Georgia lifts restrictions from exhibitions, trainings and conferences

Activities such as exhibitions, trainings and conferences are expected to be allowed from July 6 on, but this does not apply to swimming pools and fitness centers, said Economy Minister Natia Turnava Tuesday after Interagency Coordinating Council meeting. "Of course, this will be done in accordance with certain rules. In fact, the Ministry of Health has developed a relevant protocol, after little clarification it will [...]

Abkhazia temporarily reopens Enguri crossing for “humanitarian reasons”

Sokhumi regime re-opens the sole crossing point on the river Enguri for three days for “humanitarian reasons” for the return of “citizens and residents of the republic temporarily being in Georgia”, the breakaway republic’s security [...]

#Georgia seizes, indicts a man who allegedly poured gasoline, set fire on his partner, 24 y/o woman, fled the scene. The incident occurred June 30. Woman survived, hospitalized. The man faces up to 20 years in prison. #Tbilisi #DomesticViolence

#Georgia lifts restrictions from exhibitions, trainings, conferences. Swimming pools and fitness centers will remain closed for the near future, Minister of Economy Natia #Turnava says. #Tbilisi https://t.co/Do3yaJ1upm

Breaking: #Georgia finally adopts new electoral system by 117 votes with 3 against. #Tbilisi

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Amid optimistic figures Georgia starts reopening restaurants, malls, public transportation

(Imedinews.ge) Georgia will scale down most of restrictions imposed in February and March, including public transportation, shopping malls and even cafes and restaurants, PM Giorgi Gakharia said Wednesday. Public transportation, including metro, buses [...]

Two Georgian opposition politicians released from prison, threw scathing remarks towards Ivanishvili

(IPN.) Embattled Georgian Dream admitted a major concession on Friday when President Salome Zurabishvili pardoned two opposition politicians. The two, former Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava and ex-Minister of Defense Irakli Okruashvili were soon [...]

Electoral reform in deadlock, opposition threatens resuming rallies in Georgia

(Newposts.ge) Political conflict in Georgia over electoral reform has escalated again amid disagreement between the government and main opposition forces, as the latter accuses the Georgian Dream of renouncing an agreement struck in [...]

Tskhinvali regime revives the city’s Soviet-era name, Stalinir

Stalin's monument in central Tskhinvali (formerly Stalinir) in early 1950s. (Facebook.) The head of South Ossetia puppet regime Anatoly Bibilov seems to revive Soviet-era name of Tskhinvali. The city, which was a capital [...]

Farmers took to the streets, blocked major highway protesting strict quarantine measures

(Imedinews.) Dozens of farmers took to the streets in Marneuli municipality Wednesday protesting strict quarantine regime and appealing to the authorities for assistance. Farmers, mostly ethnic Azerbaijani from nearby settlements, assembled at Shulaveri, [...]

Georgia extends state of emergency, vows to ease some restrictions in May

Salome Zurabishvili (Newposts.ge) Georgia extends state of emergency by one month till May 22. “This decision will allow us to prepare for the lifting of restrictions,” said President Salome Zurabishvili on Tuesday, after [...]

Ex-defense minister sentenced for participating in Gavrilov Night clashes

Irakli Okruashvili. (1tv.ge) Irakli Okruashvili, who served for various important offices under President Mikheil Saakashvili in early 2000s, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday for taking part in the Gavrilov [...]

Prominent Georgian doctor says the country will overcome pandemic with minimal losses

Tengiz Tsertsvadze (TV Pirveli.) The peak of covid19 pandemic in Georgia will come in two or three weeks, a prominent medical doctor of infectious diseases said on Tuesday, adding that he predicts total [...]

Additional flights designated to evacuate stranded Georgians, but much more still needed

Georgian Airways crew for emergency flight to Rome in March 10. (Facebook/GA.) Georgia designates additional emergency flights to evacuate its nationals from abroad due to covid19 pandemic. However, the demand is so high [...]

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Such campaigns against American NGOs are being run out of the Kremlin: IRI president

Daniel Twining (Twitter). “I am a little surprised to be talking about this in the context of Georgia, because such a campaign against American NGOs is being run out of the Kremlin […] [...]

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

Groups say 25-year old’s fatal stabbing in Tbilisi was motivated by xenophobia

Vitali Safarov (Facebook). TBILISI, DFWatch--A young human rights activist who was stabbed to death in Tbilisi nearly two weeks ago was murdered by members of a neo-Nazi group, Georgian civic activists say. Vitali [...]

NGO News

2801, 2020

Georgian NGOs call on government to immediately move toward proportional electoral system

Georgia’s major NGOs call upon the government to “fulfil the promise made to the public and move to a proportional electoral system”, which will be assumed as its readiness to [...]

506, 2019

Independent lawyers in Georgia urge parliament to condemn “clan-based” governance in judiciary

High Council of Justice. (hcoj.gov.ge) A group of independent lawyers and legal experts has submitted a draft resolution in the parliament of Georgia in which they ask for [...]

1701, 2019

Georgian civic groups suspect government is behind smear campaign on Facebook

Eka Gigauri. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's largest NGOs suspect that the government is masterminding a smear campaign against them using internet trolls. "These dull caricatures with their Facebook pages [...]

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