RUSTAVI2 Rustavi2 TV News Portal RSS Feed Rustavi2 Broadcasting Company http://rustavi2.ge/ Non-judge members of the High Council of Justice express their distrust in the process of interview http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139835

Non-judge members of the High Council of Justice express their distrust in the process of interview with candidates for judges. Ana Dolidze and Nazi Janezashvili left the interview process in protest yesterday. The dissatisfaction of the members of the High Council of Justice was caused by the time of the interview. According to them, the members of the council are asking simple questions to their favorite candidates.
"Questions asked by Judge Members of the Council of Justice are the questions that are asked at the final exams of the first year of the Law School. Such questions are simply shameful, but these questions guarantee that the favorite contestants will not make any mistake during the interview, "said Anna Dolidze.
After yesterday"s interview, it was confirmed that the chairman of the Constitutional Court now wants to become the Supreme Court to judge for a lifetime. Zaza Tavadze was one of the last persons with whom the interview was held yesterday at the High Council of Justice.
Tavadze says he wants to continue his work because the term of working as chairman of the Constitutional Court is due to expire next year. The last stage of the selection of candidates will be discussed today at the council where Levan Tevzadze, Ilona Todua and Ucha Todua will participate.

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24-07-2019 08:35 +0400
Okruashvili says in 2016 he was attacked in connection with "Rustavi 2" http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139831

One more scandalous statement from former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili - leader of "Victorious Georgia" who said that the attack on him in 2016 was related to Rustavi 2"s case.
According to Okruashvili, he was shot at the order of Kakhi Kaladze. The former minister named Irakli Gharibashvili in connection with this case.
"The request was that I had to change the testimony that I paid a million two hundred thousand dollars to Dvali and Akimidze, "- said Irakli Okruashvili.

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24-07-2019 07:54 +0400
"I do not exclude that Eka Beselia"s indecent and inadequate statements will be raised in the Council of Ethics" - Anri Okhanashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139830

"I do not exclude raising Eka Beselia"s question in general in the Council of Ethics, regarding her obscene and totally inadequate statements," the chairman of the Legal Issues Committee told the journalists.
Anri Okhanashvili decided to defend Vano Zardiashvili, who opposes Beselia.
"This person was recently distinguished with very abusive epithets and bad rhetoric. She has nothing to say about Zaradiashvili, nor does she have a moral advantage over Zardiashvili, "said Anri Okhanashvili.
The dispute between former teammates started yesterday after Zardiashvili compared Beselia to a rat and blamed her in releasing information on the "Georgian Dream".
Eka Beselia decided to sue Vano Zardiashvili in the Board of Ethics.

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24-07-2019 07:46 +0400
Everyone is worried about the lack of justice, the feeling of injustice and the inequality - Eka Beselia http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139814

34 days of continuous protests - Citizens gathered at Rustaveli Avenue are demanding the resignation of the Interior Minister. This is the only requirement that has not changed for more than a month.
The rally was held in a different format before the parliament. On the 34th day of continuous protest, a television studio was open like it was yesterday and organizers discussed events of the 20th of June and topical issues in the country.
The today`s guests of the studio were former MP from the Georgian Dream, Eka Beselia and Beka Basilaia, who had been on hunger strike for 19 days.
"The main point of view is fairness, which is worrying everyone, the lack of justice, the feeling of injustice, inequality, human dignity, and fundamental human rights. I think this is the topic that can hold everything and we have a lot to talk about and it"s not accidental that this coincided with today, "Eka Beselia said.

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23-07-2019 21:50 +0400
The decision of the European Court on Rustavi 2"s case leaves a 3-month period for appeal - an official document from Strasbourg http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139810

The decision of the Strasbourg Court on "Rustavi 2" will be appealed to the Grand Chamber. The official document received from the court confirms that there is a three-month term in which the parties can apply to the superior body. This explanation of the judges of the Human Rights Court raises more question marks about the government"s action - why the Georgian Dream hurried to execute the court decision.
The questions regarding the execution of the Strasbourg decision were raised after the parties received a written version of the decision from the European Court and a letter from the Court. According to this document, the decision of July 18 will enter into force three months later, unless the parties do not appeal to the Grand Chamber until the 18th of October. This letter is another proof for Rustavi 2 lawyers that the decision of Strasbourg was hastily executed. They had also sent a letter to the Justice Minister on July 17 before a decision was made and asked to refrain from hasty action. In a letter sent to Tea Tsulukiani, the lawyers requested not to allow the registration of "Rustavi 2" shares until the Strasbourg decision was analyzed, as this would be a violation of the Convention and her personal responsibility. Minister of Justice Tsulukiani has not made any explanation today. The Ministry responded to the allegations only by publishing the letter received from Strasbourg.
Kibar Khalvashi"s lawyer has made a response to the allegations instead of the Ministry of Justice. Now the Director General of Rustavi 2, Paata Salia claims that the law was not violated by their demands for changes in the registry.

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23-07-2019 21:33 +0400
Another wave of confrontation - Zardiashvili called Beselia a rat, Beselia threatened to open all cards of "Dream" http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139808

Another attack on the members of the parliamentary majority on Eka Beselia - the controversy between the former teammates has reached its highest today.
Kobakhidze - Zardiashvili - Mdinaradze"s group brought a new assault on Eka Beselia today.
Vano Zardiashvili went beyond the scope of ethics and once called his teammate a rat. Zardiashvili appeared in front of the camera with a particularly aggressive tone and his only target was Eka Beselia. 
The new face of the "Dream" party accused a veteran member of the party of corrupt deals. Zardiashvili claims that Eka Beselia was a secret informant of "Rustavi 2" and provided the channel with information on the backstage news.
From the Kobakhidze - Zardiashvili - Mdinaradze group, only MP Vano Zardiashvili appeared before the cameras. Davit Matikashvili accused Eka Beselia of spreading the internal news of the Georgian Dream today and insisted that she was "Rustavi 2" informer.
Eka Beselia, who did not become Zardiashvili"s attacker for the first time, thinks that Mdinaradze-Kobakhidze"s group has crossed all the red line, so the former member of the "Georgian Dream" warns Bidzina Ivanishvili that she will open all cards and openly speak about the "Dream`s" internal affairs.
Another stage of the attack on Eka Beselia, "Georgian Dream" started yesterday, when Vice Prime Minister Maia Tskitishvili called Beselia"s statements - investigating the case of personal life - tiring. Today Maia Tskitishvili has made a grave statement. She said that she did not say anything unethical and was not going to apologize.
Eka Beselia will apply against Vano Zardiashvili at the Ethics Council. The MP, who left the parliamentary majority, said Zardiashvili should leave the MP mandate and have already announced the fight for it.

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23-07-2019 21:12 +0400
"This is a form of rude person, insolent and the action of the man without intellect" - Levan Gogichaishvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139801

Levan Gogichaishvili responds to Vano Zardiashvili"s statement that Eka Beselia is a rat and she has provided "Rustavi 2" with the backstage information. According to Levan Gogichaishvili, Vano Zardiashvili is an insidious person.
"This is a form of rude person, insolent and the action of the man without intellect. I do not make comment on people below the bottom," - said Levan Gogichaishvili.
He also remarked that statement of Maia Tskitishvili was incorrect.

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23-07-2019 18:36 +0400
"Good job "Rustavi 2!" it seems like that company provides live-stream Information from all the meetings of the "Georgian Dream" - Opposition Responds to the statement of Vano Zardiashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139800

Representatives of the parliamentary opposition call the immoral campaign to the campaign against Eka Beselia.
According to Giga Bokeria, member of "European Georgia", members of the ruling party act shamefully.
"Another shameful, catastrophic immoral campaign of Ivanishvili against the opponents. There are speakers of  Ivanishvili, including Mr. Volsky and Mr. Talakvadze. We have very clear situation here. The investigation can not be successful because government is the only organizer of the crime," - Giga Bokeria said.
According to Roman Gotsiridze, the member of the opposition, the members of the ruling party fail to restore their reputation by their statements.
"Rustavi 2" has its sources through collecting the information, the company performs with dignity and I am sure they does not rely on one source, they collect peculiar information and jaxtapose them,"- said Roman Gotsiridze.

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23-07-2019 18:31 +0400
After Vano Zaradiashvili, other members of the "Georgian Dream" made statements that Eka Beselia was an informer of "Rustavi 2" http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139798

According to Sopho Kiladze, the fact mentioned Vano Zardiashvili really occurred. Eka Beselia was accused to corruption, but this information was not released.
"I really confirm that there was a question about corruption in connection with particular person at one of the majority meeting and this issue did not released," - said Sopho Kiladze.
Davit Matikashvili refrained from concrete statements.
"I will not go into the issues discussed within the majority, I"m sure you will ask her this question," - Davit Matikashvili said.

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23-07-2019 18:25 +0400
"Ivanishvili now is like a naked king who does not have anything to say" - Gigi Ugulava http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139797

"Ivanishvili now is like a naked king who does not have anything to say," - said Gigi Ugulava, general secretary of "European Georgia - Movement for Freedom.
Gigi Ugulava responds to immediate execution of the European Court decision and says that the current government is acting illegally.
"This government is able to take any illegal action in five minutes, their decision is the fact, because they were able to wait. Ivanishvili is now the naked king who has nothing to say," - said Gigi Ugulava.

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23-07-2019 18:06 +0400
The decision made by Strasbourg on Rustavi 2"s case should not have been enforced so quickly - Nona Tsotsoria http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139796

The decision made by Strasbourg on Rustavi 2"s case should not have been enforced so quickly - the former judge of the European Court of Human Rights Nona Tsotsoria made this statement.
According to Tsotsoria, the decision was to be executed if the dispute did not go to the Grand Chamber, for which the given term was until October 19.
"There should have been a little bit more explanation, at least a little more consideration because the issue concerned such a fundamental issue as to the existence of one of the main opposition channels in the country. Therefore, I think that it would have been better for democracy and the interests of the country if the decision had not been enforced instantly. In fact, such a speedy execution of the decision does not seem to be appropriate in such a situation, at least in the case of those who doubt that the entire process was aimed to change the editorial policy, those people have become more suspicious that the government had a substantial interest in the dispute resolution process since the decision was executed so quickly , "Nona Tsotsoria said.

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23-07-2019 17:49 +0400
Coward - Eka Beselia responded to Vano Zardiashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139788

Eka Beselia, who left the "Georgian Dream," responded to Vano Zardiashvili"s statement, where he noted that Beselia is a rat and she brought information to Nodar Meladze. Beselia called the Georgian Dream"s deputy coward.
Eka Beselia advises to Bidzina Ivanishvili, if he needs the speakers like Vano Zardiashvili, do not try her patient.
Former member of the "Georgian Dream" says that she has more questions about the spread of her private life footage than before.

