Georgians in Abkhazia

Breakaway authorities in Abkhazia pressuring Georgian schools to teach in Russian language

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

A part Georgian school in the village of Sida. (DFWatch.) GALI, DFWatch--Breakaway Abkhazia is fastening its grip on Georgian schools in Gali, local teachers told DFWatch. Sokhumi suspects that the schools in this southern district with a predominantly ethnic Georgian population are violating a relatively recent policy to only allow Russian as the instructional [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

School pupils in Gali prohibited from attending NGO events

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

GALI, DFWatch–The deputy head of administration in Gali district has carried out an inspection of the schools in this predominantly Georgian district of breakaway Abkhazia and ordered principals not to let […]

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. […]

Gali residents urged to renounced Georgian ethnicity to acquire Abkhazian passport

By | July 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Awarding ‘Abkhaz passport’. In the center Temur Nadaraia, the head of Gali de facto administration. GALI, DFWatch–July 19, a ceremony was held here in Gali to award ‘Abkhaz passports’ to 139 residents who listened to an appeal by something called the Mirzakan Abkhaz Council. This was was only the latest event organized by the Council in an effort backed by Sokhumi […]

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. […]

Massive delays on Enguri bridge

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

TBILISI, DFWatch–Long queues on the Enguri bridge has caused major interruptions for people wanting to cross the de facto border between Abkhazia and Georgia proper. Locals told DFWatch the immediate reason for the traffic jam is that only one out of four passport counters is operational on the Abkhaz side, […]

Seven Georgian schools may be closed in the southern part of Abkhazia

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

The Georgian school in the village Tagiloni was closed recently. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Abkhazia’s breakaway authorities are planning to close seven Georgian schools in Gali, according to locals, who fear that such a decision, if taken, will cause the district to be depopulated. The school closures are being considered as part of an ‘optimization’ plan for the public schools in Abkhazia. […]

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. […]

Sokhumi’s lack of a heart clinic leads many to seek treatment in Georgia proper

By | March 13th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

GALI, DFWatch–Abkhazia’s de facto authorities have not managed to open a much needed heart clinic in Sokhumi due to the lack of qualified medical staff, a Georgian cardiologist who was involved in the process told DFWatch. […]

Abkhazian ‘residency permit’ enforced by threat of cutting off pensions

By | February 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

GALI, DFWatch–After requiring people to obtain a residency permit which costs almost USD 200, breakaway Abkhazia now threatens to cut off pensions and teachers’ salaries of those who don’t comply. Locals in the Gali region consider the new regulation a form of blackmail. […]

Minibuses replacing horse carts at Enguri Bridge

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

GALI, DFWatch–Four-wheel horse carts (‘tachkas’) are still the main means of transport for crossing the Enguri Bridge, which separates breakaway Abkhazia from Georgia proper. However, recently three ‘marshrutkas’ have started competing for this profitable business, […]

How much do teachers in Gali actually earn?

By | January 30th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

სოფელ სიდას სკოლა. GALI, DFWatch–Here in Gali, southeastern Abkhazia, the school teachers are the only group of ethnic Georgians that the breakaway authorities don’t demand formal documents from in order to be allowed to work, several teachers told DFWatch. […]

Faced with new bureaucratic hurdles, Georgians in Abkhazia ponder leaving

By | November 11th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

აფხაზური “ვიზა” (DFWatch). Gali, DFWatch–The de facto authorities in Abkhazia are developing new ways to discriminate against the ethnic Georgian population in the region’s southeast Gali district. “We are absolutely deprived of any civil rights. […]

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, […]

Abkhaz leader plans to close all but one checkpoint

By | October 3rd, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Only the main checkpoint on the Enguri river will be operational. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The newly elected de facto president of the breakaway region Abkhazia wants to close five out of a total of six ’official’ checkpoints that divide Abkhazia from Georgia proper. According to Russian news agency Ria Novosti, Abkhazia’s new president, […]

Abkhazia’s interim rulers plan to block Georgians from voting

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

Raul Khajimba. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The new de facto rulers of Abkhazia are preparing to prevent Georgians with dual citizenship from voting in the election planned for August 24. “25-26 thousand people are not eligible to vote in the […]