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday returned clothes to the government in Georgia, after being charged with inappropriate ...

News

Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan strengthen energy transport security

by | Aug 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The defense ministers of Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan met Tuesday in the Azerbaijani enclave Nakhchivan, a landlocked region on ...

Security

Government wants to reduce president’s power as commander in chief

by | Aug 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia wants to limit the power of the president as commander in chief. The draft bill will ...

News

Georgian president rejects ex-interior minister’s citizenship application

by | Aug 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili has rejected former Interior Minister Kakha Targamadze’s application for Georgian citizenship. The decision follows a call by ...

Economy

Georgia’s foreign trade turnover Jan-Jul ’14 up 14 %

by | Aug 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in January-July 2014 was USD 6,480 million. This is  14 percent more than in same ...

News

Georgia’s Orthodox Church signs agreement with Defense Ministry

by | Aug 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's Ministry of Defense on Sunday signed a memorandum with the country's Orthodox Church. The agreement was signed at Trinity ...

Environment

Health minister warns about heat wave in Georgia

by | Aug 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian health minister warns people against staying too long out in the sun as temperatures many places in ...

Sport

Georgia’s basketball team won against Portugal

by | Aug 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s national basketball team Sunday evening won against Portugal in a qualification match for FIBA EuroBasket 2015 played at ...

News

Defense ministers of Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan meet Monday

by | Aug 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey will meet in Azerbaijan on Monday. Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said ...

News

Georgian prosecutors publish more details about Saakashvili’s spending

by | Aug 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday published more details about what ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili spent money for that was meant ...

News

Ambulances in Georgia need frequent repair, causing late response

by | Aug 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Ambulances in Georgia will begin responding to calls from patients according to the severity of their cases instead of ...

News

Saakashvili says spending was necessary

by | Aug 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili again denies the new corruption charge about embezzling eight million lari from the security force SSPS. Prosecutors ...

Youth

KaZantip organizer to priests: ‘We have a no drugs policy’

by | Aug 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The manager of KaZantip has offered to meet priests and conservative activists to discuss the music festival, claiming that ...

In brief

Search order issued for ex-President Saakashvili

by | Aug 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has issued a domestic search order for ex-President Mikheil Saakahsvili. Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office prepared the order and has forwarded it to ...

News

Georgian conservatives demonstrate against KaZantip

by | Aug 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian conservatives continue trying to stop the music festival KaZantip from going ahead in Georgia and Thursday organized another ...

In brief

38 died in fires in Georgia Jan-Jun ’14

by | Aug 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--There were 1,703 fires in Georgia in the first half of 2014. 38 people died and 61 were injured, ...

News

Georgia tightens regulation of prescription drugs

by | Aug 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--In an extremely controversial move, Georgia’s Ministry of Health is tightening the regulation of prescription drugs. Seen as a step ...

News

Saakashvili denies embezzlement charge in Facebook post

by | Aug 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili denies new charges that he spent money meant for the special protection service on his own ...

Minorities

Yazidis in Tbilisi call on the world to stop ISIS

by | Aug 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--'Stop ISIS' was the slogan of a rally organized by the Yazidi community in Tbilisi as a show of ...

News

Saakashvili charged with embezzlement of security force money

by | Aug 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prosecutors in Georgia have brought further charges against former President Mikheil Saakashvili about embezzlement of public money. The case describes ...

In brief

180 died in traffic in Georgia Jan-Jun ’14

by | Aug 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--180 people died in traffic accidents in Georgia in the first half of 2014, according to new figures from ...

Environment

A hundred houses flooded in Georgian village Kvishkheti

by | Aug 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A hundred houses were flooded in a small Georgian village Tuesday night. Due to heavy and long rain, villages were ...

News

Stalin bust in Akura, Georgia, taken down

by | Aug 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A bust of Stalin was Tuesday dismantled in a small village in Georgia, less than a day after it ...

In brief

Georgia to take part in humanitarian effort in Ukraine

by | Aug 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is to join an international humanitarian effort in Luhansk, Ukraine. This became known on Tuesday. Last week, Georgian Foreign Minister ...

News

Disputed Stalin bust goes up again in Georgian village

by | Aug 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A bust of Joseph Stalin was re-erected in a Georgian village Monday night. It is unknown who put it ...

In brief

Scuffle outside Tbilisi City Hall as people queue to meet mayor

by | Aug 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--There was a quarrel outside Tbilisi City Hall on Monday between people who wanted to meet the mayor and ...

