Monthly Archives: May 2019

Opposition and government mobilize ahead of symbolic mayoral election in western Georgia

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , , , |

UNM's spokesperson Khatia Dekanoidze (center). (1tv.ge.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Tensions are running high in Georgia ahead of the May 19 by-election in Zugdidi, a town about 350km west of Tbilisi, with almost daily scuffles outside the office of the Local Election Commission. Both the governing party and the opposition accuse each other of attempting to rig [...]

Tbilisi ‘rave-olution’ protesters mark one year anniversary of night club raids that sparked movement

By | May 12th, 2019|Categories: Youth|Tags: |

(Radiotavisupleba.ge.) TBILISI, DFWatch--A satirical bust of Georgia’s interior minister was placed in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi on Sunday, on the anniversary of the controversial police raids of two nightclubs. The statue’s pedestal was equipped with a red button, which if pressed made a voice say: "Let's start with an apology." This [...]

Georgia’s domestic intelligence service SUS warns May 9 rally organizers not to use Communist symbols

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Immortal Regiment is sponsored by Russian President Vladimir Putin. TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s counter-intelligence service SUS on Tuesday warned the organizers of a May 9 rally to commemorate Soviet victory in World War 2 that they may not use Communist symbols. Such symbols are prohibited by a law Georgia introduced eight years ago called the Freedom [...]

New lawsuit against opposition TV channel Rustavi 2 may ‘kill its editorial policy’

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Nika Gvaramia, CEO of Rustavi 2. TBILISI, DFWatch--The director of Georgia main opposition TV company said Monday that the government has launched a new attack against it, and claimed the goal is to kill its editorial policy. Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia also accused billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili of personal involvement in a new lawsuit [...]

13km line of cars at Russia-Georgia border crossing as tourism season kicks off

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

TBILISI, DFWatch--The number of visitors from Russia to Georgia has skyrocketed, triggering several kilometer long lines at Zemo Larsi border crossing. Most of the queue is on the Russian side, where at least 600 cars were standing still Saturday, waiting to enter Georgia from North Ossetia - Alania; one of the constituent republics of the Russian [...]

Georgian woman weightlifter sues coach of national team for sexual harassment

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

Tatia Lortkipanidze. TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian weightlifter Tatia Lortkipanidze is suing the coach of the national team for sexual harassment. Lortkipanidze, who won a bronze medal in the 2018 European Championship, is also suing the weightlifting federation for discrimination, she said at a press conference on Thursday. At the press conference, she accused the federation of discrimination by [...]