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23-07-2019 16:15 +0400
"I do not have anything to hide nor diploma" - Shalva Tadumadze http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139786

"I do not have anything to hide nor diploma" - General Prosecutor answers to the questions about his diploma. After Shalva Tadumadze became the General Prosecutor, several NGOs addressed the Prosecutor"s Office with certain suspicions about the education of Mr Tadumadze.
"Courier" gained diploma of Shalva Tadumadze. He graduated from the "Humanitarian Institute of Tbilisi." There are some inaccuracies in the document. The transcrips indicates that Shalva Tadumadze studied at the institute in 1993-1998, but officially institute was established in 1994.
"Ask this Ministry of Education, I have diploma. I do not know what you"re talking about. I have not expected any suspicions about my recommendations," - said Tadumadze.
According to Tadumadze, he worked with the referees earlier.

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23-07-2019 16:12 +0400
Government against the decision of the European Court of Human Rights - Opposition believe that Ivanishvili wants to change editorial policy of the "Rustavi 2" as soon as possible http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139785

Why the government hastened the execution of the decision of the European Court of Human Righrs - "Rustavi 2" is still a matter of political assessment. The opposition thinks it is obvious that Ivanishvili"s interest is to change and control the editorial policy of independent media.
Opposition representatives say that the fact of hasty execution of the decision of the Supreme Court makes vivid that government wants to change the editorial policy of the company.
"The fact that the government has executed the decision after minutes, confirms the only thing that "Rustavi 2" has been fighting and is still struggling with the government, Bidzina Ivanishvili. Former owners of "Rustavi 2" should start legal procedures against the state," - said Salome Samadashvili, the member of the "United National Movement."
"European Georgia" believes that the authorities have hastened the execution of the decision of the Supreme Court to prevent the appeal to the Grand Chamber. According to Irma Nadirashvili, the reason is Bidzina Ivanishvili"s desire to change the editorial policy of the "Rustavi 2" as soon as possible.
"The government hurried up, this proves that there is no dispute between the owners at all. This is an attempt to change editorial policy. Bidzina Ivanishvili thinks that by changing the editorial policy of "Rustavi 2," will eliminate poverty in the country and people will be more secure," - Irma Nadirashvili said.
Davit Usupashvili responded to the processes.
"How Public Registry performed through the registration act, what did Khalvashi and Salia represented to the government body," - Davit Usupashvili said.
Today Nika Gvaramia wrote in the social network that he had received paper based version of the Strasbourg decision, which says openly that the decision will come into force if the parties will not appeal it until October 19.

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23-07-2019 16:03 +0400
President condemns any psychological violence against anyone- Khatia Moistsrapishvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139778

 

Infringement of right on the privae life and psychological pressure are unacceptable to the president - this is the definition of the Spokesperson of the country"s President regarding the investigation of Eka Beselia"s case.

According to Khatia Moistsraphishvili, any such action similar perceived by the president as bullying.

"The right of private life should be protected in Georgia, unconditionally. , the President of Georgia condemns any manifestation of the bullying. The President condemns any psychological violence against anyone. It does not matter whether it is a woman or a man. Psychological pressure should be excluded, "Khatia Moistsraphishvili said.

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23-07-2019 15:33 +0400
Execution of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights - Paata Salia explains http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139777

The decision made by the European Court of Human Rights on the case of "Rustavi 2" and its hasty execution by the government.
The decision of the ECHR states that this decision is not final and it will come into force if it will not be appealed to the Grand Chamber until October 19.
According to Paata Salia, the House of Justice had no basis for not to execute the decision of the European Court. Salia says that statements about the appeal is speculative.
"There were made various statements that question the legitimacy of enforcing the decision of the Supreme Court of Georgia. I would like to make some explanations. First of all, we remind you that the European Court of Human Rights decided that the suit of the broadcasting company "Rustavi 2" and the complaints of Georgian owners were not satisfied. Today"s interpretations are wrong. The measure used by the ECHR is unprecedented but you know that the court said that the judicial power in Georgia made their decisions impartially. The court found that claim of "Rustavi 2" is not permissible.The court also said that temporary measure should be canceled, which was the only obstacle in Georgia for the execution of the decision made in favor of Kibar Khalvashi.
Therefore, all the speculation is unreasonable. The action of Kibar Khalvashi and his representative, the decision of the Supreme Court, action of the House of Justice was absolutely correct and legitimate," - said Paata Salia.

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23-07-2019 15:27 +0400
"Blackmail with personal life is the same as torture... especially women should have solidarity to women" - Public Defender of Georgia http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139776

Public Defender responded to the statement of the Vice Prime Minister Maia Tskitishvili about Eka Beselia. Nino Lomjaria states that especially women should share solidarity with each other.
According to the Public Defender, there is a serious crime committed, which is actually equal to human torture. According to Nino Lomjaria, when such facts occur, it should be investigated in time.
"The blackmailing with personal life is the fact of torture. Especially women should have solidarity with women, because blackmailing with the footage of personal life is exactly the same as torture. With those videos they discredit the public figure, destroy and even make to disappear from the political field," - Nino Lomjaria said.

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23-07-2019 15:26 +0400
Another attack on the former member of "Georgian Dream" from the ruling party http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139775

"Georgian Dream" demands an apology from Eka Beselia. According to Rati Ionatamishvili, there is no necessity of excuse from the vice-premier.
"For a long time we had been attacked by the former members of the "Georgian Dream." Eka Beselia was one of the most disgusting, therefore, I think at least when people make statements with no arguments, they should make an apology," - said Rati Ionatamishvili.
Sopho Kiladze also thinks that Maia Tskitishvili should not apologize.

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23-07-2019 15:20 +0400
Eka Beselia is the so-called rat, who was delivering information to Nodar Meladze - Vano Zardiashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139773


Another attack of the parliamentary majority members on the former teammate - Vano Zardiashvili states that Eka Beselia is a rat and she was delivering information from the team to Nodar Meladze.

" The source of leakage of information from " Georgian Dream" has already been established. I think that this fact is indisputable. It was Eka Beselia. She had direct contact with Nodar Meladze, and delivering information from the sittings of the parliamentary majority.
To prove this, I tell you one fact. From the well-known meeting of the majority, where questions about Eka Beselia"s links with corruption were raised, only the information that Irakli Kobakhidze apologized to Eka Beselia leaked ... It is confirmed that Eka Beselia was, who was in touch with Nodar Meladze and who was delivering information from the team to him,"- Zardiashvili said.

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23-07-2019 15:10 +0400
"Ministry of Internal Affairs told me that this person is not the first source of the crime" - Eka Beselia http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139771

Eka Beselia responded to the briefing of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The MP says that she has more questions about the revealing of private life than she had before. According to her, she is fully aware of the case materials and knows nothing about this person. Eka Beselia says she is suspicious why investigation started talking about this person after the report of "Rustavi 2."
Eka Beselia also said that she was communicating with the investigative authorities, who asked whether this person was the source of the crime. The investigators told Beslia that the mentioned person was not the first source.
"We know this prisoner of Armenia for already months and I remember that "Rustavi 2" interviewed this prisoner. When I got into investigative materials, I asked whether this person was interrogated, he was not. After that I have got information from Armenian prosecutor, I was told that this prisoner did not give testimony. The main question I asked was whether this person was the first source, I was told that this is not the first source," - - Beselia said.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has named 2 persons for spreading the personal life of Eka Beselia, one is Armenian prisoner, the second is Russian citizen.

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23-07-2019 15:07 +0400
President can not interfere with the issue of commercial dispute - the president"s speaker speaks about Rustavi 2"s case http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139770


The President of Georgia can not interfere in the issue of legal nuances and commercial disputes - this statement was made by the President"s spokesperson regarding the case of "Rustavi 2".

According to Khatia Moistsraphishvili, Salome Zurabishvili respects the freedom of speech and freedom of expression in the country, but can not interfere with private disputes.

According to Moistsraphishvili , the decision made by the Strasbourg Court is an unmistakable proof that the Georgian judiciary system is impartial and makes relevant decisions.

"Of course, the President of Georgia can not enter into the issue of legal nuances and commercial disputes. We should respect the decision that was made in this case by the European Court and by which the Georgian judiciary system was impartial in relation to the issue, "Moistsraphishvili said.

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23-07-2019 15:01 +0400
If Maia Tskitishvili does not even understand if she has to apology, My comments will be excessive - Beselia http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139766


"If Maia Tskitishvili does not even understand what she did to herself with yesterday"s comment and can not understand that she has to apology for this words, my comments will be excessive,"- Eka Beselia responds to the statement of the Minister of the Regional Development.
According to the politician, the politician and the woman could not make anything worse to herself.

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23-07-2019 13:11 +0400
I do not think that it was not ethical - Maia Tskitishvili on her own statement regarding Eka Beselia http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139763

 

Maia Tskitishvili, the Minister of Regional developments does not see a necessity to answer the statement made on her in social network. According to Tskitishvili, she does not intend to argue on this issue, because has repeatedly expressed her position on the issue.

"I do not think that I should argue on this issue or I should comment on this issue. I do not think that it was not ethical, I do not intend to explain, "Tskitishvili said.

We remind you that the Regional Development Minister said yesterday that Eka Beselia"s statements regarding her private life are tiresome.

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23-07-2019 12:52 +0400
"Nika Gvaramia misleads media and society" - Archil Talakvadze speaks about the document, which says that the decision of the Strasbourg court is not final http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139757


Archil Talakvadze comments on the case of Rustavi 2. The chairman of the parliament says that Rustavi 2"s former director and lawyers are trying to mislead the society when he says that Strasbourg"s decision is not final and is subject to appeals. According to him, Strasbourg"s decision to cancel the suspension measure is final and it is not subject to appeals.


"The former Director of Rustavi 2, Nika Gvaramia, misleads media and society. Since the rule and legislation explicitly clarify that the Strasbourg Court"s decision on temporary measures cannot complain.

The decision enters into force as soon as the Strasbourg Curt receives it. When they made a decision on a temporary measure in relation to" Rustavi 2 ", it was the subject of the execution at the moment and was not appealed. Accordingly, the same will happen now.

As for conventional rights, it does not require any decision from Strasbourg, it is known that the parties have the right to appeal in the part of the Convention Rights," says Archil Talakvadze.

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23-07-2019 12:31 +0400
Shalva Tadumadze has gained mark 3 in the general law history of the state http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139756

"Courier"acquired the diploma of Prosecutor General, Shalva Tadumadze. Throughout the long period of time, there were several doubts about the education of Mr Tadumadze.
According to the diploma, Shalva Tadumadze has completed "Tbilisi Humanitarian Institute." There are some inaccuracies in the document. The transcript indicates that Shalva Tadumadze studied at the institute during 1993-1998, but the institute officially established in 1994.
Shalva Tadumadze has gained mark 3 (satisfactory) in the general law history of the state.
The General Prosecutor of Georgia Shalva Tadumadze responds to the questions of the High Council of Justice for already 2 hours. Personal lawyer of Ivanishvil is one of the candidate who want to be the judge of the Supreme Court.

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23-07-2019 12:27 +0400
Decision is not final and it will enter into force if is not appealed in the Grand Chamber until October 19 - Strasbourg Court on Rustavi 2 case http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139753


Another evidence that the decision of the Strasbourg Court was executed hastily implemented by the government.

