Georgia’s billionaire ex prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has been ripping up ancient and rare trees from across the country and transporting them to his private arboretum in Ureki. While the government claims it is for their own protection, activists continue to challenge the move. [Read more…]
Georgia’s port city of Batumi on the shores of the Black Sea was shaken by spontaneous outrage on 11–12 March. Riots supposedly over the issuing of a parking ticket were rooted in a peculiar mixture of anti-police sentiments, ethno-nationalism, and social exclusion. [Read more…]
A group of residents from the village of Kirnati in Georgia’s Adjara region staged a protest on 24 February against construction projects implemented by the Adjara Energy 2007 company.
Abkhaz-language lessons have been introduced to the Peria village school and School #14 in Batumi, in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. Each grade will be given the opportunity to receive four hours of instruction in Abkhaz a week.
Norwegian hydropower company Clean Energy Invest will invest 8 billion kroner ($960 million) in a hydropower plant project (HPP) in Georgia, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reported.
As hydroelectric power projects in Adjara gain momentum, the region’s inhabitants question their sustainability and impact on the environment. [Read more…]