In brief

Georgian leaders shocked by Nemtsov assassination

by | February 28, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s president and prime minister are shocked by the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. “I’m shocked by the assassination of Boris Nemtsov. He was a politician who fought tirelessly for the

News

Saakashvili hints Putin may be behind Nemtsov murder

by | February 28, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, vaguely blames President Vladimir Putin of the assasination of a leading Russian opposition politician Friday night. In a Facebook post published early Saturday morning, Saakashvili recalls

Politics

Head of Georgia’s National Bank may be impeached for ‘inaction’

by | February 28, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The president of Georgia’s National Bank may be impeached after former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Thursday accused him of inaction in the face of a sudden thirty percent drop in the lari. The National Bank is an independent body whose

News

Georgia’s National Bank will not spend reserves on stabilizing lari

by | February 27, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s National Bank will not spend its reserves of foreign currencies to stabilize the lari despite a dramatic 30 percent drop earlier in the week. The bank’s president Giorgi Kadagidze explained at a briefing at noon on Friday that

News

Abashidze-Karasin talks resume after a four-month break

by | February 27, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--On Thusday, Georgia and Russia resumed their economic and humanitarian talks after a four-month break. Georgia's special envoy Zurab Abashidze and Russia's deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin discussed trade and reopening

In brief

Seven people detained in Georgia for making counterfeit money

by | February 27, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia detained seven people on Thursday for manufacturing and distributing a large amount of counterfeit money. The Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that a group of criminals were in possession of special equipment for producing

In brief

Opposition groups blame government for lari’s fall

by | February 27, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--There were several anti-government demonstrations in Tbilisi on Thursday in reaction to the thirty percent drop in the value of the national currency, the lari. Smaller groups that are not represented in parliament made up the brunt

In brief

Georgian parliament to meet on Saturday to discuss crisis

by | February 27, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--As the Georgian government is waiting to hear what ideas experts from the IMF have to deal with the weakened national currency, the lari, the former ruling party will be demanding answers at a special session of parliament on Saturday.

News

Ivanishvili blames the head of the National Bank for currency crisis

by | February 26, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili weighs in on the question of who is to blame for the more than 30% depreciation of the national currency in recent days. The businessman blames the National Bank and its head, who he assumes

Economy

Georgian lari stabilizes at record low level

by | February 26, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The lari, Georgia’s embattled national currency, showed signs of recovery on Thursday after both the National Bank and the government announced that they are taking measures to stop it from further depreciation. In recent days, the national

News

Parliament approves president’s chief justice nominee on third attempt

by | February 26, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament on Wednesday approved Nino Gvenetadze as new Supreme Court chair. Two hearings on Monday failed because many Georgian Dream representatives didn't show up and a quorum was not reached. Some were

News

What are two military trucks with Russian plates doing in Tbilisi?

by | February 25, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Pictures of two massive Russian trucks parked in Tbilisi went viral on social media Wednesday and made many think that Russian soldiers had paid Georgia an unwelcome visit. It caused concern among people to see photos of the trucks, which

News

Georgia to sell off state properties to deal with currency crisis

by | February 25, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia has presented a list of state properties to be sold off to bring in new money, as a means to deal with an unexpected 30% drop in the value of the national currency, the lari. Among the properties to be sold are the

News

Five victims of 1993 plane crash buried in Tbilisi

by | February 25, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Five more victims of a plane disaster during the Abkhazian war in 1993 were buried in Tbilisi on Tuesday after being recovered from a cemetery inside the breakaway region. Giorgi Chargeishvili, Malkhaz Piranishvili, Zurab Melishiani, Rusudan

News

Georgian govt to cut spending as lari drops rapidly

by | February 24, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia has proposed to cut spending in order to deal with a drastic drop in the value of the national currency, the lari. The lari began falling in November last year, and went from a level of 1.75 lari against the US dollar

Minorities

Georgia doubles funding for religious minorities

by | February 24, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia plans to spend 3.5 million laris on traditional religious groups and dedicate a new square to the idea of tolerance. As reported by DF Watch, there have been growing friction in Georgian society in recent

Environment

Ombudsman says lifting of ancient gold mine’s heritage status was illegal

by | February 24, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, the ombudsman claims that a government official broke the law when he greenlighted the destruction of a 5,400 year old cave complex with invaluable archaeological findings. In December, the Russian company RMG Gold

News

Former Kvemo Kartli governor charged with embezzlement

by | February 23, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Finance Ministry’s investigative service on Monday brought embezzlement charges against a former government official. Former Kvemo Kartli governor Davit Kirkitadze is accused of having used state-owned machinery to carry out construction

Minorities

Islam expert doesn’t see any rise in islamophobia in Georgia

by | February 23, 2015

It is harder to be a Muslim anywhere, when international media headlines are dominated by terrorist groups, such as ISIS or Boko Haram. In Georgia, one out of ten citizens is a Muslim. What do we know about Islam in Georgia? Is Islamophobia on the rise here as well?

