News

NATO concerned about closure of Abkhazia checkpoints

by | February 28, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO is concerned that the closure of two crossing points between the breakaway region Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia may have adverse impact on the local population. A spokesperson for the alliance on Tuesday asked for the de facto authorities

Europe

EU gives final go-ahead for Georgians to enter Schengen without visa

by | February 28, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A visa waiver system for Georgian citizens was given the final approval by the EU Council on Monday, and now only formalities remain until 3.7 million citizens of the Caucasus nation can enjoy up to 90 days trips to Europe’s vast borderless Schengen area

Sport

Georgian judo team takes two gold at Düsseldorf Grand Prix

by | February 27, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian judo team performed brilliantly at Düsseldorf Grand Prix with two gold medals and second place ahead of Russia and France. The team from Japan won the competition with five gold medals. Vazha Margvelashvili (-66 kg) and Beka Gviniashvili (-90 kg)

News

Second Georgian contractor held captive in DRC named

by | February 27, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The second of two Georgian pilots who were taken prisoner by rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been identified as Vyacheslav Pluzhnikov. Pluzhnikov has a background from the Georgian air force. He was arrested for alleged espionage

News

Patriarch’s head of security resigns, citing ‘intrigues’

by | February 27, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--In the latest twist in the scandal about an alleged assassination plot within the Georgian Church, the head of the patriarch’s security detail confirmed Sunday that he has resigned from his post. "I went to his holiness… [and] asked for his blessing to left the position,”

News

Aerosmith concert in Georgia sold out in three hours

by | February 26, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tickets for an Aerosmith concert in Georgia on May 20 went on sale Saturday and were sold out in three hours. Tickets were bought not only by Georgians, but also customers from neighboring Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. Tickets for the concert, which will take

Politics

Georgian opposition party will not face charges for planting pot

by | February 25, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Members of an opposition party in the former Soviet republic of Georgia will not be prosecuted for planting cannabis in their office on New Year’s Eve because the saplings contained too little of the forbidden narcotic substance. The New Year’s Eve pot

News

Azerbaijan’s president confident pipeline across Turkey will go ahead

by | February 24, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev is certain that nothing can prevent the construction of a new pipeline from his country to the European mainland. As a major producer of natural gas, the Caspian Sea nation has much to gain from the planned Southern Gas Corridor,

News

Two Georgians held captive in DR Congo after military helicopter crash

by | February 23, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two Georgian private contractors are being held captive in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after the military helicopter they were in crash landed in the east of the country nearly a month ago. Georgia’s Ministry of Defense said Wednesday

News

Georgia’s church poisoning case still a mystery

by | February 23, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Breaking an earlier promise, Georgia’s top prosecutor did not release new evidence about an alleged assassination attempt in the Georgian Orthodox Church upon the return of the patriarch, leaving the public in the dark and the case shrouded in mystery.

Economy

State Oil and Gas Company Spending Questioned

by | February 22, 2017

Between 2012 and 2014, the Georgia Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) spent 3.8 million lari (about $US2.26 million) to finance patrols watching to make sure nobody was stealing gas from oil or gas pipelines.

News

Georgia may ban smoking indoors and at sports arenas

by | February 21, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Lawmakers in Georgia are pondering a blanket ban on smoking indoors which will also cover sports stadiums and all forms of public transport. If the bill is passed, smoking will be prohibited inside all kinds of buildings, except for private homes, laboratories

Politics

Georgia’s parliament has 41 millionaires

by | February 20, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--41 members of the Georgian parliament are millionaires (in GELs); 37 persons from the Georgian Dream majority and 4 members of two opposition parties, United National Movement and Alliance of Patriots. There are six millionaire ministers

News

New details expected in ‘cyanide affair’ as patriarch returns from Berlin

by | February 20, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia expects new details to emerge about an alleged assassination attempt in the higher circles of the Orthodox Church, as Patriarch Ilia II has left the hospital in Berlin and is expected to arrive in Tbilisi at around 6pm Monday local time.