The definition, attached to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights is said that the decision is not final and will enter into the force if it is not appealed to the Grand Chamber until October 19.
"In fact, this decision is not the final and the parties can appeal against it until October 18th and if they do not use this right then the decision enters in force.

We have seen that the Ministry of Justice has registered ownership rights of Kibar Khalvashi in a few hours as well as the Director- general.
In fact, there are cases when the Minister of Justice made a statement on Merabishvili"s case and said that Strasbourg"s decision should not be enforced because the government was going to appeal to the Grand Chamber in three months, but we have seen the opposite action in our case, the Ministry of Justice has completed everything in a few hours. Now if we go to the Grand Chamber and the Grand Chamber satisfies the complaint, we may face problems with execution.


And why did the Ministry of Justice do it? - It was intentionally and aimed to hand over Rustavi 2 to Kibar Khalvashi. Actually behind it is a goal to change the editorial policy of Rustavi 2.

We will appeal against the decision of the Ministry of Justice as the registration of Kibar Khalvashi"s property, "- Dimitri Sadzaglishvili said.

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23-07-2019 12:02 +0400
Fundamental rights and freedoms were overall respected in the parliamentary election- the European Union on elections in Ukraine http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139748

 

" Following the presidential elections in March and April, the Ukrainian people have once again given a strong mandate for reform for the next five years,"- The European Union makes a statement regarding the parliamentary elections, held in Ukraine.


In a statement, published on the official webpage of the European Union is underlined that the campaign was competitive and the electoral administration was competent and effective.

Extraordinary parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine on July 21.

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23-07-2019 10:24 +0400
"This comment was the most shameful of all the comments" - Beselia responds to Maia Tskitishvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139732

Eka Beselia is especially shocked by the fact that the comment was made by a woman, Maia Tskitishvili.
"I still maintain my ethic and do not talk about many things ... It"s the most shameful and humiliating of all comments," -MP writes in the social network.
Recall that the Regional Development Minister said yesterday that "she is already tired of Eka Beselia"s talk about her private life."

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23-07-2019 08:06 +0400
Ensuring Independent Judiciary System - Beselia starts collecting signatures for the draft resolution http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139731

From today, Eka Beselia starts collecting signatures of MPs regarding the draft resolution prepared by lawyers. It is about the package of draft laws that the authors deem necessary to ensure an independent judiciary system. After the required number of signatures, the project will be initiated in the Parliament.
According to the leader of the party "For Justice", changes for the country"s healthy judicial system are inevitable.
"It is specifically defined in the draft resolution that a temporary commission should be created to study all the reasons that led to the critical situation and problems that exist today in the form of an influential group, as well as the events specifically referred to in the following legislative amendments to ensure that the actual result, "- Beselia said.

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23-07-2019 08:05 +0400
"He ordered a dispersal of the protest," - Irakli Okruashvili requests to question Ivanishvili on June 20-21 events http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139729

Irakli Okruashvili is expected in the city court today. The leader of "Victorious Georgia" will be questioned as a witness in the presence of a magister judge . It is about the developments in front of the Parliament on June 20-21. Irakli Okruashvili, like other opposition leaders, refused to be questioned at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The former Defense Minister requests to question Bidzina Ivanishvili and is convinced that without the involvement of the international community there would have been many more politicians behind bars.
"The main thing is the number one person who is to be questioned on June 20 events. This is Bidzina Ivanishvili who shamelessly declares that he was asleep at night and did not know anything about what was going on. Nobody believes it, he knew what was going on and he ordered the dispersal of the protest, "Okruashvili said."

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23-07-2019 08:00 +0400
Volsky: An anonymous source told me that certain staff of "Rustavi 2" hold satanic assemblies at night http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139712

"An anonymous source told me that certain staff of"Rustavi 2" have satanic meetings at night time," said the leader of the parliamentary majority Giorgi Volsky.
Giorgi Volsky responded to the developments around Rustavi 2. The MP criticizes the broadcasting company and says that that the information aired that he and his colleagues had taken black money from Bidzina Ivanishvili in exchange for obedience is not true.
"It was reported recently that based on some anonymous letter or source that my colleagues and I receive black money from Bidzina Ivanishvili in exchange for obedience which is not true.
"I can say that as well that anonymous source told me that
"Rustavi 2 "holds satanic assemblies at night and swears before the black cat that they will not betray each other and continue the fight. That"s exactly what I could disseminate if I had an appropriate media outlet as it has the"National Movement", - said George Volsky.
In addition, Giorgi Volsky says he does not care who is the owner of the broadcasting company.

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22-07-2019 19:35 +0400
Attempt to Interfere in Editorial Policy - Rustavi 2 Journalists Meet with Diplomats and International Representatives http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139708

 

Diplomatic Corps, NGOs and Georgian representation of international organizations are in Rustavi 2. The journalists respond to the first attempt to interfere with an editorial policy with concrete steps.

Kibar Khalvashi"s statement, where he assesses the work of the channel as destructive and openly indicates that the editorial policy is not acceptable for Kibar Khalvashi is unacceptable for journalists of Rustavi 2 and is perceived as an attempt of censorship and attempt to change the editorial policy by.

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22-07-2019 17:59 +0400
Of course, I meant Bidzina Ivanishvili. It seems he will decide whether Kibar Khalvashi gives up shares - Davit Dvali http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139707


Davit Dvali names the person, who stands between founders of Rustavi 2 and restoration of justice.
After the written announcement Davit Dvali and Jarji Akimidze openly say that the editorial policy and critical opinion of Rustavi 2 are threatened and name Kibar Khalvashi"s statement as a sign.

"Of course, I meant Bidzina Ivanishvili. It seems he will decide whether Kibar Khalvashi gives up shares and if they let us to Rustavi 2 at all,"- Davit Dvali said.

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22-07-2019 17:37 +0400
Levan Koberidze offers Davit Dvali and Jarji Akimidze to hold an open format meeting on the case of "Rustavi 2" http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139703

MP Levan Koberidze offers Davit Dvali and Jarji Akimidze to hold an open format meeting on the case of "Rustavi 2." According to the initiative of the former member of the "Georgian Dream," the discussion may be attended by media, other stakeholders and several lawmakers.
Levan Koberidze does not exclude that Kibar Khalvashi and Nika Gvaramia will be invited to the next meeting at the parliament.

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22-07-2019 16:12 +0400
"Government is behind all the crimes" - Opposition responds to the statement of Eka Beselia http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139702

The opposition is convinced that in the conditions of the "Georgian Dream" government, the criminals names who made person"s personal life public will never become known.
The opposition speaks about the alleged motives of the prolonged investigation and does not exclude direct connections between the government and authors of moral terror.
Roman Gotsiridze, one of the leader of the "United National Movement," said that the government is standing behind all the high-profile cases that are not yet investigated.
"Video footage served the only purpose - maintaining political power, blackmail, establishing Ivanishvili"s sole government. It will certainly be investigated after the government will change and the perpetrators will be sentenced for the crime," - said Gotsiridze.
One of the leader of "European Georgia," Gigi Ugulava considers that the reason is that the government is behind all the crimes.

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22-07-2019 15:53 +0400
Davit Usupashvili denies negotiations with Irakli Okruashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139693

Davit Usupashvili, the Leader of "Movement for Development" denies negotiations with Irakli Okruashvili. Davit Usupashvili says that he had no negotiations with the former Minister and Irakli Okruashvili contacted him himself.

Davit Usupashvili comments on Irakli Okruashvili"s statement, according to which he asked to be a mediator with Georgian Dream.
Davit Usupashvili recalls that Okruashvili asked him to tell the leaders of Georgian Dream that former Defense Minister was ready to cooperate with the Prosecutor"s Office and instead wanted to settle relations with the ruling team.

Usupashvili says that Okruashvili"s statement was delivered to Prime Minister Gharibashvili and Bidzina Ivanishvili, who said that first of all Okruashvili has to address the Prosecutor"s Office. Usupashvili says that he has no information about further developments.

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22-07-2019 15:11 +0400
"Nerves of Mr Ivanishvili can not endure for two days if "Rustavi 2" remains as critical as it is now" - NGOs http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139694

Open attack of Kibar Khalvashi on Rustavi 2 journalists. He refused to create the public council.
New Director-General of "Rustavi 2," Paata Salia, for several days has been telling to the journalists that editorial policy of the company will remain untouchable, but after the statement of Kibar Khalvashi everything is vivid.
Non-governmental organizations responded to the events. The new owner of "Rustavi 2" has no idea about freedom of expression.This statement shows that he does not like the particular editorial policy of "Rustavi 2."
"The main thing here is the Council"s idea that the Council should be composed with independent people, with the people who have the right to provide critical independent editorial policy on the channel," - said Eka Gigauri, executive director of "Transparency International Georgia."
Giorgi Mshvenieradze, the chairman of the" Georgian Democratic Initiative", said it was already clear, but now it is fact that the case was not the dispute on property.
Executive Director of "Media Development Fund" Tamar Kintsurashvili said that management should not interfere in editorial policy.According to her, the council is the best option for the situation.
Doctor of Mass Communication, Ilia State University professor Nino Danelia said that Bidzina Ivanishvili could not survive for two days if he see "Rustavi 2"s" editorial policy.
"In reality, Bidzina Ivanishvili takes decisions in this country. Therefore, the price of any other person is zero. The nerves of Mr Ivanishvili can not endure for two days if "Rustavi 2" remains as critical as it is now," - said Danelia.

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22-07-2019 15:09 +0400
Between us and the restoration of justice is one person and this person is not Kibar Khalvashi - Davit Dvali and Jarji Akimidze release a statement http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139689

 


Founders of Rustavi 2 - Davit Dvali and Jarji Akimidze release a statement. Davit Dvali and Jarji Akimidze say in a joint statement that one person is between them and the restoration of justice and this person is not Kibar Khalvashi.


" The Georgian government committed a crime against us in 2004. They appropriated the broadcasting company, owned by us - "Rustavi 2" violently and trampled down fundamental democratic values like freedom of speech, inviolability of property, and most importantly, freedom and dignity of citizens.

Today, the events unfolding around "Rustavi 2", the current political situation made us face a fact, that the media landscape can radically change in Georgia. When a separation mechanism of government branches do not work, unhealthy processes are underway in the judicial system and Russian hostile forces infiltrate in all spheres of the state"s development, we believe that it is vitally important for the democratic life of the country to manage and free "Rustavi 2" from influences of parties in order to restore its role of critical and ambuscaded impartial observer (the so-called watchdog), the flagship of the fourth branch of government.
No matter how the developments regarding Rustavi 2 end, for us, the founders of the television and the main victims of the case, the state"s inactivity and an attempt to leave us alone with the goodwill of a private person is categorically unacceptable.

We will continue to fight for justice - the State is obliged to protect our rights, that have been violated. Today between us and justice, between us and the broadcasting company, founded by us is only one person and this person is not Kibar Khalvashi,"- reads the statement.

