Monthly Archives: September 2011

Workers forced to renounce rights

By | September 27th, 2011|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: |

Support is mounting for the three imprisoned metallurgy workers in Kutaisi. According to their labor union, they have been forced to sign a statement promising to never again go on strike. The appearant violation of their basic human rights had brought nearly thirty non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to Kutaisi Monday to show support for the three, who [...]

Gate crashing the President’s vineyard

By | September 27th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

The reason journalist Shalva Ramishvili wanted to get into Mikheil Saakashvili's vineyard on Sunday was that the president was hosting a number of other TV journalists there. Georgian TV viewers have become accustomed to these events, which are often broadcast live on several of the national channels, all of which are widely believed to be under [...]

TV-crew detained in President’s vineyard

By | September 26th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Police Sunday arrested the well-known Georgian journalist Shalva Ramishvili and his crew in president Saakashvili’s vineyard. Ramishvili was just done shooting footage for his TV show "Without Accreditation" in the president's vineyard in Kvareli, a village 140 km west of the capital Tbilisi when regional police and officers from state security appeared and confiscated all the equipment. [...]

Revenue Service halts tax audit of Palitra Holding “indefinitely”

By | September 23rd, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Georgia's revenue service has suspended the tax audit of Palitra Holding, one of Georgia’s largest media groups. The Revenue Service’s order, dated September 18, does not give any reason for the suspension. The GRS had only nine days left to complete their inspection when they suspended it "indefinitely", after extending the deadline twice in three months. [...]

Government introduces surprise changes in new election law

By | September 23rd, 2011|Categories: Elections, Legal reform, News, Politics|Tags: |

After reaching a hard-fought agreement with several opposition parties, the ruling party has introduced significant changes in the draft for a new Georgian Election Code. According to lawmakers, the eleventh-hour changes were only made in order to ensure a democratic election environment in the country, however many opposition parties remain skeptical. Some of the changes in [...]

President defends 26 May dispersal: ‘we have improved since 2007’

By | September 19th, 2011|Categories: News|

President Saakashvili maintains that the deadly police action last May was necessary.President Mikheil Saakashvili has no regrets about issuing the order which led to the police clearing the area in front of parliament the night before the Independence Day rally. An opposition movement led by former parliament speaker Nino Burjanadze had gathered around 300 people in [...]

Leak shows U.S. believed secret tapes ‘turned the tide’ for Saakashvili in 2008 election

By | September 9th, 2011|Categories: Elections, News|

The United States ambassador at the time thought that two recordings which were televised by Saakashvili's government right before the presidential election in January 2008, decided the final outcome in his favor. The two clandestinely acquired tapes purportedly proved that one the president's challengers  to the presidency had plans to commit a coup d'etat. The new [...]

Privatization will not mean losing control, government guarantees

By | September 9th, 2011|Categories: Europe, News|Tags: , , |

As Georgia makes a new push to find more investors who will have a stake in its most strategically important assets, like the post and railways, the state will keep a controlling share of the stocks. Chair of the financial budgetary committee, Zurab Melikishvili, made the promise today during a debate in parliament about a new [...]