22 y/o Georgian fighter sentenced to life in Donbass for killing three Russian infantrymen

TBILISI, DFWatch--The court of the "Donetsk People's Republic" has sentenced a Georgian fighter Mamuka Gatserelia to life imprisonment for killing three Russian infantrymen, the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation states. The 22-year-old volunteer, whose parents reportedly originate from occupied Abkhazia, was found guilty under two articles of the Russian Criminal Code - Article 317 (“attack on the life of a military serviceman in [...]

Who’s the Georgian citizen that Putin talked about in an interview with Tucker Carlson, without mentioning his name

Zelimkhan Khangoshvili (left) and his assassin Vadim Krasikov. TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested his country might exchange American journalist Evan Gershkovich for a Russian assassin jailed in Germany.  Speaking to former Fox News [...]

DNR court sentenced Georgian fighter Mamuka #Gatserelia to life: “While in apartment of multi-storey building, he opened fire on 4 Russian servicemen, 3 of whom died, one managed to survive." #FundUkraine

Who’s the Georgian citizen that Putin talked about in an interview with Tucker Carlson, without mentioning his name. #Tbilisi #Georgia

Major reshuffle in Georgian politics: PM Irakli Garibashvili trades seat with ruling party chairman Irakli Kobakhidze #Tbilisi #Georgia

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Major reshuffle in Georgian politics: PM trades seat with ruling party chairman

Irakli Garibashvili (right) and Irakli Kobakhidze (gd.ge). TBILISI, DFWatch–After Georgian Dream founder Bidzina Ivanishvili returned to public politics in late December, everyone in Georgia expected major upheavals in the government, although only a small number [...]

The Dutch low-cost carrier starts flights from Tbilisi to Amsterdam in April

TBILISI, DFWatch–Dutch low-cost airline, Transavia, is starting to operate in the Georgian market. Tickets can currently be purchased on the company's website for flights from late April. During the summer navigation season of 2024, the [...]

NDI poll predicts bleak future for opposition parties in 2024 unless they somehow manage to unite

A poll commissioned by the US National Democratic Institute has once again shown the dire, and one might say catastrophic, situation faced by most political parties in Georgia a year before benchmark general elections. According [...]

Opposition demands adoption of the “Protect Georgia Act” to stop “invasion of Russians”

Mamuka Khazaradze (Facebook). TBILISI, DFWatch – The opposition party demands the establishment of a visa regime, a ban on the entry of cars with Russian license plates and other strict measures in order to prevent [...]

Former de facto president elevated to Russian mercenary army ranks claims over 1,000 South Ossetians fight in Ukraine

TBILISI, DFWatch –1,100-1,200 volunteers from South Ossetia are fighting on the Russian side in Ukraine, said Anatoly Bibilov, Deputy Commander of the Volunteer Assault Corps, in an interview with Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti. [...]

“Russian-Georgian Business Council” proposes to open road through occupied Tskhinvali

Davit Tsetskhladze (Facebook). TBILISI, DFWatch – At the meeting of the "Russia-Georgia Business Council" in Vladikavkaz, the capital of Russia’s republic of North Ossetia, the issue of opening a road connecting Russia and Georgia through occupied [...]

Remittances from Russia almost halved in August: NBG

TBILISI, DFWatch – The number of remittances from Russia to Georgia in August decreased by 45.5 percent compared to last year and amounted to $60 million, although this country is still the leader and accounts for [...]

Former public defender Nino Lomjaria to establish new pro-EU public movement

Former Public Defender of Georgia Nino Lomjaria, who has been the object of permanent criticism and constant verbal attacks by the ruling party for the past years, is founding a new public movement, the first [...]

Six opposition parties in Georgia release statement claiming GD government collaborating with Putin’s Russia

The opposition parties of Georgia issue a joint statement speaking out about the threat of  government shifting foreign political priorities and accuse the ruling power, Georgian Dream, of being a collaborator with the Putin regime [...]

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Georgia: How to Be Rational and Coherent in That Disbalanced World? – A Conversation with Professor Neil Macfarlane

Tedo Japaridze I acquainted  with Neil Macfarlane since the last century: it was 1990 when we met each other for the first time at some round table held by the Georgian MFA to discuss the [...]

Europe and Georgia

PACE to discuss dismissing its president in October

PACE President Pedro Agramunt. (Council of Europe.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will discuss a proposal to dismiss its chairperson in early October after a motion was tabled on Friday. The motion to dismiss PACE President Pedro Agramunt was backed by 158 out of the 636 member […]

Minorities

New survey points to increasingly positive attitudes in Georgia toward minorities, LGBT+ individuals

(DFWatch) TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgians are increasingly positive about minorities, including LGBT+ people, according to the new survey commissioned by The Council of Europe Office in Georgia, which covers a period between 2018 and 2021. [...]

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103, 2023

GD and far-right Conservative Movement lead: TI report on party donations

The Conservative Movement, a far-right pro-Russian political party notorious for violence against LGBTQ activists and journalists, was second only to the ruling Georgian Dream in the last quarter of 2022 [...]

408, 2022

Civic groups in Georgia campaign to help Ukrainian refugees left out in the street

(Razom.ge) Georgian civic groups and activists have launched a fundraising campaign to provide temporary housing for Ukrainian refugees who were left out in the street after the end of state [...]

1908, 2021

Georgian NGOs express concern over oil spill off Russia’s Black Sea coast

(Photo: Instagram / _svetlana__radionova_) TBILISI, DFWatch--Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform, a coalition of more than 200 non-governmental organizations, expresses concern over an oil spill off Russia’s Black [...]

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