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Heavy rain cuts electricity for 6,000 in eastern Georgia

By | May 15th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Heavy rain caused problems for villagers and farmers in eastern Georgia, destroying their harvest and killing livestock. More than 6,000 people are without electricity. Among the affected areas are Pankisi, Akhmeta and Lagodekhi. The river Alazani […]

Port workers end strike in Poti

By | May 15th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A ten-day strike among port workers has ended in Poti, in western Georgia. More than 600 workers demanded a 14 percent pay rise. In addition, they demanded an annual award, called a ‘13th paycheck,’ and to review the content of their collective […]

Unloading of containers halted in Poti port as workers negotiate

By | May 6th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Unloading of containers and some other operations have been halted in the port in Poti due to a strike among workers. Most other types of operations are not affected by the strike, according to the company that runs the port. The strike began […]

Port workers on strike in Poti

By | May 6th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Workers at the port in Poti went on strike Sunday, demanding a 14 percent pay rise. The workers gave their bosses ten days to comply with their demand, otherwise they threatened to completely paralyze the functioning of the port. On Tuesday, the term expired, […]

Georgia’s economy minister says lari will soon recover

By | May 5th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Giorgi Kvirikashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–As Georgia’s national currency lari is continues to fall in value, the economy minister assures the public that the fall will not continue and calls on journalists not to speculate. Economy Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Monday that there […]

Armed bank robber caught in Tbilisi, might have been a customer

By | May 3rd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

A branch of ProCredit Bank was robbed Saturday morning. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–An armed man robbed a bank in Tbilisi on Saturday. The crime took place at about 10:45 in the morning at a branch of ProCredit Bank at 54 Chavchavadze Avenue in the Vake district. No-one was injured. According to witnesses, […]

Regional development minister resigns in Georgia

By | April 21st, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Davit Shavliashvili (center) has resigned as minister for regional development. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A minister in the Georgian government resigned on Tuesday. Not much is known about why Davit Shavliashvili decided to resign as regional development and infrastructure, but a notice from the ministry said it was for health reasons. […]

Georgia’s president pardons 78 prisoners for Easter

By | April 14th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president on Tuesday pardoned 78 prisoners in connection with Easter. Zviad Koridze, Head of the President’s Pardon Commission, said at a press conference that 57 prisoners will be released from jail today. The remaining 21 had their […]

Suspect in murder of two policemen placed in pre-trial detention

By | April 11th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Saturday placed a man suspected of murdering two policemen in pre-trial detention. The defense did not object to the Prosecutor General’s Office request for detention. The suspect Shalva Abuladze and his lawyer said […]

Georgian president visits Pope Francis

By | April 11th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Giorgi Margvelashvili and Pope Francis. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president Friday met with Pope Francis in Rome. President Giorgi Margvelashvili afterward summed up the meeting as a ‘very important’ one for Georgia. He said he told the pontiff about security issues, the situation in the Caucasus […]

High winds caused power cut in Batumi

By | April 8th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–High winds injured two people in Batumi and left 4,000 households in the Adjara region without power on Tuesday. In Batumi, strong wind blew down a tree which fell onto a nearby building with three people inside, two of whom were slightly injured. […]

Village evacuated after liquid oxygen leak

By | April 7th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

(Ministry of Internal Affairs.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A village was evacuated in Imereti in western Georgia Monday night, after a leak of liquid oxygen from an overturned truck. The truck overturned in a sharp bend, according to the Interior Ministry. It was carrying a large amount of liquid oxygen. […]

Two more Pankisi youth leave Georgia to join IS in Syria

By | April 5th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Georgian boys, one 18 and the other younger, have allegedly left the country to become fighers for Islamic State in Syria, acording to locals. The two were attending tenth and eleventh grade at a school in the village Omalo, in Pankisi Gorge. […]

Moldovan detained in Georgia for using ATM skimmer

By | April 3rd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia Friday detained a Moldovan citizen for using an ATM skimmer to illegally obtain money. The suspect installed a so-called ATM skimmer, a barely noticeable device installed in the card reading slot of the machine which copies information […]

Two veterinarians accused of fraud, approved unchecked meat

By | April 2nd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Deserters market, where the unchecked meat was sold. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Finance Ministry’s Investigative Service on Thursday detained two veterinarians in Tbilisi for fraud that allowed potentially dangerous meat to get through to consumers. Veterinarians Khvicha Bichiashvili and Mamuka Mzhavanadze are charged with […]

New figures confirm upward trend of Georgia’s population

By | April 1st, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , , |

The natural growth of Georgia’s population. (GeoStat.) TBILISI, DFWatch–New figures show that Georgia’s increase in population continued an upward trend in 2014, but the growth rate is still barely above zero. The number of live births minus the number of deaths, which scientists call the natural increase, was 11,548 in 2014. […]

Fake priests detained in Georgia

By | March 30th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia have detained four fake priests who apparently falsified documents in order to get visa for the Schengen area. The young men are accused of forging documents that make them out to be clerics in the influential Georgian Church. […]

Traffic restrictions eased in Georgia

By | March 22nd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–After a few days of restrictions, Gudauri-Kobi road in northern Georgia is now open for traffic. But all kinds of vehicles must use snow chains on the Gudauri-Kobi road due to snow and ice, according to the Roads Department. Vehicles […]

Convicted murderer may be free one day after president converts sentence

By | March 19th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Margvelashvili on Thursday converted the sentence of a man so he will no longer need to spend the rest of his life behind bars. The head of the president’s pardon commission Zviad Koridze said the most serious crime the prisoner […]

Traffic update: Still restrictions on some mountain roads

By | March 17th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Traffic is prohibited for all kinds of vehicles along the Gudauri-Kobi road section in northern Georgia due to intense snow and wind. The Roads Department also warns that it is not allowed to stop on 134km-135km of the Stepantsminda-Larsi […]

Restrictions on roads in some mountain areas in Georgia

By | March 15th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There are traffic restrictions on the Ninotsminda road, which leads to the border with Armenia. Restrictions are in effect along the 94km-100km section of the road, where trailers, half-trailers and vehicles with more than 30 seats are […]

Activists clash at Interior Ministry building

By | March 13th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The leader of a small Georgian opposition party was detained by police for hooliganism on Thursday. The incident took place at an Interior Ministry building in the capital Tbilisi. Kakha Kukava, leader of Free Georgia, was there for some business, when […]

Georgia detains man for distributing counterfeit US dollars

By | March 9th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A man was detained in Georgia on Monday, accused of distributing counterfeit money. According to the Finance Ministry’s investigative service, the accused imported a large amount of counterfeit US dollars and sold it among Georgian citizens. The amount […]

Names of two Georgians killed in New Jersey car crash released

By | March 8th, 2015|Categories: In brief|

Soso Makaridze Tbilisi, DFWatch – The Ministry of Defense released names of the two Georgian students at the US military academy in New Jersey killed during a car crash. The two died soon after Saturday midnight, after 9 am Tbilisi time. […]

Two Georgian military students in the US died in car crash

By | March 8th, 2015|Categories: In brief|

Identities of the dead students will be released by the Ministry of Defense after notification of their families in Georgia. TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Georgian students at military academy in New Jersey died in a car accident soon after Saturday midnight, at about 9 am Tbilisi time. The identity of the two, both in their early 20s, will be released by the Ministry of Defense after notification of their families in Georgia. […]