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22-07-2019 14:42 +0400
"Until the expertise does not determine whether the document is false or not, such a statement is ridiculous" - Irakli Okruashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139688

"The fraud should be established by the expertise, for that, Khalvashi is responsible to leave the signature," - Irakli Okruashvili responded to the statement of Kibar Khalvashi.
The case is about the statement of Kibar Khalvashi, who appealed in the Prosecutor"s Office and accused Irakli Okruashvili to usage of fake documents.
Irakli Okruashvili says that it is necessary to be established that the documents are false and after that investigation will begin.
"If it is false the expertise should establish it. First, he should leave the samples of the signature. Until the expertise does not determine whether the document is false or not, such a statement is ridiculous," - Irakli Okruashvili said.
According to Irakli Okruashvili, three experts, including one foreigner, have already confirmed that the signature belongs to Kibar Khalvashi.
"He knows perfectly that this is his signature and that is why he does not go to the court for so long," - Okruashvili said.

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22-07-2019 14:25 +0400
We will decide till Wednesday evening if we appeal the decision or demand a new sequestration - Okruashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139686

 

We will decide till Wednesday evening if we appeal the decision or demand a new sequestration - Irakli Okruashvili has made a statement at the special briefing.

He has commented on the decision of the Tbilisi City Court, according to which his demand for a seizure was not satisfied.

"Now we have to decide to appeal the decision or file a suit and demand new sequestration,"- Irakli Okruashvili said.

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22-07-2019 14:06 +0400
Eka Beselia speaks about the warnings of expected moral terror http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139682

The scandalous statement of Eka Beselia - MP, the former member of the "Georgian Dream" whose private life footage was published have not investigated yet. She says that she was warned by the team before leaving.
In the interview with the "Courier" Beselia did not specify the names but she knew that there were possibilities of pressure and moral terror.
According to Eka Beselia she wants to know the name of author of the criminal action.
"I had brief talk with Bidzina Ivanishvili and he told me that the case would be investigated but there is no legal outcome yet.
When I entered the political war, I heard this phrase "we can not save you," there was noting I needed from them, I defended the team for already seven years. If they meant this, I was ready mentally and morally, because I had broad experience," - Says Eka Beselia.
According to Beselia, she has no trust of investigation. She thinks that the main actor of the criminal action is not war from the ruling party.
"If the investigation does not have an answer to my questions, neither do I. I think this process is not far from the ruling party, "- Eka Beselia

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22-07-2019 12:20 +0400
I do not see from this statement that there are guarantees for intep[endence of editorial policy - Mikheil Benidze speaks about Khalvashi"s statement http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139679


Mikheil Benidz, the Executive director of the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy responds to the statement of Rustavi 2"s owner Kibar Khalvashi, who openly opposes the team.

Mikheil Benidze says that it is not unexpected that Kibar Khalvashi does not like the editorial policy. Benidze also says that the current statement contradicts statements made by the Director-General of the broadcasting company, Paata Salia, who assert that the editorial policy will not be affected.

"It"s not a surprise that he does not like the editorial policy, because he did not like it before and now the TV is very critical of him, so of course he does not like it somewhat, "he said.

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22-07-2019 12:12 +0400
"Statement prepared by the groups affiliated with the government" - Saladze assesses the statement of Kibar Khalvashi http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139677

The chairman of the Georgian Young Lawyers" Association, Sulkhan Saladze, responds to the statement made by Kibar Khalvashi, a new owner of the "Rustavi 2." Khalvashi directly challenged the team.
He rejected the request of the journalists about the guarantees of editorial independence. He mentioned that the request is the destructive and capricious.
After getting acquainted with the statement, Sulkhan Saladze suspects that the text is not written by Kibar Khalvashi but the persons affiliated with the government.
Sulkhan Saladze also says that the case of the "Rustavi 2" in the instances of the Georgian court was going on very quickly, which have never happened on other similar cases. Therefore Saladze is convinced that Khalvashi has received some kind of support from the government.
"I suspect that the statement of Kibar Khalvashi is written by the government. The case of the "Rustavi 2" in the instances of the Georgian court was going on very quickly, without support it is impossible. Nobody believes that Kibar Khalvashi independently achieved success," - Sulkhan Saladze said.

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22-07-2019 12:04 +0400
If guarantees are not created, we can not take their word for it- Lasha Tugushi speaks about Rustavi 2 http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139675


Representatives of the third sector respond to a refusal of the new owner of Rustavi 2 to create the Public Council in Rustavi 2. The council should be staffed with representatives of NGOs and media experts. But at the meeting with the journalists, the new Director-General of the channel, Paata Salia, said that the idea of creating the council was not supported and urged journalists to take his word for it.

Lasha Tugushi, the Director of Liberal Academy Tbilisi says that additional guarantees are needed that the editorial policy will be protected.

" Additional guarantees are needed, which will be linked to journalists" rights and their freedom of expression. These guarantees can not be only words, good people, kind heart, etc. "Rustavi 2" is is a property of not only these people but the property of society as well,"-said Tugushi.

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22-07-2019 11:51 +0400
"We will go to the people who can not come to us " -rally in front of the parliament moves to summer mode http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139664

The on-going rally on the main avenue of the country moves to the summer regime. The organizers will offer citizens online programs from the surrounding territory. Yesterday at Rustaveli Avenue "Flea Market" was held and part of the amount will be used for the action. "It"s a shame" - young people with this slogan have been asking for more than a month the resignation of the main author of the Gavrilov`s night, Giorgi Gakharia.

"Those people who can not come to us, we will go to them with TV and as we promised them," said Shota Dighmelashvili.

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22-07-2019 08:31 +0400
Salome Zourabichvili refrained from evaluating Strasbourg"s decision on Rustavi 2 http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139660

The President of Georgia refrains from evaluating Strasbourg"s decision on Rustavi 2. Salome Zourabichvili avoided the question of journalists on this issue and commented on the event she was attending.

"The assessment is a very positive, an extraordinary job which will be appreciated," Salome Zourabichvili says.

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22-07-2019 08:10 +0400
NGOs: Consent for creating a public council will be an important test for protecting the editorial policy of the channel http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139602

The consent for creating a public council will be an important test in protecting the editorial policy of the channel for the new owner of Rustavi 2 - NGOs and media experts are ready to guarantee the independence of the channel.
The third sector thinks that this mechanism will protect journalists from possible interference with political motivation, which is a real threat under the new management. Giorgi Mshvenieradze, the chairman of the non-governmental organization "Democratic Initiative", said that if the new owner of the channel did not actually intend to change the editorial policy, he would agree to create the council.
"This depends on his will and it will be an answer to the question if he really wants to restrict editorial independence, "- said Mshvenieradze.
Eka Gigauri, the executive director of the NGO "Transparency International Georgia" positively evaluates the idea of the board. She says that if this initiative is implemented, it will be possible to maintain editorial independence.
"If there is agreement on my candidacy, I"m going to go to this board, but the most important thing here is the idea of the board and I think that this new owner should take into account the offer and think about it," Gigauri said.

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20-07-2019 15:04 +0400
"We do not have a specific answer yet," - Salia talks about the Rustavi 2 proposal regarding public council http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139595


Paata Salia, General Director of Rustavi 2 TV, speaks about the offer of Rustavi 2 journalists.
According to Paata Salia, the decision has not yet been made whether to share the team`s offer or not. The offer suggests the creation of a Media Council as a guarantee of the independence of editorial policy and critical news programs.
According to Salia, the authors of the initiative will introduce their position in the afternoon.
According to the media council initiative, the Public Council of Rustavi 2 should be created from representatives of the authoritative NGOs working in the field of media and human rights. The following is composition is offered:GYLA - Sulkhan Saladze, "Georgian Democratic Initiative" - Giorgi Mshvenieradze, "Fair Elections" - Mikheil Benidze, "Charter of Journalistic Ethics" - Nata Dzvelishvili, Media researcher - Nino Danelia, Journalist Zviad Koridze, MediaExpert Lasha Tugushi and the two members selected by the new owner . Without consideration and confirmation of this council, the new management of Rustavi 2 will not be able to receive and release those employees who create political content.

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20-07-2019 12:13 +0400
Representatives of the third sector positively respond to Rustavi 2"s journalists" offer to set up a media council http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139594

New channel management has not yet responded to the offer of Rustavi 2 journalists. The offer suggests the creation of a Media Council as a guarantee of the independence of editorial policy and critical news programs.
Sulkhan Saladze, chairman of the Georgian Young Lawyers" Association, says that the composition of this board depends on the owner"s decision.
"I think that for transparency, more openness of the processes and high interest and attention, it will probably be better if the owner"s decision regarding the council is positive. It is now not essential what the composition of the Council will be because the final decision still belongs to the owner. The main thing is that all agree that the process will be open, transparent on the one hand and the second will be interference with editorial independence from anyone, as well as labor rights of people, "Sulkhan Saladze said.
Lasha Tugushi, Director of Liberal Academy Tbilisi says it will be good if the Public Council of Rustavi 2 is created from representatives of the authoritative NGOs working in the field of media and human rights.
The following composition is offered :GYLA - Sulkhan Saladze, "Georgian Democratic Initiative" - Giorgi Mshvenieradze, "Fair Elections" - Mikheil Benidze, "Charter of Journalistic Ethics" - Nata Dzvelishvili, Media researcher - Nino Danelia, Journalist Zviad Koridze, MediaExpert Lasha Tugushi and the two members selected by the new owner who are trusted and have a reputation in the society. Without consideration and confirmation of this council, the new management of Rustavi 2 will not be able to receive and release those employees who create political content, including anchors, head of news service, journalists and producers.

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20-07-2019 12:06 +0400
Ivanishvili can not improve his condition by seizing "Rustavi 2" and, moreover, he will not be able to fully take away"Rustavi 2" , "- Okruashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139590

"Ivanishvili can not improve his condition by seizing "Rustavi 2" and, moreover, he will not be able to fully take away" Rustavi 2"," said Irakli Okruashvili, who returned from France several hours ago, to journalists The founder of the political movement "Winning Georgia" says he will meet with 10 journalists to whom he is planning to transfer 80% of the shares.
" I"m going to meet with up to ten journalists and transfer 80% of shares to them for free so that they continue the legal dispute, "Okruashvili said.
Okruashvili also talked about the document confirming that Khalvashi had been nominated as an owner of Rustavi 2 for a number of years and would have no claims about his property.

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20-07-2019 10:05 +0400
EU representative responds to the decision of the Strasbourg Court on Rustavi 2 case http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139575

 

The EU representative responds to the question of "Courier" regarding the Strasbourg Court"s decision on Rustavi 2case, with an official statement .
"We reiterate that the protection of the principles of media freedom and political pluralism is an important obligation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia," the statement reads.

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19-07-2019 18:46 +0400
"Ivanishvili tries to create non-partisan, rhetorical media space, as well as political space" - David Berdzenishvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139568


Davit Berdzenishvili, one of the leaders of the Republican Party, said in a live interview with "Courier " that Kibar Khalvashi a pseudo owner.


Davit Berdzenishvili believes that now Rustavi 2 is in the best shape. According to him, political parties have the opportunity to express their critical opinion towards the authorities.

