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Giorgi Otkhmezuri, father of Davit Otkhmezuri, who was killed by Aslan Bezhanidze, today visited the Parliament. As it known, Bezhanidze was pardoned by the President Salome Zourabichvili.

Giorgi Otkhmezuri met with Gia Zhorzholiani, a member of the four-member faction "Patriots Alliance and Social Democrats".

As Giorgi Otkhmezuri said after the meeting, they didn’t talk about pardon case.

According to MP Gia Zhorzholiani, it is not excluded that Giorgi Otkhmezuri will be involved in politics.

18-10-2019 18:45 +0400
GEL depreciated again - new rate of National Bank

The National Bank of Georgia has set a new exchange rate, according to which, dollar price has become GEL 2.9718.

From tomorrow, 1 USD will cost GEL 2.9718 - the previous rate was GEL 2.9682.

As for the Euro, its exchange rate is GEL 3.3088 - the previous rate was GEL 3.2980.

18-10-2019 17:05 +0400
"It is important to this document to be properly protected" - Ombudsman on the so-called “threat letter”

Public Defender responds to the decision of the founders of the movement "Lelo", which implies sending the so-called “threat letter “to the Prosecutor Office.

"It is important for this document to be properly protected so that the fingerprints that came out should not be destroyed. We are involved in this case, we have access to the document through a lawyer and we will observe how the case will be handled", - said Nino Lomjaria.

18-10-2019 15:18 +0400
"We have 1500 active members" - Mamuka Khazaradze introduced new members of "Lelo" to the society

Lelo"s founder Mamuka Khazaradze nominated 12 more members of his public movement.

The new members are: Kakha Khazaradze, Natalia Barateli, Levan Kokiashvili, Vazha Samadbegishvili, Lasha Margiani, Mariam Tavadze, Alexandre Ratishvili, Levan Lomtadze, Giorgi Bichiashvili, Giorgi Mchedlishvili, Irakli Kutsia and Mariam Aprasidze.

Mamuka Khazaradze held a presentation of Lelo public movement on September 12. At present 48 members of the organization have been nominated.

18-10-2019 12:30 +0400
Accident in Batumi - one of the three injured is in serious condition

Three cars collided with each other in the Mejinnistskali settlement in Batumi.

Three people were injured in a road accident. All of them were taken to the hospital. One of the victims have serious injuries.

Investigation is in progress under the second part of Article 276 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

18-10-2019 10:17 +0400
Mamuka Khazaradze will present 12 more leaders of "Lelo"

New members of the public movement "Lelo" will be named today - Mamuka Khazaradze will present 12 new leaders at 12:00. The event will take place on Lisi Lake, in the "Green City" area.

In addition to presenting new members of the public movement, Khazaradze will also talk about the future plans of the organization.

Mamuka Khazaradze held a presentation of the public movement "Lelo" on September 12.

18-10-2019 09:20 +0400
Tbilisi Mayor inspects road rehabilitation works in Gldani

Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze inspected road pavement rehabilitation works in Vekua and Khizanishvili streets in Gldani.

According to him, the water pipes and sewage system have already been replaced. The remaining road infrastructure works are still in active phase.

The ongoing rehabilitation works in Gldani are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

18-10-2019 09:15 +0400
Winery №1 hosted media, business representatives and diplomats accredited in Georgia

The winery №1 hosted media, business representatives and diplomats accredited in Georgia.
The aim of the event was to get acquainted with one of the unique cultural monuments of Tbilisi and present future projects.

In the framework of the event the guests toured the winery area and tasted wine.

18-10-2019 08:50 +0400
29-year-old miner dies in Chiatura – the works are emporarily suspended

A mine worker has died in the western Georgian region of Chiatura. The tragic accident happened at the Darkveti mine at around 10 pm, claiming the life of Gaga Botchorishvili, 29.
Georgian Manganese has released a statement regarding the incident. According to the company, the exact cause of employee’s death is not known at this time.
"We express our condolences and to the family and relatives of the deceased", - the company said in a statement.
The Interior Ministry has launched an investigation to reveal the exact reason behind his death.

18-10-2019 08:12 +0400
One person died in a car accident in Vazisubani

One person died in a car accident on Vazisubani highway.
The accident happened on Shandor Pethep Street late last night. The car first crashed into a woman and then into three cars. The woman died.

Investigation is in progress under the article 276, part 6 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

18-10-2019 08:08 +0400
The only school in Shatili is burning

According to the Kurieri, the only public school is burning in Shatili. The Emergency Management Service confirms this information and says that three fire rescue teams are on the scene to extinguish the fire.

According to the emergency services, no one was injured.

17-10-2019 16:46 +0400
We should do our best to make sure that war never gets waged in this country - Giorgi Gakharia to veterans

The Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense and the Mayor of Tbilisi met with the veterans on the occasion of Veterans Day.

Giorgi Gakharia addressed the veterans and thanked them for creating Georgian history.

"It is great honor for me to see faces of truly glorious and praiseworthy people of our country here; people who have been shaping the history of this country over the past 30 years. We have gathered here today to pay respect to the memory of those who are no longer with us. I see faces of glorious and praiseworthy people in the history of our country and the only thing we should pledge to each other is to do our best to make sure that no war gets ever waged in this country again, to advance and progress through our dedicated work, get united and wholesome. It should be our prime goal", - noted the Prime Minister.

17-10-2019 16:20 +0400
Tbilisi Mayor observed ongoing works on Bush Street

Road works are being actively carried out on the Kakheti highway.

The relevant brigades are working intensively on George Bush Street. The project should be ready by the end of November.

The Mayor inspected the ongoing works. According to Kakha Kaladze, no such rehabilitation works were carried out on George Bush Street.

17-10-2019 09:25 +0400
Accident in Rustavi - a woman and a 4-year-old child are injured

A young woman and a four-year-old boy were injured in a car accident in Rustavi.

Both of them were hospitalized. According to the doctors, the injured are in stable condition. The young woman underwent surgery and remains in the intensive care unit.

The accident happened on Friendship Avenue. The investigation is ongoing.

17-10-2019 07:56 +0400
In Ponichala one woman was arrested for drug crime

As a result of special operation in Ponichala one woman was arrested for drug crime.

A search was conducted at the detainee"s house. The Ministry of Internal Affairs will disseminate detailed information about the special operation during the day.

The “Kurieri” TV-crew tried to find out the details with the detainee"s family, but they were quite aggressive. A special operation was also held in Ponichala a few days ago, when law enforcement officers arrested one man.

17-10-2019 07:45 +0400
Khazaradze: Kaladze"s vocabulary is inappropriate for a politician and a man

Mamuka Khazaradze, the founder of the public movement "Lelo" responded to the statement made by Tbilisi Mayor. Khazaradze called Kakha Kaladze"s vocabulary "inappropriate for a politician and a man".

"I will probably not respond to Kaladze. For me this is the language of defeated politician. I do not consider it necessary to answer him", - Khazaradze said.

According to Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, Khazaradze has no financial or mental capacity to build the Anaklia port.


16-10-2019 19:16 +0400
Public order officers to appear in Old Tbilisi

An additional 60 public order officers started to work in Old Tbilisi in order to prevent crime.
A public order officer is a model of a community-oriented approach to policing, which is an effective tool for crime prevention worldwide.
The responsibility of the public order officer is to respond to problems and challenges related to domestic violence, neighborhood disputes, illegal migration and vulnerable groups. Their functions and responsibilities also include: planning and implementation of crime prevention activities, gathering information, systematization and primary processing, proceeding of administrative offences, response to the crime committed, working with relevant governmental or non-governmental agencies in order to plan joint preventive measures.
Until now public order officers have worked only in Vake-Saburtalo district.
Public order officers were selected based on an open competition, testing, interviews and physical training. They will soon appear in all districts of Tbilisi and later, throughout Georgia.

16-10-2019 16:53 +0400
Refugees invaded the building of the Ministry of Health

The IDPs" ultimatum on meeting with the minister was not satisfied. As a result, refugees invaded into the Ministry building on the 30th day of the rally. At this stage their main request is to get into the cabinet and talk to her directly. 

