Georgian drug policy reform advocates have marked the anniversary of police raids on night clubs Bassiani and Café Gallery in the capital Tbilisi. [Read more…]
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze has appointed Interior Minister and Vice Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia secretary of the powerful new National Security Council. Critics said the move was another consolidation of power in the hands of a trusted confidant of Georgian Dream party chair Bidzina Ivanishvili.
A pitched battle between protesters and riot police in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley has undone years of work to build trust with a community that has been historically marginalised. The government needs to prioritise a more participatory approach to regional development over business interests.
The founder of one of Georgia’s largest banks, TBC, has accused the interior minister of sending him a ‘threatening’ letter during last autumn’s presidential elections. [Read more…]
Georgia’s President Salome Zurabishvili has found herself at odds with the ruling Georgian Dream party over their decision to deny her a permanent seat on the country’s new National Security Council (NSC). Meanwhile, a former deputy secretary of the NSC told OC Media that this was not the biggest problem with the new council, and warned of the ‘excessive powers’ it’s new head may wield. [Read more…]
Georgia is to withdraw a cannabis cultivation bill after a meeting between senior officials and the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church. The government also said they would discuss ways to legally limit the Constitutional Court’s rulings on drug policy. [Read more…]
A former Georgian minister caught on tape allegedly extorting money and cars from a businessman on behalf of former PM Bidzina Ivanishvili has claimed the recordings were staged for the benefit of foreign investors. [Read more…]
Georgia’s former Sports Minister Levan Kipiani was kidnapped, beaten, and threatened to have his ‘honour violated’, over pressure being applied to Omega Group in 2016, the company’s owner and founder Zaza Okuashvili has alleged in an interview with Rustavi 2. Omega Group owns popular TV station Iberia TV.
A parliamentary commission into last December’s fatal school stabbings has concluded that the investigation was compromised in order to protect a high-ranking official and his relatives. Ruling party members of the committee disputed the findings of the opposition-led commission, which held the Interior Minister and Justice Minister ‘politically responsible’, arguing it had been politicised. [Read more…]