Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ivanishvili again blames National Bank for Georgia’s currency woes

By | April 30th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Businessman and retired politician Bidzina Ivanishvili has again blamed the National Bank for not helping to prevent a drop in the Georgian lari. “I suspect that the National Bank is still acting inadequately,” he told journalists on Thursday. […]

Placebo and Archive will play at Tbilisi Open Air festival

By | April 30th, 2015|Categories: Youth|Tags: |

Deep Purple at Tbilisi Open Air 2013. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The two English bands Placebo and Archive are headliners at this year’s Tbilisi Open Air festival, to be held by a lake near the capital July 3 to 7. Tickets sales have started for the festival, which has been organized every year since 2009 by the AlterVision Group. […]

ERBD to support female entrepreneurs in Georgia

By | April 30th, 2015|Categories: Economy|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) has announced a new 45 million euros program to support women entrepreneurs in eastern European countries including Georgia. The program is called ‘Women in Business’ and will involve ERBD […]

Georgian team wins women’s world chess championship

By | April 30th, 2015|Categories: Sport|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The World Women’s Team Chess Championship 2015 was won by Georgia, with Russia and China in second and third place, respectively. The Georgian team consisted of Bela Khotenashvili, Meri Arabidze, Nino Batsiashvili, Lela Javakhishvili […]

Azerbaijan hosts Saakashvili, rejects Georgia’s extradition request

By | April 30th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Mikheil Saakashvili (left) and Ilham Aliyev. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The government in Georgia has asked Azerbaijan to detain ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili during a visit to the neighbor country. Saakashvili has had a meeting with the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. According to local media, Azerbaijan’s […]

Georgian PM: Resignations are part of ‘healthy political process’

By | April 29th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Irakli Garibashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili says the resignations of two ministers, triggering a new vote of confidence, is a ‘healthy political process.’ There will be no more replacements, he added. A third of the ministers have now been changed since […]

Sports minister resigns, new confidence vote imminent

By | April 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Levan Kipiani (Official photo) TBILISI, DFWatch–Seventh minister of Irakli Garibashvili government left on Wednesday that means the PM have to seek approval of the entire cabinet from the parliament. Levan Kipiani, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, announced his resignation at a press […]

Another minister resigns in Georgia

By | April 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Elguja Khokrishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The environment minister resigned in Georgia on Tuesday. Elguja Khokrishvili explained that he needs to spend time with his family, which is living abroad. Khokrishvili is the second minister to resign this month, after the minister of regional development […]

Georgian government notes falling crime level

By | April 28th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The crime level want down by more than 15 percent in the first three months of 2015 compared to last year, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). The share of crimes that were solved improved to more than 52 percent. According […]

Ivanishvili claims the president has joined the opposition

By | April 28th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Bidzina Ivanishvili. (Imedi.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili claims the president he handpicked has in fact become part of the opposition to the government coalition. He said this on his own show 2030 on GDS, a TV channel belonging to his rapper son Bera. […]

The lords of the streets and their big black cars

By | April 28th, 2015|Categories: News|

Photo from the young environmentalists’ social campaign against big cars In western Europe, people in cities opt for small, economy class cars. But Tbilisi is clogged with huge SUVs, which are more suitable for off-road travels than for daily home-work-home commute.  […]

Locals in Terjola threaten to start protests against Jehovah’s Witnesses

By | April 27th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: |

Jehova’s Witnesses are building a new Kingdom Hall in Terjola. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Jehovah’s Witnesses in Georgia claim that they are being discriminated against on religious grounds in Terjola, western Georgia. The conflict started about a year ago. Locals Orthodox Christians are against the construction of a new Kingdom Hall […]

Ivanishvili slams NGO’s head and president’s adviser

By | April 27th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Bidzina Ivanishvili Tbilisi, DFWatch – During his TV talk show, former prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, once again slammed the head of a local NGO and the president’s adviser, accusing them of following the political agenda of the United National Movement. […]

Georgian parliament to discuss low lari rate again

By | April 27th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Zurab Tkemaladze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Parliament in Georgia is calling on the group of economy ministers to explain themselves again about the falling currency rate, but the finance minister claims the drop in the lari’s value is only temporary. The value of the Georgian lari started […]

Greece upholds decision to reject Data Akhalaia extradition

By | April 26th, 2015|Categories: News|

Data Akhalaia (IPN) Tbilisi, DFWatch – The Greek Supreme Court has upheld a decision by a lower court to reject an extradition request for Data Akhalaia, a former head of Georgia’s domestic intelligence agency. The Supreme Court […]