Right now IDPs are gathered in the foyer of the Ministry and are waiting for the Minister. According to the protesters, if she does not meet them, they will go to her office.
Internally displaced persons from the occupied territories have been holding a rally for 30 days, but the minister has not been able to meet them until now.

16-10-2019 16:01 +0400
Ultimatum to the Ministry of Health - IDPs demand a meeting with the Minister

IDPs ultimatum to the Ministry of Health. If the Minister and her deputy do not meet with them in 1 hour, the protesters plan to invade the Ministry.

Internally displaced persons from the occupied territories have been holding a rally in front of the Ministry of Health for 30 days.

IDPs from Abkhazia have been demanding a meeting with Ekaterine Tikaradze for several days in parallel with the demand for housing.

16-10-2019 14:17 +0400
12-year-old boy was wounded in Gldani

An accident in Gldani, near the Akhmeteli subway station. An unidentified person was wounded by a minor. The man is currently detained.

As the “Kurieri” was told by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the investigation was launched under Article 19-109, paragraph 2 (b) (an attempted premeditated murder of a minor in aggravated circumstances).

16-10-2019 09:47 +0400
Civil funeral of Mikheil Kobakhidze will be held in Kashveti church

On October 16-17, a civil funeral of film director Mikheil Kobakhidze will be held at the Kashueti Church.

The funeral will begin on October 16 at 18:00. On Thursday, October 17, at 2:00 pm Kobakhidze will be buried in Vere Cemetery.

Mikheil Kobakhidze died at the age of 80 on October 13.

16-10-2019 09:36 +0400
Earthquake in Georgia - 4,6 magnitude earthquakes do not cause destruction or other damage

An earthquake struck Georgia yesterday. The epicenter was observed at seven o"clock in the village of Khidari (Chalkheeti) in Kharagauli. According to seismologists, its capacity was 4.6 magnitude. The earthquake did not cause any damage or other damage.

Underground pushes were also felt in Borjomi.

16-10-2019 09:00 +0400
New HPP in Pankisi - Construction of 27 MW hydroelectric power plant should start in November

Construction of new HPP is starting in Pankisi Gorge. Construction of the 27-megawatt HPP "Samkuritskali 2" will start in November and the works will be carried out by the company “Feri”.

As Lasha Iordanishvili, Director General of the “Feri” company, said, the 27-megawatt HPP will be built 15 kilometers away from the village: “We have already obtained the permission to build "Samkuritskali 2” and we will start the process in November".

Controversy is being voiced at EMC.
According to Tamta Mikeladze, director of the Equality Policy Program at the Center for Human Rights Education and Monitoring, the “construction of four HPPs for this small valley will have a significant impact on the natural environment as a whole, including the potential to reduce water resources, to change the eco system".

16-10-2019 08:27 +0400
Explosion in Didi Digomi - Attorneys for the detainees are appealing the court"s ruling

The detainees of the gas explosion in Didi Digomi consider themselves innocent. The court sentenced two employees of “Tbili energy” to 4-4 years in prison yesterday. Their lawyers are going to appeal the decision of the first instance.
It is about a gas explosion in Didi Digomi in January that left four people dead.

Clashes in Barcelona - Protesters threw stones at police and burned bins

16-10-2019 07:35 +0400
Kipshidze st. incident - Levan Dzneladze, who still has victim status, will be charged today

Levan Dzneladze, wounded in bloody confrontation in Kipshidze Street, has been arrested.

A person who has so far been a victim has been formally charged today. He is accused of deliberately damaging health and illegal purchase and keeping of firearms (Criminal Code of Georgia Article 117, paragraph 1 and Article 236, paragraphs 3 and 4, which imposes imprisonment from 3 to 7 years).

Levan Dzneladze was taken to the pre-trial detention facility, but later returned to Ghudushauri clinic for treatment. According to his lawyer, these articles do not have a real base.

16-10-2019 07:33 +0400
An earthquake struck Georgia

An earthquake struck Georgia at 18:57. According to the National Center for Earth Sciences and Seismic Monitoring, an epicenter of 4.5 magnitude earthquakes was recorded in the village of Chalkheeti in Kharagauli.

No casualties have been reported.

15-10-2019 19:04 +0400
Man, accused of committing lewd acts against a 5-year-old minor, sent to prison

Gori District Court sentenced a man, accused of committing lewd acts against a 5-year-old minor, to 6 years of imprisonment.

The incident happened in one of the villages of Kaspi Municipality. Man was detained in July.

According to the prosecutor Natia Kikalia, an investigation into this case is underway under paragraph I, Article 141 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, involving lewd acts committed without violence and knowingly by the offender with a person who has accomplished 16 years of age.

The crime envisages from 5 to 7 years of imprisonment.

15-10-2019 17:36 +0400
National Bank of Georgia sets new GEL rate

According to a new exchange rate set by the National Bank of Georgia on October 16, the official value of USD 1 has not changed and remains at GEL 2.9701.

As for the Euro, the GEL depreciated. According to official figures, 1 Euro costs 3.2725 GEL, while the current rate is 3.2778 GEL. The change compared to the Euro amounted to GEL 0.0053.

15-10-2019 17:25 +0400
“If the Government cancels the deal signed with us, we will start a legal dispute” - Akhvlediani

If the Government cancels the deal signed with us we will have to go to court, said Levan Akhvlediani, Director General of the Anaklia Development Consortium.

“If the Government terminates our agreement, we will start a legal dispute. We are ready to continue making constructive steps, but unfortunately, we do not see the same desire from the Government", - said Akhvlediani.

15-10-2019 16:52 +0400
"Instead of support, the Government sabotages this project" - Anaklia Consortium Development Director-General

"Instead of support, the Government has practically sabotaged this project", Levan Akhvlediani, Director General of Anaklia Consortium, said at the special briefing.

"The Government, in our opinion, had to do everything and show all support for the project in order to help this project to be successful. Unfortunately the reality is quite the opposite. Instead of declaring support, they practically sabotaged this project for the last few months and weeks", - Akhvlediani said.

He added that during las few weeks as a result of a hard work they found two investors who were interested in the project. One - Kazakh-Hong Kong group and the second - a very large American investment group. The first one was rejected by the Government – they said that they would not welcome their investment because they were not Westerners, in particular an American investor.

15-10-2019 16:12 +0400
A woman in labor and a newborn died in Khashuri

A woman in labor and an infant have died at the Evex Clinic in Kharshuri. Her family members blame the doctors for the incident and demand for their responsibility.

According to the mother of dead woman the family was requesting a caesarean section, but medics decided to hold a physiological birth. That’s why both mother and baby dead.

Reportedly, the 40-year-old pregnant woman was transferred from Surami to Khashuri hospital yesterday evening.

As the Evex Clinic administration said, the investigation has already begun. According to them, the license of several doctors was suspended.

The deceased woman has 4 kids.

15-10-2019 15:59 +0400
60% to Georgian Dream - Kobakhidze`s new election forecast

The former speaker of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze, who made the prediction of the 2020 parliamentary elections, changed the primary version. Now he predicts 60% of his team.

"In the current spectrum, in fact, the winning party must get at least about 45% in order to form a coalition. As for the winning party, no one doubts that in 2020 elections it will be the Georgian Dream. But 45% is not our goal and task. I think the real picture that will probably be created after the parliamentary elections, is 60-20-20. 60% for Georgian Dream, 20% - for National Movement with its European Georgia and 20% for the rest of the opposition. This is actually an achievable result Georgian Dream, - said Kobakhidze.
As he said, if the ruling party does not get 45% of the votes in the 2020 elections, it may be necessary to call for re-election

15-10-2019 14:50 +0400
Eight Georgian women were arrested in Turkey on charges of prostitution

Eight Georgian women were arrested on charges of prostitution in Turkey. 

According to the investigation, the Artvin Provincial Police reported that foreign nationals in Khopa were prostituting illegally.

Police conducted operations at several clubs and hotels and arrested 33 sex workers. The detainees are also the citizens of Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

15-10-2019 14:22 +0400
Tbilisi City Hall to buy new subway cars

Tbilisi City Hall will buy new subway cars. The mayor of the capital made this statement at today"s cabinet meeting.

