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Now Sportsmen Started Coercing on Media
Zaza Kedelashvili, a wrestler from a Georgian judo team used foul language against journalist Irakli Tavadze and threatened, “you’d better think well what you are writing and about whom.”

An Infant Dies from Cold and Hunger but the Parents still cannot Receive Social Assistance
The family of Aleksandre Sikmashvili, a resident of village Anaga, Sighnagi District lives in extreme poverty. The family has a half demolished house, two iron beds, a chair with a broken leg, an iron oven, one table, a black and white TV that was given to the family by a neighbor and which costs 70 GEL and several plates. The monthly income of the family is a mere 21 GEL that Aleksandre Sikmashvili earns by pasturing the cattle of his neighbor two or three times a month.  Aleksandre and Irma Sikmashvili’s 10-month old daughter died last winter from cold. Even though the family lives in very grave conditions the Agency for Social Service refused to grant them social assistance.

Invisible People
“Change the Environment and not the Person” – this was the message to the governement of persons with disabilities.. The problem of disability is very acute in Georgia. The environment is not adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities. The defenders of the rights of persons with disability say that if the environment is adapted to the needs of disabled persons the problem of disability as such will not exist anymore. They say that  persons with disabilities cannot enjoy the same opportunities for education and employment as people with no health related problems. People with disabilities cannot even use public transport because the facilities are not adapted to their needs.

Result of a Dialogue with the Government Might be Announcement of Extraordinary Parliamentary Election
An internet web site www.presa.ge journalist met Irakli Alasania and interviewed about the meeting between the leaders of law enforcement bodies, the Public Defender of Georgia and the opposition and about his (Irakli Alasania’s) plans for the future.

Outrage at Lagodekhi Customs
The control at customs has been tightened since June 18, 2009. The Ministry of Finance has changed According to the new rules taxation rules have changed. The tax limit has decreased from 1 000 GEL to 500 GEL for the personal belongings. This means that if a person is importing the personal belongings cost more than more than 500 GEL he/she has to pay the tax which is 13 % of the items price. The customs officers are checking the luggage and if one forgets to include even one thing into the customs declaration he might face at least 1000 GEL fine.

“Board of Trustees Voted for Corruption”
The Georgian society does not know why Levan Kubaneishvili left the position of Director-General of the Georgian Public Broadcastin.[the “GPB”]. The  GPB has a new Director-General now –Giorgi Chanturia. He received 5 votes from the Board of Trustees in a secret voting. Giorgi Kacharava and Zviad Koridze, two other candidates for the position, did not receive any votes. We have interviewed Zviad Koridze about the elections:

Vahagn Chakhalyan Might be Eliminated
On August 10, 2009 Armenian Union Ierkir publicized a press release which states that the Government of Georgia is planning to elimnate Vahagn Chakhalyan, a leader of NGO Jdemm and an Armenian political activitst in Samtskhe- Javakheti. Ierkir claims that he was transported from Gldani Prison # 8 to Rustavi Colony # 2 because possible provocations for his elimination can be organized in a more convenient environment there.

Some people are suffering due to the financial interests of the brother of the President of Georgia
Breast, throat and skin cancer; general signs of intoxication; hepatocirrhosis– these are only several of the diseases from which many inhabitants of the villages of Ninotsminda and Tskarostavi, Sagarejo District. suffer after an oil  pipeline burst  in the villages. After an accident on the bore-well of Kanargo-Georgia hundreds of hectares of forest were destroyed and the water and soil were polluted. The resulting injuries to healtt are very serious. The death rate has increased substantially. Even though the situation is extremely difficult the oil company claims that the accident did not cause the extremely negative consequences.

Journalist Threatened with Rape
Ilya Martkoplishvili, the editor-in-chief of internet newspaper Kiziki accuses Soso Benashvili, the representative of the Kakheti Division of the Constitutional Security Department [“CSD”]within the Ministry of Internal Affairs of intimidation of Tamila Gurashvili, a journalist of his newspaper. Martkoplishvili claims that Soso Benashvili went to Tamila Gurashvili’s home several times and threatened that if she did not stop criticizing the Dedoplistkaro ditrict government her child would face some problems.

