Levan Izoria

New Georgian PM unveils cabinet with three new names

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

Ivane Machavariani is proposed as new finance minister, one of the three new faces in the government. (PIA.) TBILISI, DFWatch–New Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze unveiled his cabinet on Thursday. The list contains three new names, among them proposed Finance Minister Ivane Machavariani (pictured), while the embattled justice minister gets to keep her seat. […]

US to sell Stinger missiles to Russia’s neighbor Georgia

By | June 21st, 2018|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria. (mod.gov.ge.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia will probably receive American-made Stinger MANPADs, the defense minister has revealed. Defense Minister Levan Izoria mentioned the new weapons acquisition during a confirmation hearing in parliament on Tuesday. “Georgia will get, along with the Javelins, […]

Georgian parliament approves new government

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament Saturday passed a vote of confidence in a new cabinet government formed after Georgian Dream won a landslide in the October 8 election. 110 MPs voted for and 19 against a cabinet, which had only three personnel changes […]

Will Georgia end compulsory military service? Decision expected in Nov

By | October 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Defense Ministry.) TBILISI, DFWatch–It is still unknown if a decision by the former Georgian defense minister to end compulsory military service will become a reality. A decision may be expected in November, because Defense Minister Levan Izoria promised to ‘clarify’ the issue by next month, […]

Georgia halts military exercises at sea following fatal diving accident

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Defense Minister Levan Izoria. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is halting exercises at sea as there are no certified instructors, Defense Minister Levan Izoria said Wednesday. A search for two military divers who went missing during an exercise was called off yesterday. The soldiers went missing […]

Death of military divers may lead to criminal charges: Defense minister

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s defense minister says a crime may have been committed when two soldiers disappeared while diving off the Black Sea coast eight days ago. Their bodies have still not been found. Levan Izoria said Tuesday that there are possible […]

Georgian official blames Russia for sex tape scandal

By | March 30th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: , |

Levan Izoria. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A deputy head of the Georgian counterintelligence on Monday hinted that Russia could be behind leaked surveillance videos recently used to threaten government members, although he did not rule out any theory. The videos were uploaded […]

Intelligence official denies the presence of agents at TSU

By | March 30th, 2016|Categories: Youth|Tags: , |

Levan Izoria said the practice of placing ODR agents at universities to spy on students ended in 2015. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The conflict at Tbilisi State University (TSU) seemed to be over a few weeks ago, but now Georgian intelligence has jumped into the fray, announcing that it hasn’t had agents at TSU since the beginning of this year. The presence […]

Georgia confirms arrest of four linked to IS

By | December 1st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Levan Izoria. TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian intelligence service Tuesday confirmed the arrest of four persons for links to Islamic State. Levan Izoria, Deputy Head of the State Security Service, said at a briefing that the four openly support the ideology of the terrorist organization known as ISIS. […]

Dozens suspected ISIS recruits prevented from entering Georgia

By | November 17th, 2015|Categories: Security|Tags: , , |

Levan Izoria. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–An intelligence official in Georgia says dozens of foreigners have been prevented from entering Georgia, because they were suspected of preparing to go to Syria to join ISIS. Deputy head of the State Security Service Levan Izoria told Maestro TV that the government […]

Georgia investigating coup plans by the former ruling party

By | October 15th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Deputy Interior Minister Levan Izoria. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian law enforcers are investigating alleged plans by the former ruling party, the National Movement, to destabilize the country and overthrow its government, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Levan Izoria told opposition-leaning TV channel Rustavi 2. […]

Georgia defines ‘immoral behavior’ in public

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

Deputy Interior Minister Levan Izoria. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Ministry of Internal Affairs has defined the meaning of ‘immoral behavior’ in public places, a crime punishable with a fine of 200 lari (USD 120). ‘Immoral behavior’ is defined as actions which show disrespect to others, including sexual type […]

Major Aspects of the Public Service Reform

By | April 25th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

One of the priority directions of Georgian Development Research Institute (GDRI) is the concept on public service reform, writes Levan Izoria, lawyer at the GDRI. The aim of the given concept is to create a guarantees for the independence of the public servant. Until recently […]