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Vladimir Putin Speaks Saakashvili, “Lugar Lab”

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on October 18 at an annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, that current Ukrainian leaders are pursuing “anti-state and anti-people policy,” like Georgia’s ex-President Mikheil Saakashili did “by attacking South Ossetia.” “It was exactly because of these criminal actions that Georgia lost significant [parts] of its territory, exactly as …

19/10/18 13:05

GDDG Poll Gives Zurabishvili First Round Victory

As the ruling party presented its own poll results favoring its own candidate yesterday, the divergence in public opinion poll results came sharply into focus, drawing attention to the use of polling in electioneering. GDDG “internal” Poll The ruling party-endorsed candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, is set to win the October 28 presidential elections in the first …

19/10/18 11:42

Penitentiary Service Denies Reports that Subeliani was Beaten

The Special Penitentiary Service, an agency in charge of the country’s prison facilities, has denied reports that Mirza Subeliani, a former Prosecution Office official, who has implicated senior Georgian Dream officials in case-fixing and other criminal offenses, was beaten. Reports that Subeliani was physically assaulted emerged late on October 18. The news first appeared in …

19/10/18 09:52

GDDG Politicians Say Opposition Wants to ‘Destabilize’ Elections

The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) party politicians claim the opposition wants to “destabilize” the situation ahead of the October 28 presidential elections. The authorities stress the recently released recordings, which implicate senior GDDG in case-fixing and other offenses, are “provocations” plotted by the United National Movement (UNM). Speaking to reporters on October 18, Prime …

18/10/18 16:06

U.S. Gifts Two Patrol Boats to Georgia

Georgia’s border guards received two Island-class patrol boats from the United States at a special ceremony in Georgia’s Black Sea port of Poti on October 18. The vessels will strengthen the country’s Coast Guard fleet and maritime security of its borders, officials say. According to Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy Elizabeth Rood, Georgia received Staten Island …

18/10/18 14:58

Subeliani Tapes Scandal: A Summary

Series of recordings made in prison and involving the former Prosecution Office official, Mirza Subeliani, is developing into a major scandal, affecting the ongoing Presidential campaign, but also bringing into focus what seem to series of flaws in governance by the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG). Below is the summary of the developments so far. …

18/10/18 00:54

Prosecution: Security Service Planned Patarkatsishvili Murder in 2007

The Chief Prosecutor’s Office called a briefing on October 17 to report that Giorgi Merebashvili, a former senior official of the Interior Ministry’s Department of Constitutional Security (DCS, disbanded in 2012) has been arrested and two other former DCS officials, Levan Kardava and Revaz Shiukashvili, who are already convicted in other unrelated cases, have been …

17/10/18 18:29


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