President Zourabichvili rebuffs pardoning Rurua – “No one and nothing can influence me”

Salome Zourabichvili (1tv.ge). Despite growing number of appeals, President Salome Zourabichvili has rebuffed to pardon Giorgi Rurua, opposition activist and former paramilitary. “I won’t pardon. The Georgian society knows better than me everything about him and is aware why I will not make this decision. No one and nothing can influence me,” Salome Zourabichvili said Friday. Many in Georgia and abroad had hoped [...]

23 y/o programmer mysteriously disappeared, found dead near Tbilisi

Tamar Bachaliashvili (Facebook). The mysterious disappearance and death of a 23 year old programmer cause mass agitation in Georgia. The police clearly indicate that cause of death was a suicide, which is flatly [...]

President Salome #Zourabichvili rebuffed to pardon Giorgi #Rurua, opposition activist and former paramilitary. #Tbilisi #Georgia https://t.co/IiJgxET63z

Court in #Tbilisi #Georgia sentenced opposition activist and former member of fearsome paramilitary squadron #Mkhedrioni Giorgi #Rurua to 4 years in jail for possessing illegal firearm. Opposition insists charges've been fabricated. https://t.co/bt3SddZgNc photo

Family of 23 y/o disappeared, dead programmer Tamar #Bachaliashvili rejects police version, suspect homicide. #Tbilisi #Georgia https://t.co/qS6kbWcFZ5

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Ex-official charged with mass torture in Georgian prison extradited from Germany

Davit Chakua (center) upon his extradition in Batumi airport. (1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Germany Friday extradited the former head of Georgia's prison department Davit Chakua, who is charged with abuse of powers, humiliating and inhumane [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Did Kadyrov send a hitman to murder Georgian journalist for swearing at his patron?

Riot police at the scene of Vasambeg Bokov arrest. (RFE/RL) Mounting evidence indicates the authoritarian leader of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov has sent a hitman “to punish” Georgian journalist for publicly insulting President Vladimir [...]

Libertarian group rallies in Tbilisi, demands swift re-opening of gyms

(Girchi.com) A couple dozen people, mostly gym employees and libertarian opposition party Girchi members, rallied in front of Georgian government in Tbilisi Tuesday demanding re-opening gyms. Protesters say they don’t understand why they [...]

Wizzair drops 19 destinations from Kutaisi base: source

Wizzair planes at Kutaisi Int. Airport (1tv.ge) A Hungarian lowcoster WizzAir has removed 19 routes from Kutaisi, its base in Georgia, and decreased number of based aircraft to two, from previous three, Belgian [...]

Prominent mobster’s family, friends clash with police in Georgia, 9 detained

(RFE/RL.) At least nine people were detained in Adjara Friday during a clash between the police and a group of people demanding extradition to Georgia of a prominent mobster. The clash occurred Friday [...]

Georgian March turns political party, pledges to hold convention in a week

Sandro Bregadze (1tv.ge). Georgian far-right group Georgian March plans to set up a political party and settle deeper in Georgian politics, its leader Sandro Bregadze says. "We were forced to go into politics [...]

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 [...]

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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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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