Dodo Gugeshashvili, formerly a prominent member of the Mkhedrioni paramilitary group, has been shot in the outskirts of Tbilisi. Gugeshashvili remains in serious condition in hospital; her son, who was with her at the time, was killed in the attack. [Read more…]
Parliamentary hearings for a controversial new labour law has been postponed by at least a week. Trade unions and rights groups have criticised the delay, calling on the government to act quickly to toughen labour safety rules.
The board of directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have ‘unanimously’ approved financing for the Nenskra HPP in Svaneti, Georgia. The board made the decision on 31 January.
The head of RFE/RL’s Georgian service, Radio Tavisupleba, has been fired ‘due to a disagreement with the central management’, according to him, with the outlet’s bureau chief reportedly resigning in protest. There have been reports RFE/RL’s central management has been pushing the bureau to affiliate with opposition-leaning TV channel Rustavi 2.
Luiza Mutoshvili, 27, Pankisi Valley.
‘Five years ago, I started a job as a teacher at the public school in Duisi, Pankisi Valley, which completely changed my life. The goal of my teaching programme was to overcome the language barrier in regions with ethnic minorities. I’m ethnically Kist myself, and since Georgian is not my native language, I was well familiar with the language barrier problem.’ [Read more…]
Recent changes to meals offered in Georgian kindergartens have been backed by Tbilisi’s Kindergarten Agency as well as UNICEF, in the face of resistance from some parents.
Georgia’s largest fixed network operator, Silknet, has announced that they have reached an agreement to acquire Geocell for for $153 million. Geocell is the second-largest mobile operator in the country. [Read more…]
On 22 November, in a special operation in Tbilisi, Georgian special services liquidated an armed group which included Akhmed Chatayev, also known as ‘one-handed Akhmed’. Chatayev was considered one of the leaders of the Islamic State. During the battle with Georgian special services he refused to disarm, and committed suicide by detonating a grenade. This is, perhaps, everything that is known from official sources about the operation in the Georgian capital, which lasted for almost a day.
The Tbilisi Court of Appeals upheld on 26 January the decision to deny asylum to Mustafa Emre Çabuk. The former manager at Tbilisi’s Private Demirel College, which has been linked to Turkish opposition political figure Fethullah Gülen, is being sought by Turkey on terror charges. Rights groups urged the government not to extradite Çabuk to Turkey, where they say he would not receive a fair trial. [Read more…]