Cleric ‘forcefully removed’ from Holy Synod after ‘indecent’ accusation against Georgia’s Patriarch

Petre Tsaava surrounded by journalists at the gates of Patriarchate where a session of the Holy Synod was held. (1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--A session of the Holy Synod in Tbilisi has shocked the entire nation, as one of its members accused the spiritual leader and most popular person in the country, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II, of “pederasty”. The accusation was so obscene and sudden that [...]

Cleric’s shocking claim in TV interview triggers political crisis in Georgia

Archbishop Iakob of Bodbe. (1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, the government is embroiled in a scandal involving the Orthodox Church, after a bishop claimed the government tried to depose the highly respected Patriarch Ilia [...]

At least 27 detained during protests against gay film screening in #Tbilisi and #Batumi. The far-right activists vow to keep on rallying. (Photo: IPN)

Radicals verbally and physically attacked, hurled objects at people leaving movie theater Amirani in #Tbilisi, #Georgia after screening #AndThenWeDanced #ATWD Photo: @1tv.ge

Situation extremely tense at Amirani movie theater in #Tbilisi center as ultra-conservatives, clergy try to thwart premiere of Swedish-Georgian gay romantic film #AndThenWeDanced #Georgia Via: @1tv.ge

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Trial of TBC Bank founders begins at Tbilisi court

Mamuka Khazaradze.(1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Friday began hearing a high-profile criminal case against the founders of Georgia’s biggest private bank. The Prosecutor’s Office accuses Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze of money [...]

Former Soviet bureaucrat re-appointed as Abkhazia’s de facto PM

Valeri Bganba. De facto president Raul Khajimba has re-appointed Valeri Bganba, former Komsomol activist, as a “prime minister” of breakaway Abkhazia. Bganba was first appointed at the office in September 18, 2018, after [...]

Georgia’s ruling party rocked by sex scandal

Ilia Jishkariani. TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s ruling party was rocked by a sex scandal Saturday after a staff member of a high profile politician accused him of sexual assault and physical violence, sparking a public [...]

Sokhumi brings in new restrictions at Enguri Bridge, locals charged USD 17 for passing

The Enguri Bridge crossing is essential to many local businesses, who rely on trade in products such as hazelnuts. (DFWatch.) GALI, DFWatch--Sokhumi has brought in new restrictions on the administrative borderline between breakaway [...]

Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze sets three world records in one day

Lasha Talakhadze. TBILISI, DFWatch--“Lasha Talakhadze is the strongest man walking the planet… maybe ever in sports,” exclaimed the commentator after the Georgian giant set three World Records in a single day at the [...]

Georgia extradites terrorism suspect Akhyadov to Russia, public opinion opposed

Ramzan Akhyadov. (Netgazeti.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia extradited an ethnic Chechen to Russia on Thursday, despite strong opposition to the move. Russia accuses 39-year-old Ramzan Akhyadov, who has lived in Georgia for the last two [...]

Abkhazia’s supreme court rejects opposition lawsuit, Khajimba re-elected

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Supreme Court in Abkhazia on Friday rejected a lawsuit filed by presidential candidate Alhaz Kvitsinia, seeking to annul the results of the runoff elections and call a new election. Although Kvitsinia's team will [...]

Opposition in Abkhazia demands de facto election result canceled

Opposition candidate Alhaz Kvitsinia. TBILISI, DFWatch--The opposition in Abkhazia is planning a rally in Sokhumi on Tuesday, which will be held in parallel with a court hearing in a lawsuit filed by the [...]

Embattled Georgian banker prepares to step into politics

Mamuka Khazaradze. (IPN.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s embattled banker Mamuka Khazaradze is expected to launch a new opposition party on Thursday. The event will take place in Anaklia, a resort on the Black Sea coast [...]

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Russia’s military superiority is visible but its status in Georgia continues to erode: Robert Hamilton

Robert Hamilton. (VoA) Voice of America’s Georgian Service’s Anna Kalandadze talked to Robert Hamilton, Professor of Eurasian Studies at the US Army War College in Washington about trending topics in current-day Georgia. VoA: [...]

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

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 [...]

2906, 2018

NGO coalition in Georgia proposes new procedure for selecting chief prosecutor

DFWatch Editor-in-Chief Lasha Tughushi is one of the authors of the bill. Behind him, co-author Natia Kuprashvili. TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s largest NGO coalition proposes an overhaul of the existing system for selecting a chief prosecutor in order to minimize the risk that one party takes the decision unilaterally. The proposed bill comes in the wake of a two-week-long series of rallies in Tbilisi […]

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