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Georgian government allows cigarette smuggling from Abkhazia, Gali residents say

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

GALI, DFWatch--The Georgian government has unofficially given Gali residents a green light for smuggling cigarettes, likely as part of the election campaign, according to locals DFWatch spoke to. They have received explicit messages from Georgian law enforcers, they said. "Everybody knows each other here, almost all law enforcement knows who smuggle cigarettes. For the past week, [...]

None of Georgia’s political parties campaigned in Gali in first round of presidential election

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

(DFWatch.) GALI, DFWatch--None of the political parties in Georgia’s presidential election campaigned in the conflict zone, according to locals DFWatch spoke to in Gali, the southern district of breakaway Abkhazia. This is unlike previous elections, when the ruling party had local campaign workers out among the population promising various benefits, a resident of the [...]

Abkhazia halts issuing of residence permits because ‘printer ran out of ink’

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(DFWatch.) GALI, DFWatch--Abkhazia has temporarily suspended the issuing of residence permits, an essential document needed by Gali residents in order to travel to Georgia proper. Breakaway authorities in Gali claim the reason is a technical problem with a printing machine, locals DFWatch spoke to explained. They were told that the printer had run out [...]

Illegal trade on rise due to dire economic situation, Gali residents say

By | October 20th, 2018|Categories: Conflict news|Tags: , , , |

GALI, DFWatch – The loss of sources of income related to the spread of deadly brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), which has devastated locals’ orchards, urges residents of Gali to return to illegal business of smuggling goods, particularly cigarettes, from the breakaway Abkhazia to Georgia proper. […]

Gali residents take up cigarette smuggling after failed harvest

By | October 14th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Enguri Bridge. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The spread of the deadly brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has caused such devastation of orchards that locals have been forced to return to illegal businesses, such as smuggling of goods, particularly cigarettes, from breakaway Abkhazia to Georgia proper. This illegal trade was rife a decade and half ago but [...]

Georgian schools ordered to take part in Abkhazia’s ‘Victory Day’

By | September 27th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Gal Info.) GALI, DFWatch--On September 30, the de facto government of Abkhazia celebrates Victory Day, commemorating victory in the 1992-93 war. Among the planned events will be a procession by the initiative group "Our Heros' Way", which is mainly made up of Abkhaz youth. However, Georgian schools operating in the Gali district have also [...]

256 Gali youth tried to enroll at Georgian universities, 130 passed exams

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Conflict news|Tags: , , |

Graduates registering for unified national exams 2018 in Tbilisi. (1tv.ge) GALI, DFWatch – 130 residents of breakaway Abkhazia’s Gali district enrolled at universities in Georgia proper this year, the head of Gali Educational Resource Center said to DFWatch. […]

Young men are leaving Gali en masse to seek work abroad

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

(DFWatch.) GALI, DFWatch–Young people are leaving their homes here in Gali, Abkhazia, to seek work opportunities abroad. In the last month, about 50 young people, most of them men, have left for Poland from one of the villages in the district, DFWatch was told by locals. […]

Abkhazia declares Soviet passports invalid

By | August 18th, 2018|Categories: Conflict news|Tags: , |

GALI, DFWatch–Sokhumi has declared as invalid passports issued during the Soviet Union, which will cause problems for Georgians living in Abkhazia, many of whom rely on the documents for traveling in and out of the breakaway republic, locals told DFWatch. […]

Russian bases in Abkhazia have mushroomed since 2008 war

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

The Russian military base in Tagolon, a village in the ethnic Georgian Gali region of Abkhazia. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Since the 2008 war, Russia has expanded its military infrastructure in the breakaway republic Abkhazia dramatically. There are currently Russian military facilities in Sokhumi, Ochamchire, Gudauta and Gali, as well as the villages Tagiloni, Nabakevi, Pichori, Otobaia, […]

Strong rain and flooding of houses and streets in Gali, Abkhazia

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

TBILISI, DFWatch–Strong rain caused flooding of streets and houses in the southern Gali district of Abkhazia on Friday. The exact scale of the damage is not yet known, but the head of the local de facto administration claims the consequences would have been worse […]

