Armenians in Georgia

Ethnic Armenians clash with police in south of Georgia

By | October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Ethnic Armenians clashed with police in a village in the south of Georgia on Saturday after locals attempted to place a religious stone in the yard of Kumurdo temple. The tense situation in the village Kumurdo calmed down on Sunday but the brief street […]

Can Caucasus become one? Festival opens where three countries meet

By | August 26th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The One Caucasus Festival kicked off in Georgia on Thursday, bringing together tourists and young people from all over the country, from different ethnic backgrounds, in order to enjoy music performances by local and foreign artists. One Caucasus […]

In pictures: Tbilisi Armenians celebrate Palm Sunday

By | April 24th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Although the Armenian Apostolic Church follows a different liturgical calendar, many Georgian Armenians mark religious holidays on the same days as the Georgian Orthodox. Armenians in Armenia already celebrated Palm Sunday (Tsaghkazard in […]

Armenian-language radio gains ground in Georgia

By | March 15th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

Arsen Kharatyan Director of Armenian-language radio Aliq Media, Arsen Kharatyan discusses challenges facing minority-language media in Georgia and the anti-Armenian sentiment in the country. DF Watch: Can you tell us about the history of the radio? […]

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 […]

Weak ruble and new immigration law impacting Armenians in Georgia’s south

By | January 8th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

Statue in Akhalkalaki of Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of the Armenian alphabet. (Interpressnews.) It is a hard winter for ethnic Armenians living in Georgia’s southern Samtskhe-Javakheti region. The fall of the ruble has led to less money being sent home from relatives who have found jobs in Russia, and Georgia’s new immigration law is forcing people […]

Armenians in Akhalkalaki struggle to learn Georgian

By | December 26th, 2014|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Armenians from Samtskhe-Javakheti have a dilemma: They feel isolated from Georgian society because they don’t speak the state language, but at the same time they don’t have enough motivation to learn it. Shushana Shirinian, a journalist from […]

Controversial bilingual education program to be changed

By | December 14th, 2014|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

(Photo by Ministry of Education and Science.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The current bilingual education program does not serve its purpose, according to Armenians in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia. A specialist from the Ministry of Education and Science agrees with the critique and says that the current program […]

Ombudsman asks for effective investigation of Armenian church attack

By | July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

Ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian ombudsman addresses law enforcement bodies to properly and effectively investigate the attack on priests at an Armenian church on July 19. On Saturday, about 50 people attacked Surb Etchmiadzin Church in Tbilisi. The Armenian Diocese […]

Priests attacked at Armenian church in Tbilisi

By | July 20th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

The incident took place inside the Surb Etchmiadzin Church in Tbilisi. (Photo published by the Armenian Diocese.) TBILISI, DFWatch–About 50 people physically attacked priests at an Armenian Church in Tbilisi on Saturday. The Armenian Orthodox Church says the attack was motivated by religious and ethnic prejudice, but Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs […]

Mother claims daughter discriminated against by priest

By | June 16th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , , |

Levon Isakhanyan (left) and Inna Sukiasyan. TBILISI, DFWatch–A mother claims a priest forced her daughter to leave a church a few days ago because of her ethnicity. The priest denied this. Inna Sukiasyan, who is of Armenian origins, last week wrote on her Facebook page and later told journalists that […]