News

Lifetime prisoners in Georgia demand fixed terms and better conditions

by | February 23, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Family members and relatives of 55 prisoners with life sentence who claim being on hunger strike during almost a month, rallied on Sunday outside notorious Gldani No 8 jail in Tbilisi outskirts, demanding reducing their terms and better conditions for inmates.

News

One man dies in mining accident in Georgia

by | February 22, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--One man died in a mining accident in Western Georgia on Saturday. Early indications are that it was an accident. The victim is Kote Bakhutashvili, who worked in the transport district in the Mindeli mine in Tkibuli, a mining town in the north

In brief

Gudauri-Kobi road closed

by | February 22, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The road between Gudauri and Kobi in northern Georgia was Sunday closed for all traffic due to strong wind and limited visibility. Machinery has been deployed to the place by the Infrastructure and Regional Development Ministry. Vehicles are

In brief

Rally to save old naval station building in Poti

by | February 22, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Locals rallied Saturday in the Georgian port city Poti. They are opposed to a decision by the local government to demolish the naval station building. Demonstrators say the building is a symbol of the city, which lies on the Black Sea coast and

News

Abashidze-Karasin talks to resume later this month

by | February 21, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Russia and Georgia will resume their one-on-one talks in Prague in the end of February, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in an announcement. The so-called Abashidze-Karasin talks, which are limited in scope to economic and other practical issues,

Environment

Uncertain if Georgian parliament will investigate destruction of ancient mine

by | February 21, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Parliament in Georgia has still not created a committee to investigate why a pre-historic gold mine was destroyed by a Russian mining company in mid December last year. The Free Democrats on Friday nominated one of their members to chair

Youth

Red paint bombs thrown at Saakashvili Library in Tbilisi

by | February 21, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Five people were detained during tumults outside the Saakashvili Presidential Library in Tbilisi on Friday. Inside the building, activists for the National Movement held an exhibition dedicated to the one year anniversary of the revolution in

In brief

Road restrictions in north and west Georgia

by | February 21, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Snow has made Georgian authorities enforce restrictions on several roads in mountainous regions in the west and north. On the road between Kutaisi and Ambrolauri, via Tkibuli, traffic is restricted on the 36km to 72km section. No trailers,

Economy

Georgian government’s economy experts gather as lari continues to fall

by | February 20, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--As the Georgian lari reached a new record low, the Georgian government’s “economy team” gathered to come up with a plan to save the country’s economy. The US dollar is valued at 2.1771 laris in the most recent figures from the National Bank

In brief

Parliament replaces Free Democrats’ vice speaker

by | February 20, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Parliament on Wednesday approved a new vice speaker, following the departure of one party from the government coalition. The Free Democrats left the Georgian Dream coalition November 5, and now the party’s highest

News

Former Tbilisi mayor must remain in detention, court decides

by | February 20, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Tbilisi court decided on Wednesday that former Mayor Gigi Ugulava must stay in detention. Lawyers asked the court to release Ugulava on bail and promised to hand his ID card and passport over to prosecutors as a guarantee

News

Free Democrats: No deal with Saakashvili party

by | February 19, 2015

Tbilisi, DFWatch -After exchanging barrels of criticism, Georgia’s two main pro-western political parties deny likelihood of future political alliance. At least one of them, Free Democrats of the former defense minister Irakli Alasania,

News

Georgian diplomat casts doubt on NATO membership goal

by | February 19, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A statement by a Georgian diplomat makes many ask whether the country’s foreign policy has changed. Russian relations special envoy Zurab Abashidze was answering a warning by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday, that Russia

Politics

Wrestling world champion confirmed as member of Georgian parliament

by | February 19, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian wrestler and double Olympic bronze medalist on Tuesday became a member of parliament. Luka Kurtanidze will be replacing Tamaz Avdaliani, who recently passed away due to illness. Eldar (Luka) Kurtanidze is on the same party list,

News

Ukraine’s ambassador to Georgia defends Saakashvili appointment

by | February 19, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Ukraine’s ambassador to Georgia on Monday defended his country’s appointment of Georgian officials who ex-President Saakashvili as an adviser, after being called in to the Foreign Ministry in Tbilisi. Saakashvili is wanted in four criminal

