Negative Consequences of Hunger – What do they say about the ex-president?
The third President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili continues his hunger strike in Rustavi penitentiary institution. As his lawyers told the media after his release from prison yesterday, Saakashvili has already been negatively affected by the hunger strike, but he continues to use extreme forms of protest.
“We all need to understand that hunger is already entering a difficult phase and we are seeing the consequences – there are problems with movement, he said, his legs are paralyzed, and when he speaks, his motor skills, his movement, is already clear and makes it clear that hunger “There are negative consequences in the face.” – Said his lawyer Beka Basilaia.
The Ministry of Justice has issued a statement on Saakashvili’s health condition. The Ministry requests that Mikheil Sarjveladze, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Civil Integration, and Dimitri Khundadze, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Affairs, monitor the protection of prisoners’ rights in order to make the process more transparent to the public.
In parallel with the protest of Mikheil Saakashvili demanding part of his release, part of the opposition is going to gather on Freedom Square on October 14. It is already known that the “Republican Party”, “Lelo”, “European Georgia”, “Girchi – More Freedom”, “Strategy Builder” will not join the protest. Nevertheless, Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement, says that there will be no narrow party gathering on October 14 and that he expects people who are not voters or supporters of the UNM, but believe that the third president should be ousted.
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“Renewal of the move towards NATO” – what does the Kremlin see and what does it see in Georgia?
Russia is not interested in the fact of Mikheil Saakashvili’s return and arrest in Georgia or the alleged development of events.
Russian-language media actively discusses news from Georgia – conducts debates, discussions, publishes interviews, blogs. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Against the background of all this, Moscow insists that Saakashvili is not interested in him.
“Where Saakashvili is, there is a circus. It is important that this circus does not pose a threat to the citizens of the country where this gentleman is. “ – This comment of the press secretary of the President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, has appeared many times these days on the state TV channel “Russia 24” (Россия 24).
One of the TV presenters called the Kremlin’s comment “short and clear”, however, the TV station itself dedicated dozens of stories, programs or interviews to Saakashvili’s “circus”.
How is the imprisonment of Mikheil Saakashvili perceived in Moscow? Read more about it In the article by Lela Kunchulia.
Epidemiological situation in Georgia
According to the Deputy Minister of Health Tamar Gabunia, even against the background of reduced vaccination, the rapidly increasing rate of covidification deserves special attention.
This was announced by the Deputy Minister in a conversation with the media yesterday after the meeting of the Coordination Council. Exactly on Tuesday, the detected cases of the virus in Georgia once again exceeded 4 thousand. A total of 4775 cases of coronavirus were detected.
“Today’s figures are very remarkable, we will study this especially because there has been some increase in recent times, although the figure is somewhat unusually high today, even after the accumulation of Tuesday’s figures – it is still a high increase. This will be followed by an additional investigation“, – said Tamar Gabunia.
According to him, no restrictions are planned, “the main thing is to effectively manage the fluctuations.”
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Czech Republic recognizes coronavirus vaccination certificate issued by Georgia
According to the Czech Embassy in Georgia, the Czech Ministry of Health has recognized the Covid-19 vaccination certificate issued by Georgia.
“At least 14 days must have elapsed since full vaccination, the certificate must conform to the published sample, vaccination must be carried out with recognized vaccines (European Medicines Agency, WHO): Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna or Johnson vaccines – It is mentioned in the information.
Ukraine’s “European perspective” and message from Moscow
€ 600 million in aid and three important agreements aimed at further rapprochement with the EU – these are the main results of the 23rd one-day EU-Ukraine summit in Kiev, which prompted the host country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to make a more ambitious statement.
“We expect the EU leadership and member states to show the courage and foresight to see Ukraine as an integral part of the European space. Giving a European perspective to Ukraine, which shares common values with the EU, is a logical and expected step. “Ukraine will work with the EU and all its partners to achieve this goal.” – Volodymyr Zelensky said at a joint press conference after meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
The EU leaders who arrived at the summit did not make any promises to the host about Ukraine’s accession to the EU. However, Urzula von der Leyen offered Kiev three ways the Ukrainian government would have to go if it wanted to take Ukraine-EU relations to new heights.
Read more In the article by Koba Liklikadze.
Interview with Zura Datunashvili: I turned the problems I had in Georgia into motivation
Two-time European champion Zura Datunashvili left Georgia in 2019 on behalf of Georgia. On behalf of Serbia, he won three medals this year: becoming European, Olympic and world champion.
Datunashvili left his homeland due to a confrontation with the head of the Wrestling Federation, Gega Gegeshidze. Gegeshidze physically assaulted Datunashvili in front of several people and cameras in the Sports Palace in January 2019. Gegeshidze, arrested on charges of violence, was released on 5,000 GEL bail. He is still the head of the Wrestling Federation.
Zura Datunashvili spoke to Radio Liberty from the Serbian capital Belgrade. He is one of the most popular athletes in this country today.
“The year has come out. I am very happy. It is really disappointing that I could not do it in my country, I was not allowed to do it. “The problem I had in Georgia has become motivation and I am doing more to achieve.” – tells the world champion to Radio Liberty journalist, Nastasia Arabuli.
Interview in full Read it here.
Why has the rate of vaccination decreased, especially in the regions of Georgia? How realistic is compulsory vaccination? How much did the election affect the vaccination statistics and what does the opposition offer to the government before the expected “fifth wave” of the pandemic? Vakhtang Kaloyan answers these questions.