40 injured as Pankisi residents clash with police over hydropower

By | April 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Radio Way.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Up to 40 people were injured in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge Sunday as locals clashed with riot police over a hydropower plant. The confrontation started in the village Birkiani after police units entered the gorge to protect company employees who are working on the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the river [...]

Culture house in Pankisi may close following ‘intentional’ fire

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A culture house in the Pankisi Gorge in the northern part of Kakheti may close after a fire that staff say was deliberately started. The fire on Tuesday didn’t cause much damage, but a spokesperson for the organization which runs the center […]

Fire at Pankisi culture center was ‘intentionally set’

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

(Radio Way.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A fire that broke out at a culture house in the Pankisi Gorge was intentionally started, a spokesperson for the center told a local radio station. The building is located in Duisi, the largest village of Pankisi, a mountainous area of Georgia inhabited predominantly […]

Pankisi native, reportedly ISIS member, killed in Middle East

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Pankisi native has been killed in the Middle East. Reports vary about where the 24 year old Mukhad Khangoshvili was killed. According to Interpressnews, which relies on an unidentified source in Pankisi, it happened in Mosul, […]

Update: A Pankisi man detained for a threatening Facebook post

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , , |

The threatening post ( Tbilisi, DFWatch – State Security Service of Georgia launched a probe into a possible terror threat distributed by Facebook on Thursday evening. […]

Umar Shishani confirmed dead by Islamic State

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

TBILISI, Dfwatch–The Islamic State military commander Tarkhan Batirashvili, a native of the village Birkiani in Georgia’s Pankisi valley, widely known under his nom de guerre Umar Shishani, was confirmed dead by Amaq Agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic State. […]

In pictures: Pankisi valley celebrates Eid al-Fitr

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , , |

Pankisi Valley, DFWatch – Eid al-Fitr, or the Feast of Breaking the Fast, is a major Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. This year, Eid al-Fitr was celebrated by Muslims worldwide on 6 July. In Pankisi valley, Georgia’s utmost […]

Civil society and countering violent extremism in Georgia

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , , , , |

Mosque in Duisi, Pankisi Gorge Georgia’s State Agency for Religious Issues is accusing NGOs of fomenting radicalisation and terrorism in the country. Others, however, consider civil society vital in any attempt to prevent it. […]

Another Georgian citizen killed in Syria

By | April 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(ipn) TBILISI, DFWatch–Vakha Bugiev, 39-year-old native of Chechnya became yet another Georgian citizen who died in Syria, Information Centre of Kakheti (ICK) reported. Mr Bugiev arrived to Georgia via Azerbaijan during the Second Chechen War in 2000 and was […]

Pankisi imams won’t endorse early marriages

By | March 25th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

Mosque in Duisi, Pankisi Gorge The issue of early marriages highlights existing religious divisions in Pankisi valley and competing views on the community’s relation with the Georgian state. In a conversation with local Radio WAY (‘We’ in Chechen), member of Pankisi’s Council of Elders Khaso Khangoshvili declared that early marriages won’t be endorsed by [...]

Shishani ‘clinically dead’: Syrian monitor

By | March 14th, 2016|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , , |

Tarkhan Batirashvili, Abu Omar Shishani TBILISI, DFWatch–According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Islamic State’s field commander Tarkhan Batirashvili, mostly known under his nom de guerre Abu Omar Shishani, has been ‘clinically dead’ for several days, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. […]

ISIS’s Georgian-born commander ‘wounded, not dead’: Report

By | March 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Undated photo of Abu Omar TBILISI, DFWatch–The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) announced that according to its sources military commander of the Islamic State, Tarkhan Batirashvili, was seriously injured in an American airstrike on 4 March, yet not killed, Reuters reported. […]

Pankisi village appoints its first ever woman gamgebeli

By | September 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Tamara Margoshvili, newly appointed head of Duisi municipality. (ICK.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A small, male-dominated village in the northeast of Georgia has for the first time appointed a woman as a head of municipality. Monday, Tamar Margoshvili, 55, took the post as gamgebeli in Duisi, a village in Pankisi Gorge, Georgia, […]

Pankisi locals demand the return of youth who went to Syria

By | April 6th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Locals in Pankisi Gorge in northeast Georgia demand the return of two boys who allegedly went to Syria to join Islamc State. The Council of Elders, an informal mediation body in Pankisi, on Monday met to discuss what to do after Muslim […]

Two more Pankisi youth leave Georgia to join IS in Syria

By | April 5th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Georgian boys, one 18 and the other younger, have allegedly left the country to become fighers for Islamic State in Syria, acording to locals. The two were attending tenth and eleventh grade at a school in the village Omalo, in Pankisi Gorge. […]

How community leaders view a child marriage in Pankisi, Georgia

By | March 17th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

(DF Watch.) PANKISI, DFWatch–About a month ago, a 13 year old girl was married to a 23 year old man in Pankisi Gorge with approval from the girl’s parents. This has caused concern in the Council of Women and the Council of Elders, two mediation bodies which play an important […]