"By Misha Saakashvili"s assignment, Kibar Khalvashi was appointed as a formal owner of" Rustavi 2 "with Bidzina Ivanishvili"s money. When he says that he was not interfering with editorial policy, he is right. It was not his business and is not now. This is the governmental issue,"- said Berdzenishvili.

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19-07-2019 17:10 +0400
I do not understand the joy of those people who have a feeling that they have taken revenge on Rustavi 2 - Fikria Chikhradze http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139567


I do not understand the joy of those people who have a feeling that they have taken revenge on Rustavi 2 - says Fikria Chikhradze.

According to Chikhradze, the government was constantly trying to subordinate Rustavi 2.

"When this dispute was going on during the government"s interest to seize, silence, stop or change the editorial policy of Rustavi 2 was obvious. Everybody forgets that first of all Rustavi 2 belongs to people, because people have the right to hear a different opinion,"- Fikria Chikhradze said.

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19-07-2019 16:56 +0400
"With the hysterically accelerated manner the government handed the company to Kibal Khalvashi" - Grigol Vashadze http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139549

With the hysterically accelerated manner television handed to Kibar Khalvashi - Grigol Vashadze said at a special briefing. Opposition representatives made the joint statement about the "Rustavi 2." According to him, the government has seized the broadcasting company. According to Grigol Vashadze, "Rustavi 2" is the ideology and values.
"We believe in the objectivity of the European structures but it is clear that the court can not consider the procedural aspects of the issue.The government is doing the best to expel the free speech. We are asking for support for the full spectrum of civil society, the opposition spectrum, experts and non-governmental organizations.Instead of hysterically accelerated manner the government handed the company to Kibar Khalvashi. The "Rustavi 2" is not only programs, "Rustavi 2" is the ideology and values," - Grigol Vashadze said.
According to Irma Nadirashvili, Bidzina Ivanishvili occupied "Rustavi 2."

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19-07-2019 15:08 +0400
"Rustavi 2" belongs to me and I am going to register 80% of shares to ten fighter journalists who will have a court dispute with Khalvashi,"- Okruashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139546

 


Irakli Okruashvili plans to gain back Rustavi 2 and register 80% of its shares to journalists.


As the former Defense Minister explains in the interview with "Courier", he was the real owner of the TV company, which registered his shares nominally Kibar to Khalvashi, what is confirmed by the agreement.

According to Okruashvili, he was not able to start a dispute until the company was transferred to Khalvashi.


" Rustavi 2 never belonged to Rustavi 2, he was always a nominal figure and was represented others. It is confirmed in the agreement, based on which I ask it back, but it is not interesting.

I"m going to do a very simple thing. I am going to give 80% of my request to ten independent, fighter journalists for free and they will continue their dispute with Khalvashi. In this case with Khalvashi, but Ivanishvili is standing behind all of this. In order not to let Ivanishvili to take Rustavi 2 and turn Georgia into North Korea.

Tonight I am coming and I am going to meet with these journalists tomorrow, "Okruashvili says.

According to him, Kibar Khalvashi has his debt for a long time, the dispute is on the financial side, but Kibar Khalvashi states that the document is free and refuses to visit the Samkharauli Expertize Bureau in order to establish the authenticity of a signature on the document.

Irakli Okruashvili says that Kibar Khalvashi will not be able to declare that this document is false. According to him, this dispute will definitely end in favour of him and for those journalists.

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19-07-2019 15:00 +0400
"We are dealing with pseudo-democratic forces" - PM of Georgia on Rustavi 2 http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139544

" These events have nothing to do with media pluralism and possible damage to this great achievement, " A prime Minister of Georgia comments on the developments in Rustavi 2.

According to Bakhtadze, "Rustavi 2" is a pseudo-democratic power that claims for years that its main goal is Georgia"s European way. Bakhtadze says that yesterday showed that this is not the case.

" Once again it turned out to be a farce. We once again saw how the "National Movement" tries to insult main principles and values, on which European values are based,"- Mamuka Bakhtadze said.

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19-07-2019 14:03 +0400
Case of "Rustavi 2" - The New York Times, Deutsche Welle, BBC, Radio Free http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139536

World leading media outlets responded to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights.
The New York Times reports that the popular TV channel is fierce critic of Moscow. According to opposition it is an attempt to make media space homogeneous.
Critics think that Kibar Khalvashi is the supporter of "Georgian Dream." He is going to be obedient to the government and stop the critics," - writes The New York Times.
BBC publishes broad report about "Rustavi 2." The author of the article writes that the channel was periodically attacked by the representatives of the ruling party, who called it the opposition party and the channel of the former president Mikheil Saakashvili.
Members of the "Georgian Dream", including Bidzina Ivanishvili, have been accused "Rustavi 2" for spreading fake news and provocations.
"Deutsche Welle" writes that the broadcasting company "Rustavi 2" has a new Director-General, who has appointed by Kibar Khalvashi, the new owner of the TV channel few hours after the decision of the European Court of Human Rights.
"As he notes, the resignation of Nika Gvaramia will be the only change that was planned. Salia will not change the editorial policy of the "Rustavi 2," - writes "Deutsche Welle."
"Radio Free" also responds to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights. According to the article, the action of Khalvashi is the government"s attempt to suppress political dissent within the media before the parliamentary elections 2020. The author also notes that after the decision of the ECHR the Public Registry handed "Rustavi 2" to Khalvashi who resigned Nika Gvaramia.

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19-07-2019 12:30 +0400
We will find a mechanism save free speech - Giorgi Vashadze on "Rustavi 2" http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139533

 

We will definitely find a mechanism for free speech - one of the leaders of United Opposition Giorgi Vashadze responds to the transfer of "Rustavi 2" to Kibar Khalvashi.

Vashadze states that this is not just a battle of Rustavi 2, it is a struggle for freedom and Georgia"s well-being. According to Vashadze, irreversible processes in the country will start and there will be many violations unanswered.

"We will definitely find a mechanism for free speech, the battle for the future and to fight for Georgia"s better tomorrow... Nobody should think that this is a battle for Rustavi 2 or any other TV company. This is a fight for Georgia and freedom,"- Vashadze said.


Bachuki Kardava, the chairperson of the National Democratic Party, says that the government is in agony.
According to him, the ruling team knows that his rating does not exist any more.

Bachuki Kardava is convinced that Ivanishvili received the directive from the Kremlin to shut down Rustavi 2.

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19-07-2019 12:17 +0400
I do not have an illusion that Khalvashi will not change editorial policy - Executive Director of the Charter of Journalistic Ethics http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139532


Non-governmental organizations respond to the change of Rustavi 2"s owner. According to third sector representatives, in a polarized media environment in Georgia, Rustavi 2 plays a serious role in monitoring the activities of the government.

Executive Director of Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics Nata Dzvelishvili is convinced that Kibar Khalvashi will change editorial policy.


"I do not have the illusion that Kibar Khalvashi will not change the editorial policy here and of course it does not mean that it will be better than it was, "-Nata Dzvelishvili said.

Eka Gigauri, executive director of the NGO "Transparency International - Georgia", also speaks about the role of critical media. According to him, in case of pressure, Rustavi 2 employees should speak openly.

"Critical media is vitally important for democratic development and media environment, so I think that on the one hand, we have a negative experience in this direction, but on the other hand it is also important to remember that editorial independence and critical thinking in the TV company is based on each journalist" - said EC Gigiauri.


The Executive Director of the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) sees the danger of forming a single-issue media environment.

Mikheil Benidze says that it will necessarily reflect on the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

"This decision may result in the threat of a single media environment where major national broadcasters speak the same language. This is not entirely positive in the context of the environment, including the election year 2020, "Benidze said.

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19-07-2019 12:16 +0400
"I told him about our corporate culture, which is in the company and every employee feels it" - Paata Salia met with Financial Director Rustavi 2 http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139531

A newly appointed Director General of "Rustavi 2" meets the heads of various departments of the TV company from the morning.
The first such meeting was held with the financial director.

Paata Salia stated from the first minutes of his appointment that he wanted to learn more about the finances of the company which were seized for four years by the request of Khalvashi.


According to Rustavi 2"s financial director Irakli Nizharadze, Paata Salia will be given an opportunity to get acquainted with the company"s financial position.

Nizharadze says that the new Director General was informed about the corporate culture in the company.

Paata Salia plans to meet with heads of departments and employees today.

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19-07-2019 12:09 +0400
IRI publishes ratings of politicians - Ivanishvili is not in the top ten http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139524

The personal rating of politicians - David Bakradze, one of the leaders of the European Georgia has the highest rating according to research of the AmericanRepublican Institute.

According to the IRI survey, five of the top rated politicians are: Davit Bakradze 59%, Kakha Kaladze 49%, Grigol Vashadze 48%, Davit Usupashvili 41% and Shalva Natelashvili 41%.

The IRI poll was conducted before the brutal raid of June 20.

40% evaluate the Minister of Internal Affairs positively.

38% Evaluate positively the Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze.

Salome Zurabishvili - 36%.
Only about 35% assess positively Bidzina Ivanishvili.

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19-07-2019 10:03 +0400
The political rating of "Georgian Dream" is much less than the overall rating of the opposition parties - IRI http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139522

 

International Republican Institute officially publishes results of public opinion survey.

The results of research on parties and politicians reiterate that the political rating of the Georgian Dream is far less than the overall rating of the opposition parties.

On the question - who would you vote for this week? Answers were distributed as follows: Only 26% of the population supports the Georgian Dream. United Opposition"s rating is 22% and "European Georgia - Free Democrats" have 7% support. "Patriots Alliance" and "Labor Party" share 5-5% support. The ratings of the other parties do not exceed 2%.

The IRI poll was held before the severe raid on June 20.

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19-07-2019 09:56 +0400
Lavrov made an emphasis on the importance of the pro-Georgian channel in Georgia - the Russian Foreign Ministry http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139521

After the end of the press conference in Bonn, the Russian Foreign Ministry released one of the fragments from Sergey Lavrov`s speech through the social network.
The agency writes in the Twitter network that in connection with the question of "Rustavi 2" and the need for an independent pro-Western channel in Georgia, Sergey Lavrov made the emphasis on the importance of a pro-Georgian channel in Georgia.
Maria Zaharova, an official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, also publishes the same text on the personal page of "Facebook".

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19-07-2019 09:48 +0400
I thought you were a pro-Georgian channel - Lavrov responds to the question of "Courier" to German Minister of Foreign Affairs http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139520

"I thought you were a pro-Georgian channel, "- Sergey Lavrov answered the question of the Rustavi 2 journalist to the German Foreign Minister regarding the independent media.
After the journalist"s announcement that she represents the pro-Western media, the Russian diplomat cynically noted that he thought it was pro-Georgian.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry recently demanded that Rustavi 2 be punished. Today he says he does not know what the European Court of Human Rights has decided but claims that Moscow wants to be a friend of Georgian people.
"When my German colleague asked what he thought about the existence of independent pro-western media in Georgia, do you think that only pro-western media can be independent? Courier journalist: I mentioned that our channel is pro-Western.
Lavrov: I thought you were pro-Georgian. I do not know what decision the Strasbourg Court has in relation to the ownership. This is an internal matter of Georgia, you have your legislation, and all internal affairs should be resolved in accordance with the law ".