Group demands criminal investigation of prehistoric site’s destruction

By | April 26th, 2015|Categories: News|

Sakdrisi mining site. (Photo taken by Green Fist.) Tbilisi, DFWatch – An advocacy group in Georgia has asked the Prosecutor General’s Office to launch an investigation into an explosion which destroyed an ancient gold mine on December 13. […]

Georgia celebrates Independence Day without military parade

By | April 25th, 2015|Categories: News|

Independence Day, 2014 (DFWatch)independence ininde Tbilisi, DFwatch – The Georgian government continues distancing itself from its predesessors’ military bravade as it announces, third year in a row, that Independence Day celebrations will go on without a military parade. […]

Armenians rallied at Turkish embassy in Tbilisi

By | April 24th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|

Ethnic Armenians demand from Turkey and the government of Georgia to recognize Armenian genocide (DFWatch) Tbilisi, DFWatch – Ethnic Armenians in Georgia on Friday gathered at the embassy of Turkey in Tbilisi demanding to recognize almost all-out extermination of the Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire in early 20th century as a Genocide. […]

Georgia partners with Gilead Sciences for mass trials of hepatitis C medicine

By | April 24th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Georgia signed agreement with Gilead Sciences (Health Ministry Photo) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has launched a project aimed at assisting people with hepatitis C after signing an agreement with the American pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences on April 21. The government claims […]

Belarusian president calls on Georgia to join Russian ‘family’

By | April 24th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Alexander Lukashenko (left) and Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Thursday called on Georgia to live in a ‘common family’ with Belarus and Russia. “Europe’s last dictator” said he has never been to Georgia before, except Abkhazia, one of two Georgian regions […]

Lukashenko has arrived in Tbilisi

By | April 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President of Belarus, who is on a first visit to Georgia, arrived in Tbilisi the day before official meetings, which are planned for April 23-24. Even though the flight between Minsk and Tbilisi is over four hours, he arrived a day before with his […]

Woman forced out of her job because she took maternity leave

By | April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Society|Tags: , |

Medea Kuzanashvili is suing her former employer for forcing her out of her job. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–It is illegal to fire anyone on maternity or paternity leave. It is also illegal to harass someone into quitting their job. But it is not uncommon for a woman to come back to work after a maternity leave, and realise that the employer will do anything […]

Top Georgian football team disqualified because it is broke

By | April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Sport|Tags: , |

Zestaponi players on a practice trip to Spain in 2012. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian Football Federation (GFF) has banned one of the country’s top teams from taking party in national championships after it stayed away from a match due to financial problems. GFF decided this after Zestaponi FC violated the rules […]

Low-cost airlines queuing up to enter Georgian market

By | April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Several low cost airlines are looking to enter the Georgian market, according to the Ministry of Economy. Prospective new carriers include Ryanair, EasyJet, Air Berlin, and the Greek company Ellinair. According to the ministry, Ellinair applied to the […]

Georgian PM blasts media for ‘hysteria’ about recruitment for IS

By | April 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili scolded the media on Tuesday for their coverage of Pankisi youth who become radicalized and join Islamic State in Syria. The media have shown an ‘unnatural hysteria’ about this problem, which […]

Georgia’s foreign trade fell 10% Jan-Mar compared to ’14

By | April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Economy|Tags: |

12 % of Georgia’s export in the first quarter of 2015 was used cars. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first three months of 2015 was 10 percent less than in the same period last year. The foreign trade turnover in January-March, 2015 was USD 2,279 million, according to the new report of Georgia’s National […]

New showdown over location of presidential palace

By | April 21st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Atoneli Palace ( TBILISI, DFWatch–Refurbishment work in a building intended as a new presidential palace is now finished and this has sparked a new round of bickering between the president and the government.  The minister of regional development and infrastructure stated during […]

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. […]

“He will walk free, because he didn’t kill me”

By | April 21st, 2015|Categories: Society|Tags: |

“When a man beats a woman for the hundredth time, something happens to him. He starts jonesing for it,” says Lali, who has fled Abkhazia to hide from her abusive husband. I met Lali (her name has been changed) in a shelter for victims of domestic violence. […]

Georgian speaker visits Ukraine, but have Kiev-Tbilisi ties weakened?