According to Kakha Kaladze, negotiations for financial support are underway with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Buying 40 new carriages will cost the Tbilisi government about 60 million. According to Kaladze, there are wagons that are no longer subject to rehabilitation and need to be replaced: "Since the subway was reopened, there have been no such rehabilitations in the Tbilisi subway”.

According to the mayor, the project should be implemented within three years.

15-10-2019 13:10 +0400
A category taxis offered free service vouchers from November 1

From November 1 the City Hall will for free give the chemical cleanup vouchers to "A" category taxis. 

According to the mayor of Tbilisi Kakha Kaladze, drivers will also receive 20% discount cards from one of the companies for car service.
"You have nothing to pay, just come and get these vouchers", - added Tbilisi mayor.
According to the information of the Tbilisi City Hall, the drivers will receive information about the available service centers.

15-10-2019 12:45 +0400
An interim investigation commission may be set up on Temirlan Machalikashvili’s case

Public Defender supports the creation of special investigation commission on Temirlan Machalikashvili"s murder case.

According to Nino Lomjaria, the investigation has been in vain for two years. That’s why the parliamentary control is necessary. The opposition is once again going to demand the establishment of the investigative commission at the plenary session.

"For two years we do not have results of the investigation of Temirlan Machalikashvili"s case. This investigation has not been completed. That’s why I think it is timely to discuss in the Parliament the creation of such commission and I will support such decision", - said the Public Defender Nino Lomjaria.

15-10-2019 12:30 +0400
Police confiscates 32 packages of heroin from Turkish citizen in Batumi

Georgian police have seized heroin in especially large quantities from a Turkish citizen in Georgia’s western coastal city of Batumi. The individual, who was identified as M.I., 46, has been charged with the possession of drugs.

32 packages of heroin have been seized from his rented apartment in Batumi. 
The crime envisages from 8 to 20 years or life imprisonment.
Investigation is in progress on the fact of illegal purchase and keeping of large amount of narcotics under Article 260, Part 6, Subparagraph A of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

15-10-2019 09:52 +0400
Cultural-entertaining and sporting events – Mtskhetoba is celebrated today

Together with Svetitskhovloba, Mtskhetoba is celebrated today. Various cultural-entertainment and sporting events were held throughout the day in the city center.

Sale - exhibition of agricultural products, fine arts and crafts was held in the central square. Spectacular events were also held.

The day will end with a gala concert in Mtskheta

14-10-2019 18:30 +0400
"Svetitskhoveli is a symbol of country’s unity" - politicians also attended the celebration in Mtskheta

Representatives of the Government and members of the opposition party also attended the festive liturgy in Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of Mtskheta.

As the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality, Ketevan Tsikhelashvili said, Svetitskhoveli is a symbol of the country’s unity.

"Svetitskhoveli is a symbol of the unity of our country. I want to wish everyone to live in the Georgia that we are building today. In a peaceful and united Georgia. And the main challenge that our country faces today - barbed wire, ongoing occupation and humanitarian problems – will be overcome", - said the State Minister Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.

According to one of the leaders of "European Georgia" Davit Bakradze, Svetitskhovloba is especially distinguished holiday for the country.

"Today is a holiday that symbolizes the unity of our Georgian national identity, Christian shrines and identities. I would like to congratulate the whole of Georgia and wish every family good luck, peace and success", - said David Bakradze.

14-10-2019 13:42 +0400
"We support the autocephaly of Ukraine, but recognition requires procedures" - Archbishop Anania

According to Metropolitan Anania, a member of the Holy Synod, the Georgian Church supports the claim of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to grant autocephaly, but does not agree with its recognition.

According to him, this issue may be discussed at the Synod session.

"The Church of any country has the right to demand autocephaly but we do not recognize the autocephaly of Ukraine, there are some procedures in this regard. I do not know when the Synod session will be held. We will probably discuss this issue", - said Archbishop Anania.

The Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece has supported the recognition of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

14-10-2019 10:47 +0400
A festive liturgy is being held in Mtskheta

The solemn liturgy begins in Mtskheta on the occasion of Svetitskhovloba.

The liturgy will be conducted by the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia together with the clergy. After the liturgy, the Patriarch addresses the congregation with a sermon.

According to Dimitri Khundadze, a member of the “Georgian Dream”, Mtskheta majoritarian MP, various events are planned during the day. At the end of the day honorary Mtskheta residents will be awarded.

"Today we will have a very interesting day with different events. A lot of guests have arrived to Mtskheta and we promise them unforgettable day”, - said Khundadze.
Because of the holiday, car movement in Mtskheta is limited.

14-10-2019 10:15 +0400
The 29th day of protest – refugees threaten with hunger strike and the Court

The 29th days of protest - IDPs continue their rally in the foyer and outside the Ministry of Health.

Refugees from Abkhazia have been unsuccessfully seeking housing for almost a month. The protesters blame the special commission responsible for this issue in corruption.

Besides, the protesters demand the involvement of IDPs and NGOs in the commission. Otherwise they threaten to renew the hunger strike and appeal to the court.

"The process of apartments distribution should be suspended. We must set up a new commission with the representatives from all parties, as well as NGOs and the Public Defender"s Office. And most importantly with IDPs. The work of commission must be transparent. Let them inform us in writing form that these apartments do not belong to us. After that, we will turn to the court and let the court decide whether they rely on us or not"- said one of the refugees Pikria Tsalani.

14-10-2019 08:27 +0400
Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Mtskhetoba – Svetitskhovloba

Today, October, 14, the Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Mtskhetoba - Svetitskhovloba.

On the occasion of this day, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II from 10 o’clock will conduct a divine liturgy at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in the town of Mtskheta.
Various events will be held on Mtskheta main square today.
Because of the holiday, car movement in Mtskheta is limited.
Svetiskhoveli is believed to be built on the site chosen by Saint Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia, where she built a church in the IV century. Today"s Svetiskhoveli was built in the early XI century.

14-10-2019 07:51 +0400
Rescue operation in Juta - Two people were injured while moving on one of the peaks

Georgian citizens were injured when moving to one of the peaks in the village of Juta in Stepantsminda district.

The rescue operation required a helicopter. Both injured were transported to Tbilisi late night by helicopter. Right now they are in the Ghudushauri Clinic.

14-10-2019 07:34 +0400
Number of asylum seekers from Georgia to France last year was higher than from Syria or Iraq

Most of asylum seekers in France are Georgians – “FRANCE 24” prepared an extensive report on this topic.

According to the channel 7 000 Georgians claimed asylum in France last year - a higher number than Syrians or Iraqis. France provides asylum seekers with free treatment. Most of Georgians visit Paris as tourists, but later they stay in France.

11-10-2019 19:00 +0400
Murder of 30 year-old woman allegedly linked with kids-related conflict

A 30-year-old woman, who was wounded by her former husband eaier today, has died. She had multiple wounds to her head and because of these life-threatening injuries died before the surgery. The body is already transported to Gori for examination.

Young woman was at work when her ex-husband arrived and threw a grenade in the store. When the explosive device failed to operate, he beat the woman. He also made a few shots. Evacuation was announced and the sappers were working there.

According to Tea Korkotadze, the Head of Khashuri Referral Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, the patient was in a comatose state and multiple wounds to her head were incompatible with life. The doctor does not confirm the gunshot wounds.

Relatives of the alleged suspect told to “Kurieri” that the conflict between the ex-husband and wife began when the woman was in Italy. According to the source, the children, who lived with their father while she was abroad, often called to the mother and told that their father treat them badly. According to the same source, the woman was forced to return from Italy, after which her ex-husband restricted her in dealing with kids.

Police have not yet arrested the alleged suspect. The case was launched by the Ministry of Internal Affairs under Articles 19-108 of the Criminal Code (an attempted premeditated murder).

11-10-2019 18:15 +0400
Giorgi Gakharia met with representatives of the construction sector

Giorgi Gakharia met with representatives of the construction sector. During the meeting participants discussed ways to solve the problems that the banking and other regulations created for the construction sector.

