Lost in Banners – When Nobody Knows Anything?
Pre-election hate banners depicting opposition leaders and media managers have been separated by at least two possible authors: Georgian Dream and Alma.
The advertising company “Alma” broke the silence for several days yesterday. Their response was general and only said that the content of the billboard was unacceptable to them, although they always complied with the requirements of the customer.
Alma was considered the author of the banners after Kakha Kaladze, the Georgian Dream’s Tbilisi mayoral candidate, said that it was the company that made the decision regarding the banners and that his party had nothing to do with it.
The author of the idea was businessman Mikheil Gabriadze in the media. According to the documents published on the website of the Public Registry, he has dual citizenship – he is a citizen of Georgia and Russia.
Radio Liberty tried to contact Mikheil Gabriadze, but he did not answer our phone calls or short text messages. Two days ago, in a short telephone comment to Rustavi 2 TV, he confirmed that placing banners in the cities was not the idea and initiative of any political party, but of him and his friends.
The company “Alma” did not say anything yesterday about another, no less important detail – why the banners were pasted on the billboards posted during the vaccination campaign with anti-opposition print material. Dissatisfied with this fact, the Center for Disease Control has already written to “Alma” with whom it signed a contract for the placement of 14 billboards in Tbilisi in April for a period – December 31.
Read more in Nino Tarkhnishvili’s article.
According to Kaladze, SUS should be at the height of the call and “if necessary”, listen to diplomats as well
Kakha Kaladze, the leader of the Georgian Dream, Tbilisi mayoral candidate and incumbent mayor of Tbilisi, says that for security reasons, the State Security Service should listen to anyone who needs to be heard, including members of the diplomatic corps. This is how he most likely answered the question on the reports prepared on the records leaked from SUS.
“The security service is there to protect the security of the country, to listen to those who are heard within the law – this is what happens in every country. Therefore, our service must be at the height of the call – it must listen to those who need and listen. . [დიპლომატებსაც] If so necessary ” – Kaladze said.
According to Kobakhidze, Gakharia did not use cocaine while “Dream” was in power
Despite drug testing in Austria, Irakli Kobakhidze, chairman of the Georgian Dream party, still calls former Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia a cocaine user, while the leader of the parliamentary majority claims that Gakharia did not use cocaine while the Georgian Dream was in power.
“He did not have this problem then [„ქართული ოცნების” ხელისუფლებაში ყოფნის დროს]. This problem he has had lately. We can recall a very simple saying: “You are a bull with a bull, etc.”
When he through his activities and actions was linked to a particular political force that has a very close relationship specifically with cocaine, not just drugs.
Specific people have brought him this drug and these people have been exposed with very dubious connections. “When you resign because of Nika Melia, nothing should surprise you after that.” – said Irakli Kobakhidze.
Epidemiological situation in Georgia
Compared to last week, the coronavirus positive rate in Georgia has slightly decreased. The figure for the past seven days was 6.91% as of Monday.
Representatives of the health sector are talking about reducing the rate of vaccination. The Deputy Minister of Health, Tamar Gabunia, called this tendency “alarming” yesterday.
“The rate of vaccination has been declining recently, even though it was Sunday yesterday and more people had time to go for vaccination, it did not happen – slightly more than 7,000 vaccinations were given, which is alarming, indicating that there is a serious need to stimulate vaccination … “The results we had were achieved with more second doses.” – Said the Deputy Minister of Health.
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A gunman at a Perm school has killed six people
The gunman who opened fire and killed several people at one of the schools in the Russian city of Perm is being held in the intensive care unit of a hospital after being wounded by police during the arrest.
The Investigative Committee said in a statement that the September 20 attack killed six people and wounded 28 before the attacker himself was shot. Earlier, the committee said eight people had been killed.
According to the Ministry of Health, 24 people are hospitalized, the details of their condition are not specified.
Russia’s ruling party leads in the parliamentary elections with 48.56% of the vote
Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has released results counting 95 percent of ballots counted, with 49.63% of voters voting for the ruling Duma in the State Duma elections, 19.20% for the Communist Party and 7.48% for the vote. To the Zhironovsky Liberal Democratic Party. “Fair Russia” – 7.43% and “New People” – 5.4% crossed the five percent threshold.
As for single-member constituencies, the CEC has so far processed 72.48% of the ballots, with United Russia having 86.23% (194 seats), Russian Communists 15 seats (6.67%) and Fair Russia 8%. Mandate (3.56%) and the Liberal Democrats – 1 mandate (0.44%).
Investigations are planned to build an artificial island in Batumi
Tornike Rizhvadze, Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, said at a briefing on September 20 that research would soon begin to build an artificial island in Batumi.
“As for the island, you will soon see how we will announce it, how research will start and how it will be built, as well as many projects.” – Rizhvadze said.
To the question of Radio Liberty, whether research is planned in the future, how can one speak confidently about the implementation of the project, Tornike Rizhvadze answers that he meant technical-economic research: “Before the implementation of all projects, the so-called Feasibility Study, as it is called. There are pretty good prospects for this project to be commercially attractive. The state will be the only concessionaire here and all this will be built with private investment. Therefore, the state will take minimal risks in terms of investment and finance. “
Galilee Students: How the native language becomes foreign
Gali district schools are finally moving to Russian language teaching. The change also affected the 11th graders of schools in the lower part of the district, among others, who were the last to receive education in their native Georgian language. The students say that the decree of the de facto Ministry of Education came to the schools suddenly, while the study had already started.
20-year-old Ana (name has been changed) has 20 children in the class. They were educated in Georgian for 10 years, but, as the girl says, on September 12, the school administration received a new decree from the de facto Ministry of Education, according to which they must now continue their education in Russian.
“Nobody expected that. About 5 years ago, other classes started teaching in Russian, but we were told that we would be able to finish school in Georgian. A week ago, all of a sudden, the principal was called from the Ministry of Education and told that the last class should also be transferred to Russian language teaching. Of course, this is difficult for us, my classmates and I do not know Russian to such an extent that we can study all subjects in Russian. In addition to the language barrier, there is a software difference. Russian and Georgian classes study in different programs. “
According to Anna, this change is also difficult for them because they have to enroll in higher education after graduation. The girl is going to study law in Tbilisi.
The new school year for school children starts again with computer monitors. The authorities explain this decision by the widespread spread of the coronavirus delta strain, including in children. What is the position of the parents, what shortcomings do they see in distance learning? The guest of our program is Medea Turashvili – a mother of two children. Both he and his children have already moved to Covid.