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19-07-2019 09:42 +0400
"The opposition believes that this is part of an attempt to silence the media" - The New York Times http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139519

The world"s leading media outlets respond to the decision of the Strasbourg court on Rustavi 2"s case.
The New York Times reports that the popular TV channel is starkly critical of Moscow.
"In recent years the popular TV station, which overtly criticizes Moscow, has been at the center of a highly politicized ownership row which the opposition says is part of an attempt to muzzle the media." writes the author of the article.

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19-07-2019 09:24 +0400
Georgian people lose not only Rustavi 2, but also lose Georgia and its freedom - Bachuki Kardava http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139483


The Georgian people are losing not only Rustavi 2 but Georgia and its freedom as well- Bachuki Kardava, the chairperson of National Democratic Party has commented on the decision of the European Court on Rustavi 2.

Kardava says that Bidzina Ivanishvili is acting in accordance with Russia"s instructions on this case and names Sergey Lavrov"s ultimatum as an example.
According to Bachuki Kardava, the government has launched an active attack to seize the broadcasting company.


"Ivanishvili"s regime is in a hurry, of course. They hurry to end democracy and freedom of speech in the country. Ivanishvili is not alone in this case, he is backed by Russia," - Kardava said.

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18-07-2019 19:02 +0400
Behind Kibar Khalvashi is Bidzina Ivanishvili, who has been trying to shut down the "Rustavi 2" for seven years - Khatia Dekanoidze http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139482

The fight continues - the announcement was made by Khatia Dekanoidze on the case of Rustavi 2. The member of the "United National Movement" says that the government has been trying for seven years to take away the "Rustavi 2." According to her, it is already known that behind Kibar Khalvashi is Bidzina Ivanishvilis interests.
"Our society is well aware who is behind Kibar Khalvashi, this is Bidzina Ivanishvili"s regime, "Georgian Dream," the Georgian government, which has been trying to close Rustavi 2 for seven years. The government was trying to destroy very important pro-western platform of the free speech. Bidzina Ivanishvili can not determine how the Georgian people should live. Bidzina Ivanishvili should understand that the governance should be the reflection of the constitution, that people are the source of power and people are as intelligent as they are. One important moment is that the fight will continue," - Khatia Dekanoidze said.

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18-07-2019 19:00 +0400
Tsulikiani is twice guilty in one day - Nika Gvaramia on the decision, taken by the State Registry http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139477


Nika Gvaramia comments to the appointment of Kibar Khalvashi"s lawyer on the position of the director-general of Rustavi 2.
According to Gvaramia, Tea Tsulukiani committed two offences during the day.


"Tsulukiani is twice guilty in one day, She has amazing crime statistics. Perhaps the next government will send her to prison with such temp. Of course, the next government will be western and we will not have Bidzina Ivanishvili any more,"- Nika Gvaramia said.

Nika Gvaramia once again noted that the decision of the Strasbourg court was unexpected. The abstinence of our Western partners is also unexpected, as Nika Gvaramia states.

" We will tell the society what will happen in a little while. We need to consider it, because the decision of the Strasbourg Court was unexpected and I do not have a direct comment.
I am confused by abstinence of our western partners, so far, and I do not think that it is justified but maybe I am wrong because I am not competent in this case...


We have put up with this decision but we do not agree with it fully, but we used those gaps, which were in this decision and in the contract, but it is just as important for the Georgian government as rain in Amblorauri,"- Nika Gvaramia said.

According to Nika Gvaramia, the legal battle will continue, but he has no answer on the question of what will be the situation in Rustavi 2.

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18-07-2019 18:19 +0400
"There should be concerns over the continuation of democratic debates" - Laura Thornton on the case of Rustavi 2 http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139475

Laura Thornton, director of the NDI Georgia office, responds to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on the case of Rustavi 2. She points out that meeting between the representatives of the "Rustavi 2" and diplomats, NGOs was emotional. Moreover she thinks that decision of the court can be dangerous for future.
"The is real threats for the democracy, especially it is dangerous for the elections of 2020. NDI stresses the importance of a diverse and free media environment," - Thornton said.

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18-07-2019 18:06 +0400
According to the Public Registry Nika Gvaramia is not the Director General anymore http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139473

Public Registry confirmed appointment of Paata Salia"s as the director general of the broadcasting company Rustavi 2.
The decision was made minutes ago. According to the registry decision, Nika Gvaramia is not the Director General anymore.
Paata Salia is an advocate of Kibar Khalvashi.

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18-07-2019 17:35 +0400
"If people loose freedom of speech, they will go to the street" - Nino Daneli http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139468

"Every group that has been oppressed by the government has lost the platform of dialogue and support" - said media expert Nino Danelia.
According to Nino Danelia, when the society loses the freedom of speech they start strikes. She stressed one of Bidzina Ivanishvili"s statement where he said that if Rustavi 2 is turned off, people will see that everything is fine in the country. According to her,, citizens can change what they do not like, because "the government has exploded the democracy just like exploded the Sakdrisi.
Danelia says that nowadays media environment is worsening and it has reflection in the international reports.
"The quality of democracy in Georgia has deteriorated sharply today. There is no pluralistic media environment anymore. Apparently, the government can not listen to the critical opinion," - said Nino Danelia.
Nino Danelia thinks that the management of the company should make the exact decision.

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18-07-2019 17:02 +0400
Joint Statement of Rustavi 2 TV news and Political Programs http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139451


Employees of Broadcasting Company Rustavi 2"s news and political programs make a joint statement. The channel employees support Nika Gvaramia and say that Rustavi 2"s General Director is the main guarantee of the channel"s editorial policy. The statement reads : 

"The decision of the Human Rights Court of Strasbourg, which leaves the main bastion of western values in Georgia alone in a battle for these values, causes our frustration.
We believe that in such situation, the main problem and threat to the channel, media space, and ultimately the whole country, is a change of the critical editorial policy of political programs and the whole of Rustavi 2.
We believe that Nika Gvaramia on the position of Director-General and his labour contract was the main guarantor of Rustavi 2"s editorial independence because Nika Gvaramia expresses and protects the values for which all employees of" Rustavi 2 "are fighting for. And his contract with "Rustavi 2", which is valid until December 31, 2020, is an additional guarantee for each employee, that the management of the channel will not change, accordingly, the management and our editorial independence will be guaranteed.

Kibar Khalvashi"s statement that he does not intend to change editorial policy or company employees except Nika Gvaramia, is not reliable for us and it appeared in the first minutes when his lawyer and as he says the future Director-General of the broadcasting company - Paata Salia arrived at the Public Registry to register shares of the broadcasting company with representatives of the pro-governmental media and has not informed the news department of Rustavi 2 or responded to phone calls of Rustavi 2"s producers.
We believe that Khalvashi represents the government of Bidzina Ivanishvili, who has been using all the possibilities and all the branches of power against "Rustavi 2". The political group that has been trying to change Rustavi 2"s critical editorial policy since the very first day of being in power.

All employees of "Courier" set as their personal and professional goal Georgia"s integration into Western civilization, for the establishment of democratic values in the country and fighting against the Occupier, Russia.
We do not believe that Bidzina Ivanishvili, "Georgian Dream" and Kibar Khalvashi, supported by them share these goals and agree with our spirit.

That is why our position is the following: Change of management in the broadcasting company By Kibar Khalvashi will be the first step towards changing the editorial policy of " Courier" and the entire channel, which is unacceptable for us.
We call on the Public Registry, not register change of owners before Rustavi 2 uses its right to appeal the decision at the Grand Chamber of Strasbourg Court.

We call on the Public Registry of Justice Ministry not to register the Director-General because Nika Gvaramia"s current contract does not consider the change of management until the end of 2020 and it will be a violation of the law.

In this struggle, we are unanimous and continue to struggle with the channel"s management until the final victory."

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18-07-2019 15:44 +0400
Zaal Udumashvili assesses the decision of the Strasbourg Court on Rustavi 2 http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139441


"The decision was absolutely unexpected and hard for me,"- Zaal Udumashvili comments on the decision of the Strasbourg Court.

According to the UNM member, the government will try to use this situation and seize "Rustavi 2", but Zaal Udumashvili said that the channel has the right to appeal and the authorities should wait for the final decision.

"Rustavi 2" has the opportunity to appeal against this decision. Until the Grand Chamber takes any decision on Rustavi 2, they should not interfere. Any interference in Rustavi 2 is now perceived as a direct intervention in its editorial policy, "Zaal Udumashvili said.

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18-07-2019 14:38 +0400
Government wants to embezzle the independent media - Davit Zurabishvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139440

One of the leader of the "Republican Party" Davit Zurabishvili said that normal government should wait for the deadline until it expires. According to him, the execution should not take place until there is a specific clause.
"If the government is trying to execute it right now they will lose. The Grand Chamber will consider the following, it will be taken into consideration.
I am sure that the government can not take from us the right of speech. We do not have the basis of nihilism, the struggle continues, we must protect the "Rustavi 2."
This government does not take into account any mistakes made by the previous government" - said Davit Zurabishvili.
He said that the democratic development of the country will have the problem.

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18-07-2019 14:31 +0400
They want to create a mouthpiece, ordinary governmental television - Gigi Ugulava http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139438

They want to create the governmental company - this statement was made by Gigi Ugulava, Secretary General of "European Georgia" after the announcement of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights. Ugulava is convinced that the government wants to turn "Rustavi 2" into governmental channel.
Ugulava also speaks about Kibar Khalvashi and calls him the tool of the government.
According to him, the fight is in the decisive phase and we do not have to give up.
"The first and the most important thing I want to say is that no one should ever give up, because the fight continues and I"ll tell you more, the process is in the decisive phase. I new about he possibilities of impediments from the government. They do not give us the opportunity. They want to destroy "Rustavi 2." They want to create governmental channel," - Ugulava said.

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18-07-2019 14:13 +0400
"Authorities should not use this decision until the end of the process" - Salome Samadashvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139437

"This decision was a huge disappointment for me" - member of the "United National Movement" Salome Samadashvili said about the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on the case of Rustavi 2. She said that the main thing now is that the government should wait for the end of the legal processes and not to use this decision spontaneously.
"We are now in a very tense environment, we are waiting for elections and all attempts of the government should be chosen carefully, - "said Salome Samadashvili.
"From my point of view the two outcomes we should face. First, aggravated political crisis in the country and this should be understood by everyone and first of all by the government and second, let"s not forget that the court dispute was specifically related to property rights. Political context of the discussion has not been discussed, therefore the government should realize that this decision will enable us to use political purposes. Wait for the end of the appeal process," - said Salome Samadashvili.
As for Kibar Khalvashi"s statement Salome Samadashvili says that the government is considering Nika Gvaramia as the main opponent.
"Nika Gvaramia is the target of the government. According to Khalvashi"s statement, it shows the only thing that Khalvashi does not have any plan to keep channel policy and Nika Gvaramia is the first target of him," - Salome Samadashvili said.

