The imbroglio over the alleged attempted poisoning of a ‘high-ranking priest’ shows no signs of fading away. The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has promised to disclose further details, but questions remain about what is going on in the Georgian Patriarchate, one of the most influential institutions in the country. Given the furor surrounding the murder attempt, covert clashes between Georgian Orthodox clerics have begun to leave the shadows.
Legislators in Georgia are discussing proposals to a ban smoking in public spaces. The changes would include all kinds of buildings, with the exception of private homes and correctional facilities. If passed, it will prohibit smoking in secondary schools, universities, educational facilities, libraries, all kinds of public transport, stadiums, as well as private businesses.
On 21 January, Union Safari unveiled a legislative proposal and research on sexual harassment in public spaces in Georgia.
At the beginning of the month, the Georgian Public Broadcaster announced a plan to reorganise itself; the plan was consumer-oriented and would mean cuts in the broadcaster’s staff. Job cuts have also been announced in a number of other public sector institutions. On top of this, the government is displaying complete apathy towards ill-treatment and forceful dismissals of employees in the private sector.
On 19 February, thousands of people gathered in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi to demonstrate their support for opposition TV station Rustavi 2.
Zaur Gumashvili, chairman of the board of Pankisi’s Council of Elders, discussed with OC Media the fading role of Elders in the valley, the rise of the Salafi movement, the subsequent cultural decline, and an action plan how to stop it.
An 8 km bike path is to run along both sides of the River Mtkvari (Sanapiro) in Tbilisi, Tbilisi City Hall spokesperson Mirian Lebanidze has told OC Media.