News

Tskhinvali regime closes single checkpoint with Georgia proper for two days

by | November 23, 2017

De facto authorities of South Ossetia shut down the single checkpoint connecting the breakaway republic with Georgia proper due to the recently introduced public holiday,

News

One policeman, three suspects killed in Tbilisi anti-terror operation

by | November 22, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Three suspects and one police officer have been killed in a massive anti-terror operation in a Tbilisi suburb against suspected Chechens. Four police were also wounded in the standoff, which lasted over 20 hours, a spokesperson for the State Security Service of Georgia (SUS) said at a briefing Wednesday evening.

News

Memorial dedicated to the Abkhazian war to be restored in Scottish town

by | November 17, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A memorial stone dedicated to victims of a separatist war in Georgia 1992-93 will be restored, the deputy the foreign minister of Georgia has said. The stone in the town of Kilmarnock was recently taken down

News

South Ossetia bars ambulances from leaving at night and during weekends

by | November 14, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Breakaway South Ossetia is preventing ambulances from crossing the de facto border with Georgia proper on weekends and at nights from 8 pm till  8 am. Echo Kavkaza reports that the informal restrictions were introduced about a month ago,

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Faced with new bureaucratic hurdles, Georgians in Abkhazia ponder leaving

by | November 11, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The de facto authorities in Abkhazia are developing new ways to discriminate against the ethnic Georgian population in the region’s southeast Gali district. “We are absolutely deprived of any civil rights.

Interviews

Damon Wilson: The victory makes GD fully responsible for where Georgia comes out

by | November 11, 2017

To assess the past local elections in Georgia, , Voice of America’s (VOA) Nana Sajaia interviewed  Washington-based Damon Wilson, Executive Vice-President of US Atlantic Council.

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Burjanadze: Georgia needs a president like Vladimir Putin

by | November 10, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian opposition politician Nino Burjanadze expressed admiration for the Russian president in a new interview with German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. "He brought Russia from its knees to its feet. You look at Russia,

News

Scottish town removes Abkhazian war memorial out of respect for Georgia

by | November 10, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Authorities in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock have decided to dismantle a memorial stone dedicated to victims in separatist-held Sohumi during the 1992-93 Abkhazian war. The problem was that the memorial not only commemorated

News

One of 17 detained Saudi princes is honorary citizen of Georgia

by | November 7, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--One member the Saudi royal family who was arrested on Saturday night holds a title of honorary citizen of Georgia. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was arrested along with 16 other princes, four ministers and tens of other former or current high ranking officials.

News

South Ossetia plans to impose customs tax at checkpoint near Akhalgori

by | November 3, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Breakaway South Ossetia plans to charge customs tax for goods to the region’s lower east corner, to the detriment of the Georgians living there who depend on the trade. A customs point will be opened at the Razdakhan checkpoint near Akhalgori,

News

Abkhazia calls Georgian PM’s language initiative ‘hypocritical’

by | November 1, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--An initiative by the prime minister of Georgia to protect the Abkhaz language has been rejected by Abkhazia’s de facto authorities as ‘Georgian populism’, ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘cynicism’.

News

Georgians in Abkhazia cancel harvest, claim pesticide withheld by regime

by | November 1, 2017

GALI, DFWatch--Georgian hazelnut farmer in Abkhazia canceled this year's harvest after de facto authorities failed to hand out vital pesticide to battle a bug. The bug has already ravaged farms in Western Georgia but the damage is even worse in the breakaway region

Sport

Six far right activists arrested during anti-gay protest at football federation

by | November 1, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Six far right activists were arrested Tuesday night at the office of the Georgian Football Federation's (GFF) in Tbilisi, as they protested the wearing of a rainbow colored LGBT armband by one of the national team members. The right wing nationalists demand that the federation

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