A coalition of opposition forces in Abkhazia has announced that their presidential candidate, Aslan Bzhaniya, still intends to contest the election despite claims he may have been poisoned.
More than 100 people have been hospitalised in Khasavyurt, a city in the Russian republic of Daghestan, with officials blaming the city’s water supply. [Read more…]
Ten people have been arrested in Azerbaijan accused of breaching rules on the use of pesticides and fertilisers on cotton plantations. The arrests follow mass poisonings from pesticides and fertilisers in June that may have affected over 300 workers. [Read more…]
The Tbilisi Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of an archpriest for plotting to murder the secretary-referent of the head of Georgia’s Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II. [Read more…]
Giorgi Mamaladze, the archpriest accused of plotting to poison a ‘high ranking member’ of Georgia’s Orthodox Church, has been stripped of his rank and the right to accept communion, until his trial is concluded.
The archpriest accused of plotting to poison a ‘high ranking member’ of Georgia’s Orthodox Church walked out of court in protest on 19 May, after Tbilisi City Court decided to close hearings into his case to the public. [Read more…]
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.