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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 ...

Youth

Georgian Church plans big demonstration against KaZantip

by | Aug 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Clerics in Georgia plan a big demonstration against the music festival KaZantip, and have started information work and preparing ...

News

Azerbaijan postpones enforcement of car standards

by | Aug 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Azerbaijan has postponed the introduction of new restrictions on cars entering from Georgia until August 16. Georgian officials say the ...

In brief

Saakashvili given pre-trial detention in absentia

by | Aug 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Friday evening decided to issue a pre-trial detention order for ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, although he ...

Sport

Georgian and Azerbaijani football supporters clash in Baku

by | Aug 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch-UEFA has issued a 15,000 euros fine to a Georgian football team after its supporters clashes with supporters of ...

News

Georgian and Russian diplomats talk on phone about trade

by | Aug 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian diplomat says the reason Russia decided to suspend its free trade agreement with Georgia is that Georgia ...

In brief

Two Georgians detained by Russian soldiers

by | Aug 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian soldiers have detained two Georgian citizens outside the village Kveshi, near Gori, which borders on the South Ossetian ...

News

New bill to regulate sale of agricultural land in Georgia

by | Aug 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Liberal Academy Tbilisi foundation addresses parliament with a draft bill about Georgia regarding regulations of selling lands to the ...

Economy

Georgia downplays impact of losing free trade with Russia

by | Aug 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Government officials in Georgia claim it will not bring serious financial harm to the country if Russia suspends its ...

In brief

280 prisoners pardoned by president’s commission

by | Jul 31
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The president of Georgia on Thursday pardoned 280 prisoners. According to the new head of the president’s pardon commission Zviad ...

News

Russia to suspend free trade agreement with Georgia

by | Jul 31
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Russia plans to suspend its free trade agreement with Georgia. According to Ria Novosti, the Russian Duma has prepared a draft ...

Minorities

Waiting for new school building in Lambalo

by | Jul 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--For seven years, children in the small predominantly Azeri village Lambalo in Georgia have had to attend school classes ...

Opinion

If NATO delays path to Georgia’s membership, what is the alternative?

by | Jul 30
Tedo Japaridze is Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia.

Alliance’s September summit must offer ‘concrete,’ not ‘token’ help as Georgia faces Russia In the same week that the European Union ...

In brief

Pro-Israel demonstration in Tbilisi

by | Jul 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of Georgians demonstrated in front of the old parliament in Tbilisi on Tuesday in support of Israel. The ...

Society

Georgian government wants tougher sentence for illegal abortion

by | Jul 30
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia wants tougher punishment for carrying out illegal abortions. Dimitry Khundadze, head of the health care committee ...

News

Saakashvili: ‘I have never committed a crime’

by | Jul 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Monday responded to the criminal charges brought against him by writing that he ...

News

UN expert panel supports Georgia’s investigations

by | Jul 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The United Nations Human Rights Committee urges Georgia to continue its trials against former officials and welcomes the country's adoption of ...

Environment

Three died when river flooded village in Georgia

by | Jul 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three people died when the town Vani in western Georgia was flooded on Sunday. Heavy rain made the river swell ...

Minorities

Georgian government promises to solve Batumi mosque issue

by | Jul 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government has promised once more to find a solution so Muslims in Batumi can have a place ...

In brief

Georgia on imported electricity while power lines being repaired

by | Jul 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is now being supplied with electricity that is imported from neighboring countries, after three high-voltage power lines failed yesterday. Director ...

News

Saakashvili formally charged for 2007 crackdown

by | Jul 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was Monday criminally charged for the hardhanded crackdown on anti-government protesters and the storming of a ...

In brief

Two missing after flood in Vani, Georgia

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

In brief

Electricity back online in Georgia after massive outage

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

Youth

Traditionalists are against holding music festival KaZantip in Georgia

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

News

Massive power outage in Georgia

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

Politics

New ministers confirmed by lighthearted Georgian parliament

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

Security

NATO to strengthen cooperation along Russia’s southwest fringes

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

Youth

Georgian Church wants music festival called off

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

Media

Georgian lawmaker wants to ban Russian TV channels

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

In brief

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

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

Sport

Georgian and Turkish football players clash in Tbilisi

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

News

Rustavi 2 head acquitted in appeals court

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

Security

NATO politicians on visit to Georgia

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

Politics

Insults exchanged in parliament’s human rights committee

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

In brief

Three detained in Georgia for tax fraud with Iranian tar sand

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

In brief

New Georgian government to be confirmed by parliament on Saturday

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

Politics

New Georgian culture minister a government insider

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

News

Foreign prosecutors to help Georgia investigate former officials

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

Youth

Georgian team won medals at young scientist competition

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

Politics

Georgian PM names all but one of new ministers

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

Society

Bus drivers in Georgia protest against rough work conditions

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

In brief

Georgian parliament speaker visiting Israel

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

Minorities

Ombudsman asks for effective investigation of Armenian church attack

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

Youth

Georgian students: the generation of ‘three nos’

