Noise and Controversy in Gumati – Night Chronology
The situation in the village of Gumati in the Rioni gorge became tense at night. Protesters and law enforcers confronted each other, where police erected iron barricades. It was at this resistance that the protesters started to brag, at which point, the police moved to the other side of the barricades, the protesters. Eight activists were arrested during yesterday’s incident. An ambulance was also mobilized on the spot.
As soon as the situation escalated, the Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a statement urging the opponents of Namakhvani HPP not to go beyond freedom of expression.
According to one of the leaders of the protest, Varlam Goletiani, the protesters did not try to physically confront, but did not intend to remain inactive.
“Lately I have been calling for us to step back, because women were here and it is possible that someone was in danger. We do not try to engage in physical confrontation, but that does not mean we are honest and do nothing. “In order to be able to cross to the other side of this barricade once and for all, we will do everything in a peaceful manner.”, – said Goletiani.
“Georgian Dream” amnesty law was adopted in the first reading
Parliament yesterday approved in the first reading a bill on amnesty, which deals with the events of June 19-20 and was one of the main points of the “Charles Michel Agreement”.
The bill prepared by the majority was supported by 87 deputies, nine deputies opposed.
An alternative draft amnesty prepared by the opposition for the events of June 19-20 was also discussed at the May 27 sitting of the parliament, but voting on it was postponed at the request of the initiators themselves.
According to the draft law of the Georgian Dream faction, all persons who committed crimes in connection with the events of June 19-21, 2019 and are not refused amnesty are released from criminal liability and punishment.
Gas will become more expensive in Tbilisi from June 1
Tariffs of Tbilisi Energy, the largest gas distribution company in Tbilisi, have risen. The decision was made by the Energy and Water Supply Commission today, May 27. Citizens will have to pay the renewed tariff from June 1.
Until now, the price of 1 cubic meter of gas was 46.1 tetri, and from June 1, the price will increase by 7.8 tetri to 54 tetri. This means that the price has increased by 8 GEL for every 100 cubic meters of gas consumed.
“The company essentially went overboard because of the exchange rate and demanded a tariff adjustment from the regulator … their request was legitimate …” – This is how the chairman of the commission, Davit Narmania, explained the price increase.
As it became known at the commission meeting, the loss of the company due to the GEL exchange rate from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021 is more than 20 million GEL.
Coronavirus Indian strain has been confirmed in Georgia
According to the National Center for Disease Control, 5 travelers entering Georgia have been confirmed to be of Indian descent. The information is spread by the press service of the agency.
“They entered Georgia in different numbers, from the same country, but they are citizens of different countries. Three of them have already left the country. “According to epidemiological data, their clinical condition is satisfactory.” – It is mentioned in the statement issued by the agency.
According to the head of the National Center for Disease Control, Amiran Gamkrelidze, three out of five are Georgian citizens. He said all those infected have a history of traveling to one of the Middle East countries.
The Indian strain is often referred to as the “double mutant” because it combines two independent mutations in the virus. The Indian version has been observed in more than 50 countries around the world.
Today, Putin and Lukashenko will meet in Sochi
Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenka will talk about the arrival of the Rainer plane in Minsk at a meeting scheduled in Sochi today. According to Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the President of Belarus will inform the Russian President about the details of the arrest of Russian citizen Sofia Sapega, who was on board with Raman Pratasevich. Pratasevich is a Belarusian journalist, due to which the Rainer plane was landed in Minsk on May 23.
Peskov did not rule out the possibility that Putin might raise the issue of extradition: “In any case, the Russian side will do everything necessary to protect the Russian citizen.” – Peskov said.
The incident related to the “Rainier” plane came to the world’s attention. European diplomats have already described Minsk as “state kidnapping” and “state piracy”. Belarus has been isolated in Europe since the incident.
