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Georgia in Freedom House’s Internet Freedom 2023 Report


Georgia’s score of freedom on the net decreased to 76 (on a scale of 0-100) by two points, but it still retains its place among the ‘free’ countries, according to the report released by Freedom House, the US-based rights watchdog. The report highlights that Georgia maintained online freedom during the reporting period (June 1, 2022 …

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EECMD Urges Speedy Discussion of Draft Law to Streamline Emigrants’ Voting


On February 29, Eastern European Center for Multiparty Democracy – EECMD called on the Georgian Parliament to expedite the discussion of the draft law aimed at streamlining the Georgian emigrants’ ability to vote. The draft bill developed by the organization and partner political parties was submitted to the Parliament on November 21, 2023. The bill …


Health Minister Resigns


On March 1, Georgian Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs Zurab Azarashvili resigned from his post, the government administration reported. “Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze talked with the Minister of Health, after which Zurab Azarashvili left his post,” – says the official press release of the government administration. …


President Zurabishvili in BBC’s HARDtalk


In an interview with BBC HARDtalk, President Salome Zurabishvili said she believes that the people of Abkhazia “might want to be part of European Union together with Georgia,” adding that it is the “perspective” Georgia could offer to Abkhazia, answering to BBC journalist proposition that “the people of Abkhazia may not want to be part …


The Daily Beat: 29 February


Parliamentary majority leader Mamuka Mdinaradze announced that the ruling Georgian Dream party is drafting the law that will “protect society from the pseudo-liberal ideology and its inevitable consequences.” MP Mdinaradze is alarmed about the growth rate of “the number of people with non-traditional sexual orientation” across the world and believes that it is the ruling …


Ardzinba Issues Ultimatum to UNDP, Threatens “Adequate” Response


Inal Ardzinba, the de-facto top diplomat of Russia-occupied Abkhazia, threatened the “timely and adequate response” against the United Nations Development Programme at a meeting with its programme manager, Vardon Hoca (Hoxha), if the UN agency does not officially refute “the goals of a USAID-funded project” by March 7 at 6:00 p.m., the media reported on …


Georgian Police Arrest Suspect in Connection with Murder in Occupied Gali


On February 29, the employees of the occupied Gali police department, David Kvekveskiri was arrested in Zugdidi, in connection with the brutal murder of Georgian citizen Temur (Vitali) Karbaia, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia confirmed to Civil.ge. Kvekveskiri was detained on charges related to the illegal purchase and storage of firearms, according to Article 236 …


Speaker: EU Should Distance Itself from MEPs Slanderous Allegations


On February 29, the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili calls on EU to “distance itself from the slanderous allegations of MEPs”, in response to amendments initiated by MEP Anna Fotyga to two European Parliament resolutions adopted on February 28 to include the issue of the pardon of former President Mikheil Saakashvili. According to …


Report | Atlantic Council: Russia Doubled Down on its Worldwide Efforts to Undermine Ukraine


Russia has failed to live up to its promises of a swift takeover of Ukraine. As the war enters its second year, it’s clear that Russia’s battlefield results do not match Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, further fueling Moscow’s desperate attempt to gain the upper hand in the information war. 2023 was the year of the Kremlin’s …


Local Chief Says Population is Leaving Gali


On February 28, Konstatin Pilia, the head of the local occupation administration of the ethnic Georgian-majority Gali district of Abkhazia, met Aslan Bzhania, head of the occupation executive, and shared his concerns about more people leaving Gali. Pilia said the outflow began in 2015 due to “difficulties related to documentation.” An estimated 30,000 ethnic Georgians …


President Zurabishvili Says No Ambitions to Lead Opposition


President Salome Zurabishvili is not going to be “the leader of the opposition” in the upcoming Parliamentary elections in October, she said following her speech at the Chatham House event “Georgia’s European Opportunity” on February 28, answering a question about her role in helping the opposition. “Some people would like me to take this term …


Watchdog: MPs’ Work Trips Cost GEL 1.9 Million in 2023, with GD’s Share at 80%


In 2023, the total cost of MPs’ working trips, both international and domestic, amounted to GEL 1 939 749 (about USD 718 000), with visits undertook by ruling “Georgian Dream” MPs accounting for GEL 1 341 822 (about USD 497 000), or 80 percent of the total, local watchdog Governance Monitoring Center (GMC) reported as …