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

Politics

Seven ministers replaced in Georgian government reshuffle

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

Environment, Youth

Green concert against maximum resource extraction

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

Minorities

Priests attacked at Armenian church in Tbilisi

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

Youth

Indian medical students in Tbilisi

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

News

Georgia ratifies association agreement with the EU

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

In brief

16 year old boy dies in rockslide in Borjomi, Georgia

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

Europe

Georgian parliament expected to ratify EU treaty Friday

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

In brief

Tbilisi bus drivers on strike following death of colleague

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

Minorities

Georgian opera singer plans charity concert for gay rights

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

In brief

Georgia signs agreement with Orthodox Church about cultural heritage

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

News

Georgian soldiers leaving base in Helmand

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

Economy

GeoStat publishes foreign trade data for Jan-Jun ’14

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

In brief

Court adds to Bacho Akhalaia’s pre-trial detention

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

News

Georgia considers reopening Ergneti market

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

In brief

14 year old girl dead in traffic accident in Rikoti

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

News

Former ambassador found dead in Tbilisi

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

Minorities

Naturalized Chechen still being denied to leave Georgia

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

News

Former presidential security staff questioned in ‘top secret’ case

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

In brief

Court rejects prosecutor’s motion in case of suspended mayor

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

Politics

New Tbilisi city assembly convenes after the election

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

Economy

Flight route to connect Mestia with Tbilisi by air

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

News

Georgian film wins prize at Karlovy Vary film festival

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

Youth

Tbilisi beer festival held at Roses Square

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

Elections

Clean sweep for government in Georgia’s local election

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

News

Eduard Shevardnadze buried in Tbilisi Sunday

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

Youth

Bicycle marathon in Tbilisi to promote a healthy lifestyle

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

Elections

Landslide victory for the government coalition in Tbilisi local election

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

In brief

Lower voter turnout in Georgia run-off elections

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

News

Georgia seizes record 2.8 tons of heroin hidden in trailer

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

Elections

Georgia holds second round of local elections

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

News

Shevardnadze’s body moved to Sameba Cathedral

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

In brief

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

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

Youth

Women used as percussion instruments on TV show

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

News

Prosecutor says suspended mayor broke bail conditions

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

News

Russia allows Georgian export of new products

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

Security

NATO envoy to Georgia: Courts must act independently

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

In brief

Businesses offer discount for Georgians who vote

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

News

No significant changes expected in Russia-Georgia trade relations

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

News

Bishop’s warning against Saakashvili’s party causes controversy

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

Youth

Candidates for Tbilisi mayor face off in TV debate

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

Economy

Georgia unveils new symbol for its currency, the lari

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

In brief

Lithuania ratifies Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova agreements with EU

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

News

Court rejects appeal from ex-mayor

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

In brief

Georgia appoints new ambassador to the UK

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

In brief

Drop in summer visitors to Georgia

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

In brief

NATO envoy to Tbilisi to discuss ‘substantive package’

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

News

Eduard Shevardnadze dies at age 86

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

Economy

Georgia hopes to keep its free trade with Russia

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

News

Former mayor moved to Matrosov Prison

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

In brief

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

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

In brief

Former defense minister must remain in detention, court rules

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

News

Four detained in outburst of violence outside Tbilisi court

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

News

Former mayor placed in pre-trial detention

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

Europe

Romania ratified EU agreements with Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

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

Elections

Mayor candidates promising Tbilisians better times

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

News

President’s pardon commission gets new head

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

Elections

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

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

News

Russia violated human rights when expelling Georgians, court rules

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

News

Former mayor detained at Tbilisi airport

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

Economy

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

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

News

South Ossetia accuses EU observers of bias

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

News

New torture charge against Bacho Akhalaia

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

In brief

Court did not set bail for former Tbilisi mayor

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

News

Court to decide bail conditions for former Tbilisi mayor

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

News

The grave of painter Pirosmani allegedly found in Tbilisi

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

Youth

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

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

Economy

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

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

Minorities

How well did Georgia’s local election include minorities?

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

Minorities

New report details obstacles for minorities in Georgia

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

Politics

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

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

News

Government cuts duration of administrative detention

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

Economy

Georgia improves on global retail index

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

Elections

Repeat elections held in Georgia

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

Minorities

Jehova’s Witnesses still under pressure in Georgia

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

News

Georgians celebrated becoming ‘part of a big family’

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

News

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

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

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