Lapankuri operation

Speaker of parliament wants full disclosure about Istanbul mastermind

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The speaker of Georgia’s parliament says people must know the truth about the suspected Istanbul bombing mastermind and his role in a mysterious shooting incident in Georgia in 2012. The same day, a member of government […]

‘Mastermind of Istanbul attack was an agent for Saakashvili’

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Sozar Subari. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two leading politicians in Georgia believe that Akhmed Chatayev, the suspected mastermind of the terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, was an ‘agent of the previous government.’ “It turns out that this prominent terrorist [Chatayev] was an agent […]

Was Istanbul airport attack organized by militant with links to Georgia?

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Akhmed Chatayev. (Interpressnews.) Chatayev was missing his left leg and right arm as he appeared outside the court building in Tbilisi in December, 2012. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The terrorist attack at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on 28 June, which claimed the lives of 44 victims and three suicide bombers and left 239 people wounded, is believed to have been organized by Akhmed Chatayev, a Russian national […]

Georgian Defense Ministry official resigns due to public pressure

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

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The deputy head of the general inspection in the Georgian Defense Ministry resigned on Tuesday, explaining that he made the decision due to the accusations against him lately. Explaining the decision, Valeri Zumbadze wrote in a statement published […]

New report sheds light on border shooting in 2012

By | December 2nd, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The ombudsman in Georgia on Monday published a report which criticizes the authorities for holding back information and not properly investigating a border shooting in 2012. When the several days long standoff ended on the border with Russia in late […]

Naturalized Chechen still being denied to leave Georgia

By | July 15th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

Saikhan Muzayev. (Imedi.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Chechen refugee continues to claim that he is being harassed by government bodies and that he is not allowed to cross the Georgian border. Non-governmental organizations and the Ombudsman appeal to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to stop violating his […]

Chechen denied to leave Georgia, fears being turned over to Russia

By | May 15th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

Saikhan Muzayev fears he will be secretly handed over to Russian counterintelligence. (Georgian Public Broadcaster.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Chechen refugee with Georgian citizenship told parliament on Wednesday that he is being pressured by authorities. Speaking at a plenary session, Saikhan Muzayev said he has tried to leave Georgia ten times but was denied leaving every time. Tomorrow, […]

Chechen refugees feel harassed by Georgian counterintelligence

By | January 27th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , , , |

Saikhan Muzayev. (Georgian Public Broadcaster.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Some of the Chechens in Pankisi Gorge close to the Russian border say they are blackmailed and harassed by Georgian counterintelligence. Saikhan Muzayev, a former Russian and Arabic translator for the Refugee Ministry, said at a press […]

Inquest into Georgia’s cooperation with Chechen rebels progressing

By | December 3rd, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

Georgian police in Lapankuri 2012. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Public Defender in Georgia says an independent inquest into a border skirmish in 2012 has revealed many interesting details. But ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili refrained from saying specifically what has been revealed and says this will be published […]

New commission will study Lapankuri border shooting

By | October 22nd, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A newly appointed commission will next week start studying a special operation which claimed 14 lives on the Georgia-Russia border in August 2012. The incident took place in the last few months of Saakashvili’s government. After the change of government […]

New inquest into how Saakashvili regime trained Chechen rebels

By | August 30th, 2013|Categories: News, Security|Tags: , |

Ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili Thursday announced a separate inquest into the Lapankuri border skirmish in August 2012, which claimed the lives of fourteen people. Nanuashvili told Interpressnews a new inquest is necessary because more than a year has […]

Why were youth fighting in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley?

By | August 19th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Police cars in Duisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A conflict of unknown nature has developed between Kists and local Georgian youth in Pankisi Valley, which lies in the northeast of Georgia, at the foot of the Caucasus mountains. No-one is injured, but the situation is tense and the Interior […]

Three rebel fighters reburied in Pankisi

By | May 16th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

Salam Zaurbekov, Aslan Margoshvili and Bajaudi Baghakashvili were reburied in Duisi, Pankisi Gorge, Thursday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The bodies of three militants who died in a border shooting in August 2012 were Thursday reburied in Duisi, in the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia. An autopsy has been carried out on the bodies of Salam Zaurbekov, Aslan Margoshvili and Bajaudi Baghakashvili, […]

Georgia examining bodies of dead Chechen fighters

By | May 8th, 2013|Categories: News, Security|Tags: |

Georgian police in Lapankuri, August 29, 2012. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Authorities in Georgia Wednesday conducted a somewhat belated autopsy of the bodies of some of the dead in a special operation along the border with Russia in August, 2012. The shooting in a forested hillside in Lapankuri, near the border between Georgia […]

Ombudsman claims Saakashvili government trained Chechen rebels

By | May 7th, 2013|Categories: News, Security|Tags: |

Ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Public Defender says the eleven Chechen fighters who died in a shooting incident at the border between Georgia and Russia in August 2012, were part of an operation by the then Georgian government to train and equip fighters and send […]

Ex intelligence head attacks former interior minister

By | April 16th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Data Akhalaia, former head of Georgia’s domestic intelligence service CSD/KUD, attacks former interior minister Vano Merabishvili in an open letter on Facebook. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A message posted on Facebook allegedly by a former official who fled from Georgia after the October elections has triggered a massive outcry in the country. The message purports to be written by Data Akhalaia, former head of Georgia’s domestic […]

One insurgent arrested near Russia-Georgia border

By | September 9th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The interior ministry in Georgia Saturday arrested one of the so-called saboteurs near the Dagestan section of the border with Russia. According to a short statement published on Saturday, Akhmet Chatayev, Russian citizen from the North Caucasus was […]

Georgia recovers 11 bodies from militant group

By | August 31st, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Eleven dead bodies have been recovered from the rebel group, which according to the Georgian interior ministry counted about 20 people in total. The ministry says some of the militants were from North Ossetia, a republic which is part of the […]

Georgia releases footage of dead Islamist militants

By | August 30th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Georgia Interior Ministry released a footage of operation of Georgian special forces against Islamist militants from Russia’s volatile Dagestan republic of North Caucasus, when two Georgian officers and one army doctor died, along with 11 […]

Georgia says border shooting not reason for Russian action

By | August 29th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Georgia says a serious border incident which led to fourteen deaths can not be a reason for Russia to intervene. Despite witness accounts from the Georgian side, Russia’s secret police, the FSB, which also controls the borders, does not confirm that armed groups […]

Two law enforcers, one military doctor and 11 boeviks killed, Georgian officials report

By | August 29th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Two members of Georgian Interior Affairs Ministry special unit and one military doctor has died, while eleven saboteurs were killed and 6 are currently surrounded, MIA reported recently. According to Georgian officials all hostages released in the […]

Police operation on Georgia-Russia border

By | August 29th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Tuesday night, security forces in Georgia were deployed near the border with Russia after an armed group was spotted in a the area. The Interior Ministry has blocked access to a valley in Kakheti while while the operation is ongoing and all measures […]