The Salafi community and Sufi Council of Elders in Pankisi Valley, northeast Georgia, agreed to cooperate on 14 June and to work together on issues in the valley. [Read more…]
The twenty-first May marked the anniversary of the symbolic end of the 1817–1864 Russian conquest of the Caucasus, which resulted in the Russian annexation of the North Caucasus and the ethnic cleansing of Circassians, the majority of whom were either killed or deported to the Ottoman Empire.
Tbilisi City Court has upheld the decision of the Ministry of Refugees to deny political asylum to Chechen man Tumso Abdurakhmanov, who had fled Kadyrov’s regime in the bordering Russian republic of Chechnya. According to the court, the decision was made because due to ‘significant circumstances [granting asylum] contradicts the interests of the country’. Abdurakhmanov fled Chechnya after receiving death threats from the nephew of Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov. [Read more…]
A large number of Indian students come to Georgia every year to study at Tbilisi State Medical University. OC Media talked to a number of them about why they come and their lives in Georgia, including the discrimination they face. [Read more…]
Georgia’s billionaire ex prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has been ripping up ancient and rare trees from across the country and transporting them to his private arboretum in Ureki. While the government claims it is for their own protection, activists continue to challenge the move. [Read more…]
The Georgian Parliament is considering tough new laws against smoking. However, with excise duty on cigarettes going up, smoking is becoming even more profitable for the government’s budget. [Read more…]
Toys on sale in shops and in the streets in Georgia contain substances toxic to children’s health. Many sellers do not know where the toys come from, and the authorities have so far failed to regulate them. [Read more…]
Tbilisi City Hall has began a campaign to clear the streets of vendors selling clothes, books, fruits and vegetables, and various other things. They claim that they are a nuisance to pedestrians in the city’s busiest streets. Many of the vendors, however, claim that selling on the street is the only way they can survive. [Read more…]