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In brief

New EUMM head appointed

by | Dec 21
EUMM_photo

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

Environment

Groups want independent inquest into destruction of ancient gold mine

by | Dec 19
sakdrisi_investigate_destruction_2014-12-19

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

In brief

44 mosques in Georgia taken over by the state

by | Dec 19
Chela_mosque

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

Europe

EU parliament ratifies association agreement with Georgia

by | Dec 19
European_parliament_plenary_session

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

Economy

Georgian parliamentarian visiting China to attract new investors

by | Dec 18
Davit_Saganelidze_in_Beijing

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

News

Georgia to reform the Prosecutor’s Office

by | Dec 18
irakli_gharibashvili

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

News

Georgian politician confirmed as Ukraine’s new deputy interior minister

by | Dec 18
eka_zghuladze2

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

In brief

EU parliament to pass resolution on Georgia and ratify agreement

by | Dec 18
European_Parliament_Strasbourg

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

News

Head of Tbilisi NGO detained for illegal possession of firearm

by | Dec 18
giorgi_kldiashvili

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

In brief

EU’s observer mission to Georgia extended for two years

by | Dec 17
EUMM_observers

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

Environment

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

by | Dec 17
sakdrisi rally

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

Politics

Governing coalition may dismiss Free Democrats committee head

by | Dec 17
giorgi_volski

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

Economy

Georgia’s growth in export grinds to a halt

by | Dec 16
poti

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

Minorities

Ombudsman to study progress of Mokhe commission

by | Dec 16
mokhe_scuffles

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

In brief

Georgian president rides horse during Turkmenistan visit

by | Dec 16
giorgi_margvelashvili_in_Turkmenistan

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

News

Guard accused in Zhvania case released on bail

by | Dec 15
mikheil_dzadzamia_

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

News

One more Georgian ex-official proposed for post in Ukraine

by | Dec 15
eka_zghuladze

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

Environment

Georgian patriarch deplores destruction of ancient mine

by | Dec 15
sakdrisi IPN

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

Environment

Mining work resumed at prehistoric Sakdrisi site

by | Dec 13
sakdrisi_-_overview

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

News

One more Defense Ministry official detained for corruption

by | Dec 13
defense_ministry

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

In brief

Oleg Melnikov released

by | Dec 12
oleg melnikov

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

News

Film by Georgian director nominated for Golden Globe

by | Dec 12
tangerines

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

News

South Ossetia preparing to sign treaty with Russia

by | Dec 11
tskhinvali

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

News

Rallies in Tbilisi and Batumi in support of jailed Azerbaijani journalist

by | Dec 11
Khadija_Ismayilova_support_demonstration_2014-12-10

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

News

Georgian government considers reforming the domestic intelligence

by | Dec 11
Moduli_building

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

In brief

Georgian lari and Armenian dram recover after slump

by | Dec 10
lari_exchange_rate

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

News

Four dead from Abkhazia war buried in Tbilisi

by | Dec 10
funeral_abkhazia_dead

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

News

Georgia prepares tougher punishment for joining terrorist groups

by | Dec 10
Mideast Syria

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

News

Woman shot and run over with car by husband in Georgia

by | Dec 10
ozurgeti_police_car

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

In brief

Large amount of undeclared gold seized by Georgian customs

by | Dec 9
gold_jewelry

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

In brief

Georgia sends more soldiers to Central African Republic

by | Dec 9
georgian soldiers afghanistan isaf

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

News

Saakashvili claims Georgian officers preparing to join Ukraine’s military

by | Dec 9
mindia_janelidze

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

News

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

by | Dec 8
mosque_duisi_pankisi

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

In brief

Man injured in Batumi fire dies

by | Dec 8
khopa

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

News

Journalist detained at Russian singer Grigory Leps’s Tbilisi concert

by | Dec 8
leps_concert

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

In brief

Two die in fire in Batumi

by | Dec 8
fire_batumi

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

News

Four victims of Abkhazia war identified

by | Dec 7
Babushara_airport

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

News

Relative of PM leaves his position

by | Dec 6
irakli_gharibashvili_Crop

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

Politics

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

by | Dec 5
bidzina_ivanishvili_2014-12-04

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

Environment

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

by | Dec 5
mtkvari

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

News

Envoy says prosecuting ex-officials slows down NATO integration

by | Dec 4
james appathurai