Tbilisi slips three places in quality of living ranking

By | March 6th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi ranks 194th among 230 cities in the newest survey of quality of living published by Mercer’s. While last year’s report noted the Georgian capital as the lowest-ranked city in Europe at 191, residents may this year find some comfort […]

Georgia pardons eight female prisoners to mark Mother’s Day

By | March 5th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

The women’s prison in Rustavi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president pardoned eight women on Monday in connection with Mother’s Day, which in Georgia is marked on March 3. Zviad Koridze, head of the president’s pardon commission, said at a press conference on Monday that four among […]

Number of Tourists declined in Jan-Feb, 2015: MIA

By | March 3rd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Border with Azerbaijan (DFWatch) Tbilisi, DFWatch – In the wake of tightening visa regulations by the Geoorgian government and crisis in Ukraine, the latest data released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia showed decline in numbers of tourists and overall visitors in Georgia. However, according to the same data, number of the transit visitors increased.  […]

Georgian president speaks out against discrimination

By | March 2nd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

President Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Sunday highlighted the most pressing problems Georgia faces in terms of discrimination, as he observed United Nation’s Zero Discrimination Day. He drew particular attention to violence against women and […]

Georgian leaders shocked by Nemtsov assassination

By | February 28th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

President Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s president and prime minister are shocked by the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. “I’m shocked by the assassination of Boris Nemtsov. He was a politician who fought tirelessly for the […]

Seven people detained in Georgia for making counterfeit money

By | February 27th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

The detainees are accused of making fake 20, 50 and 100 lari bills. (police.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia detained seven people on Thursday for manufacturing and distributing a large amount of counterfeit money. The Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that a group of criminals were in possession of special equipment for producing […]

Opposition groups blame government for lari’s fall

By | February 27th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Free Georgia, Reformers and Christian Democrats activists demonstrating outside the Finance Ministry building on Thursday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There were several anti-government demonstrations in Tbilisi on Thursday in reaction to the thirty percent drop in the value of the national currency, the lari. Smaller groups that are not represented in parliament made up the brunt […]

Georgian parliament to meet on Saturday to discuss crisis

By | February 27th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–As the Georgian government is waiting to hear what ideas experts from the IMF have to deal with the weakened national currency, the lari, the former ruling party will be demanding answers at a special session of parliament on Saturday. […]

Gudauri-Kobi road closed

By | February 22nd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The road between Gudauri and Kobi in northern Georgia was Sunday closed for all traffic due to strong wind and limited visibility. Machinery has been deployed to the place by the Infrastructure and Regional Development Ministry. Vehicles are […]

Rally to save old naval station building in Poti

By | February 22nd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Locals rallied Saturday in the Georgian port city Poti. They are opposed to a decision by the local government to demolish the naval station building. Demonstrators say the building is a symbol of the city, which lies on the Black Sea coast and […]

Road restrictions in north and west Georgia

By | February 21st, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

On the road between Gudauri and Kobi vehicles are not allowed to drive without snow chains. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Snow has made Georgian authorities enforce restrictions on several roads in mountainous regions in the west and north. On the road between Kutaisi and Ambrolauri, via Tkibuli, traffic is restricted on the 36km to 72km section. No trailers, […]

Parliament replaces Free Democrats’ vice speaker

By | February 20th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Gubaz Sanikidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Parliament on Wednesday approved a new vice speaker, following the departure of one party from the government coalition. The Free Democrats left the Georgian Dream coalition November 5, and now the party’s highest […]

Victoria Nuland visiting Tbilisi Tuesday

By | February 17th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Victoria Nuland. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is visiting Georgia on Tuesday as part of a Caucasus tour. In Tbilisi, Nuland plans to meet with representatives of the government and opposition, as well as non-governmental organizations, so-called […]

Families rally in support of prisoners on life sentences

By | February 13th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Families demand life sentences converted so the prisoners may have hope of being free some day. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Families and relatives of prisoners with life sentences and incurable diseases rallied in front of the government house in Adjara on Thursday. They demand that the prisoners are offered a new chance to have their cases reviewed and their sentences […]

Prisoners with life sentence continue hunger strike

By | February 11th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–60 prisoners with life sentence are continuing their hunger strike to demand a new assessment of their cases. The prisoners on lifelong term want to be included in a mass amnesty introduced by the new Georgian Dream coalition […]

President’s annual address will be on March 18

By | February 10th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

President Giorgi Margvelashivli. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president’s annual state of the nation address in parliament will be held on March 18. It is still an open question whether there will be a debate after President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s address. His parliamentary secretary Giorgi […]

Road closed in Gudauri due to heavy snow

By | February 9th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Traffic is prohibited along the Gudauri-Kobi section of the old military highway in northern Georgia due to snow and danger of avalanche. According to the Infrastructure Ministry’s road department, no vehicles are allowed through in that stretch […]

Poland ratifies Georgia’s EU agreement

By | February 8th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(opis.sejm.gov.pl.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Poland ratified the association agreement between Georgia and the EU on Friday; the 13th EU member state to do so. The vote in the Sejm was 439 for ratification, none against and one abstaining. The agreement gives Georgia free trade access […]

Escaped prisoner caught in Batumi

By | February 6th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Gurjaani Regional Court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A prisoner who escaped from a court building two days ago has been apprehended in Batumi on the Black Sea coast. The prisoner escaped from the court cell in Gurjaani Regional Court on February 2 after hearing that he was being placed in […]

Two detained in Georgia for forging US visas

By | February 6th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two people were detained in Georgia on Friday for making fake US visas. Police working together with staff of the US embassy’s security department found that two people – a man about 40 and a woman about 50 – were making forged documents […]

Six detained in Tbilisi at rally against National Movement

By | February 4th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

Demonstrators blame the National Movement for encouraging Georgian youth to join the war in Ukraine. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Six people were detained for petty hooliganism in Tbilisi on Tuesday, during a rally outside the office of the National Movement. The rally was organized by the youth movement Free Generation, which demands to convict former officials and ‘restore justice.’ […]

Prisoner on the run in Kakheti, eastern Georgia

By | February 4th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Gurjaani Regional Court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia are searching for a prisoner who escaped from a court building on Monday. The man, a resident of the a village Velistsikhe, is charged with injuring a person with a weapon. The regional court in Gurjaani, in the Kakheti region […]

Seat in Georgian parliament empty as MP dies of illness

By | February 2nd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Tamaz Avdaliani. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A member of parliament from the Georgian Dream coalition has died as result of serious illness, parliament’s press office said on Friday. Tamaz Avdaliani, who was born September 16, 1964. In October, 2012, was elected through the party list […]

Ivanishvili plans tv series about Saakashvili’s nine year rule

By | January 30th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Bidzina Ivanishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili plans a TV series about the nine years of National Movement rule. In an interview with Imedi TV on Wednesday, Ivanishvili said the name of the series will be ‘9+1’, which indicates the nine […]

Gulf under investigation for tax avoidance in Georgia

By | January 29th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Finance Ministry’s investigation service is going through the accounting documents of Gulf, one of the largest oil retail companies in Georgia. According to the vice president of the company’s marketing department, the service entered […]

Consultations continue to find new head of Georgia’s Supreme Court

By | January 28th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

The brothers Kublashvili: Pavle (inset) was head of parliament’s judiciary committee and Kote head of Supreme Court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Consultations are continuing in Tbilisi’s political circles to find a new head of Supreme Court. Current head Kote Kublashvili’s term expires in the end of February. During Kublashvili’s ten year tenure, the court system in Georgia became […]