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18-07-2019 14:10 +0400
"This decision legitimized the Murtsidze"s court," Nika Gvaramia http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139432

 

"This decision has legitimized the Murusidze"s court and I am very sorry," - the Director-General of Rustavi 2 made a statement at the special briefing.
Nika Gvaramia assessed the decision of the Strasbourg Court. The Director-General of "Rustavi 2" states that the decision is legally scandalous.


"I"m sorry that in the court was not able to find signs of bias in the most obvious and orchestrated by the government case. Thanls god they left us a possibility to appeal. Once again, I address the Minister of Justice to conduct open administrative proceedings and then all other legal ways will follow,"- Gvaramia said.

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18-07-2019 13:51 +0400
You Can Make New Television - Akaki Zoidze Responds to Strasbourg"s Decision on Rustavi 2 http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139428

Akaki Zoidze believes that freedom of expression in Rustavi 2 will not be suspended. The statement was made by the member of the ruling team regarding the decision of the Strasbourg Court. He said it was a property dispute. As for journalists of Rustavi 2, Zoidze said that they can establish a new TV any time.

."It"s awkward if we say that the decision has suspended the freedom of expression, especially yours. You can do the same on a new TV. Nothing hinders opening of new television, "said Akaki Zoidze.

According to him, he wants Rustavi 2 to remain critical. Akaki Zoidze states that "Rustavi 2" has never been unacceptable for him.

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18-07-2019 13:24 +0400
"Georgian Court has once again passed an international, very critical test" - Mamuka Mdinaradze about Rustavi 2 case http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139426

The ruling party evaluates the decision of the European Court of Human Rights. Mamuka Mdinaradze, one of the leaders of the "Georgian Dream" said that the Georgian court passed the test of justice.
"Today the Georgian court has passed an international, very critical test. The European Court of Human Rights declared that the right of fair trial was not violated by the Georgian court. The suspension mechanism canceled and the absolute majority of the judges agreed," - Mamuka Mdinaradze said.

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18-07-2019 13:17 +0400
"There are no questions about the issue of justice," - Gia Volski assesses the decision of the Strasbourg Court http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139425

 

The parliamentary majority of Georgia assesses the decision of the Strasbourg Court on the Case of Rustavi 2.

The Ruling party states that the Georgian judiciary has passed the test. According to Gia Volsky"s statement, there are no questions about the court.

"Strasbourg"s decision, the Court"s decision would be acceptable for us in any case, no matter what the final would be. This time it was confirmed that the mechanism of suspension was removed from the agenda and it was confirmed that the applicant"s side was entitled to a fair trial, "Gia Volski said.

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18-07-2019 13:12 +0400
Kibar Khalvashi will decide when the decision on suspension will be executed - Tea Tsulukiani http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139423

"The new owner decides when the execution will be enforced," - Tea Tsulukiani, the Minister of Justice said about the decision of the European Court of Human Rights.
She said that parties can appeal to the Grand Chamber only the essential part of the case, where the decision of the ECHR is made by the 6 votes against one.
"The decision about the suspension mechanism can not be appealed and it is into force from today. Parties can appeal to the Grand Chamber only the essential part of the case, where the decision of the ECHR is made by 6 votes against one, they have six months for that.There is a filtration panel that will allow the case to be discussed in the Grand Chamber or will not. The state can not decide when a decision on the suspension can be enforced, the owner should make decision," - Tea Tsulukiani said.

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18-07-2019 12:48 +0400
Vazagashvili-Shanava against Georgia - Georgia imposed to pay 50.000 euros compensation http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139422

Vazagashvili-Shanava against Georgia - According to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, the state imposed to pay 50,000 euros compensation.
The Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani announced the decision of the European Court of Human Rights.
"Vazagashvili-Shanava against Georgia, which was about the right of life. This case is complete with the state failure. As part of the murder, as well as the ineffective and expired investigation the state imposed to pay 50,000 euros compensation in favor of the family, " - Tea Tsulukiani said.

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18-07-2019 12:42 +0400
Case of Rustavi 2 - Tea Tsulukiani makes a statement on Strasbourg"s decision http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139421

 

"The dispute has ended with the victory of the state,"- Tea Tsulukiani, the Justice Minister of Georgia made a statement a few minutes ago.

According to her, only part of the Strasbourg decision on Rustavi 2"s case is not subject to appeal - the cancellation of the suspension mechanism.

"The state has won the dispute with a full victory. The Chamber composed of seven judges decided unanimously that it is no longer appropriate to maintain the application of the suspension mechanism and it is removed. They found inadmissible all complaints of "Rustavi 2" . They found inadmissible the complaint on property rights of brothers Kharamanishvili and " TV Sakartvelo". They unanimously ruled that the right of the brothers Karmanishvili and TV " Georgia" regarding the fair court, which is linked to Nino Gvenetadze was not violated. There is no need to discuss the complaint in this case, "Tea Tsulukiani said.

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18-07-2019 12:38 +0400
State coup attempt - Grigol Vashadze was interrogated at City Court of Tbilisi http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139419

Organization of the group violence, participation in it and attempts of state coup during the June 20 - those questions were asked to the leader of the "United National Movement" Grigol Vashadze at the City Court. The leader of the opposition was interrogated with the human rights defender. Vashadze has a witness status.
According to Grigol Vashadze he had no intention of the state coup. Nevertheless, he says that nothing can be excluded in Georgia due to the spread injustice and therefore there is no matter of his status.
"Everything is possible in today"s Georgia, so I have absolutely no problem, I"m looking forward to it, I want you to be a witness. We are absolutely right especially after the dispersal of young people who have lost their eyes and their lives are in danger now. There can not be something more important than the health of people," - Vashadze said.

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18-07-2019 12:29 +0400
Expectations about the Strasbourg Court"s Decision - Analysts fear that the government will try to make wrong interpretations http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139415

The supporters of the broadcasting company are waiting for the Strasbourg Court"s historic decision on the Rustavi 2 - In the company"s yard people are waiting for the decision from early morning. Representatives of NGOs believe that Strasbourg"s decision will be in favor of Rustavi 2, but they think that the ruling party will do the best to use the decision of the ECHR for their interests.
"The suspension mechanism used. This indicates how important the issue is. This was an exceptional action of the court. ECHR supported Rustavi 2 and avoided inevitable processes against democracy.
First of all, the government should not start interpretations of the decision, I think everyone should read it properly and in-depth. Do not make any decision that will harm media independence, "- Sulkhan Saladze, the head of GYLA.
Media expert Tamar Kintsurashvili says that the main risk is how the government translates the decision. According to her, Judge Urtmelidze"s position was the first step towards unfair actions against Rustavi 2.
"There is a huge risk about the interpretation of the courts" decision. We should remember that in incipient part of the process the politicians were saying that the owner of the company should have been Kibar Khalvashi," - Said Tamar Kintsurashvili.
According to her without "Rustavi 2" the presence of free media space is impossible.
Zviad Koridze states that after the announcement of the decision, there will be the neccessary period of time for all parties to get in-depth is this decision.
"I have an expectation that the decision will not be in favor of the government and of course this will be had to be overcame," - Koridze said.
According to Lasha Tugushi, the government will represent the decision of the Strasbourg court with the different interpretations. Analysts think that in any case, the protection of Rustavi 2 is the responsibility of every citizen if they want to maintain democratic values.

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18-07-2019 11:52 +0400
Would not be logical if European Institution says no to the main pillar of the west in Georgia - Rustavi 2 - Nika Gvaramia http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139413

 


Nika Gvaramia, the Director-General of Rustavi 2 is convinced that the European Court will not make a decision against the broadcasting company.

Gvaramia calls on every patriot to come to the yard of Rustavi 2 from 12:00 today.

"Would not be logical if European Institution says no to the main pillar of the west in Georgia - Rustavi 2? Is it logical? No, it is not.
I believe that the place of every patriot, despite the fact, do they like Rustavi 2 or not is here. Come and let"s celebrate together,"- Nika Gvaramia says.

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18-07-2019 11:33 +0400
Moscow is interested in normal relations with Tbilisi - Gregory Karasin http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139410

 

Compromise after ultimatum - Gregory Karasin speaks about the normalization of Russian-Georgian relations. Karasin announced readiness for high-level negotiations. The deputy Foreign Minister of Russia made a statement in an interview with "Известия".


According to Karasin, in order to restore visa-free travel and flights Kremlin demands the Georgian government to stop Russophobia and end threat to Russian citizens.


According to "Известия", they have told Georgian parliament that they are well aware of the need to reduce the anti-Russian sentiment for normalization of bilateral relations.

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18-07-2019 11:28 +0400
Ivanishvili will not be able to take "Rustavi 2" - Opposition advises the Government to accept Strasbourg"s Decision without Interruption http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139401

The case of Rustavi 2 and the expectation of Strasbourg"s decision - the opposition does not exclude that the government will use the decision of the European Court to apply it to narrow party interests.
However, they say that despite the attempts of Bidzina Ivanishvili, the independent TV company will not get into his hands.
"The government will try to make interpretation of the context and say Kibar Khalvashi is a winner but Ivanishvili will not be able to take Rustavi 2", - One of the leaders, Gigi Ugulava says.
Nika Melia, one of the leaders of the National Movement, said that if Ivanishvili tried to interpret the decision of the Strasbourg court, he will have to pay a big political price.
"If the government, Ivanishvili and Gakharia decide to make a narrow-minded interpretation of Strasbourg"s decision, it will cost them a huge expensive political price," says Nika Melia. According to Levan Gogichaishvili, a former member of the parliamentary majority, "Rustavi 2" will remain and only the leadership may be replaced.
"Freedom of expression is more important than my personal attitude. "Rustavi 2" will be forever, the director may be changed but Rustavi 2 will always be a brand, "said Levan Gogichaishvili.
One of the leaders of the "Republican Party" Tamar Kordzaia says she is sure that the Strasbourg Court will not make a decision that will create a problem for the freedom of speech. The parliamentary majority says that the media was completely free during the Georgian Dream"s rule. According to them, the independent media is not endangered. The ruling team says they will act in accordance with the Strasbourg Court verdict

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18-07-2019 09:30 +0400
I am ready to come here anytime they summon me because I know where the truth is - Gakharia is interrogated http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139340


Dispersal of June 20 - The Minister of Internal Affairs was interrogated at the Prosecutors" Office. As Giorgi Gakharia claimed, there were many questions and he answered all of them.

According to Giorgi Gakharia, now the government"s concern is to provide the people, injured on June 20-21 with proper assistance.

" The main concern of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or personally me is to take care of our citizens affected by violent illegal actions during these developments. In addition, it is also extremely important for us to conduct an investigation into the Ministry of Internal Affairs which will unequivocally reveal all the organizers who turned a peaceful demonstration violent, "- said the Interior Minister.

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17-07-2019 18:17 +0400
It is groundless to link Lavrov"s statement with other problems - Natia Turunava http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139335

A Minister of Economy comments on the statement made by Russian Foreign Minister, where Sergey Lavrov asked to punish "Rustavi 2".

