Around 40 workers reconstructing an 8.5 km section of road between Batumi and Akhaltsikhe went on strike on 3 May, after not receiving any payment for three months of work. They resumed work on Monday after being promised that they will be paid on 17 May, but they warn that the strike will continue if the company does not pay them on the promised day. [Read more…]
A tobacco warehouse exploded on the night of 8 April in Zugdidi, a town in the north west of Georgia, killing one man. [Read more…]
Since the beginning of the year, about 50 residents of Chechnya who were trying to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have been identified and detained, according to a source in Chechnya’s Centre for Countering Extremism at Chechnya’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, quoted by Russian state-run broadcaster Russia Today.
The trial of Chechen writer Rizvan Ibragimov began on 5 May in the Oktyabrsky District Court of Grozny. The court of first instance deemed his writings on the origins of the Chechen people to be ‘extremist’. The latest hearing is being held after the writer’s defence filed an appeal.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has closed down their office in Armenia, marking their departure from the South Caucasus region. This follows the closure of their offices in Azerbaijan and Georgia in past years. The OSCE claim that the decision was made after they failed to reach an agreement amongst member countries to extend their mandate in Armenia. [Read more…]
An agreement signed between Sukhumi (Sukhum) and Santa Maria Del Cedro in Italy in early May will soon be annulled, Georgia’s ambassador to Italy claims.
On 2 May, a group of unknown assailants shot 29-year-old boxer Iles Yandiyev in Ingushetia, following a feud between two famous clans which began with an argument on social media. He was shot in the spine and remains in hospital; according to doctors, he is in a serious but stable condition. [Read more…]
A fight took place in Tbilisi on 1 May between two transgender women and their neighbours; police arrested four people. One of the neighbors was fined ₾100 ($40) for ‘petty hooliganism’, while the other was released. A hearing for the two transgender women was delayed until 4 May. According to their lawyer Nino Bolkvadze, one of them was injured during the incident. [Read more…]
On 26 April, while speaking at the educational forum ‘New Quality — New Goals’, Daghestani Head Ramazan Abdulatipov admitted that he had given bribes.