Monthly Archives: April 2019

Growing suspicion that Abkhazia’s main opposition candidate was poisoned after security guards also fall ill

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Aslan Bzhania. TBILISI, DFWatch--Suspicions grew Monday that a key opposition figure in Abkhazia has been poisoned, after two of his bodyguards were hospitalized in a serious condition, at least one of them with similar symptoms. Although officially, Aslan Bzhania, the main opponent of the incumbent de facto president, and his two guards are being [...]

President of Georgia asks CBS to correct script of ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ in which South Ossetia is called part of Russia

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

President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--President Salome Zurabishvili calls on CBS to "make the necessary changes" to clear an "irresponsible mistake" in the synopsis of an upcoming episode of the TV series NCIS: New Orleans in which Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia is referred as a Russian province. In the episode [...]

Populist rulers across the globe increasingly navigate towards Kremlin: Hans Binnendjik

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |

Hans Binnendjik (VoA). The NATO was founded in April of 1949 by Washington treaty, and at a time aimed to prevent Soviet aggression in Europe. In 21st century, the NATO’s role and agenda has changed. But the Alliance remains a deterrent against growing Russian threat in Europe. Ani Chkhikvadze, reporter for VOA’s Georgian Service, [...]

40 injured as Pankisi residents clash with police

By | April 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Radio Way.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Up to 40 people were injured in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge Sunday as locals clashed with riot police over a hydropower plant. The confrontation started in the village Birkiani after police units entered the gorge to protect company employees who are working on the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the river [...]

Evolution of clan based governance in Georgian judiciary since 2007

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , |

Kakha Tsikarishviili is a chair of Article 42 of the Constitution and a former Assistant of Supreme Court Chief Justice. Since the declaration of independence Georgia could never manage to create a truly independent judiciary. Low level of judicial independence was conditioned by several reasons, including the absence of political will. Since 2004, Georgian [...]

Georgian parliament names session hall after Zviad Gamsakhurdia

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Parliament's bureau voting to name the main session hall after Zviad Gamsakhurdia. (parliament.ge.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has named the plenary session hall of the parliament building after the country's first president since independence. Parliament’s decision on Tuesday to name the hall after Zviad Gamsakhurdia seems to be the outcome of a rivalry between Georgia's top [...]

Three workers seriously injured at construction site of Panorama Tbilisi

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

(Facebook/Irakli Kupradze.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Three workers were seriously injured on Tuesday in central Tbilisi after falling from a building during construction work on a new luxury complex owned by the billionaire and former Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. The three injured construction workers, who are aged 19 to 21, have all been hospitalized with fractures [...]

Georgian weightlifter breaks three world records

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Sport|Tags: |

'The strongest man in the world', Lasha Talakhadze. TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Olympic champion Lasha Talakhadze broke three world records at the European Weightlifting Championships in Georgia on Saturday. All three records broken by ‘the strongest man in the world’ were set by himself. The 25-year-old Georgia only needed four lifts to set records on snatch, [...]

Breakaway region South Ossetia loses Internet connection due to cable failure

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

TBILISI, DFWatch--The breakaway region South Ossetia was left without Internet Tuesday due to damage to a fiber-optic cable. It is so far unknown what caused the damage to the cable connecting the separatist republic to the outside world. The cable belongs to the Russian company Gazprom. Local mobile operator Megafon-Osetia claims the Internet outage is not [...]

Georgian far-right groups reach agreement about forming new political party

By | April 6th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Sandro Bregadze (center, with megaphone) at a Georgian March rally in Tbilisi in July, 2017. (Mzia Saganelidze, RFE/RL.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Far-right activists in Georgia are uniting to form a new political party and run in the local and national elections, emulating Marine Le Pen’s Front National. One of the proposals of the new party will [...]

Breakaway Abkhazia to reintroduce the death penalty for drug crime from 2020

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

An unidentified prison in Abkhazia. (Ekhokavkaza.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Breakaway authorities in Abkhazia plan to lift its moratorium on capital punishment in 2020 as tougher sentences are brought in against drug crime. The de facto parliament of breakaway Abkhazia has adopted a new law which imposes tougher punishments for selling large quantities of drugs, including life [...]

Georgia second in Europe by incarceration rate: CoE

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Gldani prison in Tbilisi. Georgia showed the most significant drop in incarceration rate among Council of Europe member countries between 2008 and 2019. However, it is the second among countries with particularly high incarceration rates just after Russia, according to new statistics released on Tuesday by the CoE on the situation in European prisons [...]

Saakashvili eyes comeback in Ukraine’s politics after Zelenzky’s first round win

By | April 1st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Mikheil Saakashvili was forcefully deported from Ukraine in February, 2018. (Stringer Media.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The success of an opposition candidate in Ukraine's presidential elections has given Georgia's former leader Mikheil Saakashvili new hope of making a comeback in Kiev politics. After losing power in his home country, Saakashvili re-launched his career as politician in Ukraine, [...]