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Assessments and expectations before Melia’s trial – what not to miss on April 6th

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A trial has been appointed in the case of Nika Melia, the substantive hearing of the case is starting

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The hearing on the case of Nika Melia, the chairman of the United National Movement, has been scheduled in the Tbilisi City Court. The first substantive hearing of the case will be held on April 8, at 11 a.m. There is an expectation that a deterrent measure might be revised in this process.

Will the prosecutor’s office file a motion to release Melia? Radio Liberty does not answer this question in the investigation agency.

Melia’s lawyer Giorgi Kondakhishvili does not yet know what motion the prosecutor’s office will file, but the defense intends to come to the trial with new evidence.

The issue of Nika Melia’s release was one of the things that the opposition put on the negotiating table at the request of Danielson.

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An IRI study published: What do people think about current politics?

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On April 5, the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) were published. According to the research, the opinion of the population is divided regarding the holding of early elections in Georgia.

When asked whether they support the opposition’s demand for early elections, 45% of the population said that they really or to some extent – yes. A negative or partially negative answer to the same question is also given by 45%.

According to the poll, the three most acceptable public figures look like this: Patriarch Ilia II (89%), former Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia (65%) and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze (54%).

The most unacceptable for the respondents – Nino Burjanadze. 62% evaluate the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili negatively. Bidzina Ivanishvili also has a negative rating.

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Two participants of the ongoing march in Batumi were fined 2000-2000 GEL

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Yesterday, on April 5, the police fined two protesters in Batumi for violating the anti-coronavirus rules. They were marching towards the Batumi Police Main Division.

According to the correspondent of Radio Liberty, Giga Makarashvili, an activist of the civil movement “Shame” and Solomon Bajelidze, a member of the Kobuleti City Council from the “National Movement” have been fined.

Giga Makarashvili said that he refused to hand over the penalty protocol.

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According to Russia’s plan – what is happening here in Ukraine?

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Until the internal political crisis in Georgia subsides, the situation is becoming increasingly tense in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is rapidly increasing its military presence and continuing to concentrate heavy equipment.

The Ukrainian side reported that on April 4, the ceasefire agreement was violated again and they attacked the positions of the Ukrainian military in Donbas with mortars and automatic weapons. There are no casualties this time. According to various reports, Russian hybrid forces killed at least 7 Ukrainian servicemen in March and April. In March, they opened fire 248 times.

The fact that, according to various official and unofficial information, Russia is bringing more and more military equipment and manpower to the borders of Ukraine raises expectations for the escalation of the armed conflict.

According to experts, what is happening in Ukraine according to Russia’s pre-planned plan is directly related to Georgia and poses a great threat to the region. What can happen if episodes of armed confrontation escalate into a full-scale war? – Read more In the article by Lela Kunchulia.

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Vaccination in numbers and epidemiological situation in Georgia

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20,603 people were vaccinated in Georgia in 20 days after the start of vaccination.

“We have an average of 1,000 vaccines a day, but that’s a little bit – at this point we need at least 3,000 vaccines a day.”, – says Amiran Gamkrelidze, director of the Center for Disease Control.

According to him, there are enough vaccines in the country – “Astrazeneca”, “Pfizer”, “Sinopharm” – so it is free to increase the number of vaccinated. According to the information, 19 073 people have been vaccinated by the end of April.

Daily coronavirus rates have increased in Georgia. Georgian Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze says it is too early to say whether the country will be closed for Easter. He told “Rustavi 2” that in order to prevent the blockade, locks are being made locally in the regions to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Ten retired admirals arrested in Turkey on charges of conspiracy

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10 retired admirals arrested in Turkey. Earlier, they signed an open letter stressing the importance of the Montreux Convention for Turkey’s security, which will prevent the militarization of the Black Sea. This was reported by Turkish media on April 5.

Four more suspects were called to the Ankara police, Anadolu Agency reports.

The open letter, signed by 104 former high-ranking members of the Navy, was condemned by the Turkish authorities, who saw it as a direct challenge to the civilian government by the military.

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Navalny says a third inmate from his prison ward was admitted to hospital with suspected TB

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A jailed Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, said a third inmate from his prison ward was taken to a hospital on suspicion of tuberculosis after he was jailed.

As Navalny wrote on Instagram on April 5, prison doctors say after tasting it that he has a “strong cough” and a temperature of 38.1 degrees.

Navalny, 44, one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics, is currently serving his sentence in the No. 2 labor colony, about 100 kilometers from Moscow, known as one of Russia’s harshest prisons.

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The Great Sixth

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A virtuous man died.

He too was mortal.

This title is easily solved by all those who love literature very much. Who knows who was at Moreira, Joao Abado, Manuel Costa, Don Diego and old Santos, he will also understand who is the big sixth. Never felt like he was the first. Or second. Even the third … would have hidden somewhere in the back somewhere. That was his strength. However, he could not hide too much. It was high. Both literally and figuratively.

Now many will remember him and that is understandable. Guram Dochanashvili lived a long time. Many managed to get to know her. Personally and indirectly. From the book and in life.

On the beautiful-city and the carcass-suits, on the skating rink, etc., others will write better than me. I am more interested in a man here who loved a man very much – a man.

Read more In Zaza Burchuladze’s blog.

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“No one thought we would become MPs, we did not fight for it. We fought for what happened on April 9; what happened on April 9, 1989, the night of that tragedy. Those who sacrificed their independence … “

Who remembers April 30 30 years ago, how their memory of that day and night was preserved, what they believed then and what they were disappointed with, why they are heartbroken and what they are proud of – Radio Liberty asked the signatories of the Independence Act to restore the picture of April 9 30 years ago.

Episode 5 – Eter Kavelashvili.

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