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

News

Georgia may replace ambassador to Ukraine

by | Dec 4
davit_saganelidze

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

News

Georgia ranked 50th on corruption index

by | Dec 3
TI_Corruption_Perception_Index_2014

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

News

Ukraine appointment of Georgian ex-official angers Tbilisi

by | Dec 3
Aleksandre Kvitashvili

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

In brief

Tbilisi NGOs vow to defend president’s veto

by | Dec 3
parliament

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

News

New report sheds light on border shooting in 2012

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

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

In brief

Parliament overturns president’s veto, approves surveillance bill

by | Dec 1
MIA_shark

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

News

Georgian parliament rejects sanctions against Russia

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

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

Media

Launch of Ivanishvili’s new talk show postponed till February

by | Nov 30
bidzina_ivanishvili_11092014

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

Economy

Georgia to regulate quality of traditional yogurt

by | Nov 30
matsoni_-_for.ge

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

News

Georgian president vetoes surveillance bill, again

by | Nov 29
giorgi_margvelashvili

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

Politics

Georgia’s surveillance bill passed, now up to president

by | Nov 28
parliament

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

News

Georgian parliament lets Interior Ministry have access to surveillance

by | Nov 28
bug secret listening device

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

News

Saakashvili claims Georgian govt blocked Ukraine appointment

by | Nov 28
nika gilauri

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

Minorities

Georgian talk show host makes fun of Jehovah’s Witnesses

by | Nov 27
nanuka_zhorzholiani

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

News

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

by | Nov 27
mikheil_saakashvili_

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

In brief

Hungary ratifies Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova’s EU treaties

by | Nov 27
Hungary_parliament

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

News

Georgian rail workers go on strike

by | Nov 26
rail_workers_on_strike

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

News

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

by | Nov 26
giorgi_margvelashvili

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

Economy

New figures confirm upward trend of Georgia’s foreign trade

by | Nov 25
trailers_Sarpi_customs

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

Politics

Georgian parliament makes new attempt to agree on surveillance reform

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

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

News

Georgia goes dark after accident at thermal power plant

by | Nov 24
high_voltage_power_lines_Crop

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

News

Georgian president pardons 121 prisoners

by | Nov 24
prison_

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

In brief

Activists throw eggs and tomatoes at UNM office on anniversary

by | Nov 24
anti unm rally

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

News

Kakha Bendukidze buried in Tbilisi on Saturday

by | Nov 23
kakha_bendukidze_panashvidi_01_

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

News

Prosecutor’s Office investigating possible prisoner mistreatment

by | Nov 23
Prison_No_8_Gldani

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

Interviews

Caucasus is caught between two ambitious powers

by | Nov 21
ronald_suny

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

News

Demonstrations in support of Kodori rebel leader

by | Nov 21
emzar_kvitsiani

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

Minorities

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

by | Nov 21
transgender_day_of_remembrance_2014

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

News

Who is building most roads is the new debate in Georgia

by | Nov 21
tbilisi-senaki-leselidze_motorway-

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

In brief

Bendukidze brought home to Georgia Thursday

by | Nov 20
Kakha_Bendukidze_brought_home

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

News

Ombudsman asks to investigate possible beating in Gldani prison

by | Nov 20
gldani-prison-guard-tower

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

News

Georgia’s dismissed defense minister gives ‘final warning’

by | Nov 19
irakli_alasania

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

News

Parliament fails to reach agreement on hat-removal during anthem

by | Nov 19
parlamenti-dumili

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

In brief

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

by | Nov 19
levan_chachua

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

In brief

50th meeting of the post-2008 incident prevention talks

by | Nov 18
iprm

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

News

Georgian PM claims Russia plans annexation of territories

by | Nov 18
irakli_garibashvili

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

News

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

by | Nov 18
chamber_of_control

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

News

Leader of 2006 Kodori mutiny gets 12 years in jail

by | Nov 17
emzar_kvitsiani

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

Economy

Georgia’s wine production grew 13% in 2013

by | Nov 17
grapes

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

In brief

Georgian PM appoints new minister for integration with Europe

by | Nov 16
davit_bakradze_(minister)

