Saakashvili’s announced arrival and the answer of “Dream”
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze responded to the statement of the third President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili about his arrival in Georgia. “We are waiting, we are waiting for him to arrive,” said the mayoral candidate of the ruling party.
Asked what will happen if Mikheil Saakashvili really arrives in Georgia, Kaladze answered: “Justice is being done.”
Georgia’s third president, Mikheil Saakashvili, has posted a video on Facebook announcing that he will arrive in Georgia for the October 2 local elections.
Irakli Kobakhidze, chairman of the Georgian Dream, says Saakashvili’s statement about a possible arrival will remain unfulfilled.
“It is not serious. “The seventh announcement has already been made regarding his arrival in Georgia, regarding the unrest in the country. He has never been able to do that and, naturally, he will not be able to do it in this case either.” – said Irakli Kobakhidze.
“He does not have enough courage and political leadership to make such a decision” – This is how one of the leaders of “Dream” Archil Talakvadze responded to the former president. He, like his teammates, considers it a false promise.
2 months after July 5: Who and when is responsible for gang violence
31 people have been arrested for beating 55 people and raiding 2 offices in the streets of Tbilisi on July 5. The investigation has found no culprits in the last month. Human rights activists fear that the government’s statements continue to fuel violence – members of the media and the LGBTQ + community have been repeatedly targeted since July 5. Some of those who took to the streets on July 5 against the idea of equality and burned the EU flag in front of the parliament building are now involved in anti-vaccination, anti-vaccination campaigns. A cross-shaped iron structure is still erected in front of the legislature, and a bill has been drafted to impose monetary sanctions for insulting the EU flag. Violent groups are planning a rally on September 20 and calling on the authorities to release the detainees beforehand if they do not want pre-election unrest in the country.
Two months after July 5, the Public Defender still does not have access to the materials of the ongoing investigation into the violence in Tbilisi – based on media reports, he asks the prosecutor’s office to launch a criminal prosecution against the organizers of the violence and names Zurab Makharadze and Spiridon Tskipurishvili. According to Nino Lomjaria, Alt-Info presenter Zurab Makharadze was organizing a violent rally, while Archbishop Spiridon was publicly calling for violence against people gathered on Rustaveli Avenue.
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Discussion of constitutional amendments begins in the Parliament of Georgia
Autumn sessions begin in Parliament today. The first issue is the discussion of constitutional amendments in the legislature.
The bill, jointly initiated by the Georgian Dream majority and the opposition, sets a 2% threshold for the next two parliamentary elections and a rule for proportional distribution of seats.
Under the changes, the number of MPs to form factions in parliament will be reduced from 7 to 4. In addition, the next Attorneys-General will be elected by a qualified majority, and if that fails, the support of 76 members of Parliament will suffice to elect the Attorney General.
Public hearings on constitutional amendments have already been held in Kutaisi and Tbilisi.
School in Kakheti where time stopped
The school in the village of Lechuri, Telavi Municipality, will have three first-graders this year. They will start studying online from September 15, but once the class resumes, they will have to walk into a dangerous building.
The school building is completely depreciated. Only one class has been renovated. First, second, third and fourth graders are educated in this room. Locals have been demanding the rehabilitation of the building for almost 30 years, but have not been able to achieve results.
The village of Lechuri is a highland settlement in Telavi municipality, part of the Pshavli administrative unit and 24 kilometers from Telavi. The four-year school is the only institution that operates in the village, although the school can be called conditional because the foundation of the building is damaged, the walls are crumbling, and the floor may fall at any time.
Why has the school failed to renovate for decades? What does the Telavi Educational Resource Center say? Read more in Giorgi Aladashvili’s article.
An American citizen was detained in the occupied Tskhinvali region
Jackson Paul Kramer, a citizen of the United States, was arrested in the occupied Tskhinvali region. The so-called de facto republic. The guards found him near the highland village of Erman in the Java district. He was arrested on charges of border violation. Kramer arrived in Georgia with the intention of traveling along the main ridge of the South Caucasus and arriving at the Black Sea. He hit the occupied territory from the rest of Georgia.
According to Ossetian media, Jackson Paul Kramer was unaware of the existence of South Ossetia. Kramer also met with Ossetian journalists in Tskhinvali and held a press conference. The detainee explained to local media that he had no information about the Georgian-Ossetian conflict.
Pro-Russian influence on Western news sites, according to British researchers
Several influential news websites in the West have become the target of a pro-Russian influence operation that uses the comment sections of websites to distort public opinion, according to a study by British researchers.
The Cardiff Institute for Crime and Security Research has found that pro-Russian content comments are often followed by an unusually large number of supportive responses. These comments, in turn, are transmitted to the Russian-language media and are based on reports that the Western public supports the Kremlin’s policies, or dissatisfaction with Western governments or institutions.
The operation, which researchers say is still ongoing, targets 32 online media outlets in 16 countries, including the Washington Post and Fox News in the US, and the Daily Mail, Daily Express and The Times. In the UK.
Caucasus Artist “Spy”
In 1831, a few years before Louis Daguerre introduced photography to Paris, the talented artist Frederic Dubois arrived in the Caucasus on a painting and epic mission.
Dubois – a Swiss-Prussian nobleman – had the blessing of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia to make sketches of the mountainous border south of the Russian Empire. Today this region is Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Not much is known about Dubois’s life, but the three years he spent traveling in the Caucasus (sometimes referred to as a spy) were so prolific that he returned to Europe with enough material from 11 tribes. Plus 5 huge, atlas full of illustrations.
Today, Dubois sketches are very rare and meticulously preserved. In 2017, the complete collection of travel to the Caucasus sold at auction for more than 154 thousand dollars. Three volumes of the Atlas are to be kept in Russian museums, and one, with a strange prehistory, is preserved in a small library in Georgia, in the apostate region of Abkhazia.
After several unsuccessful attempts, RFE / RL was able to obtain copies of three atlases from the Georgian National Library. Thanks to the library team – these pictures, which are 200 years old, are printed in crystal clear images.
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Bribing doctors by pharmaceutical companies has become a daily practice. The government can not protect the population from increased prices for medicines. Violation of the law, increased prices, complete disorder – see Freedom Monitor’s investigative experiment “Bribed Doctors”.