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Breakaway South Ossetia asks Georgia for 11th Century icon

by | June 22, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--Separatists in South Ossetia have repeated a call to Georgia to hand over an 11th Century icon currently being kept in the National Museum in Tbilisi. Representatives of the breakaway republic raised the issue during

In brief

US to sell Stinger missiles to Russia’s neighbor Georgia

by | June 21, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia will probably receive American-made Stinger MANPADs, the defense minister has revealed. Defense Minister Levan Izoria mentioned the new weapons acquisition during a confirmation hearing in parliament on Tuesday. "Georgia will get, along with the Javelins,

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Georgian asylum seekers to Europe down 13% in April

by | June 20, 2018

  TBILISI, DFWatch--The number of Georgians who sought asylum in Schengen countries dropped 13 percent in April, compared to the month before, but the small Caucasus nation is still over-represented. Despite a modest population of 3.7 million, Georgia still ranks among

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Abkhazia halts issuing of ‘visas’ during FIFA World Cup

by | June 16, 2018

GALI, DFWatch--Sokhumi has suspended the issuing of ‘visas’ which is needed by many Georgians to visit family and do business here in the southern Gali region of the breakaway republic.

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Georgia indicts two South Ossetian officials for Tatunashvili’s torture and murder

by | June 15, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has indicted two South Ossetian officials for involvement in the abduction and torture of a Georgian former soldier in Akhalgori, an enclave under control of the breakaway region. Davit Gurtsiev, the head of de facto security body in Akhalgori,

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Breakaway Sokhumi plans to import Abkhazians from Middle East to shift demographics

by | June 14, 2018

GALI, DFWatch--Breakaway authorities in Sokhumi plan to invite ethnic Abkhazians in the Middle East to come and settle in the southern Gali and northern Gagra districts. The scheme will shift the demographics in parts of the disputed territory where the Abkhazians are not

Interviews

Trump about Kim: I like him, he’s a funny guy, very smart

by | June 14, 2018

President Donald Trump spoke with VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren after his summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore about what the two discussed and what to expect next.

Society

Georgia on its way to less punitive, more human drug policy?

by | June 13, 2018

Two commissioners visiting Tbilisi urge the government of Georgia to go ahead with bold reform of drug policies, insisting that ending punishment does not mean encouraging or condoning the use of drugs, but rather it empowers individuals and communities

Politics

Georgian PM Kvirikashvili resigns, citing disagreement with Ivanishvili

by | June 13, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili resigned on Wednesday, citing disagreement with the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party, Bidzina Ivanishvili. According to the Constitution, the PM’s resignation also means that the entire government resigns.

News

19 detained in Tbilisi as protests resume in wake of controversial teen murder investigation

by | June 12, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--The leader of Georgia’s largest opposition party UNM was among 19 people detained on Monday as street protests resumed against a murder investigation. Authorities came down hard on organizers as the rallies resumed Monday as a deadline set by protesters

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Outrage in Georgia over Ossetian officer’s hospital treatment

by | June 10, 2018

AKHALGORI, DFWatch--Georgians took to social media to express their outrage on Friday after it emerged that a South Ossetian officer was receiving treatment at a Tbilisi hospital. It is being speculated that he might be implicated in the murder of Archil Tatunashvili,

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Four killed as minivan full of schoolchildren plunges into ravine

by | June 9, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--Four died, and 21 were reportedly injured when a minivan full of schoolchildren rolled into a ravine near Tbilisi Saturday. One child and three adults were killed, the latter reportedly parents of schoolchildren. 21 people were injured, including 12 children.

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One man arrested for witness tampering in Tbilisi school murder case

by | June 8, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--One person was arrested for witness tampering on Friday in connection with the new investigation into the Khorava Street murders. Merab Morchadze, 45, was detained under Article 372 of the Criminal Code on the basis of new evidence obtained in the course of the new

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Tbilisi City Court hears Igor Giorgadze’s lawsuit against DFWatch

by | June 7, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court has started reviewing a lawsuit against DFWatch filed by Igor Giorgadze, a former head of Georgia's State Security Ministry who is wanted by Georgia for a failed assassination attempt

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Forensic examination shows that Archil Tatunashvili was tortured before he died

by | June 6, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--A new forensic examination carried out in Georgia concludes that Archil Tatunashvili, a former soldier who died in a prison in South Ossetia February 23, was most likely killed. The body had nearly a hundred different injuries and signs that indicate he was tortured.

Interviews

Paul Stronski: Georgia has carved out as much independence as possible against very large and aggressive neighbor

by | June 6, 2018

Voice of America's Ani Chkhikvadze sat down with Paul Stronski, Carnegie Endowment fellow in Washington DC to discuss Georgia's domestic and foreign affairs.

News

Father of murdered teenager rejects government’s offer of protection

by | June 2, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs on Friday offered the father of a murdered teenager who is leading a street protest to enroll in a witness protection program, claiming his life may be in danger. Zaza Saralidze has been at the front of an ongoing street protest

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