Georgia’s GDP Up by 5.8% in January 2024


Georgia’s estimated real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate amounted to 5.8% for January 2024 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, according to the rapid estimates released by the National Statistics Office of Georgia on February 29. According to Geostat, the following activities contributed significantly to growth: construction; financial and insurance activities; information and …


The Daily Beat: 28 February


President Salome Zurabishvili is visiting the UK, where she participated in the Chatham House event – Georgia’s European opportunity. Addressing the Chatham House event participants, President Zurabishvili spoke of Georgia’s European integration, the war in Ukraine, Georgia’s occupied territories, and the Russian threat. “Georgia’s future is in Ukraine, Europe’s future is in Ukraine, and that …


Government Spends Most on Social, Political Ads on Meta


The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), a local watchdog, reported on major political advertising trends on Meta products such as Facebook and Instagram. According to the watchdog, between October 1 and December 29, 2023, 56.7 percent of all social and political ad spending on Facebook and Instagram came from 15 pages, the …


Georgian Citizen Illegally Detained by Russian Occupation Forces


The Russian occupation forces illegally detained Georgian citizen near the village of Takhtisdziri, Kareli municipality (near Tskhinvali occupation line), the Georgian State Security Service (SSSG) reported on February 28. Upon receiving information about the incident, the State Security Service activated the “hot line” operated by the EU Monitoring Mission. International partners and the co-chairs of …


Mtavari TV’s Gvaramia Quits Management, Transfers Shares


Nika Gvaramia, the co-founder of the opposition-leaning Mtavari Arkhi TV, quit as Director General and transferred his 12% stake in the media to his wife, Sopho Liluashvili. He confirmed the information shortly after the RFE/RL Georgian Service report. Gvaramia said his move precedes the official launch of his party next week since owning media shares …


EU Asylum Applications from Georgia Drop by 12% in 2023


In 2023, the number of Georgian citizens applying for asylum in EU states decreased by 12% compared to the previous year and reached 25 209 people, according to the data released by the European Union Agency for Asylum on February 28. Last year, Georgian citizens applied for asylum mainly in Germany (9194), France (7210) and …


Parliament Foreign Relations Committee Hears U.S. Ambassador Dunnigan


On February 28, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Georgian Parliament heard U.S. Ambassador Robin L. Dunnigan, who emphasized the four top priorities of U.S.-Georgia relations: Georgia’s EU integration process, economic ties between the two countries, U.S. support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and finally, the U.S. commitment to preserving Georgia’s cultural heritage. Amb. …


Confirming the Trend, Georgia Denies Entry to Another Putin Critic


On February 26, Russian activist Maks Ivantsov reported that he had been denied re-entry into Georgia, claiming that this was because he was campaigning in Tbilisi and collecting signatures in support of Putin’s opponent Boris Nadezhdin candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections in Russia (on February 8 anti-war candidate Nadezhdin was barred by Central Election …


Zurabishvili Worried about Russian Election Interference


In her interview with Sky News on February 27, President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili said she is concerned about the possible Russian interference with the upcoming “very important” parliamentary elections in Georgia in October 2024. Asked if she was concerned about Russia’s sway over Georgia, she replied that everyone should be concerned, not just Georgia. …


The Daily Beat: 27 February


On Monday’s parliamentary session, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán refused to stand up and commemorate Alexei Navalny, citing his chauvinism and anti-Georgian statement during the 2008 Russo-Georgia war. “The chauvinists are not entitled to respect in the Hungarian parliament, and we do not stand up to honor those who called the Georgians rats during the …


CSOs Present Vision on Implementing EU Requirements


On February 27, the coalition of twelve civil society organizations presented a detailed vision for the implementation of the nine steps defined by the European Commission for Georgia to move to the next stage of the EU integration process and start accession talks. The organizations that worked on this long document under the leadership of …


Russian Institute Lists Georgian Communication Regime as ‘Relatively Friendly’


Georgia was named as a “relatively friendly” state to Russia, while the occupied Georgian regions of Tskhinvali and Abkhazia, also ranked, allotted the first and third, respectively, in the list of the friendliness of communication regimes of post-Soviet countries published by the Russian National Research Institute of Communication Development on February 26. Out of 14 …


TI-Georgia: Suggested Anti-Corruption Law Amendments Ignore Venice Commission Recommendations


According to Transparency International / TI-Georgia, a local corruption watchdog, the draft amendments to the Law on the Fight against Corruption “do not take into account critically important recommendations of the European Commission and the Venice Commission, in a number of ways worsen the existing regulations and raise questions about compliance with the Constitution.” Venice …