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

News

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

by | Nov 16
saakashvili_2014-11-15

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

News

Three Georgian soldiers injured in suicide attack in Afghanistan

by | Nov 15
afghanistan shooting incident Jan 24, 2013

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

News

National Movement preparing ‘large-scale’ demonstration in Tbilisi

by | Nov 15
Rustaveli_blocked_by_police

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

News

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

by | Nov 14
giorgi_margvelashvili

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

Society

Martyrs remembered in Tbilisi

by | Nov 14
100 000 martyrs march 2014

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

News

Rose revolution ideologue dies of heart failure in London

by | Nov 14
kakha bendukidze

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

News

New investigation against Georgia’s Ministry of Defense

by | Nov 14
ministry_of_foreign_affairs

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

In brief

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

by | Nov 13
city-court-in-tbilisi

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

News

Expert in PM Zhvania’s autopsy found dead

by | Nov 13
tbilisi_city_court

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

News

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

by | Nov 13
national movement annexation t shirt

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

News

Ex-official makes plea agreement to testify against Saakashvili ally

by | Nov 13
oleg_melnikov_Crop

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

In brief

Suspect detained in murder of trans woman

by | Nov 12
MIA_shark

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

Minorities

Students demand decision about Kobuleti madrasa

by | Nov 12
house-front_2

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

News

Face slapping in Tbilisi City Council over dog shelter

by | Nov 12
Elizbarishvili_dog_shelter

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

News

Georgia’s new foreign minister is an experienced insider

by | Nov 12
tamar_beruchashvili

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

Youth

Students demonstrated against ‘nepotism’ at Tbilisi State University

by | Nov 11
students_TSU_Nov_10_2014

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

Minorities

Ethnic clash in Akhmeta, eastern Georgia

by | Nov 11
Jokola_Achishvili

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

In brief

Margvelashvili will address parliament on Friday

by | Nov 11
giorgi_margvelashvili2

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

News

New forensic report prompts tougher charges against Saakashvili

by | Nov 11
mikheil_saakashvili_Crop

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

Politics

Government bloc in parliament grows to 87

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

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

In brief

Roki tunnel reopened

by | Nov 10
Roki_tunnel

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

In brief

Justice minister leaves Free Democrats Party

by | Nov 10
thea_tsulukiani_Crop

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

News

Ivanishvili’s new talk show will fill information vacuum

by | Nov 10
bidzina_ivanishvili_TV1_2014-11-08

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

News

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

by | Nov 10
maia_panjikidze

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

News

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

by | Nov 9
viza

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

News

Ivanishvili criticizes dismissed defense minister in lengthy TV interview

by | Nov 9
bidzina_ivanishvili_11092014

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

Politics

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

by | Nov 8
assembly free democrats

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

Society

Prisoners’ handicraft exhibition dedicated to violence against women

by | Nov 8
prisoners_handicraft_2014

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

Politics

Georgia’s ruling coalition loses one more parliament member

by | Nov 7
shavgulidze-shalva

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

Politics

Dismissed defense minister met Ivanishvili

by | Nov 7
bidzina_ivanishvili-Irakli_Alasania

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

News

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

by | Nov 7
irakli_garibashvili

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

Politics

Georgia’s ruling coalition struggling to maintain majority in parliament

by | Nov 7
davit_saganelidze

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

News

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

by | Nov 6
Davit_Jalaghania

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

Politics

Georgian PM castigates dismissed defense minister

by | Nov 6
irakli_gharibashvili_Crop

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

In brief

President: Georgia’s European course is unchangeable

by | Nov 6
giorgi_margvelashvili

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

In brief

Georgia’s ruling coalition may keep majority in parliament

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

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

Politics

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

by | Nov 5
irakli_alasania

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

News

Georgia’s Foreign Affairs Minister resigns, saying European choice under threat

by | Nov 5
maia_panjikidze_Cropped

TBILISI, DFWatch--Members of Alasania's political team are stepping down one by one as Foreign Affairs Minister Maia Panjikidze and four ...

Politics

Georgian PM fires defense minister over corruption case

by | Nov 5
irakli_alasania

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili dismissed his defense minister Tuesday evening, hours after the Prosecutor’s Office brought charges against six ...

In brief

Deputy defense minister protests against unfair questioning

by | Nov 4
aleksandre_batiashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--A deputy defense minister in Georgia protested against ‘a number of violations’ on Monday after spending about ten hours ...

News

Six more defense officials charged in Georgia

by | Nov 4
defense_ministry

TBILISI, DFWatch--While Georgia’s western backed defense minister struggles to prove the innocence of his 'brothers-in-arms', the Prosecutor’s Office dealt the ...

News

Prosecutors and MoD quarrel: who is keeping corruption case secret?

by | Nov 4
prosecutors_office

TBILISI, DFWatch--As five defense officials remain in pre-trial detention on corruption charges, the Defense Ministry and Prosecutor’s Office are quarreling ...

Environment

Snow blocks roads in Georgia

by | Nov 3
snow_adjara_2-Nov_2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Traffic is currently rerouted from Chakvi-Makhinjauri highway in western Georgia after a landslide on Sunday blocked the road. According to ...

News

Two Chechen travelers deported from Georgia

by | Nov 3
kutaisi_airport

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia on Sunday deported two Russian citizens who were planning to go to Chechnya. The two were held at ...

In brief

60% of Tbilisi City Hall employees fail tests

by | Nov 2
meria - city hall

TBILISI, DFWatch--290 out of 486 employees of Tbilisi City Hall have failed a test on Saturday. The former ruling party ...