The Prime Minister has already met with representatives of the tourism and viticulture and wine-growing sectors.

11-10-2019 15:47 +0400
Giga Nikoleishvili became the Head of the State Security Service

Giga Nikoleishvili has been appointed deputy Head of the State Security Service. Prior to his appointment to the position, Nikoleishvili was the Head of the Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Nikolaishvili has undergone operational training courses for officers from 1997-1998 (Academy of the Ministry of State Security of Georgia).
In 1994-1996 he graduated from Tbilisi Open Humanitarian University, Faculty of Law.
In 2008-2010, Nikoleishvili was the Deputy Head of Administration at the Ministry of Defense, Department of Military Intelligence.
In 2016-2017 he was the Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi Municipality.
Nikoleishvili has received education both in Georgia and abroad.
The information is released by the State Security Service.

11-10-2019 15:32 +0400
"Jishkariani is my neighbor and I have no guarantee that I will walk in the street calmly" - Tamta Todadze

Tamta Todadze addresses Shalva Tadumadze. Todadze asks Prosecutor General to detain Ilia Jishkariani because she does not feel herself safe.

"I appeal to the Prosecutor General to impose a custodial sentence. Ilia Jishkariani is an official, in fact Isani district is in his hands. Another circumstance - he is my neighbor and I have no guarantee that I will walk the street calmly", - said Tamta Todadze to "Kurieri".

Ilia Jishkariani was sentenced to 10,000 GEL bail. He remains in the medical clinic until now.

11-10-2019 14:47 +0400
Court orders GEL 10, 000 bail for Ilia Jishkariani

The Tbilisi City Court ordered GEL 10,000 bail for Ilia Jishkariani, member of the Tbilisi City Council, who has been charged with violent act of sexual nature, beating and other violence.

The decision was made by Judge Arsen Kalatozishvili. Along with the bail, the Sakrebulo MP was also given restrictive measures - court banned Jishkariani to get close to the victim.

The court trial was held at the medical clinic.

Ilia Jishkariani has been charged with violent act of sexual nature, beating and other violence against his staff member Tamta Todadze.

11-10-2019 14:11 +0400
Yet another 12 of Lelo Movement introduced -Khazaradze announces formation of a political party

Mamuka Khazaradze, who launched public movement “Lelo”, presented 12 new members of the movement. Among them are Oktai Kazumov, Ketevan Zhvania, Andro Bibileishvili, Nikoloz Kikvidze, Eter Gaiashvili, Temur Arabidze, Irakli Apakidze, Nino Mgaloblishvili, Nukri Sajaia, Ramaz Bluashvili, Nino Kambegashvili and Irakli Kadeishvili.

“The victory of this country is possible with unity. We need the experience of our immigrants, the knowledge that they have received in another countries. Together with them we will turn Georgia in a very serious, successful and winning country", - said Mamuka Khazaradze.

Next Friday Khazaradze is going to present another 12 members of the movement. As for the political party that should be created alongside this society, he announced that it would take about two weeks.

11-10-2019 12:24 +0400
Disaster in Japan - Typhoon Hagibis threatens Tokyo

Hagibis Typhoon is coming to Japan. Weather forecasters expect a storm in Tokyo and its surroundings tomorrow. Because of impending disaster, rugby world cup matches and other sporting events have been disrupted. Domestic flights were also canceled, residents warned of flooding as typhoon inches closer with wind gusts of up to 252km/h.

Authorities are calling for food and water supplies. Because of the disaster, embassies in various countries, including Georgia, are urging their citizens in Japan to be cautious.

11-10-2019 10:56 +0400
Police destroys confiscated drugs worth 9 mln GEL

 The Georgian Interior Ministry has destroyed narcotic and psychotropic drugs worth 9 million GEL, confiscated during the investigation of 765 different cases around the country, the ministry has reported earlier today. 

The drugs which were burnt in a high-temperature furnace included: 5.2 kg of heroin, 1.3 kg of cocaine, 4,222 pills of subutex, 676 capsules and 896 pills of tramadole, 579 pills and 58.3 gr of methadone, 338 pills and 21.9 gr of codeine, 996 pills of amphetamine, 8,678 capsules and 198 pills of pregabalin, 33.7 gr of morphine. 


11-10-2019 09:59 +0400
Accident in the village of Rukhi - 5 people were injured

A traffic accident occurred in the village of Rukhi in Zugdidi municipality. Two cars crashed into each other. Five people were injured in the crash. They were taken to the Zugdidi Referral Hospital by the ambulance service.

The health condition of the injured is currently satisfactory.
Investigation is in progress.

11-10-2019 09:25 +0400
Immortal Regiment in Tbilisi – Opposition considers it as Russian propaganda

The “Immortal Regiment” was registered in Tbilisi as a public movement. The opposition regards the formation of the organization as Russian propaganda. The occupied territories of Georgia are represented as independent states on the main website of the “Regiment”.

According to Khatia Dekanoidze, a member of the political council of the United National Movement, the processes that are unfolding over the immortal regiment are part of a hybrid war:

"They exist in order to spread Russian propaganda. Any cooperation with them and with any similar organization associated with Putin"s so-called patriotic movement, is extremely dangerous. This is of hybrid war", - said Dekanoidze.

According to Sergo Ratian, a member of European Georgia, such organizations are Russia"s ideological weapon:

"This is Russia"s ideological weapon in which it opposes the West and consolidates forces against the West. This movement is a threat to the civilian world in general, and, of course, for us", - said Sergei Ratiani.

11-10-2019 08:07 +0400
Shooting near the Parliament

The shooting was heard late at night near the Parliament. Patrol police crews were mobilized. Eyewitnesses say the young man fired four times. The reason is unknown.

The case is being investigated under hooliganism.

11-10-2019 07:25 +0400
Prosecutor`s Office appeals to court on the case of Ilia Jishkariani

After filing the charges against Ilia Jishkariani, a member of Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Assembly), the General Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia appeals to the court with a motion to impose a preventive measure. The prosecutor’s office has not yet specified what type of preventive measure the prosecution will require. It is known when that the court session will start at 12:30 o’clock, tomorrow, with the judge Arsen Kalatozishvili.

Ilia Jishkariani, as Majoritarian deputy from Isani district, was charged for sexual and physical assault of Tamta Todadze. She already granted victim status.

10-10-2019 18:36 +0400
No such resources should be spent on the construction of new office of National Bank - Giorgi Gakharia

Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia responds to the construction of the central office of National bank. According to him, even though the budget will not spent money on the project, the amount is still large.

“The National Bank is an independent body. Nothing is allocated for it in the budget. However, I can tell you, that such a large amount of resources should not be spent on the construction of the National Bank building. I think it is possible to build a building at a cheaper price in this city", - said Gakharia.

The National Bank of Georgia plans to build a new head office with a budget of 50 million GEL.

10-10-2019 16:53 +0400
The permission for clergymen in Davit-Gareji monastery complex - the President released a statement

The President of Georgia has commented on the admission of clergymen to the David Gareji Monastery. On the official website of the President, Salome Zourabichvili writes that she welcomes the result that followed the Prime Minister"s visit to Azerbaijan.
“Given the national interests and history of the two countries, the opening of the churches in the Davit Gareji Monastery for the Georgian community is another step towards resolving the issue of Gareji complex and the border demarcation.
Azerbaijan is our strategic partner and I am convinced that as a result of joint efforts, the two countries will find a solution that are in the best interests of the two friendly countries", - wrote Salome Zourabichvili.

Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said at a Government meeting that churches in David-Gareji will be opened to Georgian clergy from October 11.

10-10-2019 16:44 +0400
Tea Tsulukiani: Deputies Insulted Shalva Tadumadze

The Minister of Justice accuses the opposition of insulting the chief prosecutor. Tea Tsulukiani commented on the meeting between MPs and Shalva Tadumadze yesterday. According to her, some lawmakers insulted Tadumadze.

The Vice Prime Minister calls the interview process with the candidates of the Supreme Court unprecedented.
"Some of them seized the opportunity and created a whirlwind of insults. Suppose deputies have the right to do so. But all candidates, and not just yesterday, are trying to give the decent response", - said Tsulukiani.