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: Background|Tags: , |

Davit Usupashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–As Georgia’s speaker of parliament visits Kiev, political analysts in Tbilisi are watching for signs of how strong the bond is between the two governments. Speaker Davit Usupashvili is accompanied by parliament members Tedo Japaridze and Tinatin […]

Tbilisians rallied against terrorism

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: Society|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A protest against terrorism was held on Sunday in Tbilisi and several other towns in Georgia to show support for the refugees persecuted by Islamic State.   (DF Watch.) A call went out on Facebook a few days in advance for people to meet outside the old parliament […]

Two dead as crane collapses at Norwegian hydropower project

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Adjara TV.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two persons died and one is in hospital with injuries after an accident at a construction site for a hydropower facility in Khulo, southwest in Georgia Friday night. The two who died are Paata Iakobadze, a Georgian citizen, and Ahmed Chakmak, […]

Georgian volunteer soldier dies in Ukraine

By | April 19th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Giorgi Janelidze. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian volunteer soldier was killed in Ukraine on April 18, fighting for the extreme right wing Azov battalion. Giorgi Janelidze died during mine clearance work near the coastal town Shirokine. The other fighters came under fire as they […]

Georgia toughens anti-terror legislation to include recruitment for IS

By | April 18th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is to make it a crime to be a member of a terrorist organization or take part in a paramilitary group in another country. The law was drafted after calls for the government to do more to stop the flow of youth joining the war in Syria. […]

Saakashvili party boycotts parliament after ex-official’s suicide attempt

By | April 18th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Zurab Japaridze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Members of Mikheil Saakashvili’s party deliberately disrupted Friday’s parliamentary session because of a former official’s suicide attempt the day before. The former special unit’s representative who attempted to commit suicide is detained […]

Merabishvili promises revenge

By | April 17th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Vano Merabishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Interior Minister and ally of Mikheil Saakashvil promises to take revenge for every official involved in the detention of former government officials. “I will personally punish them. I will hold each of them responsible personally.” Vano Merabishvili, […]

Money transfers to Georgia down 24% in March compared to ’14

By | April 17th, 2015|Categories: Economy|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The amount of money transfers to Georgia in March fell by 23.5 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a report by the National Bank of Georgia (NBG). The amount of money transfers in March was USD 92.2 million, which is USD […]

Two Austrian climbers found dead in Georgia

By | April 17th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Austrian climbers were found dead on Thursday in a mountain region in Georgia. The two apparently froze to death. The two tourists, a man and a woman, camped near the hill for several days. They left the camp on Wednesday to head […]

Armenian member of Georgia’s parliament calls for recognition of genocide

By | April 17th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Samvel Petrosyan. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–An ethnic Armenian parliamentarian in the Georgian parliament calls the assembly to formally recognize the Armenian genocide, which began a century ago in Turkey. Ethnic Azerbaijani MPs are against, arguing that it is not a matter for the Georgian […]

Georgian PM: We can’t stop youth from joining IS

By | April 16th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Irakli Garibashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili says the government is not capable of preventing Pankisi youth from joining the war in Syria. There have been many reports lately that young men from the Pankisi Gorge in the north of Georgia have left […]

Interpol snubbed Georgian prosecutors in Adeishvili case

By | April 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Zurab Adeishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Interpol did not ask Georgian prosecutors for additional information before deciding to call off the search for a former justice minister. Yesterday, the story broke that Interpol no longer has a so-called red notice on its webpage seeking the arrest […]

Suspected police killer says he was pressured into confessing

By | April 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Shalva Abuladze in court on Saturday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian man suspected of killing two policemen denies guilt after first having pleaded guilty. Shalva Abuladze was booked for two encounters with police, one in January and the last one on April 4, which left two policemen dead and two wounded. […]

A gay man from Tbilisi: ‘I haven’t told my mother yet’

By | April 15th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: |

Illustration photo. (Interpressnews.) A country in which the Church is a powerful presence, which strongly advocates for traditional values, probably would not be the first place of choice for LGBTQ people. But what if it is your homeland? […]

Interpol cancels red notice for Georgia’s former justice minister

By | April 14th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Interpol has revoked a red notice seeking the arrest and extradition of Georgia’s former Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili. Last year, the organization announced an international search for Adeishvili, along with former Defense Minister […]

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 […]

Two Pankisi youth turned IS fighters call home from Syria: ‘We are fine’

By | April 14th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(ICK.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Georgian boys who recently went to Syria to join Islamic State have called their parents in Pankisi Gorge and sent home their first picture. Muslim Kushtanashvili (16) and Ramzan Baghakashvili (18) said they are fine and haven’t seen any fighting […]