News

Georgia asks Ukraine to extradite Saakashvili

by | February 18, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has asked Ukraine to extradite ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili and ex Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili. Both are working for the Kiev government despite being charged with a number of crimes in their home country. The Prosecutor

Opinion

Freezing the Kremlin’s policy

by | February 18, 2015

How Europe should respond to Putin at the Riga Summit Against the backdrop of a rain of bullets, and the rumble of tanks and cannons, Europe is preparing for the Riga Summit in May. Expectations are already low, but one likely positive decision is visa liberalization

In brief

Victoria Nuland visiting Tbilisi Tuesday

by | February 17, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is visiting Georgia on Tuesday as part of a Caucasus tour. In Tbilisi, Nuland plans to meet with representatives of the government and opposition, as well as non-governmental organizations, so-called

Sport

Georgian kickboxer accused of robbery in Russia

by | February 16, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian athlete and four time world champion in kickboxing was detained in Moscow last month, accused of robbery. Russian media outlets report that Irakli Gvinjilia is accused of stealing 70,000 Russian rubles, or about USD 1,000, from someone

Politics

Saakashvili’s party will never get back in power: Ivanishvili

by | February 16, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Godfather of the government coalition in Georgia, financier Bidzina Ivanishvili, said in a newspaper interview this weekend that he doesn’t think the National Movement party will ever be able to get back in power. The National Movement

News

Tbilisi summons Ukraine’s ambassador about Saakashvili appointment

by | February 16, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia has summed the Ukrainian ambassador to explain why ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is wanted in his home country, has been appointed to a high position in Kiev. Ambassador Vasyl Tsybenko was asked to come to the

News

South Ossetia to sign treaty with Russia on Feb 18

by | February 15, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian breakaway region South Ossetia plans to sign a ‘treaty of alliance and integration’ with Russia on February 18. This follows the signing of a similar treaty between the de facto government of the other breakaway region Abkhazia

Politics

Georgian president meets with candidates for new Supreme Court head

by | February 15, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Saturday met for more than five hours with candidates for new head of the Supreme Court to learn about their plans and programs. Margvelashvili is continuing his selection of candidates for new

Politics

City Hall employee accused of corruption placed in pre-trial detention

by | February 14, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of Tbilisi City Hall’s supervision service was Friday placed in to pre-trial detention on charges of bribery. During the court hearing, Prosecutor Malkhaz Getsadze said that the accused, Jokia Bodokia, accepted a bribe from Darioushi,

News

Saakashvili appointed adviser to Ukraine’s Poroshenko

by | February 14, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was Friday officially confirmed as adviser to the Ukrainian president, despite being wanted for crimes in his home country. Saakashvili will be head of the Advisory International Council of Reforms,

Economy

Georgia’s trade in January 30% lower than last year

by | February 13, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in January 2015 was 9 percent lower than last year, according to preliminary data published by the National Statistics Department, GeoStat, on Friday. The total turnover was USD 694 million, out of which export

Politics

City Hall employee denies corruption charges

by | February 13, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of City Hall’s supervision service pleaded not guilty in the case of taking a bribe in return for facilitating the construction of a new hotel. Jokia Bodokia was detained on Wednesday. His lawyer, Giorgi Kavlashvili, told journalists that his client

In brief

Families rally in support of prisoners on life sentences

by | February 13, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Families and relatives of prisoners with life sentences and incurable diseases rallied in front of the government house in Adjara on Thursday. They demand that the prisoners are offered a new chance to have their cases reviewed and their sentences

Media

Georgia climbs further on press freedom index

by | February 13, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Press freedom has been improved in Georgia, judging by the latest annual index published by Reporters Without Borders. The country has moved up 15 places and is number 69 among 180 countries. The last time Georgia listed this high was

News

Parliamentarians object against criteria for selecting head of Supreme Court

by | February 12, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A large part of the governing coalition in parliament are against the criteria the president used when he recently selected candidates for new head of Supreme Court. The initiative began with 16 MPs from the Georgian Dream coalition.