SJC: Gelati Monastery Damage Indicates Alleged Malfeasance in Office


On February 27, the Social Justice Center (SJC), a local watchdog, issued a statement saying that the damage done to the World Heritage site of Gelati Monastery during the reconstruction and conservation works shows signs of possible malfeasance in office. In particular, the SJC states: “Reconstruction and conservation works carried out during the tenure of …


Russia Eyes Minsk, Baku to Move Geneva Talks, Sokhumi Says


On February 26, the de-facto leader of occupied Abkhazia, Aslan Bzhania, and Abkhazia’s top diplomat, Inal Ardzinba, reported that Moscow insists on moving the Geneva International Discussions to another location, mentioning that at the moment, “Minsk and Baku are being considered” as alternative venues. Presenting the report on the activities of the de-facto ministry, Ardzinba …


EU Ambassador Statement on World NGO Day


On February 27, on the occasion of World NGO Day, the EU Ambassador to Georgia, Paweł Herczyński, issued a statement underlining the role of NGOs in safeguarding the values shared by the EU and Georgia, stressing their necessity for any democracy and in particular in the context of Georgia’s European integration. He stressed civil society …


The Daily Beat: 26 February


Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze announced that China had granted visa-free travel to Georgian citizens. PM Kobakhidze described China’s introduction of a visa-free regime as an important decision, creating new opportunities for further development of political, economic, and cultural ties between the two countries. According to the Prime Minister, Georgian citizens will enjoy traveling to China …


EU’s Herczyński: Georgia’s CFSP Alignment Low


EU Ambassador to Georgia Paweł Herczyński, commenting with journalists at the February 26 event “Fighting for Freedom, Defending Europe – War in Ukraine and the Role of its Partners in Defending Ukraine & Euro-Atlantic Security”, spoke, among other issues, about Georgia’s foreign policy alignment with the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), stressing that …


FM Darchiashvili Addresses 55th Session of UN Human Rights Council


On February 26, Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili addressed the 55th session of the high-level segment of the UN Human Rights Council, highlighting the global human rights situation. The press release by the Georgian MFA notes that in his speech, Darchiashvili outlined Georgia’s efforts to protect human rights, noting the importance of the adoption of …


Meetings Continue in the Framework of President’s ‘Unity Platform for Europe’


On February 26, the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili met with the representatives of the “Victory Platform“: the leader of the UNM parliamentary faction Tina Bokuchava and the leader of the “Strategy Aghmashenebeli” party Giorgi Vashadze in the framework of her “Unity Platform for Europe” initiative. Additionally, on February 25 President met with Davit Usupashvili, …


NDI Concludes First Pre-Election Assessment Mission


On February 25, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) released an assessment of its first pre-election mission to Georgia, which took place on February 19-25. According to NDI, one of the goals of the mission was to “accurately and impartially assess the broader political environment within which the elections will take place.” Along with some “positive …


China Grants Visa Free Regime to Georgia


On February 26, the Prime Minister of georgia, Irakli Kobakhidze announced that China has granted visa-free travel to Georgian citizens. Kobakhidze told a cabinet meeting that Georgian citizens will now enjoy the privilege of traveling to China without a visa for an uninterrupted period of 30 days. “This is an important decision that will make …


CEC Chairman Echoes GD Narrative, Talks Risks for His Life


On February 26, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Giorgi Kalandarishvili, said that an unidentified assailant had allegedly attempted to harm him several days earlier. Speaking on the pro-governmental Imedi TV, Kalandarishvili echoed the ruling party’s claim that members of the opposition were allegedly trying to “get rid” of CEC Chair and seize …


Georgia Marks 103 Years Since Soviet Occupation by Russia


Flags on the government buildings are flying half-mast today as Georgia marks the day when the Russian Red Army took over the Georgian capital on February 25, 1921 after days of heavy battles around Tbilisi. This day marked the beginning of the forceful Sovietization process of Georgia and is officially marked as the Day of …


PM Kobakhidze Halts Central Republican Hospital Demolition Plans Amid Doctor Protests


On February 24, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze announced that the plans to demolish the Central Republican Hospital have been revoked in accordance with the demands of the doctors who have been protesting for a month against the new project of the hospital and its reorganization. Kobakhidze said that in the next few months a …


Reactions to Second Anniversary of Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine


