Georgia’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, has ruled that it is unconstitutional to criminally prosecute people for consuming cannabis, effectively decriminalising its use. This is short of decriminalising the purchase, storage, or sale of cannabis, and is not legalisation. [Read more…]
The Grand Chamber of the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Georgian authorities violated two articles of the European Convention on Human Rights in their treatment of former Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili while in detention. However, the court stopped short of ruling that the charges against him were politically motivated, as Merabishvili’s lawyers claimed. [Read more…]
A recently-removed memorial to victims of the Georgia–Abkhazia war in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock will be reinstalled unchanged, local authorities in Scotland have told OC Media. They say the memorial will remain this way until ‘a universally acceptable alternative wording and content’ can be agreed by all sides.
Daghestan’s acting head Vladimir Vasilyev has ‘taken control’ of a controversial case against four men accused of setting fire to a government building. Reports have also emerged that Akim Kuliyev, the main suspect in the case, cut open his own stomach in protest, after pictures of his injuries were widely spread on social media.
საქართველოს ხელისუფალთა გადაწყვეტილებამ, გასულ კვირას თბილისში ჩატარებული კონტრტერორისტული ოპერაციის დეტალებზე თითქმის არაფერი ეთქვათ, მედიას ინტერპრეტაციისათვის ფართო ასპარეზი დაუტოვა. ამ პროცესმა კიდევ ერთხელ დაგვანახა სახელმწიფოს დამანგრეველი უუნარობა, გაუმკლავდეს სტრატეგიული კომუნიკაციის წარმოების გამოწვევას კრიზისულ სიტუაციებში, და ხაზი გაუსვა მედიის უხერხემლობას მსგავსი საკითხების მგრძნობიარედ და გონივრულად გაშუქებისას. [Read more…]
Two people were killed and four wounded in a gunfight in the Magaramkent District of Daghestan. The shootout, between members of the same family, involved a number of former and current officials. Six people have been arrested.
The Georgian authorities’ decision to remain silent on the events surrounding last week’s 21-hour counterterror siege in Tbilisi has fuelled frenzy in much of the country’s media. This has demonstrated a damaging ineptitude in the state’s handling of strategic communications during a crisis, and highlighted major flaws in the media’s ability to handle such topics sensitively and sensibly.
Eleven people have died and 19 were injured in a fire at a hotel in Georgia’s Black Sea resort city of Batumi, Georgia’s Interior Minister has confirmed. [Read more…]
One person has so far been detained in connection to the counterterrorism operation in Tbilisi’s Isani District on 23 November. Authorities have promised to disclose further details in upcoming days, but have neither confirmed nor denied media speculation as to the identities of the alleged terrorists.