Natia Turnava believes that the content of the statements made by Russian officials and the pathos is not new.

The journalist"s question, whether the Minister is ready to condemn Rustavi 2 and its editorial policy publically in exchange for the restoration of flights.

Natia Turunava notes that it is baseless to link Lavrov"s statements with other problems. The Minister of Economy underlined as well that the safety of Russian tourists in Georgia is protected.

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17-07-2019 17:39 +0400
Current events in Georgia and Ivanishvili"s Russian influence - 13 opposition parties address Mike Pompeo http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139328

 

An agreement signed with "Gazprom", the vague future of Anaklia"s port and Gavrilov"s visit to Tbilisi - 13 opposition parties address Mike Pompeo.

In a letter sent to the US Secretary of State, the opposition members are concerned about the ongoing developments in the country and say that Georgia"s western path and US interests are in serious danger in the region.

" Without issuing a warning, as required by law, the authorities brutally dispersed protesters with disproportionate force. Human Rights Watch and other international organizations criticized the government’s use of excessive tear gas and prohibited rubber bullets. More than 200 people were hospitalized, including 31 journalists; three individuals lost their eyes. More than 300 demonstrators were arrested; most were beaten and held in inhumane conditions on falsified grounds, but later released. Permanent demonstrations have continued since, demanding the resignation of Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Gakharia, the Ivanishvili-aligned official responsible for the dispersal orders.

Instead of offering this resignation, which would allow for a timely and objective investigation on the excessive use of force, the government has attempted to shift responsibility to the opposition and apolitical demonstrators,"- reads the address.

The case of Rustavi 2 is mentioned as well.
"In addition to neutralizing political opponents, Ivanishvili uses the courts to stifle media pluralism. A notable example is Georgia’s most popular TV channel, Rustavi 2, an independent station that Ivanishvili has targeted through his proxies in a fabricated ownership dispute,"- is mentioned in a letter, signed by 13 political parties.

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17-07-2019 16:09 +0400
"Alliance of Patriots" or former teammates - with whom will Georgian Dream create a coalition http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139313


Gia Volski, the leader of the parliamentary majority responds to the statement of Bidzina Ivanishvili, that Georgian Dream will cooperate with all parties for elections 2020 except UNM.

Gia Volsky explains that Bidzina Ivanishvili has not meant only "United National Movement". He said he would not cooperate with any party that has any connection with either UNM or the previous government.

"In this case, UNM does not mean only a party. It means political groups even the concrete people who share the same pathos to damage the country as much as possible," said Gia Volsky.

Gia Volsky does not directly respond to the question, with whom Georgian Dream plans to create a coalition and does not say if former members of the party or " Alliance of Patriots" be in the coalition.

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17-07-2019 15:33 +0400
" Lavrov counts on Bidzina Ivanishvili as his partner in Georgia "- Bachuki Kardava http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139310

" Unfortunately, this statement shows that Lavrov counts on Bidzina Ivanishvili"s and his government as his partner in Georgia," - Bachuki Kardava made this statement while speaking about Bidzina Ivanishvili"s assessment of Sergey Lavrov"s statement.

The chairman of the "National Democratic Party of Georgia" states that the statement of the Russian diplomat shows that the Kremlin targets "Rustavi 2" and pro-Western opposition.

"Lavrov"s statement clearly shows that Russia"s target in Georgia is" Rustavi 2 ", pro-Western opposition and Georgian society with anti-occupation mood", says Bachuki Kardava.

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17-07-2019 15:17 +0400
"I welcome the involvement of business people and active youth in politics" - Bidzina Ivanishvili on the initiative of Mamuka Khazaradze http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139305

"I welcome the involvement of business people and active youth in politics," - Bidzina Ivanishvili responded to the information spread by the TBC Bank"s founder Mamuka Khazaradze. Ivanishvili welcomes the fact and says that the public should have the opportunity to make their choice.
Mamuka Khazaradze announced the establishment of the social movement through social network several days ago. According to Khazaradze, he will be open for pro-Western forces as partners. The businessman invites everyone who think that the bloody night of June 20 was the main milestone. Georgia is not the sphere of Russian influence, the country shares European values.

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17-07-2019 14:19 +0400
10 Years from the August War and the conditions of the Victims in Georgia - NGOs call to the government to enhance their effort http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139302

10 years from the August War and the conditions of the victims in Georgia. Non-governmental organizations are discussing about the challenges during the investigation of the International Criminal Court.
Special report prepared by the five organizations, the main part is the recommendations. The civil sector calls to the Georgian authorities for more actions.
"The authorities should be more active and organized to be ensured that the state is properly represented in this important arena and we can prove our truth about the processes of August 2008," - said Sulkhan Saladze.
According to Mr Saladze, refugees think that after the end of the investigation of the International Criminal Court they will return to their homes in the occupied regions, which is wrong. Saladze thinks that the government should make intense communication with people.
Former Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili states that thousands of people are in the heaviest conditions. They are frustrated, because more than ten years have passed and the conditions have not changed.
"There are no results of the investigation and due to the recent processes people are frustrated," - Nanuashvili said.
According to the Public Defender Nino Lomjaria, the condition of refugees in Georgia and the state of people in the occupied territories is getting worse day-by-day. According to Lomjaria, the government is able to take an active steps in the international arena but does not act respectively.
Former Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli says that the biggest threat is insufficient investigation. According to her, the authorities should do their best to put the defendants on the chair who committed genocide of Georgian people in the occupied regions.

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17-07-2019 13:28 +0400
"20% of Georgia is occupied, but we must judge our culprits... Precisely Russian tourists are important" - Bidzina Ivanishvili said in Russian http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139300

Bidzina Ivanishvili expressed his opinion with the Russian language and said that the entry of Russian tourists is utterly important for the public diplomacy and who opposes trade with Russia is the enemy of the country.
Ivanishvili says that the "United National Movement" is trying to damage Georgian-Russian relations, because they want to welcome Russian soldier instead of Russian tourist.
According to Ivanishvili, in 2008 the members of the previous government lead the Russian troops in Georgia. According to him, 20% of Georgia is occupied by Russia, but "we must judge our culprits."
""The person who wants for Georgia to be expelled from the Russian market is the enemy of the country. Russian troops were led by the former members of the government, they still want to do so - they do not want Russian tourists to arrive, they want a soldier here. It"s not their negligence but betrayal, the damage of the war of 2008 is under the responsibility of the "United National Movement." Do not think that I justify the Russian army"s presence in Georgia. "Georgian Dream" always say that 20% of the country is occupied, but we must judge our culprits. Arrival of Russian tourists in Georgia is utterly important. It is important for us to develop public diplomacy which will provide stability among nations. "- Said Bidzina Ivanishvili.

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17-07-2019 13:12 +0400
"In 2016 Russian MPs were in Georgia, where were you?" - Bidzina Ivanishvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139298

"In 2016 Russian MPs were in Georgia, where were you?" - The chairman of the "Georgian Dream" responded to the question of the "Courier" journalist whether he was informed about the visit of Gavrilov in Georgia. According to him, Russian MPs arrived in Georgia in 2016 but people did not have any reaction. According to Ivanishvili, in 2016, "United National Movement" was hoping that more voter they would have, but now there is no hope. According to him, the incident of Gavrilov was the cause of protocol. According to Bidzina Ivanishvili, Irakli Kobakhidze did not commit a crime.
"In 2016 Russian MP was in Georgia, Slutsky, who is more significant figure than Gavrilov. He was the former chairman of the Federal Security Service, where were you? in 2016, the "United National Movement" had hope about the winning of elections but now their loss is inevitable, therefore they are trying to hustle the process.
Kobakhidze did not commit any crime. He just created the situation where the "United National Movement "managed to accelerate it. Of course, this was wrong but the fact happened due to the protocol error. The provocateurs wanted to enter the parliament," - Bidzina Ivanishvili said.
He said that the actions of the police officers were legitimate. Ivanishvili does not consider that the Minister of Internal Affairs should be resigned. According to Ivanishvili, only "United National Movement" has an intention of the resignation of Giorgi Gakharia.

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17-07-2019 13:00 +0400
"Gakharia"s resignation would be a betrayal of the homeland ... No one has questions about the legitimacy of the use of force" - Ivanishvili http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139296


Gakharia"s resignation means that the Internal Ministry does not exist - says Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Chairman of Georgian Dream.

According to him, after 20 June, the resignation of Giorgi Gakharia would be a betrayal of the homeland. In his opinion, Gakharia implemented the responsibility of the State Institutions and even more, defended the security of "violators and insurgents".

Ivanishvili says he knows the position of Europe and the United States and knows that they have no questions about the legitimacy of force used on the night of 20 June.

" Those, who saw this footage from Europe or from Washington have no questions about the legitimacy of the use of force. Force was used legitimately. If there were questions about legitimacy, it would raise the issue of the Minister"s resignation, but there are no such questions,"- said Bidzina Ivanishvili.


" Gakharia"s resignation would mean that the Ministry of Internal Affairs does not exist. When there is violence against state institution, parliament and police is not able to protect them, of course, the Minister has to take responsibility and resign. But he has managed to protect the violators, politicians, your Owners, "Rustavi 2". He managed to avoid new catastrophe in the country, "said Bidzina Ivanishvili.

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17-07-2019 12:50 +0400
"Of course I condemn speeches of Gvaramia and Gabunia,"- Ivanishvili responds to Ivanishvili"s demand http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139297

Bidzina Ivanishvili responds to Sergey Lavrov"s statement, where he demands punishment of Rustavi 2 in exchange of restoration of flights between Georgia and Russia. Ivanishvili openly declares that Russia"s demand is legitimate and "Rustavi 2""s behaviour should be condemned.


Bidzina Ivanishvili accuses United National Movement of attempting to halt Georgia"s development but underlines that Georgian Dream does its best for Georgia.

"Of course what happened in" Rustavi 2 "is a shame, this is a shame to the country. This is a shame for our culture. Such a swearing that we have heard from your television, of course, is the subject of a judgment of the whole society. This is a disgrace for our culture, Georgians, our identity, which made by a director of your television and his journalist. Of course, he deserves it. It is good that despite efforts of United National Movement to stop tourism in Georgia, destroy the economy, stop the trade, nevertheless, we are doing everything for Georgia to develop. I condemn, of course, speeches of Gvaramia and Gabunia"s , "Ivanishvili said.

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17-07-2019 12:50 +0400
"Calm down, don"t be rude" - Bidzina Ivanishvili answered aggressively to the questions about the orange-rocket bullets http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/139294

"Calm down, don"t be rude" - Bidzina Ivanishvili addressed to the journalists after the critical questions about the bloody night of June 20, the legitimacy of use of force and the orange rocket bullets.
The other questions caused the irritation of the chairmen of "Georgian Dream."
"Where did you grow up... respect your colleague... let me answer the other questions" - Ivanishvili addressed to the "Courier" journalist.
The leader of the "Georgian Dream" answered the questions of journalists about the on-going processes in the country.

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17-07-2019 12:47 +0400