On February 24, Georgian leaders, politicians and citizens mark the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine by expressing solidarity with the friendly country. Many world leaders are in Ukraine to mark the day, but no Georgian delegation will be visiting Ukraine to mark the occasion. Below is a compilation of the remarks made …


Ukraine Asks Georgian Government to Send Engineering Equipment


On February 23, the Ukrainian Charge D’affaires, Oleksandr Shulha, reported that the Ukrainian side has asked the Georgian government to send engineering equipment. According to Shulha, the Georgian side has not yet made a decision to provide the assistance. The leader of the parliamentary majority, Mamuka Mdinaradze, expressed concern about the Ukrainian request, claiming that …


The Daily Beat: 23 February


Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze held his first press conference since returning from his visit to Brussels, where he met with EU and NATO leaders. At the press conference, PM Kobakhidze answered questions about strained EU-Georgia and US-Georgia relations, Ivanishvili’s involvement in the election campaign, ex-President Saakashvili, CSO’s foreign funding, and GD’s anti-western rhetoric.  Kobakhidze stressed …


PM Kobakhidze Meets U.S. Ambassador Dunnigan


On February 23 Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze had his first meeting with the U.S. Ambassador Robin Dunnigan in his new role. According to the government administration “a wide range of issues pertaining to the strategic partnership between the two countries and prospects of bolstering their cooperation were discussed at the meeting.” The press release reads …


Prime Minister Kobakhidze Press Briefing


On 23 February, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze held his first press conference since returning from his visit to Brussels to discuss his meetings with European and NATO leaders and to answer questions from the media. Among other important issues, Kobakhidze answered questions about Ivanishvili’s involvement in the election campaign, EU leaders’ reaction to GD’s …


Loan Rates to be Reduced for 150,000 Pensioners


On February 23, the Georgian government announced that the loan rates will be reduced for more than 150,000 pensioners who received loans at higher rates before 2023. These rates will be adjusted to the rates set in 2023. This decision was reached following the consultations held at the government administration, involving Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze, …


Georgian Leaders Commemorate the Memorial Day of Cadets


On February 23, Georgian leaders commemorated the cadets who died in the battle of Kojori-Tabakhmela in 1921 fighting against the Russian Red Army. The Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Mayor of Tbilisi, Ministers and deputies paid homage to the monument of the cadets in the courtyard of the Parliament. The President of …


NDI Launches Pre-election Assessment Mission in Georgia


On February 19, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) initiated its Pre-election Assessment Mission (PEAM), comprising a series of high-level meetings preceding the 2024 Georgian parliamentary elections to evaluate the electoral landscape in Georgia. The delegation held meetings with the representatives of the Government, opposition politicians, media, diplomatic corps, Central Election Commission, etc. The PEAM delegation …


Watchdog: Government Action Plan Insufficient to Strengthen Parliamentary Oversight of Security Sector


TI-Georgia says that the Georgian government’s action plan to meet the nine conditions for the opening of EU accession talks falls short of the requirement to strengthen Parliamentary control over the security sector. The document prepared by TI-Georgia underlines the importance of this condition and states that the only measure included in the plan, namely …


The Daily Beat: 22 February


President Salome Zurabishvili continues meetings with civil society, politicians, media, and professionals working to support Georgia on its path to EU integration. On February 21, the President met with leading European researchers working on EU enlargement issues and experts from local think tanks working as part of the ongoing Horizon Europe project. In her welcome …


70 Members Leave UNM in Zugdidi to Join former Chair Nika Melia


In Zugdidi, west Georgia, 70 members and activists of the largest opposition party, the “United National Movement” (UNM), left the party, UNM campaign local headquarters member Irina Shedania announced on behalf of the group at the special press briefing on February 22. According to her, those who left the UNM will join the movement of …


Speaker Papuashvili Presents 2023 Report on Parliament’s Work


On February 22, the Speaker of the Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, presented the last Annual Report on the work of the Parliament before the elections and the Action Plan for 2024. He began his speech by explaining the landscape in which “the Georgian Parliament had to navigate” in the recent years. He noted that in addition …


GD Received GEL 9.5 Million in Political Donations, TI Report Says


On February 22, Transparency International – TI Georgia, a local watchdog, released its quarterly newsletter on political donations from October 1 to December 31, according to which donations to the ruling “Georgian Dream” party in the fourth quarter of 2023 jumped to GEL 9.5 million (about USD 3.5 million), accounting for 93 per cent of …


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