Georgian PM appoints new interior minister

By | January 26th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Vakhtang Gomelauri. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Monday appointed Vakhtang Gomelarui as new interior minister after the previous minister resigned in connection with the bombing of a human rights activist. Until now, Gomelauri served as first deputy […]

Yuri Vazagashvili buried Sunday

By | January 26th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch—Yuri Vazagashvili was Sunday buried in the village Karapila, near Kaspi, 50 km west of the capital. He was buried next to his son Zurab, who died in a police operation in 2006 during the Saakashvili regime and became a symbol of the heavy-handed […]

Lithuanian PM starts two day visit to Georgia

By | January 26th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Lithuanian prime minister on Monday starts a two day visit to Georgia. On the first day of his visit, Algirdas Butkevičius will meet his Georgian counterpart Irakli Garibashivli after an official welcoming ceremony at the government office […]

Police official in Georgia resigns following bombing of activist

By | January 24th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A high-ranking police official in Georgia resigned Friday evening. His resignation follows that of the interior minister, and is related to the bombing of a rights activist last Wednesday. The activist, Yuri Vazagasvili, was blown up while standing […]

Coffin of Georgian who fought in Ukraine greeted at Tbilisi airport

By | January 22nd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The body of a Georgian volunteer fighter who died in Ukraine on January 17 arrived in Georgia on Wednesday and will be brought to his hometown Khashuri today. Earlier, there was a public funeral for Tamaz Sukhiashvili, 36, in Kiev, which was attended […]

Body of Georgian priest from Norman Atlantic arrives in Tbilisi

By | January 20th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president on Monday posthumously honored priest Ilia Kartozia, 27, for his bravery rescuing people in the Norman Atlantic ferry disaster. The fire on Norman Atlantic started on December 28. There were eight Georgians aboard, all of whom […]

Chinese citizen detained for facilitating prostitution

By | January 18th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Photo shows an earlier police razzia of a brothel in Adjara, November 2013. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Chinese citizen was on Sunday detained in Georgia’s second largest city Kutaisi for providing premises used for prostitution. According to the Interior Ministry, the suspect rented a house on Chavchavadze Avenue 33 and opened a parlour offering […]

23 Georgian sailors stranded on five ships in Benin

By | January 18th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–23 Georgian sailors have been stuck on five ships under Greek management close to Benin in western Africa. The sailors are asking for help because their supplies of food and water are running low and they haven’t received their salaries for about six months. […]

Missing 77 year old found dead near South Ossetia

By | January 16th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 77 year old man who went missing a few days ago in the village Ergneti next to South Ossetia was found dead on Thursday. Valiko Kasradze disappeared late at night on January 12. His family thought he might have lost his way and been detained […]

Snowfall causing interruptions several places in Georgia

By | January 8th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Two Latvian tourists are stranded in the Jvari pass due to the snow. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Latvian tourists are stranded in Jvari pass in the north of Georgia. Snowfall is also causing other problems in parts of Georgia. Some areas in the north are without electricity and food supplies. A rescue operation is underway in Jvari pass […]

Missing 19-year old boy found dead in Akhalgori

By | January 6th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 19-year-old boy who has been missing for six month has been found dead in South Ossetia. Davit Basharuli was declared missed last summer. On Monday, locals discovered his body hanging from a tree between Akhalgori and the village Ikoti, […]

Nearly a hundred prisoners pardoned in Georgia

By | December 30th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Geguti prison camp. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Nearly a hundred prisoners have been pardoned in Georgia, partly in relation to the New Year celebration. Most of the prisoners who are being freed or have their sentences reduced were pardoned by the president’s pardon commission; one of two […]

Ombudsman asks Prosecutor’s Office to investigate police brutality

By | December 29th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

The incident took place at the police station in Gldani, north Tbilisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian ombudsman has asked the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate an incident of possible mistreatment by police. On Monday, the Ombudsman’s Office reported that a citizen, whose name is mentioned by initials, was detained […]

Eight Georgians among passangers of ferry that caught fire in Adriatic Sea

By | December 29th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Photo by Italian Navy.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A ferry which caught fire on December 28 in the Adriatic Sea, was carrying eight Georgian citizens. According to Italian media there were 478 people on the ferry, including the crew. At least eight people have been killed in the fire aboard MS Norman Atlantic […]

Eco refugees demonstrated in Batumi

By | December 22nd, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Refugees living on an abandoned military base near Batumi broke into the yeard of the Adjara Supreme Council on Monday, demanding to meet with its head. Protesters blocked the road of Chakvi Batumi for ten minutes as sign of protest because […]

New EUMM head appointed

By | December 21st, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

EUMM in action. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The EU Monitoring Mission to Georgia (EUMM), which was recently prolonged for two more years, has a new head. Kęstutis Jankauskas replaces Toivo Klaar, who was appointed in October 2013. According to an announcement sent out by EUMM, […]

44 mosques in Georgia taken over by the state

By | December 19th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

A mosque in Chela, Georgia. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–44 mosques were taken over by Georgia’s Muslim Department two days ago by decision of the State Commission on Religious Issues. According to Zaza Vashakmadze, who is head of the commission, 21 mosques are in the Kakheti region, while 32 […]

EU parliament to pass resolution on Georgia and ratify agreement

By | December 18th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The EU Parliament is voting today over whether to ratify an treaty with Georgia signed in June and already partly in force. The so-called association agreement offers free trade to EU’s vast market in return for incorporating hundreds of EU regulations […]

EU’s observer mission to Georgia extended for two years

By | December 17th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–EU’s military observers in Georgia have had their mandate extended for another two years, until December 2016. EU Monitoring Mission to Georgia (EUMM) was established shortly after the Russia-Georgia war in 2008 to support stabilization […]

Georgian president rides horse during Turkmenistan visit

By | December 16th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili visited Turkmenistan on Monday and signed four agreements dealing with as diverse issues as economy, culture, trade and tourism. People travelling with him say the business leaders in Turkmenistan […]

Oleg Melnikov released

By | December 12th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Oleg Melnikov. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former officer in Georgia’s domestic intelligence who was involved in the 2006 murder of Sandro Girgvliani has beenreleased from prison. Oleg Melnikov, formerly an officer of the Constitutional Security Department or ‘Kudi’, was released […]

Georgian lari and Armenian dram recover after slump

By | December 10th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The currencies of Georgia and Armenia are recovering after a slump of more than 10% in the last few weeks. The sight of money exchanges trading US dollars for more than two Georgian lari (GEL) set off a fervent debate in Tbilisi. Many blamed […]

Large amount of undeclared gold seized by Georgian customs

By | December 9th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Large quantities of undeclared gold has been seized by Georgian customs at the Sarpi border crossing with Turkey. The gold jewelry which had a total weight of 466.05 grams was found in the belongings of a Georgian citizen who was coming […]

Georgia sends more soldiers to Central African Republic

By | December 9th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Defense Ministry.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Margvelashvili has asked parliament for approval to again send soldiers to the Central African Republic, after the EU extended its mission there for another four months. The president’s order was signed on December 2, and has been received […]

Man injured in Batumi fire dies

By | December 8th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A man who was injured in a fire at a market in Batumi died in hospital Sunday night. Police have detained one person in connection with the fire. Davit Putkaradze, 51, was owner of one of the shops at the market. According to local media, he had lung […]