News

Update: Restrictions on several roads due to snow

by | February 12, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Traffic is still blocked along the road between Gudauri and Kobi in the north of Georgia due to danger of avalanche. According to the Road Department, no vehicles are allowed through. There are also the following restrictions on the Tkibuli

News

City Hall employee detained for corruption

by | February 12, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of the Supervision Service at Tbilisi City Hall was detained on Wednesday on suspicion of bribery. Jokia Bodokia is accused of having accepted a bribe of USD 180,000; ten percent of the price of constructing a new hotel. The money

In brief

Prisoners with life sentence continue hunger strike

by | February 11, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--60 prisoners with life sentence are continuing their hunger strike to demand a new assessment of their cases. The prisoners on lifelong term want to be included in a mass amnesty introduced by the new Georgian Dream coalition

News

Georgia’s governing coalition loses its majority in Adjara assembly

by | February 11, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian Dream coalition has lost its majority of seats in the regional assembly in Adjara after one deputy broke ranks last week. Medea Vasadze explained in a statement that her decision was the result of two years and four months of analysis.

News

Two more officials resign in Georgia

by | February 11, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two more government officials resigned in Georgia on Tuesday; one regional police chief and a deputy department head in the Defense Ministry. Robert Grigalashvili, deputy head of military reporting, yesterday evening handed in his resignation

News

28 candidates for new head of Supreme Court

by | February 11, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president on Tuesday presented a list of 28 candidates for new head of Supreme Court. Most of the names on the list are unknown to the public. Among the few known names is Zakaria Kutsnashvili; a member of the Georgian

News

Georgian Defense Ministry official resigns due to public pressure

by | February 10, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The deputy head of the general inspection in the Georgian Defense Ministry resigned on Tuesday, explaining that he made the decision due to the accusations against him lately. Explaining the decision, Valeri Zumbadze wrote in a statement published

In brief

President’s annual address will be on March 18

by | February 10, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president’s annual state of the nation address in parliament will be held on March 18. It is still an open question whether there will be a debate after President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s address. His parliamentary secretary Giorgi

News

Two boys on life support after being stabbed at Tbilisi school

by | February 10, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two teenage boys were hospitalized with serious injuries on Monday after being stabbed by another pupil at the same Tbilisi school. Police detained a suspect, who is also a minor. All three are pupils at Public School No 186 in Didi Digomi

News

Locals in Kutaisi accuse police wife of fatal hit-and-run

by | February 9, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The parents and relatives of a girl who died in a car accident three days ago in Kutaisi accuse the police of covering up what happened. They believe the real culprit is the wife of a policeman. The family of the victim Nana Giglemiani demonstrated Monday

News

Suspect in Yuri Vazagashvili murder placed in pre-trial detention

by | February 9, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Monday placed the suspect in the murder of Yuri Vazagashvili in pre-trial detention. The Prosecutor’s Office asked to keep the policeman in detention. He was detained yesterday, suspected of murdering Vazagashvili.

In brief

Road closed in Gudauri due to heavy snow

by | February 9, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Traffic is prohibited along the Gudauri-Kobi section of the old military highway in northern Georgia due to snow and danger of avalanche. According to the Infrastructure Ministry’s road department, no vehicles are allowed through in that stretch

News

Policeman detained for murder of human rights activist

by | February 9, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor General’s Office in Georgia has detained a police officer who is suspected of murdering human rights activist Yuri Vazagashvili three weeks ago. Yuri Vazagashvili had been campaigning for justice for his son Zurab, who was

Security

Georgian PM: We are ready for negotiations with Russia

by | February 8, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Garibashivli says Georgia is ready for negotiations with Russia. The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since fighting a brief war more than six years ago. Georgia's pro-European course stands firm, the PM

In brief

Poland ratifies Georgia’s EU agreement

by | February 8, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Poland ratified the association agreement between Georgia and the EU on Friday; the 13th EU member state to do so. The vote in the Sejm was 439 for ratification, none against and one abstaining. The agreement gives Georgia free trade access

News

Woman dies during robbery

by | February 7, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A woman died during a robbery of her house on Friday in Tbilisi. Her colleagues believe she was murdered and demand a proper investigation. Lela Avlokhashvili, 43, died while robbers were in her house stealing money and gold jewelry. Vendors

News

Georgian fishing boat owners protest in Poti

by | February 6, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Owners of about 40 fishing boats in Poti demonstrated Friday to demand less strict environmental protection in order to compete with the Turkish fishing fleet. The boat owners, who use seines to catch anchovy, think the law puts them

In brief

Escaped prisoner caught in Batumi

by | February 6, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A prisoner who escaped from a court building two days ago has been apprehended in Batumi on the Black Sea coast. The prisoner escaped from the court cell in Gurjaani Regional Court on February 2 after hearing that he was being placed in

