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Georgia lifts restrictions from exhibitions, trainings and conferences

By | June 30th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , |

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 [...]

Abkhazia temporarily reopens Enguri crossing for “humanitarian reasons”

By | June 20th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , |

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 service states on its website. Between June 22 and June 24, the passage through the checkpoint will be carried out daily [...]

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

By | June 9th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , |

(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 are forbidden to exercise and expect explanation from government. "This ban damages people’s health more than the virus could have done," [...]

Wizzair drops 19 destinations from Kutaisi base: source

By | June 8th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , |

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 aviation news platform aviation24.be reports relying on a Twitter user @SeanM1997 as a source. In July 2019, WizzAir announced that its [...]

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

By | June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , |

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 in order to create a strong, nationalist political center on the basis of the Georgian March,” Sandro Bregadze said in an [...]

Covid-19 bill sparks controversy in Georgia

By | May 19th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , |

(Parliament.ge) A bill drafted by Georgian Dream MPs sparked a heated debate in the parliament Tuesday, with the opposition accusing the government of curtailing certain freedoms, including freedom of movement and freedom of assembly, i.e. holding protest rallies. The opposition suspects delivering additional rights to government may be abused in order to suppress critical [...]

Georgia plans to establish special safe zones for tourists, reopens for international visitors by July 1

By | May 7th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , , , |

Giorgi Gakharia (Imedinews photo). Georgia gradually scales down restrictions imposed due to Covid 19 outbreak in order to reopen its embattled tourism industry and pledges to establish special Covid-free zones in several mountainous resorts across the country. "Georgia can allocate Covid-free tourist zones. These could be Tskaltubo, Gudauri, Sairme, Abastumani, Borjomi and many more,” [...]

Former chief of Georgian patrol police detained, sentenced for domestic violence

By | April 30th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , |

Davit Tsinaridze (Facebook.) Tbilisi court sentenced Georgian patrol police former chief Davit Tsinaridze to two months of pretrial detention for domestic violence on Thursday. Tsinaridze was detained Tuesday after he reportedly physically assaulted his wife and shot a pistol. “The investigation established that on the night of April 27, 2020, drunk [Davit Tsinaridze] verbally [...]

Campaigners deliver 1,500 flowers to medics fighting covid19 in Georgia

By | April 5th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , |

(Facebook/Ketevan.Lortkipanidze.) Volunteers have delivered 1,500 home-grown tulips to medics fighting covid19 after a campaign in social media to raise money to support a stranded farmer. Kako Jeiranashvili is a 63 y/o resident of one of Kakheti village. He’s been growing tulips for years and usually sell them to Tbilisi markets. However, the coronavirus pandemic [...]

Georgia sets up 600 million dollar stimulus package

By | April 1st, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , |

Giorgi Gakharia (Imedinews photo). Georgian government puts forward two billion GEL (USD 605 million) stimulus package to respond coronavirus and diminish damage, PM Giorgi Gakharia said on Wednesday. “According to the government decision, GEL 2 billion has been allocated for direct assistance to the economy. This is the assistance that will be directed to [...]

Georgia declares nationwide quarantine

By | March 30th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , |

Giorgi Gakharia (Imedinews photo). PM Giorgi Gakharia declared full quarantine throughout the entire territory of Georgia on Monday evening. The quarantine will be enforced from 8 am Tuesday on and it prohibits free movement by any public transportation by 9 pm. From 9 pm till 8 am morning a curfew is being imposed. Any type [...]

Five measures introduced by Georgia to tackle coronavirus spread

By | March 17th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , |

(Facebook.) Georgia introduces special measures to tackle coronavirus spread in the country by virtually closing borders and proposing shutdown of cafes and restaurants. On Monday, the government declared blanket ban on aliens to enter the country, and decided to close down ski resorts. Additionally, on Tuesday it ordered banning marshutkas as public transport across [...]

Russian journalist asks Georgia for asylum

By | January 5th, 2020|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , |

Yuri Izotov. (Svoboda.org) TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian dissident and investigative journalist Yuri Izotov has applied to Georgian authorities for asylum. According to the Ukrainian news website, ua.krynr.com, he said that fears persecution by Russia for his journalistic activities. “[Russian authorities] carried out investigative check for my posts on social networks where I revealed the data of [...]