Politics

Ex-laywer elected new Free Democrats leader

by | February 19, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A former lawyer has been elected chairman of the embattled Free Democrats, perhaps the most staunchly pro-western party in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The Free Democrats’ failure to win any seats in the 2016 parliamentary elections coupled with

Media

Rustavi 2 rallies supporters to defend freedom of expression

by | February 19, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A rally is underway in the center of Tbilisi to show solidarity with Rustavi 2, as a decision is expected in the Supreme Court that could change its ownership, and - according to supporters of the TV company - bring its criticism of the government to a halt.

News

Georgia’s biggest opposition TV station goes dark to protest ‘injustice’

by | February 18, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The biggest opposition TV station in the former Soviet republic of Georgia has voluntarily suspended its broadcast for two days to protest what it claims is an attempt by the government to silence it. "It was not an easy decision[…] but today we are left

Environment

Massive snowfall causing problems in western Georgia

by | February 17, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Massive snowfall is causing problems in western Georgia, especially the two regions Samegrelo and Svaneti, where the snow cover in some places exceeds one meter. An avalanche cut off an important road connecting Zugdidi and Mestia, the administrative centers

News

Target of Georgia Church poisoning attempt was patriarch’s adviser

by | February 16, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Top prosecutors in Georgia now say the target of an assassination attempt within the Orthodox Church was not the patriarch, but one of his advisers. In an interview with the newspaper Rezonansi, POG spokeswoman Natia Sukhiashvili specifically

Economy

Wizz Air launches low-cost flights between London and Kutaisi

by | February 16, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air is launching cheap flights between London Luton and Kutaisi, a city in the western Imereti region of Georgia. United Airports Georgia announced the direct flights Kutaisi-London-Kutaisi two times per week, on Thursdays

News

Georgia reacts to arrest of priest on murder attempt charges

by | February 15, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgians are reacting to the detention of an Orthodox priest whom prosecutors accuse of trying to poison a high church official, widely believed to be the head of the Georgian Church. The story immediately went viral in Georgia, where the Orthodox Church

Politics

13 UNM activists arrested at rally outside Tbilisi City Hall

by | February 14, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A demonstration in front of Tbilisi City Hall on Monday turned violent when activists for the United National Movement (UNM) tried to break into City Hall in order to meet Mayor Davit Narmania. Thirteen members of the opposition supporters were

News

Georgian priest arrested for planning to murder high church leader with poison

by | February 13, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--An archpriest in the Georgian Orthodox Church was arrested at Tbilisi airport, accused of trying to poison a person in ‘the Church’s highest hierarchy’ with cyanide. Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze was arrested as he was trying to board a plane

News

Georgian man sentenced to twenty years in prison in breakaway region

by | February 13, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A court in South Ossetia has sentenced a Georgian man to 20 years in a Tskhinvali jail for ‘sabotage and terrorist activities’. 49 year-old Giorgi Giunashvili, a native of the village Disevi inside the breakaway region, was arrested by Tskhinvali forces

Legal reform

Georgian parliament overturns president’s veto of judicial bill

by | February 13, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Opposition parties in the former Soviet republic of Georgia warn that the independence of the courts will be weakened after the ruling party overturned the president’s veto against a judicial reform bill. The so-called third wave of judicial reform was vetoed

Caucasus region

Russian-backed enclave plans referendum about naming itself after medieval tribe

by | February 13, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian-backed separatists who have ruled a region of Georgia since the early 1990s plan to name their self-declared republic after a nomadic tribe that conquered swaths of Europe and North Africa in the Middle Ages. If the 50,000 population approves

News

51 people jailed for entering Georgia’s breakaway territories the wrong way

by | February 11, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has jailed 51 persons over the last nine years for entering Abkhazia or South Ossetia from the wrong direction. The ombudsman now calls for a review of the law. Georgia’s Law on the Occupied Territories

News

UNM activists rally outside Supreme Court to save their TV station

by | February 11, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Activists from Georgia’s former ruling party gathered in front of the Supreme Court building in Tbilisi on Friday to support their TV station, Rustavi 2, in a private lawsuit that could dampen down its criticism of the government. The activists marched down

News

Rustavi 2 airs allegations against former deptuty chief prosecutor

by | February 10, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A fiercely anti-government TV station in Georgia aired allegations against a former high-level prosecutor purporting that he had tried to sell a secret recordings of a former prime minister and billionaire. The word fight was launched during

Minorities

Four transgender women attacked at Tbilisi nightclub

by | February 8, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Four transgender women are being treated for cuts after an attack at a nightclub in downtown Tbilisi, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The incident occurred at 7am Monday on Elbakidze Street, near Rustaveli, one of the main metro stations in the city.

