Salafi imam of Pankisi, Bekkhan Pareulidze, sat down with OC Media for an exclusive interview, in which he discussed the region’s religious divisions, the outflow of young Kists to Syria, and the role civil society has to play in the valley. [Read more…]
The Georgian government plans to construct eight solar power plants in the country, according to Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Most of the plants will be located in the east of the country, likely in Akhaltsikhe, Gardabani, Gldani, Kaspi, Marneuli and Ksani. The prime minister stated in a government session on 24 January that the government was committed to providing support to investors in the project, who will have 18 months to finalise the locations. [Read more…]
It’s been over a week since protests began in Georgia’s third largest city, Kutaisi, over the planned construction of a second McDonald’s restaurant in the city. [Read more…]
Young people in Georgia are optimistic about their future employability, according to a study unveiled on 23 January by the German political foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. According to the study, 41% of young people aged 14–29 are in education, with 71% of these feeling optimistic about their employment opportunities. [Read more…]
Police arrested Georgian national and alleged assassin for the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Temur Makhauri, better known as Zona, in Kiev on 16 January, Ukrainian media reports. Although originally from Chechnya, Makhauri held a Georgian passport and was driving a car with Georgian plates when he was detained.
American rights group Human Rights Watch has released the 27th edition of its annual World Report, which includes detailed chapters about the state of human rights in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia. [Read more…]