Two die in fire in Batumi

By | December 8th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two people died in a fire at a market in Batumi on Sunday. One person is in hospital in a critical condition. The victims are a married couple in their fifties, Temur and Nani Rizhvadze, while the third injured person is Davit Putkaradze, 51. […]

Tbilisi NGOs vow to defend president’s veto

By | December 3rd, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A group of NGOs based in Tbilisi warn that they are going on the offensive against the country’s parliament, which recently overturned a veto by President Margvelashvili against giving the Interior Ministry control over the means to conduct secret surveillance. […]

Parliament overturns president’s veto, approves surveillance bill

By | December 1st, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

The Ministry of Internal Affairs. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament on Sunday overturned the president’s veto and approved the a surveillance bill which gives the Interior Ministry direct access to communication operators’ networks and to eavesdrop on citizens. 82 MPs voted in favor […]

Hungary ratifies Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova’s EU treaties

By | November 27th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

(parliament.hu) TBILISI, DFWatch–The parliament in Hungary on Tuesday ratified agreements signed with the EU by Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The press service of Georgia’s Foreign Ministry erroneously said that 127 deputies voted for ratification. But in fact, 122 MPs supported […]

Activists throw eggs and tomatoes at UNM office on anniversary

By | November 24th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two people were detained during a demonstration against the National Movement in Tbilisi on Sunday. The demonstration took place outside the party’s office and was held in connection with the 11 years anniversary of the Rose Revolution, which […]

Bendukidze brought home to Georgia Thursday

By | November 20th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The body of the former Economy Minister Kakha Bendukidze, who recently died of heart failure according to preliminary information, will be brought home to Georgia on Thursday. The body will be on a direct flight from London and brought to his […]

Court releases pathologist on trial in connection with PM’s death

By | November 19th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Levan Chachua. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The pathologist on trial in the case about the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2005 has been given bail. Levan Chachua has been in detention since March 20, but on Tuesday the court ruled that he may be released against paying a 10,000 […]

50th meeting of the post-2008 incident prevention talks

By | November 18th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Practical problems for people affected by the conflict is the main focus of the IPRM meetings. (EUMM.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Monday another meeting was held of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) between the conflicting parties of the 2008 war. This was the 50th such meeting, and as usual it took place at Ergneti, a village close to the de facto border. […]

Georgian PM appoints new minister for integration with Europe

By | November 16th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Davit Bakradze is Georgia’s new Euro-integration minister. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian prime minister on Saturday approved a new minister of Euro and Euro Atlantic integration. The new Euro-integration minister Davit Bakradze replaces Alexi Petriashvili, who resigned in protest against the dismissal […]

Court sets no bail conditions for six on trial for food poisoning

By | November 13th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court did not set bail conditions for six Defense Ministry officials who are on trial for being involved in a food poisoning case in 2013. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, ten cases of poisoning of military employees took place. The six officials […]

Suspect detained in murder of trans woman

By | November 12th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia Wednesday detained a suspect in the murder of a transgender woman in Tbilisi the day before. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the 26 year old, who lives in Tbilisi, killed the transgender woman because […]

Margvelashvili will address parliament on Friday

By | November 11th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

President Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili will address parliament on November 14 at noon. The address will be held at the beginning at a plenary session and be followed by an address of the speaker of parliament. November 5, right after the prime minister […]

Roki tunnel reopened

By | November 10th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Roki tunnel before the repair work. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russia has reopened a strategically important tunnel through the Caucasus mountain range after a full-scale overhaul that has taken two and a half years and cost USD 400 million. According to Russian officials, equipment had been moved from the […]

Justice minister leaves Free Democrats Party

By | November 10th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani decided to finally leave the Free Democrats, the party led by the dismissed defense minister Irakli Alasania. Tsulukiani recently withdrew from the Georgian Dream coalition due to political crisis following the sacking […]

President: Georgia’s European course is unchangeable

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

President Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili rules out the possibility of a change in Georgia’s foreign policy orientation. The government coalition is split with both sides accusing the other of endangering the policy of seeking integration with NATO […]

Georgia’s ruling coalition may keep majority in parliament

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–According to the latest available information, the ruling Georgian Dream coalition may keep its majority of seats in the parliament. Three MPs from the ten strong Free Democrats – Georgian Dream faction might choose to side with Georgian […]

Deputy defense minister protests against unfair questioning

By | November 4th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Deputy Defense Minister Aleksandre Batiashvili. (Pirveli.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A deputy defense minister in Georgia protested against ‘a number of violations’ on Monday after spending about ten hours in questioning about a corruption case involving defense officials. Alexi Batiashvili has status as witness in the case […]

60% of Tbilisi City Hall employees fail tests

By | November 2nd, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–290 out of 486 employees of Tbilisi City Hall have failed a test on Saturday. The former ruling party claims it is political, as many of the workers are from the previous government. 563 employees were expected to show up for Saturday’s test. […]

Georgian parliament accepts president’s veto

By | October 31st, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament grudgingly abandoned its plan to overturn the president’s veto against a decision to postpone legislation that would quickly curb the Interior Ministry’s ability to carry out secret surveillance. Georgia has introduced […]

Five defense officials placed in pre-trial detention

By | October 31st, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

Tbilisi City Court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Thursday placed five Defense Ministry officials in pre-trial detention. The five are charged with embezzling more than four million lari in connection with a tender for building high speed Internet. The hearing was […]

NATO chief Stoltenberg to meet Georgian PM November 17

By | October 30th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. (NATO.) TBILISI, DFWatch–New NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg will meet Georgia’s prime minister on November 17. Secretary General Stoltenberg said this in a speech at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels on Wednesday. The stated purpose of the meeting with Georgian PM Irakli […]

Parliament speaker says corruption case has harmed Georgia’s defense ability

By | October 30th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s parliament speaker says the detention of five defense ministry officials accused of corruption has seriously harmed the country’s defense ability, even if the charges turn out to be false. Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili […]

One man dead in building collapse in Zugdidi

By | October 28th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One man died as a result of a building collapse in western Georgia Monday night. A water reservior burst in the office of the State Security Agency in the town Zugdidi, near the Abkhazian region. The victim is head of department Zviad Lagvilava. […]

Activists detained – want Saakashvili’s party banned

By | October 22nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A group of people from the organization Free Generation Tuesday evening demonstrated outside the office of the National Movement, Georgia’s former ruling party, demanding that it is declared illegal. In the ensuing scuffle, six person were detained […]

Supporters of controversial ex-official rally outside PM’s residence

By | October 20th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Supporters of Georgia’s former regime demonstrated outside the house of the prime minister on Sunday. Outraged passers-by confronted them, and several people were detained in the scuffle. The protesters demanded that the courts are freed from […]

Georgia’s parliament speaker defends Ivanishvili in newspaper ad

By | October 17th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , |

Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili admires Ivanishvili’s philanthropism. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The speaker of the Georgian parliament went on the offensive Thursday against former President Mikheil Saakashvili and in defense of the billionaire who brought together the current government coalition, Bidzina Ivanishvili. Speaker of Parliament […]

Update: Two teens captured for vandalizing a church in Tbilisi

By | October 16th, 2014|Categories: In brief, Minorities, Youth|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The police on Thursday arrested two youngsters for suspicion of vandalizing a church just during a religious holiday. The detainees are two teens of 17 and 15 years old. The latter has a prior conviction. While searching the homes of the suspects, […]

