2 weeks before the election – what not to miss on September 17th

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The pre-election wrestling continues with drug tests

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Yesterday, Irakli Kobakhidze, the leader of the Georgian Dream, said that Giorgi Gakharia, the leader of the Party for Georgia, had admitted to drug problems by refusing to take a pre-election drug test.

The issue of passing the drug test became topical after the Georgian Dream’s Tbilisi mayoral candidate Kakha Kaladze passed the test and called on his competitors to do the same.

His initiative is not met with enthusiasm by political opponents. It also turned out to be incomprehensible to many.

On September 13, Giorgi Gakharia said he would take the test abroad because he had information that Georgian Dream leaders were planning a provocation against him if he was tested in Georgia.

On September 16, Kakha Kaladze himself responded to his former teammate, saying that Gakharia’s statements about drug testing were incomprehensible to him.

“I found myself in such a situation with this drug test, I’m just amazed. I really did not expect this result. I was sincerely convinced that all the candidates would follow me in this campaign and we would be able to promote a healthy life together as much as possible. “I am heartbroken when I see Giorgi Gakharia in this condition.”– notes Kaladze.

Why did the issue of drug testing become relevant before the elections? “Strategy Builder Leader” Giorgi Vashadze thinks that this is an attempt to divert attention from real problems.

“A little bit of kindergarten, I think it is not serious to discuss and argue about who will deliver the urine and who will do it.” – Vashadze said.

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“He who hears, let him hear well” – in the recordings, the speakers suspect that they are listening

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In the record of thousands of conversations released by an incognito source on September 12, which the source claims are documents created as a result of surveillance and surveillance of ecclesiastical officials by the State Security Service, at least 12 different speakers said they knew they were listening in on their phone conversations.

Cases where the speakers mention that they are being listened to

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On May 27, George Jamdelan, Bishop of Marneuli-Hujab, with a member of his parish [მინიშნებულია სახელი, გვარი და პირადი ნომერი] During the conversation, he said the following – “I know that they will listen and I declare directly, it will be one thing to give up Gareja and leave the government.

Bishop of Zestaponi Melkisedek Khachidze with a friend [მითითებულია მხოლოდ სახელი და გვარი] Speaking negatively about the situation in the country, he explained that the watermelon seller near his house was “approached by so-called old boys” and forced to give up a place in their favor. During the previous government, a public servant was afraid of the law, but today he needs to pay 10 thousand GEL to get a construction permit at the Tbilisi City Hall, so that public servants are immersed in corruption. “The current situation will continue.”

RFE / RL counted a total of 11 such cases. Read more here.

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The issue of early termination of Nika Melia will be discussed in the parliament

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The Parliamentary Committee on Procedural Issues is considering the issue of terminating the mandate of Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement.

Nika Melia resigned on July 29, after the Georgian Dream withdrew from Charles Michel’s agreement.

The issue will be discussed at the next plenary session after the discussion by the committee.

Earlier, the parliament of the same convocation suspended the immunity of Nika Melia MP, thus giving the green light to the prosecutor’s office to arrest Melia in February.

Melia’s mandate has already been suspended once in December 2019. In the previous, ninth Georgian parliament, a majority of the Georgian Dream ousted him after a court convicted him of plotting to bankrupt Cartu Bank. Deprived of the right to hold office for 2 years and 3 months.

Stay tuned for news on this topic In Radio Liberty News.

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The occupation regime released an illegally detained Georgian citizen within an hour

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The State Security Service informed the media that Zurab Dotiashvili, detained by the occupation regime, has been released.

Dotiashvili was grazing cattle near the forest near the village of Kirbali, at which time he was arrested.

Occupying forces took Dotiashvili to a nearby military base in Ghromi for questioning on the charge of illegally crossing the border. Then a decision was made to release him.

According to Giorgi Sabedashvili, Director of the Information-Analytical Department of the SUS, the Russian Federation bears full responsibility for the illegal detention.

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European Parliament: The EU must be ready not to recognize Russia’s elections

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The European Parliament on Wednesday approved recommendations to the European Commission and the Council of Europe on relations with Russia. The document includes harsh wordings about the Russian government, demands for tougher sanctions, and also talks about possible non-recognition of the results of the State Duma elections. The document is of a recommendatory nature and its execution is not obligatory.

Voting results became known on Thursday. The document was supported by 494 deputies, 103 were against, 72 abstained.

The document cites many cases of human rights and international law violations that the European Parliament considers to be perpetrated by the Russian authorities, including the annexation of Crimea, Russian propaganda and disinformation in the EU, the Foreign Agents Act, Alexei Navalny poisoning and political arrest, and repression. A sabotage on Czech territory against civil activists.

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Church bells in the village of Tskaltbila – how locals hear about Kovid

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Residents of the village of Tskaltbili, which is locked in four walls due to a pandemic, hear the news mainly through church bells.

One call means the beginning of prayer, three – the infected person. And when the church bell rings nine times in Tskaltbila, the village knows that someone has died. “The call for mourning has become more frequent recently”, – worries 90-year-old local resident Azgen Mosigiani.

Tskaltbila is an Armenian-populated village 15 km from Akhaltsikhe, and at 1300 meters above sea level. Tskaltbila, Abatkhevi, Naokhrebi, Tsinubani and Julga are neighboring villages. The locals “do not believe in the existence of Kovid” and do not think much about vaccination, they are much more worried that 5 villages do not have one hospital.

Agun Nahapetyan transferred COVID-19 lightly in September last year, he was vaccinated with “Sputnik Light” before returning to Georgia from Russia.

“I’m afraid because I’m young, these [მშობლები] Are elderly, including with comorbidities. That they can not stand ?! It was learned that several people died as a result of the vaccination. They are afraid and what is surprising is that you do not want to be vaccinated? ” – Aghun Nahapetyan tells Radio Liberty.

When Freedom tries to find out where in the village they have information that several people died from the vaccine, the first to be remembered by the locals is Megi Bakradze. A nurse from Akhaltsikhe, who died on the third day after the start of vaccination, on March 18, 2021, after being vaccinated. If you have read “Other Cases of Vaccination Death” by water heaters on the Internet.

Read more in Maya Ivelashvili’s article.

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Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has sent a mission into space consisting only of amateur, non-professional astronauts.

From Cape Canaveral, Dragon sailed into space with four space tourists – mission sponsor, 38-year-old American billionaire Jared Eisekman, 29-year-old nurse Haley Arseno, 51-year-old geologist Xian Proctor, and 42-year-old US Army veteran engineer Chris Sembros.

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On September 15, Levan Ablotia, the cameraman of the Main Channel, was injured while preparing a report. He and journalist Beka Korshia were preparing a report on Zaza Guliashvili, the Kareli mayoral candidate. “Representatives categorically deny it. According to Mamuka Mdinaradze, one of the leaders of “Dream”, the cameraman accidentally fell from the railing of the stairs. Levan Ablotia has already been discharged from the hospital. What happened on September 15 in Kareli and what kind of story the film crew was planning to prepare – Radio Liberty talked to Beka Korshia about this. In the near future, Radio Liberty will also offer an interview with Zaza Guliashvili.

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