News

Alasania vouches for the innocence of his ‘brothers-in-arms’

by | Nov 1
Photo: Irakli Alasania states there are signs of bias against detainees

TBILISI, DFWatch--The detention of Defense Ministry officials is a severe blow to the country's security, says Irakli Alasania, head of ...

In brief

Georgian parliament accepts president’s veto

by | Oct 31
session-hall-parliament-2012-10-21

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament grudgingly abandoned its plan to overturn the president’s veto against a decision to postpone legislation that ...

Politics

Georgian president vetoes postponement of surveillance reform

by | Oct 31
giorgi_margvelashvili2

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili Friday vetoed a decision by the Georgian parliament to postpone a decision about reining in the ...

In brief

Five defense officials placed in pre-trial detention

by | Oct 31
tbilisi_city_court

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Thursday placed five Defense Ministry officials in pre-trial detention. The five are charged with embezzling more ...

Youth

Georgian ombudsman against use of video in children’s psychology sessions

by | Oct 30
ucha_nanuashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s public defender recommends that the Ministry of Education reconsiders a decision to allow the use of photo and ...

In brief

NATO chief Stoltenberg to meet Georgian PM November 17

by | Oct 30
jens_stoltenberg

TBILISI, DFWatch--New NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg will meet Georgia’s prime minister on November 17. Secretary General Stoltenberg said this in a ...

News

Abkhazia rejects offer of status as autonomous region

by | Oct 30
sukhumi

TBILISI, DFWatch--The de facto government of Abkhazia considers inadequate a proposal by the Georgian prime minister to make Abkhazia an ...

In brief

Parliament speaker says corruption case has harmed Georgia’s defense ability

by | Oct 30
davit_usupashvili_2

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s parliament speaker says the detention of five defense ministry officials accused of corruption has seriously harmed the country’s ...

News

Saakashvili supporters plan rally on November 15

by | Oct 29
nadirashvili-irma

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian prime minister claims the party associated with former President Mikheil Saakashvili is planning to destabilize the country ...

News

Georgian parliament postpones decision on secret surveillance

by | Oct 29
bug secret listening device

TBILISI, DFWatch--The question of who should hold the access keys to the ‘black boxes’ containing secret surveillance material in Georgia ...

Society

First lady and ministers perform in ‘Women wounded to death’

by | Oct 29
maka_chichua_2014-10-28

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s first lady and several government ministers took part in a theater performance on Tuesday dedicated to women who ...

Security

Smiling faces, little substance after security council session

by | Oct 29
giorgi_margvelashvili-irakli_gharibashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's president and prime minister laid their differences to rest on Tuesday and put on big smiles for a ...

In brief

One man dead in building collapse in Zugdidi

by | Oct 28
building collapse

TBILISI, DFWatch--One man died as a result of a building collapse in western Georgia Monday night. A water reservior burst in ...

News

Five Defense Ministry officials detained, accused of embezzlement

by | Oct 28
defense_ministry

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia on Tuesday detained five officials at the Defense Ministry and accused them of embezzlement ...

News, Security

Georgian PM to attend security council meeting

by | Oct 28
irakli_gharibashvili_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian prime minister unexpectedly announced that he will attend a meeting today of the National Security Council, which ...

News, Security

Georgia’s security council will meet, though many members absent

by | Oct 27
irina_imerlishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president has called a meeting of the National Security Council tomorrow to discuss an issue that may ...

News

Former Georgian economy minister becomes Tymoshenko adviser

by | Oct 27
tymoshenko_arveladze--

TBILISI, DFWatch--Right before Ukrainians went to the polls in Sunday’s parliamentary election, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko named a former ...

News, Youth

Georgia may make ‘civic equality’ part of university entrance exam

by | Oct 26
maia_miminoshvili

TBILISI, DFWatch--The exam authority in Georgia has suggested introducing a new test in ‘civic equality’ as part of the entrance exams for ...

Minorities

Georgian bishop says the Mokhe building was never a mosque

by | Oct 25
mokhe_scuffles

TBILISI, DFWatch--An archbishop in Georgia claims the disputed building in Mokhe was formerly a church, and that allowing it to ...

Society

Tbilisoba kicks off Saturday

by | Oct 25
DSC_0634_copy

TBILISI, DFWatch--This weekend marks the first Tbilisoba - the annual celebration of Georgia’s capital - under the new local government. ...

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, News

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 ...

Minorities

School children stay home in Mokhe as politicians explain 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 ...

Minorities

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, News

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, News

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, ...

News, 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 ...

News, 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, News

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 ...

Minorities

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, News

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, News

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, News

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, News

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, News

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, News

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 ...

News, 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, News

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 ...

News, 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 ...

News, 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, News

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, News

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, News

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, News

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, News

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, News

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, News

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 ...

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