Two Georgians detained by Russian border guards

By | October 8th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Locals say there isn’t any physical barrier marking the disputed border near Kvemo Ikorta. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russian border guards on Tuesday detained a husband and wife in a village bordering breakaway South Ossetia. The two, Kakha Kazishvili and Zina Natriashvili, were detained in the village Kvemo Ikorta as they were trying to cross the ‘border’ to visit relatives. […]

Georgian president presents candidates for head of Supreme Court

By | October 1st, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , , , |

Outgoing head of Georgia’s Supreme Court, Kote Kublashvili was a key player in the controversial justice reforms. TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president on Tuesday presented parliament with his two candidates to take over as head of Supreme Court. This was the second time President Giorgi Margvelashvili presented Nino Bakakuri and Zurab Dzlierishvili as candidates to take over […]

Margvelashvili calls for peaceful resolution of frozen conflicts

By | September 30th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili. (TRT.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili appeared on the Turkish TV Monday, explaining his country’s policy toward two breakaway regions that have been controlled by Russia since the war in 2008. Georgian territorial integrity will be restored, […]

Georgia to help Kyrgyzstan get access to the EU market

By | September 29th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili (left) and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev in Istanbul on Monday. (Photo published on Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili says the free trade treaty Georgia signed with the EU earlier this year opens opportunities also for other countries to reach the EU market. He said this while discussing bilateral relations with Kyrgyzstan […]

Pathologist in Zhvania’s death must remain in detention

By | September 27th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Levan Chachua is on trial for negligence while performing the autopsy on Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in 2006. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the body of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania denies that he harassed a witness. The trial about the prime minister’s death in 2006 continued Thursday with questioning of the pathologist Levan Chachua. […]

Georgia to join arms trade treaty

By | September 25th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Georgia joins the UN Arms Trade Treaty. (police.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch–On Friday, Georgia will join a new treaty which restricts the international trade in small arms. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on April 2, 2013, and is a first of its kind. It will regulate the sale […]

New US-trained judge candidates taking exams in Georgia

By | September 20th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

The High Council of Justice is the highest authority in Georgia’s legal system, not the Supreme Court. TBILISI, DFWatch–A new cohort of judge candidates are taking qualification exams September 20 and 27, under the auspices of the High Council of Justice. The exams are held at the Technical University’s first building and for the first time conducted electronically. […]

German tourist hospitalized after roadside robbery in Georgia

By | September 16th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Mestia is one of the most important tourist destinations in Georgia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A group of German tourists were robbed in Mestia Monday night, several Georgian news outlets reported. The reports differ on important details, but most say three German tourists were robbed along the road from Zugdidi to Mestia, one of […]

Georgian PM visiting Azerbaijan

By | September 11th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili (left) and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili met Thursday with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to discuss strategic cooperation and bilateral relations. The meeting took place at the president’s palace, and Gharibashvili was accompanied by members […]

Less visitors to Georgia in August than last year

By | September 4th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Georgia had less visitors this August. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–772,216 people visited Georgia in August, which is 0.5 percent less than in August 2013. The new statistics published by the Interior Ministry shows that 3,685,834 people visited Georgia in the first eight months of 2014. This is a 3 percent drop […]

53,067 were granted Georgian citizenship during Saakashvili

By | September 2nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–53,067 foreigners were granted Georgian citizenship from 2005 to 2013, and in 2013 the president granted citizenship to most of them – 9,626 people. According to the report of Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), the […]

Georgia to ask Interpol help detain Saakashvili

By | August 31st, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia is preparing to ask Interpol to issue a red alert for ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili and declare him internationally wanted. In mid-August, Georgia announced a domestic search for Saakashvili, which means that […]

Azerbaijan fires four customs guards after record heroin seizure

By | August 30th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Four employees of Azerbaijan’s customs service have been fired following the seizure in Georgia of 2.8 tons of liquid heroin in July. According to the Azerbaijani newspaper Eni Musavat, the four fired employees were working at the custom’s check-point […]

Three men shot dead in Georgian village

By | August 29th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Photo published by sknews.ge.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Three men were killed Thursday night near Adigeni in southern Georgia. The suspect is a local public registry official. A brother of one of the three murder victims was also injured. The killing took place in the village Karatubani, where there was […]

Georgian health minister in Ukraine developing aid plan

By | August 28th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Health Minister Davit Sergeenko. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Health Minister Davit Sergeenko started his visit to Ukraine by making several agreements about offering assistance to Ukraine as result of the crisis there. A bilateral working group is being created to coordinate the assistance. Sergeenko Wednesday […]

Second body found after Dariali landslide

By | August 27th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

(Photo published by Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A second person has been found dead on Wednesday, after the massive landslide in Dariali Valley on August 21. Two people died in the disaster, one was a citizen of Turkey and one a Georgian citizen. Both were working in a tunnel when a landslide hit […]

Armenia’s gas supply restored, pipeline repaired after landslide

By | August 23rd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

The pipeline supplies Armenia with Russian natural gas and runs through Georgia. (Photo published by Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Gas began flowing again Saturday in a pipeline that runs through a Georgian mountain valley which was hit by a landslide on August 21. The pipeline through Dariali Valley brings Russian natural gas to Armenia. According to Georgia’s Gas Transport […]

One person found dead after landslide in Georgia

By | August 22nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

(Photo published by Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One person has been found dead after the landslide catastrophe in Georgia on Thursday. The body was found on the bank of the river Tergi near the village Larsi on the Russian side of the border. According to head of Kazbegi municipality Givi […]

Georgian PM visits Armenia August 21-22

By | August 20th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili will visit Armenia on August 21-22. After meeting his Armenian colleague, Gharibashvili and the rest of the Georgian delegation will meet with Armenian government representatives. Prime Minister Hovik […]

Search order issued for ex-President Saakashvili

By | August 15th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has issued a domestic search order for ex-President Mikheil Saakahsvili. Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office prepared the order and has forwarded it to the Interior Ministry. This means that if Saakashvili enters the country, […]

38 died in fires in Georgia Jan-Jun ’14

By | August 14th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There were 1,703 fires in Georgia in the first half of 2014. 38 people died and 61 were injured, according to the Interior Ministry. In 1,005 of the cases, the reason for the fire could not be determined. In 333 cases, the cause was negligence, […]

180 died in traffic in Georgia Jan-Jun ’14

By | August 13th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–180 people died in traffic accidents in Georgia in the first half of 2014, according to new figures from the Interior Ministry. The figures published Tuesday show that an upward turn in road accidents has stopped, but numbers remain high compared […]

Georgia to take part in humanitarian effort in Ukraine

By | August 13th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is to join an international humanitarian effort in Luhansk, Ukraine. This became known on Tuesday. Last week, Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said Georgia is not planning to join the international sanctions EU and the United […]

Scuffle outside Tbilisi City Hall as people queue to meet mayor

By | August 12th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There was a quarrel outside Tbilisi City Hall on Monday between people who wanted to meet the mayor and tell him about their problems. Newly elected Mayor Davit Narmania decided to set aside one day to meet with citizens. Hundreds of people turned […]

Police officer detained in Georgia for receiving bribe

By | August 11th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A police employee was Sunday detained in Batumi, a city on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, accused of receiving a bribe two days prior. According to the Interior Ministry’s press department, the general inspection detained an employee of the patrol […]