10-10-2019 15:20 +0400
"New buses were mainly distributed in the suburbs" - Kakha Kaladze

60 new buses are already moving in Tbilisi. According to Tbilisi mayor Kakha Kaladze, the new public transport will mainly serve the suburbs.

The mayor drove bus #34. He said that public transport is a priority for the Tbilisi government and they plan to replace the old buses with new ones.

"These buses are already on different lines today and will serve the population of Tbilisi. Mostly they are distributed in the suburbs. Our main aim and purpose is to make public transport faster and more comfortable in the city", - the capital"s mayor said.

10-10-2019 14:56 +0400
Stalin`s supporters are holding a rally in Gori

Members of the Communist Party, the “Stalinist Society” and the “Friendship and Justice” organization gathered in the yard of the Stalin House Museum in Gori.

They demand the return of his monument to the hometown. Stalin’s admirers are urging the authorities to place the statue in the yard of the Stalin House Museum if they do not erect a monument in the center of the city.
Proponents of Stalin"s ideology, with this demand, are currently marching from the House Museum to the Gori City Hall.

10-10-2019 14:15 +0400
Fire in Chugureti is liquidated

Fire in Chugureti is liquidated. The fire broke out in a house in Gedevanishvili Street and burned 300 square meters of area. 

Five fire brigades of the Emergency Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs were working at the place. No one was injured in the accident. The official cause of the accident is still unknown.

10-10-2019 11:54 +0400
Nazi Janezashvili and Shalva Tadumadze graduated from the same institute

Mamuka Mdinaradze, one of the leaders of the majority, presented a diploma of Nazi Janezashvili, a non-judge member of the High Council of Justice at the session of the Legal Committee, noting that in 2002 she graduated from the same institute, from which Georgia"s chief prosecutor Tadumadze graduated.

"One of the main arguments yesterday that lawmakers questioned the validity of Shalva Tadumadze"s diploma was that the institute he was studying had been given the name of Nodar Dumbadze since 2003. Throughout the day we were hearing abusive statements in this regard. The Prosecutor General of Georgia was even called a fraud. We have searched and the person who graduated from this institute before 2003 is Nazi Janezashvili, her diploma date is 2002.

Ms. Nazi Janezashvili, whose qualifications and validity are beyond doubt, presented this diploma when she was a candidate and she was supported by the Georgian Parliament and supported by us and also our opponents, also graduated from the same institute", - said today Mdinaradze.

We would like to remind you that at the sitting of the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs, Zaza Tavadze, the candidate for the Supreme Court is being interviewed today.

10-10-2019 11:08 +0400
“A single cases can"t shadow 40,000 conscientious policemen” – Prime–Minister about Mumladze"s murder case

Prime – Minister Giorgi Gakharia commented on the murder of 35-year-old Davit Mumladze, where the possible crime of police officers is mentioned. Gakharia noted that if such facts were confirmed, the approach would be much more rigorous and ruthless.

“I would like to address a serious case that took place last week, when two out of five murder suspects turned out to be police officers. Of course, this is a heavy component, a grave consequence, of course. But we must also bear in mind that this single case cannot cast a shadow over the 40,000 people who serve this country with dignity, at the risk of losing their lives. We also have to understand, and we have repeatedly noted that when a law enforcer commits a crime without taking into account the interests of the system as a whole, we will be much tougher and our approach will be absolutely ruthless, because no one will ever be able to cast doubt on the service of thousands of honest police officers. However, of course, we should not tolerate such cases. That is why reforms have been launched at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which is called systemic renewal. And that is why it is imperative for us to change the values of our police in terms of both the citizen and their functions, duties and responsibilities towards the country, as well as increasing the efficiency of their daily work", - said Giorgi Gakharia.

10-10-2019 10:56 +0400
David Gareji complex will be opened for Georgian clergy from tomorrow - Giorgi Gakharia

The churches in David-Gareji will open for Georgian clergy from October 11 - Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said today at the government meeting. As he emphasized that this problem should be resolved in the two countries national interests, the historical heritage and the interests of the Church.

“We could not sidestep such an important issue. We all remember that, unfortunately, there are certain sections of the Georgia-Azerbaijan border that have not yet been determined, this is our post-Soviet legacy, and this problem has not been resolved in 25 years. The President of Azerbaijan said that we have a history and geography that connects us, and, of course, I completely agree that geography and history do not divide friends and partners, rather connect.
It is on this basis that we had an open conversation on the current problems. As a result I can say that the churches within the complex will be opened to Georgian clergy tomorrow, and that we therefore need to make serious progress in this direction step by step. We have repeatedly stated that this problem must be resolved in the national interest of the two countries, in the interest of the historical heritage and church. This is the most important component of our approach. I would also like to remind you that our citizens are responsible and cautious in the context of every step, word, and we should all remember that love and patriotism do not mean pseudo-patriotic expressions and thoughtless steps. This is the approach we should take in this direction and we must take it", - said Giorgi Gakharia.

10-10-2019 10:45 +0400
Ilia Jishkariani"s first phone interview to “Kurieri”

Ilia Jishkariani has commented to “Kurieri” on the accusations of physical and sexual violence voiced against him by his staff member.

"The charge is very severe. I will never put up with it. I will go as needed.  I am ready to participate in everything, including trials and investigative activities. I would not leave this country unless I cleaned this dirt. It happened and I was charged with a very serious crime, which I did not commit. I cannot specify it, I have evidence that will prove my innocence", - told Jishkarian to “Kurieri”.

09-10-2019 21:08 +0400
Tomorrow Mamuka Khazaradze’s and Badri Japaridze’s trial will start in the Tbilisi City Court

Tomorrow, October, 10, Mamuka Khazaradze’s and Badri Japaridze’s trial will start in the Tbilisi City Court. According to the founder of the public movement "Lelo", it will start at 11:00 a.m.

“Tomorrow, at 11:00 am, my and Badri Japaridze’s trial is starting at Tbilisi City Court. The case into the totally absurd accusation - money laundering – will be moved to a court seized by Bidzina Ivanishvili"s regime, the regime, which is stitched-up by a white thread, by Ivanishvili’s personal lawyer, uncertificated General Prosecutor Shalva Tadumadze, who has nothing to do with law, or common sense! The process is starting tomorrow, but it will not be the trial of Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze, but the trial of Bidzina Ivanishvili!
We invite everyone, including the international community, NGOs, the media, citizens - to see what Bidzina’s court looks like and to look into the case that once again sheds light on the swamp created by Ivanishvili, threatening the future of the state and its people. I declare with full responsibility - it will end”, - wrote Khazaradze.

09-10-2019 20:15 +0400
Rally in front of the Parliament - Movement "Change" demands to ask questions to Tadumadze

The movement “Change” is holding a rally outside the Parliament demanding that Georgia"s chief prosecutor, Shalva Tadumadze, be asked questions.
Malkhaz Machalikashvili is also in the Parliament and he did not have an opportunity to ask questions.
Shalva Tadumadze is in the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs as part of the process of interviewing candidates for the Supreme Court.

09-10-2019 11:48 +0400
60 new municipal green buses appeared in Tbilisi

The 60 Isuzu-mark, 8-meter-long municipal buses working on Diesel fuel and Euro 6 emission standard have been imported to Georgia. The buses, presented by Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze at Europe Square, will move in Tbilisi.
“Our goal is to replace the yellow bus fleet as soon as possible. They are outdated, uncomfortable and are polluting the environment”, - said Kaladze.
Representatives of Tbilisi Transport Company GT Group, Isuzu and Anadolu Group Turkish Company attended the presentation.
A total of 220 Isuzu-mark buses will be imported till the end of the year. The project costs 64 790 000 GEL.
The buses are envisaged to accommodate up to 53 and have 21 seats. They are adapted for persons with limited physical capabilities. The new buses are provided with WiFi, heating conditioning and ventilation systems.