Abkhazia resumes issuing of ‘visas’ as FIFA World Cup ends

By | July 18th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

GALI, DFWatch–Sokhumi has resumed the issuing of ‘visas’ used by many Georgians to visit family and do business here in the Gali region in the southeast of the breakaway republic Abkhazia. The issuing of ‘visas’ was suspended about two months ago and locals in this predominantly […]

After years of crime rule, number of robberies finally drops in Gali

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

Gali center. GALI, DFWatch–In the past, robberies were rife here in Abkhazia’s easternmost region Gali, which is predominantly inhabited by ethnic Georgians. But recently, the crime situation has noticeably improved. DFWatch talked to people in Gali about how their situation has changed the last few years. […]

New hurdles for Gali residents as breakaway Abkhazia ends use of ‘passports’

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

(Newscaucasus.com) GALI, DFWatch–As Abkhazia’s breakaway authorities are planning to end the use of specially issued ‘passports’ by the end of 2018, the Georgian minority here are facing new bureaucratic hurdles and further discrimination. […]

Abkhazia halts issuing of ‘visas’ during FIFA World Cup

By | June 16th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

GALI, DFWatch–Sokhumi has suspended the issuing of ‘visas’ which is needed by many Georgians to visit family and do business here in the southern Gali region of the breakaway republic. […]

Breakaway Sokhumi plans to import Abkhazians from Middle East to shift demographics

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Abkhazia’s de facto president Raul Khajimba and Beslan Dbar (presidentofabkhazia.org) GALI, DFWatch–Breakaway authorities in Sokhumi plan to invite ethnic Abkhazians in the Middle East to come and settle in the southern Gali and northern Gagra districts. The scheme will shift the demographics in parts of the disputed territory where the Abkhazians are not […]

In Gali, Abkhazia, people wait in vain for a new border crossing to open

By | May 24th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

GALI, DFWatch–For almost a year and a half, people in Gali, in the south of breakaway Abkhazia, have been waiting for a new checkpoint to open on the administrative border line to Georgia proper, so far in vain. […]

A shopping mall near the Abkhazian border offers services to people on both sides

By | March 31st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

The hypermarket. (DFWatch.) ZUGDIDI, DFWatch–A five hectare shopping mall in Rukhi, only meters from the administrative border line (ABL) with breakaway Abkhazia, is doing good business, says its director David Machavariani, speaking to DFWatch. “Of course, the idea has justified itself, as [the mall] allows people to have more access to the services closer to their homes. […]

Georgian opera singer to perform in breakaway Abkhazia

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

Photo: Giorgi Todua (left) and Alexander Tikhomirov at Gali Culture House. GALI, DFWatch–Georgian opera singer Giorgi Todua will hold a concert in the breakaway region Abkhazia on Wednesday, for the first time after the bloody war in 1991-92, which killed tens and  displaced hundreds of thousands of people. […]

Georgians in Abkhazia cancel harvest, claim pesticide withheld by regime

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Photo by Dominik K. Cagara.) GALI, DFWatch–Georgian hazelnut farmer in Abkhazia canceled this year’s harvest after de facto authorities failed to hand out vital pesticide to battle a bug. The bug has already ravaged farms in Western Georgia but the damage is even worse in the breakaway region […]

Abkhazia shuts down elementary school in Georgian populated region

By | October 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The Georgian school in the village Tagiloni, 9 km from Gali, which was closed recently. (DFWatch.) GALI, DFWatch–Breakaway authorities in Abkhazia have closed a public school in the region’s southern district which has a predominantly ethnic Georgian population. De facto authorities told school principals in Gali on Wednesday that the school in Tagiloni, a the village near Gali, […]

Georgians in Abkhazia protest closure of border crossings

By | January 29th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Rustavi 2.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Authorities in Abkhazia have closed Nabakevi and Otobaya border crossings connecting the breakaway region to Georgia proper. The closing of the two checkpoints was announced by Lasha Tsaava, head of the legal department of the de facto […]

Abkhazia’s Georgians still a hostage of regional tensions

By | August 10th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Gali, Abkhazia (Dominik K. Cagara) Gali, DFWatch – As the Abkhazian de facto government fails to adopt constructive integration policies, many ethnic Georgians living in the eastern districts of Abkhazia complain about prejudice as well as political, economic, and cultural discrimination. […]