Georgians injured in bus accident in Turkey

By | August 7th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–There was an accident on Wednesday in Rize, Turkey, which left ten passengers injured, including citizens of Georgia. Representatives of the Health Ministry of Adjara left for Turkey to see citizens of Georgia. According to Deputy Health […]

Saakashvili’s appeal turned down

By | August 6th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Appeals Court in Georgia left in force a decision by Tbilisi City Court to place ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili and former officials in pre-trial detention in a case concerning the violent dispersal of an anti-government demonstration on November 7, 2007. […]

Georgia preparing for visit by Angela Merkel

By | August 4th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian government has begun preparing for a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, even though the exact date of her visit is still unknown. Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze on Sunday met with the German ambassador […]

Saakashvili given pre-trial detention in absentia

By | August 2nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili speaking in Kiev in March, 2014. (Maestro.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Friday evening decided to issue a pre-trial detention order for ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, although he is not in Georgia at the moment. After leaving office in November 2013, the former president has not been in Georgia. […]

Two Georgians detained by Russian soldiers

By | August 1st, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

A sign warning about the de facto border. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russian soldiers have detained two Georgian citizens outside the village Kveshi, near Gori, which borders on the South Ossetian breakaway region. According to Interpressnews, the detainees are Zakro Butkhuzi, from Kveshi, and his guest Buta […]

280 prisoners pardoned by president’s commission

By | July 31st, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Prison No 8 in Gldani, Tbilisi. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The president of Georgia on Thursday pardoned 280 prisoners. According to the new head of the president’s pardon commission Zviad Koridze, eight of those pardoned are women and 10 minors. The commission has reviewed 2,744 cases. […]

Pro-Israel demonstration in Tbilisi

By | July 30th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

About 50 demonstrated in Tbilisi on Tuesday in support of Israel. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A group of Georgians demonstrated in front of the old parliament in Tbilisi on Tuesday in support of Israel. The rally was planned through Facebook and was joined by about 50 people. Representatives of the Jewish community in Georgia were present […]

Georgia on imported electricity while power lines being repaired

By | July 28th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Two of the transmission lines that failed are now working, but until all three are fixed, Georgia is on imported electricity. (Photo published by Georgian State Electrosystems.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is now being supplied with electricity that is imported from neighboring countries, after three high-voltage power lines failed yesterday. Director of the electricity system, Sulkhan Zumburidze, said Monday that the import from two […]

Two missing after flood in Vani, Georgia

By | July 28th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Two women are missing in Vani after a flood Sunday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two women are missing after several villages were flooded Sunday in Vani, a town in the west of Georgia, after heavy rain. Zaza Khurtsidze, head of Vani municipality, told Interpressnews that two women are missing. Three others went missing but […]

Electricity back online in Georgia after massive outage

By | July 28th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Trains stopped and all but one national TV station went off air in Georgia Sunday evening as much of the country was in the dark for several hours. Late in the night, power was restored in Tbilisi and all other regions, according to the Energy […]

90% of cars in Georgia are more than 10 years old

By | July 25th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

The used car market in Rustavi near Tbilisi. (Rustavi.ge.) TBILISI, DFWatch–More than 90 percent of the cars people drive in Georgia are from before 2004, according to a new report by the Interior Ministry. The report, which was published on Friday, deals with cars registered in Georgia, but also imported and re-exported […]

Three detained in Georgia for tax fraud with Iranian tar sand

By | July 24th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

The investigative service is a body under the Finance Ministry tasked with exposing financial crimes. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Finance Ministry’s investigative service on Thursday detained three persons for organized financial crime that caused the state a loss of 345,774 lari (USD 197,551). In a statement, the investigative service says the three aimed at not paying […]

New Georgian government to be confirmed by parliament on Saturday

By | July 24th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Vice Speaker of Parliament, Manana Kobakhidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The new Georgian government will be put to parliament for a vote of confidence on Saturday. Vice Speaker of Parliament Manana Kobakhidze told journalists on Wednesday that parliament now waits for the president to present the new government, and then […]

Georgian parliament speaker visiting Israel

By | July 22nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian speaker of parliament is Tuesday visiting Israel. Davit Usupashvili will meet with Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset, as well as with the head of the Israel-Georgia Parliamentary Friendship Group, Avraham Michaeli. Usupashvili […]

16 year old boy dies in rockslide in Borjomi, Georgia

By | July 18th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 16-year-old boy died on late Thursday as a result of a rockslide in Borjomi, a tourist resort in the south of Georgia. Nika Korghanashvili, who was spending his holiday in Borjomi with some friends, was walking home from the sulphur baths […]

Tbilisi bus drivers on strike following death of colleague

By | July 17th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Drivers of line 19 are protesting after one of them died following an argument with a passenger. (Photo published by Tbilisi Transport Company.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Drivers of bus line number 19 in Tbilisi on Thursday laid down work as a sign of protest, after one of their colleagues died on the job. A passenger got into a physical scuffle with a bus driver at noon on the number 19 line in the suburb Ponichala, […]

Georgia signs agreement with Orthodox Church about cultural heritage

By | July 17th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

David Gareja monastery complex. (Photo: Paata Vardanashvili.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Culture Ministry and Georgian Church will Thursday sign a memorandum about protection of cultural heritage. The memorandum is about taking care of cultural heritage that is in the ownership of the Georgian Church. According to the […]

Court adds to Bacho Akhalaia’s pre-trial detention

By | July 16th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Bacho Akhalaia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Saturday added further pretrial detention for former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia for the murder of Sergo Tetradze. Akhalaia’s defense lawyers wanted the court to set a 30,000 lari bail, but the court decided on two months […]

14 year old girl dead in traffic accident in Rikoti

By | July 16th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

The accident happened when a minibus struck a truck in Rikoti pass. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A minibus crushed into a truck on Tuesday, resulting in the death of a 14-year-old girl and ten others being injured. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the accident happened at Rikoti Pass, which connects western and eastern Georgia. […]

Court rejects prosecutor’s motion in case of suspended mayor

By | July 15th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Tbilisi City Court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Monday rejected a motion by the Prosecutor’s Office to change the USD 30,000 bail set for former Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava into pre-trial detention. The judge said that the arguments in the motion were not strong enough […]

Lower voter turnout in Georgia run-off elections

By | July 12th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Voter turnout at 17:00 was 28%, compared to 35% on June 15. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The second round of Georgia’s local elections are proceeding without any major violations. Voter turnout at 17:00 was 28%  – significantly less than in the first round, when the turnout was 35% at 17:00, according to the Central Election Commission […]

EU ambassador: Georgian business will not be served breakfast in bed

By | July 11th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

EU Ambassador to Georgia Philip Dimitrov. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–EU Ambassador to Georgia Philip Dimitrov says business in Georgia will have to do a lot and is not going to be served breakfast in bed after the signing of the association agreement. Speaking at a conference in Batumi, Dimitrov told […]

Businesses offer discount for Georgians who vote

By | July 10th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Gas station companies are among the backers of a new TV ad offering discount for people who vote. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Several large companies in Georgia are offering discounts for customers who go and vote in the second round of local elections on Saturday. A commercial appeared on television Thursday, placed by ‘businesses united for a common goal’. It calls […]

Lithuania ratifies Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova agreements with EU

By | July 9th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas. (Photo: Marcin Białek.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday ratified the association agreements between Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova with the EU. The vote was almost unanimous, according to the webpage of the national assembly, called Seimas. Lithuania is often […]