09-10-2019 11:20 +0400
Patriarch demands restoration of status quo before the end of demarcation process with David Gareji

Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II addressed Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani and Minister of Internal Affairs Vakhtang Gomelauri regarding Chichkhituri and Udabno Monasteries.
The letter reads that based on the agreement concluded between Georgia and Azerbaijan, the state border at this section passes the line as drawn in 1936-1938, and according to the map made in these years, Chichkhituri and Udabno Monasteries are located on the territory of Georgia unlike Bertubani Monastery, which is an inseparable part of Davit Gareji Monastery Complex, that is on the territory of Azerbaijan.
“Based on the order of the Georgian Republic’s government of April 21, 1991, the polygon around the territory of Davit Gareji Monastery Complex, and other land plots were handed over to the Georgian Patriarchate. The property ownership was inked by the constitutional agreement reached between the government and Georgian Church on October 14, 2002.
The activities of the Azerbaijani side are not understandable based on which access is, in fact, rejected to believers, church persons and tourists to Chichkhituri and Udabno Monasteries starting 2019. This means that the reality has been changed illogically that is unacceptable,” reads the letter.
Patriarch says he hopes that before completion of the delimitation and demarcation process, the status-quo will be restored and the believers and church persons will not face problems on the territory.
Ilia II also expresses hope that Georgian and Azerbaijani people will evaluate the situation correctly and will make a fair decision, and that there will be no alternative to the neighborly-friendly relations between the two nations.
The address is published on the webpage of the Georgian Patriarchate. With the same letter, Georgian Patriarch also addressed Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Sheikh ul-Islam Haji Allahshükür Hummat Pashazade.

09-10-2019 09:10 +0400
The recognition of June 20 protest victims – majority also has questions to the Prosecutor"s Office

Mako Gomuri and others injured on June 20 rally do not have the status of victims yet. Lawmakers find the case unacceptable, including a chairman of the Human Rights Committee. Sophio Kiladze says the questions should be answered.
The opposition accuses the government of supporting the "bloody regime". According to Giorgi Baramidze, a member of the United National Movement, they are not recognized as victims because this is the way to hand Ivanishvili-Gakharia.
According to Sergo Ratiani, such behavior of the authorities will remain a shameful stain on the “Georgian Dream” and will become their verdict.
GYLA disseminated information about the June 20-21 events to the Prosecutor General"s Office yesterday. It says several dozen law enforcement officers are known to have been injured at this point, including 4 protesters. Mako Gomur is not on the list who lost his eye due to a rubber bullet.

09-10-2019 08:10 +0400
GEL depreciated - new rate of National Bank

The National Bank of Georgia has set a new exchange rate, according to which, dollar price has become GEL 2.9683.

Starting with tomorrow, 1 USD will cost GEL 2.9683, while the previous rate was GEL 2.9677.

As for the euro, its exchange rate is GEL 3.2625, while the previous rate was GEL 3.2571.

08-10-2019 17:14 +0400
UNESCO has named Tbilisi as the Capital of the World Book 2021.

According to the UNESCO Director-General, the decision was made on the basis of the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee. The slogan of the program is "And your next book is ..?"

According to UNESCO, the program includes several important activities. As part of the program, libraries will be opened, a book festival will be held for children, digital projects will be presented to transform books into games and to restore Georgia"s first publishing house. The purpose of the events is to promote reading and make books accessible to all social groups.

"I am pleased that from April 23, 2021, the status that UNESCO has given us will be granted the title of “World Book Capital" in one year. This will give us many opportunities. Our Georgian poets and writers will have the opportunity to participate in various events”, - said Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze.

08-10-2019 12:41 +0400
Irakli Zarkua refuses to replace Vano Zardiashvili in Parliament

Irakli Zarqua, Deputy Chairman of Tbilisi City Council (Sakrebulo), refuses to replace Vano Zardiashvili in the Parliament.

As he said to “Kurieri”, he has decided to stay in his position.

"It is a great honor and challenge for anyone, including me, to become the member of the parliament. However, since I was elected deputy chairman of the capital city council just a month ago, I have some responsibility and have made a decision to stay in the council and at this stage, I refuse to become a member of the parliament”, - said Zarkua.

MP Vano Zardiashvili of the Georgian Dream announced today about his plans to renounce his MP mandate citing “dirty, negative campaign” and “black PR” against him as the reason behind his decision. Vano Zardiashvili is followed by Irakli Zarkua in the ruling Georgian Party list. It means Zarkua should replace Zardiashvili in Parliament.

07-10-2019 18:20 +0400
Azerbaijan"s new border post in the territory of David Gareji - Foreign Ministry and Border Department are not making comments

Azerbaijan has opened a new border post in the territory of David Gareji. According to the local media, the post was opened yesterday in the presence of senior officials.

According to Azerbaijani media, during the speech the focus was on protecting the post as a historical-cultural heritage of the Azerbaijani people along the border.
Opening of new border point in Davit Gareji became the reason for another wave of protests in Georgia. The anti-occupation movement is preparing for a rally today in the territory of David Gareji.
The “Kurieri” tried to get a response from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Border Department, but they didn’t comment this issue.

07-10-2019 08:33 +0400
Alleged violence perpetrated by a council member - the Public Defender will monitor the investigation of the case

The Public Defender of Georgia has released a statement about the reports about alleged sexual and physical abuse committed by a member of Tbilisi City Assembly against his assistant. According to the statement, the Public Defender"s Office requested information from the law enforcement agency and will monitor the investigation of the case.

“Given the seriousness and sensitivity of the case, the Public Defender calls on the Prosecutor General"s Office of Georgia to conduct effective investigation. It is also important to eliminate doubts about biased investigation.

In addition, the public should remember that many women in Georgia suffer from violence, oppression and harassment. It is essential for them to be supported by the community in order to be able to speak out and defend their rights. Unfortunately, in the given case, some representatives of the society are less sympathetic towards the alleged victim and spread degrading information about her, which is unacceptable. The active involvement of all relevant agencies in protecting the alleged victim is crucial”, reads the statement.

According to the Public Defender’s Office, they will monitor the investigation and will closely communicate with the alleged victim and her lawyer.

07-10-2019 08:31 +0400
7 Honorary Citizens of Tbilisi 2019 awarded on Tbilisoba holiday

The Honorary Citizens of Tbilisi 2019 were named at the Tbilisoba Gala Concert last night.

The title of "Honorary Citizen of Tbilisi" was awarded to 7 persons distinguished for their efforts in various fields.

Each of them were thanked by Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze. Specifically, awards were received employees of the TbilService Group, bus driver, employee of Tbilisi Metro, librarian, kindergarten music teacher and former Mayor of Tbilisi, Niko Lekishvili.

06-10-2019 12:51 +0400
“The pardon system needs to be changed” – Prime minister criticizes the decision of President

Legislation amendments into the issue of pardon is necessary and the parliament and the public should discuss it, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia told to reporters.

According to Gakharia, it is unacceptable to him those, convicted of murdering police officers as well as of other serious crimes, to be pardoned.

“As for the pardon system, it is a clear fact that it needs to be changed, and the president has also stated about it. Of course, I have said and will reiterate that it is unacceptable for me those, convicted of murdering police officers as well as of other serious crimes, to be pardoned. Legislation amendments into the issue of pardon is necessary and the parliament and the public should discuss it”, - said Gakhaia.

05-10-2019 17:11 +0400
Gia Kancheli buried in Didube Pantheon

Composer Gia Kancheli was buried in Didube Pantheon. The composer"s civil funeral was taking place at Rustaveli State Theater. Music created by him were voiced during the funeral.

Government officials, actors, athletes and other members of the public expressed their condolences to Gia Kancheli"s family.

Composer Gia Kancheli died on October 2 at the age of 84.

05-10-2019 16:03 +0400
Annual festival Tbilisoba is taking place in the capital

The annual festival Tbilisoba is taking place today. The festival events will take place in various locations throughout Tbilisi, including Rike Leghvtakhevi, Metekhi Bridge. Europe and Orbeliani Squares.

This year"s Tbilisoba program is updated and includes a variety of activities, including concerts and attractions; Culinary, candy and flower festivals; fancy-dress marches and sports activities, Orbeliani open market, pavilions of twin cities with Tbilisi, musical performances, Tbilisi Big-Band concert.