Muslims in northeast Georgia demonstrate against Charlie Hebdo

By | January 20th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

Muslims rally in a village Duisi, Pankisi Gorge (Interpressnews) TBILISI, DFWatch–Muslims in a valley northeast in Georgia demonstrated Monday against the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo for publishing a caricature depicting Prophet Mohammad on January 14. People in the village Duisi, in Pankisi Gorge, believe the cartoon […]

One more Georgian jihadist dies in Syrian war

By | December 27th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Georgian citizen has died in the Syrian war. Israphil Tsatiashvili, 18, died in Kobani, Syria, fighting for Islamic State. He is the eighth fighter from Pankisi who has died in Syria. Israphil’s brother Zelimkhan, 21, died about a month […]

Georgia prepares tougher punishment for joining terrorist groups

By | December 10th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The government in Georgia is working on a new bill that will punish people for joining terrorist organizations abroad. Spokesperson for the Interior Ministry tells DF Watch that the details of the new bill will be known after a draft has been sent […]

Georgia plans new measures as one more fighter dies in Syria war

By | December 8th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

A mosque in Pankisi Gorge, Georgia. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Georgian citizen from the Pankisi gorge has died during clashes in the city of Kobane, Syria, fighting for Islamic State. This is the eighth Pankisi man to die in the Syrian war. The victim’s family is avoiding comments, but relatives […]

Pankisi’s Council of Elders and what they do

By | November 25th, 2014|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , , , |

Khaso Khangoshvili, Zaur Gumashvili, Apolon Gaurgashvili and Soltsa Kavtarashvili. (DF Watch.) DUISI, DFWatch–Despite its reputation, Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge is now a quite peaceful place, according to the Council of Elders, an informal body which arbitrates conflicts in the area. The council has a long history here. Its role is to mediate and decide […]

Pankisi youth choose radical Islam over grim reality

By | November 21st, 2014|Categories: Minorities, Youth|Tags: , , |

(DF Watch.) DUISI, DFWatch–The people in Pankisi Gorge have been under increasing scrutiny for the last few months, as fighters from this region have become high-ranking commanders in the forces of the Islamic State. Pankisi is merely a 34 square kilometers cut into the Greater […]

Seventh jihadi from Pankisi Gorge, Georgia, dies in Syrian war

By | October 13th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

The mosque in Duisi, Pankisi Gorge. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Georgian jihadist from Pankisi Gorge has been killed in Syria fighting alongside the Islamic State. 22 year old Guram Gumashvili is the seventh rebel fighter from Pankisi to be killed in the Syrian war, according to the Kakheti […]

Georgian man stabs sister for not wearing hijab

By | October 1st, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , , , , |

The mosque in Duisi, Pankisi Gorge. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A man from Pankisi Gorge stabbed his sister in the chest with a knife for refusing to wear a hijab. The brother, 35, inflicted 7 wounds on his 33 year old sister, a former police officer. Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge is located in the northeast […]

Sixth Georgian from Pankisi Gorge dies in Syrian war

By | September 25th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Muslim Shishani, from Pankisi Gorge in Georgia. TBILISI, DFWatch–An 18 year old Georgian has died in the Syrian civil war. He is the sixth fighter to die in the war who is a native of Pankisi Gorge. Pankisi Gorge in the northeast of Georgia was used as a jihadist base during both Chechen wars, and this was where […]

Erisimedi – a village on the Georgia-Azerbaijan border

By | May 6th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Ioseb Giuradze in Erisimedi says they have little contact with people on the other side of the border, but the situation is peaceful. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Erisimedi is a small village right on the Georgia-Azerbaijan border with a population of not more than a few hundred. It belongs to the Georgian municipality Sighnagi, but lacks a clear demarcation of the border with Azerbaijan, which has caused […]

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 […]

Chechen refugees trying to find their place in Georgian society

By | January 5th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

Kariata Tsimirbulatova. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–For the last 14 years, Kariata Tsimirbulatova has lived with her husband and four children in Duisi, a village in a valley in the northeastern part of Georgia near the border to Chechnya called Pankisi Gorge. The members of her family have recently […]

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 […]

Detainee in Georgia-Dagestan border shooting released

By | December 7th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

Ahmed Chataev, who denies guilt, was released on bail Thursday. He lost a leg in the border shooting near Dagestan in August, 2012. According to Chataev this was the first attempt by boeviks to enter Chechnya from Georgia after the end of the second Chechen war. (IPN.) TBILISI, DFWatch — Tbilisi City Court on Thursday released a man detained after a firefight on the border with Russia in late August, 2012. Akhmed Chatayev was released on USD 3 000 bail, which he will have to pay within 30 days. August 28, Georgia started […]

Another rebel buried in Pankisi Valley

By | September 4th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Another so-called saboteur was buried today in a Georgian village, locals say. Seven corpses have been identified out of eleven liquidated saboteurs, according to the interior ministry. Two of them were Georgian citizens and were buried earlier in the village Duisi […]

Warns of Russian border raid

By | December 14th, 2011|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch - A Georgian parliamentarian warns that a statement from Russia's chief security adviser could signal Russian military action of the kind that took place in 2002. Giorgi Targamadze, representative of the parliamentary opposition and a member of parliament’s Trust Group, calls for the government to pay serious attention to accusations made by the Russian Security Council [...]