Georgia appoints new ambassador to the UK

By | July 8th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Revaz Gachechiladze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvili on Monday appointed professor Revaz Gachechiladze as new ambassador to the UK, Northern Ireland and the International Maritime Organization. The appointment marks the end of more than a year without a UK ambassador. […]

Drop in summer visitors to Georgia

By | July 7th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Until now, more people have come to Georgia every summer since the war in 2008. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The number of visitors to Georgia in June dropped eight percent compared to the same period last year, according to new figures published on Monday by the Interior Ministry. Around 450,000 people visited Georgia in June. The summer drop breaks […]

NATO envoy to Tbilisi to discuss ‘substantive package’

By | July 7th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

James Appathurai. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–NATO envoy James Appathurai will visit Georgia on Wednesday to discuss the ‘substantive package’ which the alliance is to offer the former Soviet state at the upcoming summit in Wales in September, the minister in charge of European integration said Monday. […]

Seven fined after Friday’s scuffle about ex-mayor’s detention

By | July 6th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

The court building in Tbilisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Seven people were Saturday fined 100 lari (USD 60) each for hooliganism after being detained the day before in a violent disturbance outside Tbilisi City Court. The violence happened after the court had decided to place former Mayor […]

Former defense minister must remain in detention, court rules

By | July 6th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Bacho Akhalaia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court Saturday placed former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia in pretrial detention on new charges concerning the murder of Sergo Tetradze. Akhalaia’s lawyers wanted the court to set 30,000 lari bail, but the court decided to place […]

Court did not set bail for former Tbilisi mayor

By | July 2nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Gigi Ugulava. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Wednesday decided not to set bail conditions for former Tbilisi mayor Gigi Ugulava, who is charged with embezzlement of more than one million lari from parking fees. The court did not agree with a request […]

National Movement activist beaten in Batumi

By | June 22nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Levan Tetemadze was taken to the hospital and treated for head injuries and broken facial bones. (Photo published on Facebook by the National Movement in Batumi.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A member of the National Movement was Saturday attacked in Batumi, a city on the Black Sea coast. Party activist Levan Tetemadze was beaten outside his house on Vazha-Pshavela street, according to Giorgi Kirtadze, head of the UNM in Adjara. […]

Rikoti tunnel reopened for traffic

By | June 21st, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Traffic resumed through Rikoti tunnel Friday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Rikoti tunnel was reopened for traffic on Friday. It is part of the road which connects the eastern and western parts of Georgia and had been blocked for several days due to a landslide. The landslide was the second one in ten days. According […]

One more dead body found in Dariali

By | June 17th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Cleanup work continues in Dariali Valley. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Another body was found in Dariali Valley on Monday, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced. This is the fourth victim of a massive landslide on May 17. The ministry said the body has been sent to Tbilisi to carry out an […]

Barroso visits Georgia to underline EU’s support

By | June 12th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. (Photo published by the EU.) TBILISI, DFWatch–José Manuel Barroso will visit Georgia Thursday and Friday. The two day stopover will be the EU Commission president’s first official visit to Georgia. Barroso is arriving from Moldova, and will leave for Azerbaijan on June 14. During […]

Merkel to visit Georgia

By | June 5th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Georgian PM Irakli Gharibashvili (left) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (Photo published on Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Georgia before spring 2015, by invitation of Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili. The PM on Monday met Merkel in Berlin and invited her to Georgia. She accepted the invitation and expressed her desire […]

Swiss President Burkhalter visiting Georgia

By | June 3rd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Didier Burkhalter arriving at Tbilisi airport Monday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Swiss President Didier Burkhalter arrived in Georgia Monday evening as part of a round trip in the South Caucasus. Lasha Abashidze, head of Georgia’s Presidential Administration, and Davit Zalkaliani, First Deputy Foreign Minister, met him […]

Georgian foreign minister visiting U.S.

By | May 28th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze is visiting the U.S. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze on Tuesday began an official visit to the United States which will last until May 30. According to the Foreign Ministry’s press office, Panjikidze will hold meetings with representatives of different […]

Davit Kezerashvili acquitted of cognac fraud

By | May 27th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Davit Kezerashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Tuesday acquitted former Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili of cognac fraud. Kezerashvili, who is under house arrest  and electronic surveillance in France after being detained at Nice airport last year and then released in February, was charged by Georgian authorities in February, 2013, with assisting […]

Hydro power tunnel searched for survivors after landslide

By | May 23rd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

A hydro power tunnel that was flooded after a landslide on May 17 was searched for the first time Thursday. This is how the site looked in 2013. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–For the first time after the catastrophic landslide in Dariali on May 17, rescue crew made their way into a tunnel in search of survivors, Georgian TV channel Rustavi 2 reported Thursday. The tunnel, which is part of a hydro power plant under construction, […]

Georgian government meets EU commissioners May 21

By | May 20th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

President of the EU Commission José Manuel Barroso. (Europe Diplomatic Magazine.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian government will meet with EU commissioners in Brussels on May 21. First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani says this is the first time such a meeting is being held. “This is an unprecedented format in EU-Georgia relations, which […]

One more Georgian detained on disputed SO border

By | May 19th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , |

One of the signs warning about the disputed border. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russian soldiers on Sunday detained Otar Kokoshvili, 54, from the village Tamarasheni, near Kareli. He was taken to a detention facility in Tskhinvali, a central town in the breakaway region South Ossetia. According to his relatives, Kokoshvili […]

Seven more Georgians detained on disputed SO border

By | May 12th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , |

Four Georgians were released by South Ossetia, but seven more detained. This leaves nearly twenty people in detention in Tskhinvali. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russian border guards Monday detained seven more Georgians in villages bordering South Ossetia. The same day, four Georgians were released. This leaves nearly 20 Georgians who still remain in detention in Tskhinvali. The seven Georgians were detained […]

François Hollande arrives in Tbilisi on Tuesday

By | May 12th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili (left) and French President François Hollande. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–French President François Hollande arrives in Georgia on Tuesday as part of his tour of the South Caucasus. Hollande’s trip takes place amid a crisis in Ukraine and is aimed at boosting the EU’s ties with the region, the French news agency AFP […]

Georgian president signs anti-discrimination law

By | May 8th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president has signed a new anti-discrimination law, and it has therefore come into force. The Georgian Orthodox Church was against the law because it in their opinion ‘legalizes homosexuality’, and wanted to remove ‘sexual […]

Suspect in brutal revenge attack placed in pre-trial detention

By | May 6th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Tbilisi City Court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A man suspected of beating the brother of a former government official was Monday placed in pre-trial detention by Tbilisi City Court. Businessman Davit Kodia, brother of former police official Erekle Todua, was beaten a few days ago in Tbilisi while […]

Presidents of Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan meet in Tbilisi Tuesday

By | May 5th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , , , , |

The National Library in Tbilisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The presidents of Turkey and two South Caucasus countries will meet at the National Library in Tbilisi on Tuesday, to attend the 2014 Georgia-Azerbaijan-Turkey Summit. Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili is host for Turkey’s Abdullah Gül […]

Number of visitors to Georgia continues to grow

By | May 5th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Also the number of tourists to Georgia is increasing. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–New figures published by the Georgian Interior Ministry show that 390,685 people visited the country in April. This is 7.4 percent more than in the same period last year. In the first four months of the current year, 1,396,952 people visited […]

