Actor Giorgi Giorganashvili who had been detained on drug charges, was released on bail on 14 July, after tens of protesters rallied in his support the previous day. [Read more…]
As reports of a ‘Russian land-grab’ make the rounds locally and internationally, authorities in both Tbilisi and Tskhinvali (Tskhinval) say that the line dividing South Ossetia from Tbilisi-controlled territory has not been moved. [Read more…]
In May 2016, Tbilisi’s Kiwi Café — a vegan hangout for city hipsters — was hit by nationalist youths armed with meat sausages. The grotesque spectacle was obvious click-bait in today’s attention seeking social media, but it did highlight a new trend: social and lifestyle issues increasingly trump Georgia’s latent political rifts, and young people are at the forefront of this evolution.
After a small group of protesters marched in Tbilisi on 10 July against what they claim is ‘sex education’ in schools, Georgia’s Education Minister Aleksandre Jejelava said that the ministry would ensure ‘nothing unacceptable’ would be taught.
‘Gülen-linked’ school manager Mustafa Emre Çabuk will appeal in court after the being refused political asylum by Georgia’s Ministry of Refugees. Çabuk was detained in Tbilisi on after Turkey requested that the authorities extradite him. His lawyer says that the ministry’s decision was illegal and unfair, as the evidence ‘clearly shows the threats Çabuk faces’ in Turkey. [Read more…]
A fire broke out in a market in Poti, a town in western Georgia, in the morning of 10 July. Up to 70 of the market’s 150 stalls were destroyed. The cause of the fire, which has now been contained, is still unknown. [Read more…]
For Nikoloz ‘Niki’ Antadze, his growing winery in the village of Manavi, Kakheti, is a dream come true. Niki who is in his forties, first made wine when he was a child, having learned the craft from his father and uncle. For him, the space on which his vineyard stands contains a dose sacred of importance. To begin with, the neighbouring village of Tokhliauri is a direct link to his ancestry, where his predecessors lived and made their own wine. [Read more…]
A Georgian citizen of Azerbaijani descent on trial for fraud in Georgia has claimed that the charges against him are fabricated, and that his detention was orchestrated by the same group who he alleges abducted Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Tbilisi on 29 May. [Read more…]