There will be an open air museum featuring a projection on a rock in Legvtakhevi: videos of Georgian writers and public figures, famous paintings and more. Exhibition of rare cars will be held on Metekhi Bridge.

Several events will be held within Tbilisoba City Fest. The award ceremony of honorable citizen and a gala concert will take place at 20:00 pm, October 5.
At 8 pm on September 6, a unique show - Muaré experience will take place within the framework of Tbilisi International Theater Festival, founded by the City Hall.

The festival was established in 1979 and since then it has become the annual celebration for Georgians as well as foreigners.

05-10-2019 11:03 +0400
"Continuous occupation is a challenge… Russia cannot determine our future" - Archil Talakvadze

The delegation of the North Atlantic Alliance is meeting with the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia and the MPs. The meeting was opened in Batumi with welcoming words. According to the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Georgia along with the West creates the future in order to restore the territorial integrity through peaceful means.

Archil Talakvadze spoke about the challenges facing the country, related to the occupation and the situation in the occupied regions. As he noted, Georgia will definitely achieve territorial integrity through peaceful means.

“It remains a challenge for us that 20% ​​of our country"s territories remain occupied. This is not a frozen conflict, this is not a problem that has already happened, this is a challenge that still exists, which still continues and includes grave human rights violations in the occupied regions, abductions of our citizens and various threats arising from the occupied territories.
Despite these challenges, which require a great deal of energy, a great deal of attention from our authorities on a daily basis, Georgia remains optimistic and confident in the process of creating its future, Georgia remains committed to the obligations we have undertaken towards our citizens and partners. Despite challenges, we determine our future, Russia cannot determine Georgia"s future. We are confident that together with our partners, together with the West, Georgia will create its future and the moment, when our territorial integrity will be restored through peace, stronger democracy, stronger economy and responsible international foreign policy", - said the Head of the Parliament.

04-10-2019 12:03 +0400
The visit of the North Atlantic Council is a clear message and support of Georgia – Gomelauri

The visit of the North Atlantic Council is a clear message and support for our country, - Vakhtang Gomelauri, Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, said in Batumi.

Today the NATO Deputy Secretary General and permanent representatives of NATO member countries paid a visit to the Batumi port, after which, Vakhtang Gomeluari spoke about the visit of the North Atlantic Council to Batumi, calling it very important for the country.

“This is a clear message, support for our country. I met with the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, as well as with representatives of the NATO member states. We viewed two vessels that had been handed over to us by the US. I would also like to emphasize that Georgia is a reliable partner of NATO, we are involved in strengthening Euro-Atlantic security", - said Gomelauri.

04-10-2019 10:06 +0400
Russia is a terrorist state - Activists display Georgian and Ukrainian flags during a speech by a Russian lawmaker at the Council of Europe

Protest was expressed in the session hall of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe over the return of the Russian delegation to the organization. Protesters accused the organization of deviating from democratic values.

Activists expressed protest during the discussion of human rights violations and dispersal of a peaceful rally in Moscow by the Parliamentary Assembly.

When Russian deputy Peter Tolstoy started his speech, activists displayed flags of Ukraine and Georgia and expressed dissatisfaction over the presence of the Russian delegation in the Assembly.

According to them, Russia is a terrorist state and its unconditional return to the Parliamentary Assembly is a shame for the organization. They also demanded that the organization take responsibility for the atrocities committed by the Kremlin and the destruction of democracy.

04-10-2019 08:39 +0400
The court found Zviad Kuprava guilty for beating lawyer Irakli Zakareishvili and fined him for GEL 1,000

The Tbilisi City Court has ordered 1000 GEL bail for Zviad Kuprava, head of the Law Enforcement Reform Center and active participant of the protests held by Zaza Saralidze, a father of a teenager killed in a school brawl on Khorava Street last year, finding him guilty of violence against lawyer Irakli Zakareishvili.

At today"s trial, the defense delivered a final speech. The defendant addressed the court himself too, saying that Irakli Zakareishvili had private interests towards him.
Kuprava was officially charged on February 19, 2019, based on the appeal of the affected. The investigation established that he physically abused a lawyer in the yard of the Court.
According to the investigation, he verbally abused a judge in the court building on June 11, 2018.
Kuprava was sentenced to prison for nine months and currently is in custody. He will be released from prison on November 24

02-10-2019 13:28 +0400
Fire in Tbilisi – the toy warehouse burns at “Tergi” market

The fire broke out at “Tergi” Market territory today, at Tsabadze Street, Didube district of Tbilisi.
Reportedly, the fire broke out on the second floor of the market.
Four fire brigades are working on the spot at the moment. Additional forces are also being mobilized. Due to the strong fire and heavy smoke, it is not yet clear which products are burning.
What caused the fire is not known at this stage.
According to the traders, the fire was likely caused by a short circuit, but the exact reason is still unknown. The shopping center area is surrounded by police with yellow ribbons.
Rescue workers and police are evacuating traders and persons in the building.

02-10-2019 11:00 +0400
Today the world lost a legendary composer – the US Embassy

US Embassy in Georgia responded to the death of legendary composer Gia Kancheli.
“Today the world lost a legendary composer, Giya Kancheli. His music transcended time and culture and it will live on forever.
Today more than ever, the yellow leaves seem silent”, - is written in the statement of the US Embassy.
Composer Gia Kancheli died at the age of 84 from a serious illness.

02-10-2019 09:47 +0400
Gia Kancheli died

Gia Kancheli, the well-known Georgian composer died at the age of 84.
A few months ago, Gia Kancheli was named among the three greatest composers in the world. Along with Italian composers Nino Rota and Enio Morricone, Gia Kancheli is considered the best.
The creator of "Yellow Leaves" and In Memoria di Michelangelo has left a rich fascination for Georgian and world listeners.
Kancheli graduated from the Tbilisi State University in 1959 specializing in Geology. He continued studies at Tbilisi State Conservatoire. For two decades, he served as the music director of the Rustaveli Theatre in Tbilisi. He composed an opera Music for the Living, in collaboration with Rustaveli director Robert Sturua, and in December 1999, the opera was restaged for the Deutsches National Theater in Weimar.
Kancheli is worldwide known for his music for Georgian films and symphonies. He wrote music for films: Night visit (with Revaz Lagidze), Magic egg (Animated film), Caucasian prisoner, Caucasian romance, Stepmother of Samanishvili (with Jansug Kakhidze), Mimino, Some interviews on personal matters, Khanuma, Caucasian Story, Dumas in Caucasia, Mimino, Extraordinary Exhibition, etc.
Kancheli composed orchestral, chamber, choral/opera music. Early works include Concerto for Orchestra, Woodwind Quintet, Largo and Allegro, Symphony No. 1.
Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Kancheli has lived first in Berlin, and since 1995 in Antwerp, where he became composer-in-residence for the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
Broadcasting company "Rustavi 2" expresses deep sorrow. Kancheli era ended on October, 2.

02-10-2019 09:19 +0400
"Participants from Tskhinvali are still not ready for constructive dialogue" – Ergneti’s meeting again ended without result

The fifth technical meeting held in the village of Ergneti after disruption of the meeting of the Group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRM). The situation at Chorchana village of Khashuri Municipality and occupied Tsnelisi were discussed at the meeting.

Irakli Antadze, the Deputy Director of Analytical Department of State Security Service said that Tskhinvali occupational regime linked the closure of the so-called checkpoints to the latest developments in Chorchana village without any ground: “Humanitarian issues related to the free movement of locals must not be the subject for bargaining”.
The occupied Tskhinvali regime closed the Akhalgori checkpoint and linked it to the development at Chorchana village. It said that the checkpoints would be opened after normalization of the situation and lifting off the tension on part of the Georgian side.
Also, the Georgian side said that it was not considering the issue of dismantling the Georgian police checkpoint at Chorchana village.
“The standard Georgian police checkpoint is located on the territory controlled by the central Government. Therefore, it will continue functioning in the usual regime and its only purpose is to ensure security at the site… Tskhinvali continues not to act constructively. Special meetings to settle the problems at the villages of Chorchana and Tsnelisi will continue and the issue will also be raised at the Geneva International Talks next week”, -said Antadze. 
He also added that the next meeting was scheduled for October 2 in Ergneti, but representatives of the occupation regime refused to take part in it. As Antadze noted, it is important to resume meetings in the IPRM format, as during these meetings important humanitarian or other issues for the local population are discussed.

