Monthly Archives: February 2018

Integration of ethnic Azeris starts with language: challenges in quality education and employment

By | February 27th, 2018|Categories: Minorities|

In Soviet times, the great majority of the population of Georgia spoke Russian, which served as the language of inter-ethnic communication. 66 year old Bayram Abbasov, resident of Telaveri village of Bolnisi district, describes that since Russian was the common language, they had little or no knowledge of Georgian. “We did not feel disenfranchised if we [...]

Abkhazian ‘residency permit’ enforced by threat of cutting off pensions

By | February 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

GALI, DFWatch–After requiring people to obtain a residency permit which costs almost USD 200, breakaway Abkhazia now threatens to cut off pensions and teachers’ salaries of those who don’t comply. Locals in the Gali region consider the new regulation a form of blackmail. […]

Georgia demands investigation into death of war veteran in South Ossetia prison

By | February 23rd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch--A former Georgian military serviceman died Friday morning in South Ossetia after what appears to have been physical abuse by prison guards. Georgia demands an immediate and impartial investigation of the incident and access to the corpse for Georgian forensic experts. The breakaway region’s Security Ministry announced the death of Archil Tatunashvili Friday morning. According [...]

South Ossetia hit by population crisis as birth rate drops 20% in five years

By | February 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–South Ossetia’s population is dwindling, and the de facto authorities will have to do something to address the problem, local media report. In 2017, there were born 513 babies in the breakaway region, which has experienced a 20% drop in its birth rate […]

Minibuses replacing horse carts at Enguri Bridge

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

GALI, DFWatch–Four-wheel horse carts (‘tachkas’) are still the main means of transport for crossing the Enguri Bridge, which separates breakaway Abkhazia from Georgia proper. However, recently three ‘marshrutkas’ have started competing for this profitable business, […]

Georgian president accuses Russia of running smear campaign in Europe

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The president of Georgia has hinted that Russia may have manipulated media in Europe and made them focus on crime committed by Georgian nationals. “It may be the result of Russian propaganda when in the capitals of some European countries […]

Gulen-linked school manager released on bail by Tbilisi court

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Emre Cabuk (left). (Twitter/ISFED.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The manager of a private school linked to the exiled Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen was released on bail by a Tbilisi court on Monday. Mustafa Emre Cabuk, quality manager at Demirel College, was arrested in May, 2017 in what appeared to be a case of pressure […]

Police in Georgia warn far-right activists against forming vigilante groups

By | February 17th, 2018|Categories: News|

TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia on Friday warned far-right activists against forming vigilante groups to patrol Tbilisi streets. Any attempt by Georgian March to set up vigilante groups will be met with a ‘strict response’, the Ministry of Internal Affairs was quoted as saying […]

Renowned Abkhazian composer charged with sexual abuse of a minor

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

ვალერი ჭკადუა ( TBILISI, DFWatch–A renowned Abkhaz musician who wrote the anthem of the breakaway republic was arrested Wednesday in Sokhumi and charged with sexual abuse of a minor. The criminal prosecution against Valeri Chkadua, 70, was initiated after a complaint […]

Georgian far-right group plans to form new political party

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A far right group in Georgia that is forming vigilante groups to patrol Tbilisi’s streets looking for ‘suspicious foreigners’ is also planning to establish a new political party. Leaders of Georgian March confirmed this to different media outlets. […]

Ukraine detains Saakashvili and deports him to Poland

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

An eyewitness caught this video of Saakashvili’s detention, according to an update on the ex-president’s Facebook page. TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili has been deported from Ukraine. Saakashvili was detained in central Kyiv and deported to Poland by the border guard service. A statement on the service’s website says supporters of Saakashvili […]

CEO of Tbilisi clinic claims government of Azerbaijan intervened in his trial

By | February 10th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The director of a Tbilisi hospital claims he was sentenced to prison on orders of the Azerbaijani government. Ferman Ceyranli, the director of Lancet Clinic, was sentenced to six years in jail by Tbilisi city court on Friday. […]

‘Anti-oligarchy’ revolution ‘imminent’ in Georgia: Saakashvili

By | February 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian president and ex-governor of Odessa Mikheil Saakashvili thinks an ‘anti-oligarchy revolution’ is ‘imminent’ in Georgia. “This post-Soviet quagmire will be swept away, because it is contrary to human instincts,” Saakashvili said […]

Former high-ranking ‘Mkhedrioni’ paramilitary shot in Tbilisi

By | February 7th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--A woman who served in a banned paramilitary force in the 1990s and her son was shot in Tbilisi Wednesday morning. Dodo Gugeshashvili (59), a former high-ranking member of the Mkhedrioni paramilitary group, sustained a wound to her chest and was hospitalized. Her son, 32 year old Nodar Gusgeshashvili, was also shot in [...]

Rare Georgian language memorial discovered in Abkhazia

By | February 2nd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A World War II memorial in Abkhazia has been found to bear an inscription in the Georgian language; a rarity after a recent wave of cultural cleansing. DFWatch’s reporter unexpectedly stumbled upon the memorial stone in Merkheuli, […]

Selective abortions still rife in Georgia’s ethnic Azerbaijani community

By | February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Society|Tags: , , , , |

People still actively request to determine the gender of the future child in advance during first trimester of the pregnancy in the municipalities inhabited by ethnic Azerbaijani people. 31-years-old Sakina Alieva from Marneuli has 5-years-old boy. Before having the boy she got two abortions because she was expecting girls. […]