News

Merabishvili loses appeal in May 26 case

by | Aug 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Appeals Court in Georgia upheld the City Court's guilty verdict against former Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili for the May ...

News

Suspect in Girgvliani case pleads guilty

by | Aug 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A former government official in Georgia has pleaded guilty in the murder of bank employee Sandro Girgvliani in 2006. The ...

News

Georgian president accuses prosecutors of releasing classified document

by | Aug 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili accuses the Prosecutor’s Office of publishing a document which was classified as top secret, but ...

News

Georgian village hasn’t had running water for two decades

by | Aug 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Locals demonstrated in an eastern Georgian village on Monday, demanding to get running water installed. People living in the village ...

In brief

Police officer detained in Georgia for receiving bribe

by | Aug 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A police employee was Sunday detained in Batumi, a city on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, accused of receiving a ...

Sport

Georgia beats Czech Republic 73-62 in EuroBasket qualifier

by | Aug 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s basketball team won 73-62 against the Czech Republic on Sunday in a qualification match for FIBA EuroBasket 2015. There ...

News

Georgian FM criticized for not clearly supporting Russia sanctions

by | Aug 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign minister is criticized by opponents for saying that the economic sanctions against Russia will not solve the ...

Politics

Georgian president defends decision to use lavish palace

by | Aug 10
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili last year thought the presidential palace was too luxurious for him to use, but now ...

News

Georgian leader attacks Swedish foreign minister

by | Aug 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A war of words developed between Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Georgian PM Irakli Gharibashvili on Friday as ...

Politics

Georgian president rebuffs MP for criticizing Bildt

by | Aug 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili has rebuffed a parliamentarian in his own coalition for criticizing a tweet by Sweden's Foreign ...

News

Georgia’s Patriarch Ilia II gives white horse to PM

by | Aug 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Patriarch Ilia II on Tuesday gave Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili a white horse. The event took place at the ...

News

Georgian minister: sanctions not proper way out of Ukraine crisis

by | Aug 8
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - Georgia’s Foreign Minister says that western sanctions against Russia and reciprocal moves by the Kremlin are not ...

News

Georgian foreign minister criticizes Carl Bildt’s tweet

by | Aug 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign minister says Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is putting to perssure on the courts in Georgia by ...

In brief

Georgians injured in bus accident in Turkey

by | Aug 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--There was an accident on Wednesday in Rize, Turkey, which left ten passengers injured, including citizens of Georgia. Representatives of ...

Youth

Discussion: Georgian youth and higher education

by | Aug 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--DF Watch last week organized a discussion about education and the problem of self-realization among youth. The discussion included representatives ...

News

Outgoing NATO chief writes critical send-off to partner Russia

by | Aug 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen writes that Russia has stirred up conflicts in Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia. In an ...

News

Mine worker dies of electrical shock in Chiatura, Georgia

by | Aug 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A mine worker died from electrical shock Tuesday night in Chiatura, a manganese mining town in western Georgia. Engineer Zaliko ...

NGO news

Georgian PM criticizes NGOs for being biased

by | Aug 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Monday criticized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for not being objective. He said during a meeting with ...

In brief

Saakashvili’s appeal turned down

by | Aug 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Appeals Court in Georgia left in force a decision by Tbilisi City Court to place ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili ...

News

New charges against Saakashvili

by | Aug 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has brought further charges against ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili and other former officials in a ...

NGO news

Georgia introduces stricter regulation of secret surveillance

by | Aug 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament last week approved an amendment which will bring in stricter rules for the use of secret ...

Sport

Rights groups want tougher reaction to chauvinistic football fans

by | Aug 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A number of human rights organizations in Georgia have united under the name ‘No to Phobia’ and want the ...

News

New rules for visitors to Georgia from September

by | Aug 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch--From September 1, Georgia introduces new rules for foreigners who wish to stay for shorter or longer periods of ...

In brief

Georgia preparing for visit by Angela Merkel

by | Aug 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government has begun preparing for a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, even though the exact date of ...

News

4,000 people in Georgia have had no running water for two months

by | Aug 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--People demonstrated on Sunday in a Georgian village where 4,000 people have been without running water for two months. Locals ...

Minorities

Georgian government official gives details about UN committee’s work

by | Aug 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A government official in Georgia has provided details about the internal work of a United Nations committee tasked with ...

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