Two of the hunger strikers in Shukrut needed medical help
Due to the deterioration of his health condition, Sergo Modebadze and Giorgi Neparidze, two of the hunger strikers in the village of Shukruti, Chiatura, had to be taken to a clinic for medical treatment. After receiving medical treatment, they returned to the Korokhnali mine again along with other protesters and continued their hunger strike.
Jano Labadze, a protester, told RFE / RL that the health condition of other hunger strikers was also difficult, especially the starving women who had their faces sewn up on May 24 a few days ago.
“The condition of Sergo Modebadze and Giorgi Neparidze became complicated on May 26 and they were transferred to the hospital. They were discharged this morning and returned here. We have no other way,” Jano Labadze told RFE / RL. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture and that his confession had been obtained through torture.
Red Cross: A new phase of opening tombs in Abkhazia has begun
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, a new phase of opening graves has begun in Abkhazia to search for missing persons as a result of the 1992-93 armed conflict.
In 2021, more than 30 alleged tombs are planned to be opened by CJSC experts. The coordination mechanism set up to search for missing persons in the armed conflict of 1992-93 operates under the chairmanship of the JCC and serves only a humanitarian purpose – for families to find out the whereabouts and whereabouts of missing loved ones.
After the establishment of two coordination mechanisms in 2010, the remains of 583 people were recovered, of which 206 were identified and handed over to families.
Psychologist from Basilashvili-Dorokashvili court: It was a psychological torment
The court dispute between the famous Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili and his ex-wife Neli Dorokashvili continues.
Another hearing was held on May 27 – the court is now at the stage of examining the evidence and many more hearings are ahead, because, as the lawyer of the victim Neli Dorokashvili, Tamuna Gabodze explains to Radio Liberty, there are about 70 witnesses in the case.
Two psychologists were questioned at today’s session.
One of them worked with Basilashvili and Dorokashvili’s son and this part of the session was closed due to the interests of the minor. Tamuna Gabodze could not give details, but said that she confirmed the factual circumstances that lie in the investigation materials.
In the open part of the session, an expert was interrogated to find out whether Neli Dorokashvili had suffered psychological suffering.
Marina Matiashvili, a psychologist at the Levan Samkharauli National Forensics Bureau, said that during a study of the psycho-emotional condition of Nelly Dorokashvili, the ex-wife of Nikoloz Basilashvili, accused of violence, her condition was assessed as just that – psychological suffering.
He also read excerpts from the testimony of Neli Dorokashvili, who is in the case, in which it is written that he realized from the very first months that he was “misunderstood.”
What testimony was given by the court psychologist, read in detail Eka In Kevanishvili’s article.
Dugin’s advertisement – Russia should “watch carefully” for Vasadze
Levan Vasadze, a businessman involved in politics, met on May 26 in Moscow with Alexander Dugin, the founder of the Eurasian Movement, an ultranationalist ideologue, and Putin’s painter.
The photo and video footage of the meeting caused a great deal of excitement and noise, largely due to the fact that the meeting took place on May 26, Georgia’s Independence Day. However, this factor does not change much in the overall picture – on May 26, February 28 or November 30, Levan Vasadze met with Alexander Dugin several times and he did not hide the fact that they have a lot in common. The rhetoric of Dugin and Vasadze often resembles a sliced apple, and the interests also coincide with the fact that – without turning to Russia, Georgia will not be able to regain the seized territories.
Before leaving for Moscow and meeting Dugin, on May 25, Levan Vasadze gave a lengthy interview to Public Broadcaster Channel 1. The leader of the newly formed movement – “Unity, Reality, Hope” was given a full opportunity – to formulate his views on all three words in the name of the movement.
Georgia’s foreign policy and the issue of Russia have become part of “Raob”, or identity.
He has said many times before, and Vasadze reiterated in this interview, that he views NATO and EU membership not as goals but as possible “tools” and believes that a “twisted” Western choice is losing Georgia’s sovereignty.
When and how did Dugin and Vasadze’s positions intersect? Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.