Beware, President is coming!
Using severe methods of political persecution and in a struggle against different opinions has become common in the present governance of our country. Escort police blocking roads illegally when the escort of the former head of the Adjara Autonomous Republic ,Aslan Abashidze, was driving in the street did not surprise anyone but it is nothing compared to the story that was told to our office by a soldier.

Giorgi Chanturia was elected the new Director-General of Georgian Public Broadcasting
The Board of Trustees elected a new Director-General of Georgian Public Broadcasting today. Giorgi Chanturia received 5 votes and was elected as the Director-General of GPB. The two other candidates did not receive any votes.

Life Without the Kodor Gorge
A year ago they used to live in their ancestor’s houses and despite  the fact that tension was increasing day by day they still were happy because they lived on their own land. The feeling that they would have to leave the gorge and they would become IDPs came rather late when Russian bombers started flying regularly over the gorge. Then they left upper Abkhazia in trucks for Kutaisi.

Ergneti – After a Year
The government of Georgia is proud that it has given shelter to all IDPs but apparently it does not really care where and in what conditions the IDPs are actually living…

An Investigation has Started but It Is Important to Know whether It Will Finish
On August 2 in the morning, Amiran Bitsadze, twice a world champion in boxing , assistant to the priest of St. Gorgasali Church in Rustavi, supporter of the Democratic Movement – United Georgia, IDP from Abkhazia, was kidnapped from a road in Tskhvarichamia. The road   where he was  in his car with his friend Dato Bendeliani was blocked by amini-bus and two cars—a Jeep and a Niva.

Three Candidates will compete for the position of the Director-General of the General Public Broadcasting [the “GPB”]
Today a meeting of the Georgian Public Broadcasting Board of Trustees was held. At the meeting the Board announced the names of the candidates who have moved  into the second round of the competition for the position of GPB Director-General. The 8 Board members had cast votes secretly to selectr the winners of the first round. They are Gia Chanturia, Zviad Koridze and Giorgi Kacharava.  To move into the second round the candidates must have obtained 5 or more votes of the Board members. Gia Chanturia received 6 votes, Zviad Koridze and Giorgi Kacharava – 7.

Labor Trafficking in Batumi
About 20 employees of the constraction company Ltd. Kristali who were cheated by the company administration demand that the administration immediately pay them their salaries.

Illegal Staff Selection Policy in Kutaisi City Hall
Svetlana Zakarashvili, a former chief  specialist for calculating figures for financial reports at the Finance Department of Kutaisi City Hall has been trying to restore justice for the last year and a half now. The City Hall dismissed her on the ground that the administration staff was being cut. However, 8 new employees have been appointed in the Finance Department since Svetlana Zkarashvili was dismissed.

The Newspaper “Spektri” Responds to the Article of Gela Mtivlishvili
The editorial staff of the newspaper “Spektri” responded to the article of our regional correspondent Gela Mtivlishvili. The name of the article was “How Print Media is Restricted in the Regions”. The article was about the pressure the government is putting on the regional media outlets. The journalist wrote  that the government was using the method of intimidation against the critical journalists and winning them over by  offering jobs in state bodies to the editors and the staff of critical newspapers. The journalist  mentioned several newspapers including the Kakheti regional newspaper “Spektri”. Gela Mtivlishvili claimed that the journalists that worked in state bodies easily were able to get ads placed  inthe newspapers for which they continued working. This information about the newspaper caused the discontent of the editorial staff of the Spektri and they sent their response to the article. We provide it here below without any changes.

How did Two Former Members of the National Movement End up in Prison
Merab Maisuradze and Kote Lomidze, two former members of the Nadzaladevi District Office of the National Movement in Tbilsi, were arrested and the charged with fraud.

Homeless Woman Planning to start Open-ended Hunger-strike at the Telavi District Court
Nanuli Kurshitashvili, awoman who lost her house, is planning to start an open-ended hunger-strike at the Telavi District Court. She accuses Judge Natela Jashiashvili, who rendered a verdict in her case, of misuse of her position.

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Was the country prepared for the state of emergency?
Yes No Partly


They wait for me in Abkhazia
Last time, I visited Abkhazia five years ago. Since then, not a day goes by without thinking about it, without missing the Abkhazian
Another proposal on agreement
Women – victims of violence


Forgotten by government veterans
Every year, fewer and fewer veterans of the World War II meet the Victory Day. The society receives information about them only on
Villages of the Hopeless
What happened to Dream of Justice Revival?


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