NATO’s Caucasus envoy visits Tbilisi tomorrow

By | May 1st, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

James Appathurai. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–NATO envoy James Appathurai will visit Georgia on Thursday. Appathurai, whose full title is NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, will meet with government members and the parliament, the Ministry […]

Youth groups in Georgia plan several rallies on May 1

By | May 1st, 2014|Categories: In brief, Youth|Tags: , , , , , |

Green Fist, one of the youth groups organizing rallies May 1. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Young people in Georgia plan to mark the International Worker’s Day, May 1, with rallies different places in the country. A rally will be held at Tbilisi State University at 14:00 by Young Social-Democrats, Georgia’s Young Greens, Georgia’s […]

Books brought to Georgia in WW2 to be returned to Germany

By | May 1st, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Germany offers to restore books kept at Tbilisi State University. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has decided to return books currently at Tbilisi State University that were brought here from Germany during World War II. Shalva Tadumadze, the government’s parliamentary secretary, explained […]

Work halted again at prehistoric mine in Georgia

By | April 29th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Sakdrisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Work has been halted at the ancient Sakdrisi gold mine in southern Georgia, Interpressnews reports. The news agency quotes Irakli Lomidze, spokesperson for the Sakdrisi Survival Committee, who said the heavy machinery stopped Sunday night and did not […]

One more Georgian detained at disputed border

By | April 27th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Ditsi, another village where people have been detained on the disputed border. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One Georgian was detained Saturday by Russian soldiers near the border with South Ossetia. This is the fourth Georgian this happens to this week. Merab Kapanadze, 70, from the village Tseronisi, was detained while tending to his cattle […]

Georgian and South Ossetian youth kick off Balkan tour

By | April 26th, 2014|Categories: In brief, Youth|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A bus with Georgian and South Ossetian youth was to start a tour of Turkey and the Balkans Saturday morning, Interpressnews reports. The trip, called Georgian – South Ossetian Youth Peace Express, will last 17 days and bring the youth by bus through […]

Three Georgians detained on South Ossetia border

By | April 25th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

The detainees are believed to be held in a Tskhinvali prison. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russian soldiers have detained three Georgian citizens in the village Khurvaleti for violating the border with South Ossetia. All three detainees – Rusudan Khuroshvili, Zeinab Kharkheli and Lali Khuroshvili – were taken to South Ossetia. […]

Steinmeier and Fabius visiting Georgia April 23-24

By | April 22nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , , , |

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The foreign ministers of Germany and France will visit Georgia on April 23-24. Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and France’s Laurent Fabius were originally to have visited Georgia on March 3, but they both postponed due to events in Ukraine. […]

Georgian president: No preparations made for Putin meeting

By | April 22nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili says the proposal by Russia’s Vladimir Putin for a meeting has had no actual follow-up or preparations. At the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Russian president said that there is a possibility […]

69 prisoners released for Easter

By | April 20th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–69 prisoners were released from jail on Saturday, following a decision by local prison boards and the Prison Ministry’s pardon commission. Altogether, the bodies have reviewed the cases of about 770 prisoners in three days, according to the Prison […]

No news about release of Georgian TV crew held in South Ossetia

By | April 16th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , , , |

Vakho Lekiashvili (left) and Bela Zakaidze, two of the TV3 employees who are in detention in South Ossetia. (Interepressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–It is still unknown whether three Georgian journalists detained by South Ossetia will be released today. Neither the Ministry of Internal Affairs nor EUs Monitoring Mission have been informed about when they will be released. The Foreign Ministry […]

Germany’s Steinmeier to visit Georgia in late April

By | April 11th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , |

Germany Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (Photo by SPD.) TBILISI, DFWatch–German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Georgia in about ten days. Steinmeier announced the trip after a meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze who visited him in Germany on Thursday. One of the topics they […]

Georgian FM Panjikidze is visiting Germany

By | April 10th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Maia Panjikidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze today begins a working visit to Germany. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Panjikidze’s delegation will hold meetings with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Chancellor […]

New tuberculosis center to be opened in Tbilisi

By | April 10th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Davit Sergeenko. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is opening a new treatment center for tuberculosis in Tbilisi. The government is discussing the new clinic today. Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs , David Sergeenko, told reporters Thursday that the clinic, which will be located […]

Georgian parliament prepares to check safety of large facilities

By | April 9th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , , |

Gia Tsagareishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is preparing to conduct impact assessments for many large factories and other facilities, built during the Soviet Union. Gia Tsagareishvili, head of parliament’s environmental committee, says many big installations have Soviet-era standards […]

Georgia marks 25 years since deadly clashes with Soviet troops

By | April 9th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani took part in planting of saplings in remembrance of the 21 who died during a demonstration for Georgian independence April 9, 1989. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Members of the Georgian government today planted saplings in the Ninth of April Garden in Tbilisi, comemmorating the deadly dispersal of protesters by Soviet troops 25 years ago today. In remembrance of the tragedy, cabinet members planted […]

Georgia appoints ambassadors to India, Slovenia, Kuwait

By | April 8th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has appointed new ambassadors to India, Slovenia, Vatican and Kuwait. From May 1, Georgia’s ambassador to Slovenia will be Zurab Bekaia, Tamar Grdzelidze will be ambassador to Vatican from June 1, 2014, Roland Beridze will be ambassador […]

Angela Merkel invites Georgia’s PM

By | April 8th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Angela Merkel. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Germany’s Angela Merkel has invited Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili to Germany. Gharibashvili will visit Germany in the beginning of June. According to Davit Maghradze, advisor at the international relations department at the government […]

Georgian President Margvelashvili visiting Poland

By | April 2nd, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili Wednesday began a two day visit to Poland. On the first day of his visit, Margvelashvili was to meet his Polish colleague, after which they were slated to hold a joint press conference. He will also meet with […]

76 prisoners released by parole board

By | April 1st, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Gldani prison in Tbilisi. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–76 prisoners were released before the end of their sentence term today; two minors and one woman. The Prison Ministry’s local board of parole discussed the cases of about 900 prisoners who have served more than half of their sentence in cases […]

Two detainees in Zhvania case placed in pre-trial detention

By | March 24th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , , |

Tbilisi City Court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two men detained for negligence in connection with the death of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania were Sunday placed in pre-trial detention by Tbilisi City Court. Levan Chachua, who participated in the autopsy on Zhvania’s body in 2005, and Mikheil […]

NATO parliamentarians coming to Georgia next week

By | March 19th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A delegation from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly is coming to Georgia March 24-26. The NATO parliamentarians will be attending a round table discussion at the NATO office here. Another part of the visit is a meeting with their Georgian counterparts […]

France’s Hollande visiting Georgia May 13

By | March 19th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

President of France François Hollande. (Photo by Remi Jouan.) TBILISI, DFWatch–French President François Hollande will visit Georgia on May 13, the foreign minister of the host country said on Wednesday. Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said the schedule and other details of the visit are still being put together. […]

Former head of Georgia’s special police charged with fraud

By | March 17th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Erekle Kodua, former head of the Special Operations Department. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has charged former Interior Ministry official Erekle Kodua with abuse of power and fraud. Erekle Kodua is former head of the Interior Ministry’s Special Operative Department (SOD). Investigators found that on August […]

Tbilisi does not recognize Crimea referendum

By | March 17th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi does not recognize the referendum in Crimea, according to a statement released by the Foreign Affairs Ministry Sunday evening. The statement says the referendum was conducted as a result of Russian pressure of armed forces and in violation […]