In brief

Two detained in Georgia for forging US visas

by | February 6, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two people were detained in Georgia on Friday for making fake US visas. Police working together with staff of the US embassy’s security department found that two people - a man about 40 and a woman about 50 - were making forged documents

Economy

Georgia downgrades its economic growth outlook

by | February 6, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government has downgraded its economic growth outlook for 2015 from five to four percent. Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri said on Thursday that stagnation is expected in all neighboring countries, and this is reflected in the new

News

Georgia’s interior minister says ‘certain forces’ are planning a coup

by | February 5, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s new interior minister says ‘certain forces’ are attempting to destabilize the country, but Georgia won’t allow a ‘Ukraine scenario’ to be repeated in Georgia. After journalists asked Vakhtang Gomelauri to specify if he meant the former ruling

Environment

Work halted on new hotel in Vake Park

by | February 5, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--City Hall temporarily halted construction work on a new hotel in Vake Park in central Tbilisi on Wednesday. Environmental activists from a group called Guerrilla Gardening gathered in the park warning that the workers are in violation of law

News

Two more former officials charged in Zhvania case

by | February 5, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A former chief prosecutor and a deputy head of the National Forensic Bureau were Wednesday charged with involvement in the murder of PM Zurab Zhvania in 2005. The Prosecutor’s Office claims the two exceeded official powers

News

Wanted Georgian ex-justice minister spotted in Kiev

by | February 5, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili, who has been wanted for more than a year and is subject to an Interpol Red Alert, was recently spotted in Ukraine. The Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office has now asked the Ukrainian government

Society

Georgia wants to give locals preferential treatment in labor market

by | February 4, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government is preparing to impose a protectionist labor migration law, under which local employees only will be allowed to hire a foreigner if they cannot find a local who satisfies their requirements. The draft law on Labor

News

Robbers target Georgia’s small bank service centers

by | February 4, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A bank service center was robbed in Tbilisi Wednesday. This is the fourth such robbery in a short time. An armed robber attacked Bank of Georgia’s service center on Noneishvili Street in Gldani, northern Tbilisi. It is still unknown whether

In brief

Six detained in Tbilisi at rally against National Movement

by | February 4, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Six people were detained for petty hooliganism in Tbilisi on Tuesday, during a rally outside the office of the National Movement. The rally was organized by the youth movement Free Generation, which demands to convict former officials and ‘restore justice.’

In brief

Prisoner on the run in Kakheti, eastern Georgia

by | February 4, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia are searching for a prisoner who escaped from a court building on Monday. The man, a resident of the a village Velistsikhe, is charged with injuring a person with a weapon. The regional court in Gurjaani, in the Kakheti region

News

Belarus and Georgia resume cooperation, Lukashenko plans visit

by | February 3, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko plans to visit Georgia in April. Georgian agriculture minister Otar Danelia said this today during a visit to Minsk. Danelia is there in connection with a session of the newly revived Georgia-Belarus

Economy

Three percent drop in visitors to Georgia in January

by | February 3, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Three percent less people visited Georgia in January 2015, compared to the same period last year, according to new figures from the Ministry of internal Affairs. The figures were presented on Tuesday by the ministry’s Department of Analysis,

News

Georgian PM downplays Ivanishvili’s criticism of NGO leaders

by | February 3, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian prime minister on Monday downplayed criticism of three NGO leaders by businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili last week. The billionaire who created the coalition now in power said in a TV interview that an organization he runs is working

News

Eleven police officers detained in Georgia

by | February 3, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Eleven current and former police officers were detained in Georgia on Tuesday in connection with bombing of a human rights activist nearly two weeks ago. Yuri Vazagashvili, a Tbilisi businessman, was killed January 20 as he stepped on a land mine

News

Rally in Tbilisi to demand accountability for Saakashvili regime

by | February 2, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Over a thousand people demonstrated in central Tbilisi on Saturday, demanding that officials that broke the law during the Saakashvili regime are held to account. They demand that officials in the Saakashvili regime who committed crimes are punished,

In brief

Seat in Georgian parliament empty as MP dies of illness

by | February 2, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A member of parliament from the Georgian Dream coalition has died as result of serious illness, parliament’s press office said on Friday. Tamaz Avdaliani, who was born September 16, 1964. In October, 2012, was elected through the party list

Environment

Activists say ‘SOS’ for Old Tbilisi as massive development goes ahead

by | February 1, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Hundreds of people marched through Tbilisi on Saturday to protest against the construction of a number of massive buildings in different locations mostly in the old part of the capital. Protesters gathered outside Tbilisi City Council and walked toward

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