Four Georgians found drowned after trying to cross the Enguri bypassing Abkhazia checkpoint

Rescue workers at the Enguri River (RFE/RL) TBILISI, DFWatch--Four people were found dead on the banks of the Enguri River on Wednesday. The four are believed to have  drowned as they tried to cross from Abkhazia to Georgian-controlled territory bypassing Russian border guards and Abkhaz customs officers.  Rescue workers found the bodies of three people Wednesday morning, and a fourth body in the evening the [...]

A PM who recently resigned is Georgia’s most popular politician

Former Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has 65% approval rating among Georgians. TBILISI, DFWatch--A recently retired prime minister is one of Georgia's most popular politicians, according to a new survey published by the International Republican Institute [...]

Georgia declares April 10, 2021 a day of mourning in honor of the memory of four residents of #Gali, occupied #Abkhazia, who drowned trying to cross the Enguri River bypassing Russian-Abkhazian checkpoint.

Read the story here: https://bit.ly/3d7jKyI

2 key figures, ex-speaker of parliament Davit #Bakradze (pic-ed) and ex-Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi #Ugulava, leaving opposition European Georgia over disagreement about its strategy with Giga #Bokeria, after the latter was elected as the party chairman.

Four Georgians found drowned after trying to cross the Enguri bypassing Abkhazia checkpoint https://dfwatch.net/four-georgians-found-drowned-after-trying-to-cross-the-enguri-bypassing-abkhazia-checkpoint-54673 via @DFWatch

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EU-mediated talks fail to resolve Georgia’s political crisis

Christian Danielsson addressing the media after the failed talks. TBILISI, DFWatch--EU-mediated negotiations to end the political crisis in Georgia have once more ended in failure.  The compromise proposed by EU envoy Christian Danielsson was rejected [...]

Third wave looming, but half of Georgians don’t want to get vaccinated

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s vaccination effort has run into a roadblock, as many people are skeptical of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is believed to have caused the death of a 27-year-old nurse a week ago. The attitude [...]

Georgian ex-PM Gakharia keeps people guessing after cryptic message that he hasn’t left politics

(Facebook/გახარია.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said on Monday that he has not left politics, without further explanation, leaving people guessing as to what he might have meant. "I am not leaving anything, [...]

Georgia will not halt the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine despite 27-year-old nurse’s life-threatening allergic reaction

(Government of Georgia.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is not halting its use of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine after a 27-year-old female nurse suffered anaphylactic shock and went into a coma on Thursday after receiving the jab. "We recently [...]

Georgian PM rejects opposition’s two main demands

Irakli Garibashvili meeting with Josep Borrell, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. (Facebook/Government of Georgia.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s prime minister on Tuesday rejected the two main demands put forth by the opposition, thus [...]

Locals in Gali, Abkhazia demand lifting of 5-day Covid-19 quarantine for crossing Enguri Bridge

Enguri Bridge. (DFWatch.) GALI, DFWatch--Gali residents demand the opening of the checkpoint on Enguri Bridge and the lifting of the five-day quarantine for travelers that have been tested for Covid-19.  Locals told DFWatch that because [...]

South Ossetia incident: Two Russian soldiers advance 500m into Georgian-controlled territory, fire warning shots, in failed attempt to detain resident

TBILISI, DFWatch--The two armed Russian service members advanced 500 meters into territory controlled by Georgia and fired warning shots in an attempt to seize a local resident in the village Khurvaleti, about 50km northwest of [...]

Audio of Georgian PM discussing crackdown on social media comments sparks outrage in Georgia

Bera Ivanishvili (left) and Irakli Garibashvili. (Newposts.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Audio recordings aired by an opposition TV channel in Georgia have caused outrage and demands for the prime minister’s resignation. The recordings, aired Saturday on TV Pirveli, [...]

Georgia’s economy minister expects a sevenfold increase in flights this month as Covid-19 restrictions on air travel are lifted

(Avianews.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia expects air traffic to increase sharply as Covid-19 related restrictions on regular flights are lifted, to reach a level this month seven times what it was in August last year. By summer, [...]

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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 […]

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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

1408, 2020

Georgian NGOs condemn Belarusian elections, violence against peaceful demonstrations

A coalition which unites over 180 Georgian NGOs harshly criticizes violence of Belarusian authorities against peaceful citizens in the wake of presidential elections held on August 9, and urges Georgian [...]

907, 2020

Companies related to GD donors receive tens of millions of public funds: Report

GD president Bidzina Ivanishvili (left) and speaker of parliament Archil Talakvadze. (Facebook.) Georgia’s ruling party received almost half of revenues totally got by all parties in 2019, whilst [...]

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 [...]

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