Media

UNM to rally to stop Supreme Court ruling against Rustavi 2

by | February 8, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Activists from Georgia’s former ruling party are rallying in Tbilisi on February 10 in order to prevent the Supreme Court from ruling against the top people in the largest opposition TV station. UNM's Nika Melia said on Wednesday that the party of ex-President

News

Text messages ‘prove’ Saakashvili ally pressured Georgia Supreme Court judges

by | February 7, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s top prosecutor on Tuesday presented text messages allegedly sent from Ukraine as proof that a close ally of former President Mikheil Saakashvili had tried to put pressure on two Supreme Court judges in a lawsuit that could silence

Crime

Georgian sentenced to 13 years for killing a transgender woman

by | February 7, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for stabbing and killing a transgender woman acquaintance in Tbilisi last year. Tbilisi City Court decided to sentence 31 year-old Giorgi Murjikneli to 10 years in jail for  viciously attacking and cutting

News

Georgia cracks down on private school linked to Gulen network

by | February 6, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian authorities have suspended the accreditation of a private school with links to the Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara has accused of plotting the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The council of the National Center

In brief

Georgia Supreme Court judges silent about who pressured them

by | February 5, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two Supreme Court judges in the former Soviet republic of Georgia have still not revealed who tried to put pressure on them in a case about the ownership of a large TV station critical to the government. Judges Besarion Arveladze and Paata Katamadze,

Europe

Abkhazia suspicious of Georgia’s offer of visa-free travel to Europe

by | February 4, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia offers inhabitants in the breakaway region Abkhazia to be included in a visa waiver scheme to the Schengen area. Sukhumi calls the offer manipulation. The EU parliament on Thursday voted in favor of extending

News

Two of Georgia’s Supreme Court judges claim they were pressured

by | February 3, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two judges in the Supreme Court of the former Soviet republic of Georgia have filed a formal request to the country’s top prosecutor to investigate an attempt to influence them. The case led to an exchange of strong claims and counterclaims on Friday,

Media

Imedi-GDS merger heralds further consolidation in Georgian TV

by | February 3, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Imedi TV, one of Georgia’s largest TV stations, has bought GDS, a smaller company linked with billionaire and former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. Imedi confirmed that it had purchased 100 percent of shares in the broadcasting company

Europe

EU parliament greenlights visa-free entry for Georgians

by | February 2, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The plan to extend visa-free entry into Schengen to more than 3 million citizens of the former Soviet republic of Georgia passed another hurdle today, as the EU’s parliament approved the plan with a clear majority. At a plenary session the 751 member assembly session endorsed

News

Georgian fighter seeks asylum in Ukraine to avoid extradition

by | February 2, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian volunteer soldier in Ukraine is looking for political asylum in Ukraine, as he believes his life's in danger if he returns to his home country Georgia. Former Vice Colonel Gia Tsertsvadze is wanted in Russia for a murder in 2003. Recently

Politics

President, civil rights groups reject new surveillance regulations bill

by | February 1, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A working group within the Georgian parliament on Monday proposed to establish a new agency under the State Security Service to monitor telephone and internet communications, as well as conduct video and audio eavesdropping.

News

2 military helicopters with Georgian crew crash in eastern Congo

by | February 1, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two Mi-24 military helicopters with a combined crew of at least four crashed on Friday in North Kivu province near the border with Rwanda and Uganda, authorities reported on Monday. Tbilisi based military magazine Arsenal wrote that

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