Monthly Archives: March 2019

South Ossetia claims drones ‘violated’ its ‘airspace’

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Egor Kochiev. (cominf.org.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Five unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) violated ‘South Ossetian airspace’ simultaneously, entering from Georgia proper, breakaway South Ossetia claims. "One of them hovered over the town of Kvaisa for 20 minutes and then flew towards Georgia," Egor Kochiev, the head of South Ossetian delegation, said on Friday after a meeting of [...]

Russia bolsters military presence in Abkhazia with 30% troop increase

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Security|Tags: |

Russian troops in Abkhazia. (SMD press-office.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The number of Russian troops in breakaway Abkhazia has increased by 30 percent in the last year, Apsnipress reported on Wednesday. The Sokhumi based news agency cited information provided by the Southern Military District of Russia’s armed forces. This is one of five military districts in Russia, [...]

Georgia’s ex-president Saakashvili finally leaves party reins, recommends successor

By | March 19th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Mikheil Saakashvili. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili has asked his political party to find a replacement for him as leader, in order to make it more “flexible”. In a video address publisheed on Facebook, the former president suggested Grigol Vashadze as the best candidate to take over the helm of the [...]

Tbilisi puzzled by Georgian inscriptions on weapons used in Christchurch mosque attacks

By | March 15th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

King David IV The Builder. (George Nikladze.) TBILISI, DWatch--Officials in Tbilisi are puzzled by media reports of inscriptions in the Georgian alphabet on the weapons of the terrorist who slaughtered 49 people and wounded dozens more in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. Photos published by Daily Mail show inscriptions on the [...]

29-year-old Georgian man dies under suspicious circumstances while detained in Abkhazia

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(apsadgil.info) TBILISI, DFWatch--A 29 year-old man has died  under suspicious circumstances while in detention by separatist forces in breakaway Abkhazia. The man was detained earlier for trying to cross the administrative borderline between the breakaway republic and Georgia proper. The detainee’s death, which Sokhumi claims was a suicide, happened in a Russian military facility [...]

33rd ISIS fighter from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge dead in Syrian war

By | March 9th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch--A man from Pankisi valley in Georgia have been killed in Syria. Ruslan Tokhosashvili, 35, was the 33rd Kist militant from Pankisi killed in Syria, local-based radio station, Radioway, reports. Tokhosashvili reportedly left his native village of Birkiani for Syria in 2014 and joined the terror group Islamic State. Birkiani is the home village of [...]

TBC Bank accuses Georgian government of blackmail

By | March 5th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Mamuka Khazaradze, former chair of TBC Bank's supervisory board. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government's reputation for interfering in business was further strengthened on Monday as the founder of the country's largest bank accused several named officials of trying to force the bank to help in the election campaign. Mamuka Khazaradze, the founder of Georgia's [...]

Number of foreign students in Georgia doubles in four years

By | March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Youth|Tags: , , |

Foreign medical students in Georgia. (Commersant.ge.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Nearly 29,000 foreign students are enrolled at universities and other higher educational institutions in Georgia; most of them come from Turkey, Iraq and India, as well as other Asian countries. The number of foreign students has doubled during the last four years, from 4,812 in 2015 to [...]