School pupils in Gali prohibited from attending NGO events

by | September 21, 2018

GALI, DFWatch--The deputy head of administration in Gali district has carried out an inspection of the schools in this predominantly Georgian district of breakaway Abkhazia and ordered principals not to let

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256 Gali youth tried to enroll at Georgian universities, 130 passed exams

by | September 20, 2018

GALI, DFWatch - 130 residents of breakaway Abkhazia's Gali district enrolled at universities in Georgia proper this year, the head of Gali Educational Resource Center said to DFWatch.


Editor violently attacked by half dozen men in Tbilisi

by | September 18, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--An editor of a popular Georgian magazine was assaulted and beaten by half a dozen men Saturday evening. The attack on Zurab Vardiashvili, editor of Liberali magazine, took place in the southern Varketili district of Tbilisi. Two SUVs stopped


My time in the official service is over

by | September 14, 2018

Dear friends and colleagues, as of today, September 13, my time in the official service of the Georgian government will be over. I wish to thank the people of Georgia, whose support and advice has empowered me to work for every Georgian administration since 1989.


Young men are leaving Gali en masse to seek work abroad

by | September 12, 2018

GALI, DFWatch--Young people are leaving their homes here in Gali, Abkhazia, to seek work opportunities abroad. In the last month, about 50 young people, most of them men, have left for Poland from one of the villages in the district, DFWatch was told by locals.

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Abkhazia’s de facto prime minister killed in car accident

by | September 9, 2018

The prime minister of Sokhumi regime was killed in a car accident on the road connecting the capital of breakaway Abkhazia with Russia’s Sochi on Saturday, when he was returning from his trip to Syria.


German MEP voices solidarity to Georgia’s embattled university

by | September 7, 2018

German politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany has expressed her solidarity to an embattled university in Georgia, which is under fire for its alleged links to U.S.-based Turkish cleric and a personal foe of President Erdogan.

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Breakaway authorities step up Russification at schools, kindergartens in predominantly Georgian Akhalgori

by | September 4, 2018

Akhalgori, DFWatch - The 2018-19 academic year in Akhalgori schools and kindergartens starts on September 5 instead of September 1 and poses dire problems for ethnic Georgian kids and their parents. Despite the fact that ethnic Georgians compose over 55 percent of Akhalgori population, the Tskhinvali regime disbanded the sole Georgian kindergarten in the district in May.


Saakashvili, Ivanishvili Lobbyist Pleads Guilty in Trump-Related Case

by | September 2, 2018

An American lobbyist who worked in Georgia for Mikheil Saakashvili, Irakli Alasania and Bidzina Ivanishvili pleaded guilty on Friday in a case related to investigations of US president Donald Trump. Sam Patten admitted he used an unnamed American to pay $US50,000 for four tickets to one of the parties at Trump’s inauguration in 2017. The tickets were for Ukraine Serhiy Lovochkin, a Ukrainian businessman who was a close advisor to pro-Russian former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych. Patten pleaded guilty to not registering as a foreign agent. He also admitted he withheld documents from the US Senate Intelligence Committee that could have shown that foreign money was used to purchase the tickets, a violation of US law. Left to right: Saakashvili, Alasania, Ivanishvili Photo source: Patten could be sentenced to five years in prison, but he has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors looking at all ties between Trump and foreign governments. Patten once described himself as a “shadow manager” to Saakashvili. According to a 2008 Wikileaks cable, Patten met with US ambassador John Tefft as a representative of the US polling company Greenberg Associates, which had been hired by the ...

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