2013-01-21Supsa Port—Another of the National Movement’s Bluffs
Before the 2010 local governmental elections, the local government of the Lanchkhuti district, the Guria regional governor and the then-majoritarian MP from the Lanchkhuti district repeatedly spoke about the construction of a port in Supsa. The port’s total area was planned to incorporate 180 hectares. An investment of 750 million USD in the project was planned, and the annual circulation of the port was predicted to be 40 million tons.
2013-01-18Freedom House: Georgia 'Partly Free', But Back in 'Electoral Democracy' Category
Georgia remains among “partly free” countries, but it has been upgraded to “electoral democracy” in an annual report by the U.S.-based rights group, Freedom House, released on January 16.
2013-01-18President Saakashvili Initiates Legislation to Restrict Dissemination of Footage Featuring Person’s Private Life
2013-01-18Protests Surround Discussion of the Constitutional Amendments
On January 16th NGO Transparency International (TI) Georgia released statement regarding incident while holding hearings on constitutional amendments in Zugdidi. See the full statement:
2013-01-17Traders from Zestaponi Request a Return to Old Market
On January 11, traders from the agricultural market Baraka requested a meeting with the majoritarian MP. They urged MP Gogi Kavtaradze to assist them in negotiations with the market’s owner. The traders want to continue trading in the old market and claim they will not work in the new building because of the high taxes, which they cannot afford.
2013-01-16Statement of Public Defender
According to the information disseminated by the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia on January 14th, 2013, Tbilisi Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the facts of an abuse of power by ex seniors of the Department of Military Police under the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, involving acts of violence and abuse of dignity of individuals.
2013-01-16Ministry’s Advisor Says Unless Hydro-Electric Stations Are Constructed in Kazbegi, Darkness of ‘90s Will Return to Georgia
In addition to three under-construction hydro-electric stations (HESes), the construction of seven new HESes is planned in Kazbegi district. Keti Gujaraidze, a policy analyst at Green Alternative, said that the construction of HESes will have a negative impact on the environment and that the construction of so many HESes in one region raises many doubts.
2013-01-15Heavy Snow in Conflict Zone Villages
Roads are often blocked in the villages located near the Tskhinvali region because of heavy snow, creating serious problems for local citizens’ transportation needs. Whilst roads in the Georgian villages of the Gori district, located close to Tskhinvali, are more or less satisfactory, roads in the villages of Kareli and Kaspi districts were last repaired in 1980s.
2013-01-11Nephew of Minister’s Father-in-Law Appointed Head of General Inspection at MIA
Zviad Jankarashvili, nephew of Tamaz Tamazashvili—father-in-law of Irakli Garibashvili, Minister of Internal Affairs—now occupies the position of Head of General Inspection at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Additionally, though Garibashvili’s brother-in-law Aleksandre Tamazashvili does not work at the Ministry, he makes decisions regarding personnel changes in police offices and certain public agencies in the Kakheti region.
2013-01-11Who Received Properties for 1 lari from President Saakashvili after Elections
Before Bidzina Ivanishvili’s government deprives authority of direct sale of state properties from President Saakashvili, the President managed and assigned expensive state properties to several companies for 1 lari after the parliamentary elections. GeoLand Ltd is among those companies, where Irakli Ugulava, brother of the Tbilisi City Mayor Gigi Ugulava owns 50% share.
2013-01-10Office Vehicle Still Serves Lanchkhuti District Former Governor
Lanchkhuti district residents claim the former governor Giorgi Goguadze and his family still drives BMW that belongs to the district administration. Goguadze was National Movement’s majoritarian candidate for the parliamentary elections and still chairs local office of the UNM.
2013-01-09How Money Was Collected for National Movement in Khoni
On December 31, Levan Bobokhidze, brother of MP Akaki Bobokhidze from minority, was summoned to Imereti regional police at 12:00 pm yesterday. He has been chairing Khoni office of the National Movement since 2003.
2013-01-08Will Justan Be Inspected or Not
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