The Armenians in Tsalka

By | April 14th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

(DF Watch.) TSALKA, DFWatch–Tsalka is a cluster of villages in the south of Georgia. It is home to ethnic Armenians, Greeks, Azerbaijani and Georgians; most of whom are eco-migrants from the Adjara region. Levon Akopian, an employee of the local government […]

Tbilisi celebrates Orthodox Easter

By | April 13th, 2015|Categories: Society|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Easter was celebrated in Tbilisi as usual this year, despite bad weather. People visit the graves of their relatives on the first or second day of Easter. Christianity was declared state religion in Georgia in 4th century and as the eastern […]

Man dies in traditional Easter ball game

By | April 13th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

( TBILISI, DFWatch–A man died during a traditional Easter ball game in a small village in Georgia’s Guria region on Sunday. The victim was Gocha Pirtskhalaishvili, of about 50 years. Doctors believe the cause of death was shortness of breath. He died while participating […]

Gas explosion killed woman, damaged houses in Tbilisi

By | April 13th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–An explosion allegedly caused by a gas leak killed a 65 year old woman in Tbilisi Sunday morning. The explosion demolished the eighth floor of a building in Gldani, a district in northern part of the capital, and killed Zoia Kalandarishvili, […]

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 […]

Government declares ‘ruthless’ policy toward crime

By | April 10th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Irakli Garibashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–After a man suspected of killing two policemen evaded arrest for almost a week, Georgia’s prime minister says that government will be ‘ruthless toward crime’. The announcement came after several law-enforcement ministers have talked about tougher […]

Georgia arrests suspected police killer after nearly week-long manhunt

By | April 10th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

( TBILISI, DFWatch–The suspect in the murder of two policemen, who was subject to a search by not only the police, but also counterintelligence, was apprehended near his hometown in an abandoned house on Friday. The Interior Ministry confirmed this on Friday. […]

Georgia signs deal with UK consultancy firm to reform its health system

By | April 10th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

A private clinic in Kharagauli. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has signed an agreement with a British consultancy firm to reform the country’s healthcare system. The goal of the agreement with Global Alliance for Health and Social Compact Ltd is to bring Georgia’s health system in line with European […]

Georgia remembers 1989, when people stood up for independence

By | April 9th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

PM Irakli Garibashvili at the 9 April monument in Tbilisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia today marks the restoration of independence in 1991. It is also a day of commemoration of an independence rally two years prior which was violently dispersed, resulting in twenty deaths. After becoming independent in 1918, Georgia […]

Four Nigerian students found dead in Tbilisi

By | April 9th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Rustavi 2.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Four Nigerian students were found dead in a Tbilisi apartment Wednesday night, apparently from gas poisoning due to a faulty water heater. Three of them were students at Tbilisi State Medical University and one at Georgia’s University. Their bodies were found […]

Activist group appeals against surveillance legislation in Constitutional Court

By | April 9th, 2015|Categories: NGO news|Tags: |

(DF Watch) Tbilisi, DFWatch–NGOs in Georgia have revived their campaign This Affects You Too, and are launching a lawsuit against the Ministry of Internal Affairs for having direct access to communication operators’ networks and, thus, having ability to eavesdrop on citizens unchecked. […]

Georgia’s defense minister says new anti-aircraft system is on schedule

By | April 9th, 2015|Categories: Security|Tags: , |

Mindia Janelidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze explained in parliament Wednesday that a defense deal with France has not been put on hold. His predecessor Irakli Alasania accused the government of halting the planned installation of new air […]

Lukashenko visits Georgia April 23

By | April 8th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

President Lukashenko (Press office) Tbilisi, DFWatch – President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is visiting Georgia for the first time ever on April 23-24 to meet his Georgian counterpart, Giorgi Margvelashvili, as well as the prime minister and other officials. Mr Lukashenko’s visit to Georgia was planned back in February, when he first […]

Tbilisi naming ten more streets after women

By | April 8th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Actress Nato Vachnadze (1904-1953) already has a street named after her in Tbilisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi is making an effort to correct the gender imbalance in its street names, by changing the names of ten streets, naming them after famous women. There are about 1,200 streets in the capital, 1,120 of which are named after men, according […]

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. […]

Former embassy building on Atoneli Street will not be sold

By | April 7th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s government has decided not to sell a stately building in the center of Tbilisi that was meant to be a presidential residence and once served as the US embassy. The building on Atoneli Street near Freedom Square was on a list […]