Ryanair enters Georgia, starts flights from Tbilisi

By | August 21st, 2019|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , |

Georgia signs a deal with Irish lowcoster Ryanair, which will launch flights to various destinations from Tbilisi and later from Kutaisi airports, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development says. Tickets for a new route between Tbilisi and Milan Bergamo are already on sale on the carrier's website. Flights start on November 6 and will be [...]

Eight detained Georgians released by Tskhinvali regime

By | August 21st, 2019|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , |

(IPN.) The de facto authorities of South Ossetia have released eight Georgian citizens detained on the occupation line. All of them are already in the territory controlled by Georgia’s central authorities. They were handed over to Georgian officials at the abandoned checkpoint in the village of Ergneti, near Tskhinvali on Tuesday. Seven men were [...]

Two disappeared tourists from Belarus found dead in Svaneti

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , |

Mount Tetnuldi seen from Mestia, the capital of Svaneti. (1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Two women from Belarus have died and one survived with injures in an hiking accident in Svaneti, on the slopes of Mount Tetnuldi, a 4,858m high peak in the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range.  The three tourists, aged between 36 and 60, departed from [...]

DOS statement on events surrounding Tbilisi Pride

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , |

"The United States will continue to urge Georgian authorities to protect all citizens regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity," US Department of State spokesperson has said commenting recent developments in Georgia relating to Tbilisi Pride. The text of short statement was provided by Voice of America's Georgian Service. "The United States is deeply concerned about [...]

A critic of Azerbaijan government detained in Georgia, face extradition

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , |

Avtandil Mammadov holding poster “Freedom to Afgan Mukhtarli” in Tbilisi’s Rustaveli Av. (Facebook) The police in Georgia detained Azerbaijan’s opposition activist Avtandil Mammadov on the request of Baku on Monday and he may face extradition to his home country. Mammadov was arrested in Marneuli, a town inhabited largely by ethnic Azerbaijanis, 35 km east [...]

Wizzair to add two Polish cities to new destinations out of Kutaisi

By | March 31st, 2019|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , |

A Hungarian lowcoster Wizzair has increased the list of new destinations from Kutaisi scheduled to become operational by August to eight from the previous six. The new destinations are two Polish cities of Gdansk and Krakow. Earlier in February Wizzair announced it would add new regular flights to Basel, Copenhagen, Brussels, Tallinn, Eindhoven and Bari by [...]

Saakashvili supporters in Georgia demand his release from Kiev prison

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , , |

Nika Melia, the head of UNM ruling body, surrounded by party members, reads the address at Saturday briefing. Georgia’s former ruling party expresses solidarity against the “political persecution” of its leader, Mikheil Saakashvili, who is under arrest in Kiev, Ukraine. […]

State Department: US is concerned by the impact of Supreme Court decision in Rustavi 2 case

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , , |

"The United States is concerned by the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Rustavi 2, which could limit the access of opposition voices to Georgian broadcast media. A pluralistic media environment is essential for Georgia’s democratic growth and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. We urge the Georgian government to take steps to ensure that the media environment remains free, open, [...]

Prosecution requests bail for Kortskheli violence suspects

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , |

Chief Prosecutor Irakli Shotatdze Tbilisi, DFWatch - Prosecution wouldn’t request pre-trial detention for the athletes involved in Kortskheli violence, Irakli Shotadze, Chief Prosecutor, said to journalists on Thursday. Instead, the Prosecutor’s Office would request a bail for six martial artists, charged with beating of opposition politicians and their supporters in Kortskeli, a village in [...]

Shishani ‘clinically dead’: Syrian monitor

By | March 14th, 2016|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , , |

Tarkhan Batirashvili, Abu Omar Shishani TBILISI, DFWatch–According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Islamic State’s field commander Tarkhan Batirashvili, mostly known under his nom de guerre Abu Omar Shishani, has been ‘clinically dead’ for several days, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. […]