02-10-2019 09:15 +0400
The case of June 20-21 events - Irakli Okruashvili"s trial will be held in the City Court

Irakli Okruashvili"s trial will be held in Tbilisi City Court in a few hours. According to his rights defender, Okruashvili will not attend the trial this time either.

The former defense minister is accused in organizing and participating in the June 20 events.
The trial of Koba Koshadze, a member of Irakli Okruashvili"s security, will also be held today.

02-10-2019 07:45 +0400
"Russian troops will leave Georgia when we decide" - Putin"s response to “Rustavi 2”

“Aysor TV” releases a video in which Russian President Vladimir Putin"s answers to “Rustavi 2” journalist"s question is heard more clearly.

"When will Russia start fulfilling its 2008 obligations? When will Russian troops move from Georgia?", - “Rustavi 2” journalist Mariam Menabde asked Vladimir Putin.
"We always carry out our duties… When we make that decision", - responded Putin.
The journalist of “Rustavi 2” Mariam Menabde once again reminded Russian President Vladimir Putin of the Russian occupation and asked him when the Russian troops would leave Georgia.
Vladimir Putin is in Yerevan for a meeting of the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union.

01-10-2019 15:18 +0400
"When will Russia end the occupation?" – Rustavi 2-s question to Putin

Exclusive of “Kurieri” from Yerevan – the journalist of “Rustavi 2” Mariam Menabde once again reminded Russian President Vladimir Putin of the Russian occupation and asked him when the Russian troops would leave Georgia.
On the question of the journalist, when Russia will start fulfilling its obligations, Putin responded that Russia is already fulfilling them.
Vladimir Putin is in Yerevan for a meeting of the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Within the forum, the press conference of Putin is not scheduled, that’s why the journalist had to ask a question in the yard of the Armenian President"s Administration.

01-10-2019 14:50 +0400
The second phase of tax reform starts in Tbilisi today

The second phase of tax reform starts in Tbilisi today. From October, 1 all taxi drivers have to own a taxi license, and their vehicles must be left-hand drive, white, five-door cars that have successfully passed technical checks. The phase of the taxi cab reform breaks down the taxi cabs into two categories - A and B.

Category A taxi cabs must be white. These taxis can take passengers from the street while they’re also being able to work to order. Category A cabs are allowed to park free in different parts of the capital. Taxi drivers who fall under this category can put up promotional banners on their cars. Category B taxi cabs will only work on order.
At the same time, the opposition of the Sakrebulo is sending the draft resolution back to the City Hall as they believe that the reform has failed. Opponents of the Tbilisi government demand the cancellation of the current regulations at the nearest Sakrebulo session.
"Only 10% of taxis have repaint their cars. The rest have not done so and moved to mobile operators, which means that taxis for them are increasing", - said Levan Khabeishvili, a member of the “United National Movement”.
"It would be important to regulate public transport first and then to regulate taxis", - said David Zhgenti from “European Georgia” in the City Council.
"Reforms cannot be justified. This is a correct, service-oriented reform", - thinks Deputy Mayor Irakli Khmaladze.

01-10-2019 09:08 +0400
Private life secret recordings - Beselia arrived to the Prosecutor"s Office

Eka Beselia arrived to the Prosecutor"s Office. One of the former leaders of the “Georgian Dream” has been summoned to the main investigative agency for the case of secret recordings of her private life.
Prior to joining the Prosecutor"s Office, independent MP Eka Beselia once again spoke with reporters about the secret recordings of private life.
According to her, she would discuss with the investigation about the facts where some people abused their personal interests while communicating with the court in an unhealthy way.
Beselia is also going to name specific surnames. It’s about Beselia"s former teammates Vano Zardiashvili and David Matiikashvili.

30-09-2019 12:55 +0400
Cooperation with the enemy is a shame – protest action near the Foreign Ministry

Cooperation with the enemy is a shame - with this message, civil activists are holding a rally near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Part of the society wants to know the answers of Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani questions, as why and with what aim the Georgian side requested a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, why the talks were secret and what topics were discussed.
"It is a shame to cooperate with the enemy, it is a shame to hold closed meetings with with Georgia"s number one foreign enemy, and it is a shame that the population receives the information about the meeting from Russia. It is also a shame that the authorities are trying to show us that relations with Russia are improving and are being warmed”, - said one of the participants, a civil activist Nodar Rukhadze.

30-09-2019 12:06 +0400
Salome Zourabishvili made the first comment after she declared moratorium on pardoning.

“Pardoning applies not to angels but to perpetrators – in such way the President answered on the critics from New York. According to her, this moratorium was a cautious decision.
“I made the decision. Once again I would say very strongly that pardoning is not justification of anyone. In general, pardoning applies not to angels but to guilty persons. To reiterate, I have come up with an initiative to begin elaborating and refining the rules differently. These efforts are now ongoing”, - said the President.

Salome Zourabichvili took the responsibility for compiling a list of pardons and said that she has chosen pardons herself.

"The investigation is going on, let’s wait. I have full confidence in the investigation and what"s going on. The author of the list is the only person and this is the President who chooses pardon persons by subjective assessments. Once again, Pardoning applies not to angels but to perpetrators”, - said Salome Zourabichvili.

28-09-2019 12:23 +0400
“Georgia should not be enclosed in itself and not attempt to lead a dialog with Russia" – the President about the Zalkaliani – Lavrov meeting

The Georgian President responded to the Zalkaliani-Lavrov meeting after two days. According to Salome Zourabishvili, Georgia should not be enclosed in itself and not attempt to lead a dialog with Russia. While summing up her visit to the UN, the President emphasized the assessments of the partners about the meeting of Georgian and Russian Foreign Ministers.

“We have only two ways. One is war that we have rejected and the other is dialogue and diplomacy. Georgia cannot but try to use dialogue and diplomacy. Of course, we are not alone and we will never be, we have the support of our partners, but it will probably be wrong if we isolate ourselves and do not do anything", - said Salome Zourabishvili.

28-09-2019 11:48 +0400
“The meeting was requested by him” - Sergey Lavrov about the details of the meeting

"Georgia demanded meeting with Russian side at UN" - this scandalous statement made Sergey Lavrov. The diplomat spoke about the details of the meeting with David Zalkaliani at the briefing in the UN. According to the Russian Foreign Minister, after the dialogue was over, he read the assessments of his Georgian counterpart"s and the comments were longer than the duration of the meeting.

"The meeting with the Georgian Foreign Minister was requested by him.
I read his assessments after the meeting. These comments were certainly longer than the meeting itself. Among other questions, he wondered when it would be possible to resume the direct flights. I explained that we are not looking for artificial reasons for quarreling with Georgia. If the Georgian authorities are able to take a responsible position in the direction of normalizing relations with Russia and not look towards Russofhobia, we, I would personally have restored direct flights. As for the comments made in Tbilisi about our meeting, they make me smile and bewilderment”, - said Sergey Lavrov.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry yesterday denied reports spread by Russian media that the meeting between the meeting was organized by the Switzerland.


28-09-2019 11:23 +0400
Another accident on the Tusheti road - there is a victim

Another accident on the Tusheti road. A group of 7 cyclists slammed into the ravine. One person died. There is no information about the injuries of others.

A rescue operation is underway at the place.
According to the "Kurieri", the incident occurred at 22 km from Pshaveli-Bat-Omalo.

27-09-2019 17:33 +0400
The Prosecutor"s Office summoned the partner – lawyers of Dimitri Gabunia"s for questioning

The Prosecutor Office summoned partner - lawyers of the President"s Parliamentary Secretary for the questioning. 

According to the existing information, Giorgi Talakhadze, Giorgi Mirotadze and Lasha Khurtsilava were summoned for the poll. They are expected at the main Investigation office tomorrow, at 13:00.

27-09-2019 17:21 +0400