Georgia to expand police powers after ex-convict’s shooting rampage

By | April 7th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian government is considering expanding police powers after a former convict killed a policeman and evaded capture. It is not known in what way the powers of the police might be increased. The Saakashvili regime started increasing […]

Swiss company Geotest to provide landslide monitoring in Georgia

By | April 7th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The government in Georgia is installing a monitoring system in Dariali Valley in the northern part of Georgia, which will provide a few minutes’ warning in case of landslide. Last summer, the valley was hit by several massive landslides that […]

Murder suspect was released by parole board in November, 2013

By | April 6th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The man suspected of killing two police officers was pardoned in November, 2013, because the parole board thought he had put hid criminal past behind him. Gedevan Popkhadze from the parole board said the members were sure that the suspect […]

Pankisi locals demand the return of youth who went to Syria

By | April 6th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Locals in Pankisi Gorge in northeast Georgia demand the return of two boys who allegedly went to Syria to join Islamc State. The Council of Elders, an informal mediation body in Pankisi, on Monday met to discuss what to do after Muslim […]

Manhunt on police murderer underway in Georgia

By | April 6th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The suspect (Prosecutor’s Office photo) Tbilisi, DFWatch – Law enforcement bodies in Georgia are engaged in a large-scale hunt for a man suspected of murdering one policeman and wounding several others. On Sunday, the Prosecutor General’s Office released a photo of the suspect asking for the public’s assistance in locating him, […]

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. […]

Georgian PM campaigning for mining in ancient gold mine

By | April 4th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Activists for saving Sakdrisi made an exhibition that was on display in parliament in Kutaisi. TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday defended the destruction of an ancient gold mine, arguing that locals need the jobs. Appearing with employees of RMG Gold at the municipal building in Marneuli, a town south of the capital, […]

Georgian minister says defense deal with France not called off

By | April 4th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Mindia Janelidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s defense minister denies allegations by his predecessor that negotiations with France about a defense deal have ended. But the French ambassador to Georgia claims Georgia has not signed any air defense deal with France. […]

Free Democrats lose its members in Tbilisi City Council

By | April 4th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Giorgi Muskhelishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Representatives of former Defense Minister Irakli Alasania’s party have withdrawn as a faction in the city council. The reason, they explain, is ‘incompatibility’ with his party, the Free Democrats. The Free Democrats Party was a member […]

Alasania details how air defense treaty with France was stopped

By | April 3rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Irakli Alasania. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Defense Minister Irakli Alasania accuses the government of having failed to implement an air defense treaty with France and proposes setting up a parliamentary investigation commission to look into it. Alasania Friday […]

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 […]

Homophobia in Georgia: tolerance is a myth

By | April 3rd, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , |

From left to right: Levan Berianidze, Tamta Mikeladze, Ana Lobzhanidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgians like to talk about tolerance as a part of the national psyche. But the ability to accept and live alongside people who are different from yourself seems to end when it comes to gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities. According to NDI, […]

Ivanishvili vows justice for murdered businessman in funeral speech

By | April 3rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Bidzina Iivanishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Thursday spoke in the funeral of businessman Besik Khardziani, who was murdered at his house a few days ago. He promised that those responsible will be held to account in accordance […]

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 […]

Tsalka – a Greek ghost town in Georgia

By | April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

TSALKA, DFWatch–Tsalka in southern Georgia used to be home to more than twenty thousand Greeks, but today there are only 1,500 left. ”My parents, grandparents and great grandparents, they all were born in Georgia. This is our home. Sadly, […]

Georgia’s defense minister confirms controversial call to predecessor

By | April 2nd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Mindia Janelidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze has confirmed after five months that he talked on the phone with his predecessor Irakli Alasania, who was then visiting France. But he denies what Alasania claims he told him on phone in that conversation. […]

Georgian Dream losing support according to IRI poll

By | April 1st, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s governing coalition has lost support, while the former ruling party has gained, according to the latest poll by International Republican Institute (IRI), published Wednesday. If there were held parliamentary elections next Sunday, […]

Georgia has done nothing to protect sexual minorities: Ombudsman

By | April 1st, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

Anti-gay demonstrators in Tbilisi on May 17, 2014. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has taken no real steps toward protecting the rights of sexual minorities, according to a new report by the Ombudsman. The report, which was published on April 1, says there is an increase not only in homophobic attitudes but also crimes motivated […]

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. […]