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Weekly Tripwire

Weekly digest of news pertinent to conflicts

The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 28

Archil Tatunashvili. Photo: facebook.com/achiko.tatunashvili.58 February 19-25 A Citizen Dies in Tskhinvali Custody – Europe reacts to Tatunashvili’s death – Amnesty International Human Rights Report – Deputy Commander of the Russian Southern Military District visits Tskhinvali – Russian proxies meet in Tskhinvali – Putin Decorates 2008 War Pilot – battle readiness …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 27

Valeriy Pshenichniy, chief of staff of the Russian 4th military base stationed in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, February 15, 2018. Photo: screengrab from TV Ir February 12-18 Georgia in the DNI report – There is a voters club for Putin’s election in Abkhazia – Bibilov visits Russian MIA – Transnistria delegation in …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 26

Russian Deputy Minister for North Caucasus Igor Koshin (middle in the right row) with Tskhinvali leader Anatoly Bibilov, February 8, 2018. Photo: presidentruo.org February 5-11 1 644 Abkhaz, S.Ossetians treated in Georgian hospitals – Putin signs Tskhinvali military agreement – Additional electoral precincts for Putin’s election in March – Luhansk and Tskhinvali want …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 25

Georgian opera singer Giorgi Todua giving a concert in Gali, January 24, 2018. Photo: screengrab from Galtv January 29-February 4 Georgian singer “will hardly visit his father’s grave ever again:” – Khajimba thinks about controlling social networks – “Ideology” official to work on Gali schools – Georgia pushes back on …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 24

Konstantin Zatulin, member of the Russian Duma, addresses the Duma hearing on medical assistance to Abkhazia. Photo: screengrab from Duma hearing January 22-28 Moscow ratifies Tskhinvali deal – Karasin chats regional politics with Medoev – Sees him off to Nauru – Abkhazia Cossacks (surprise!) back Putin re-election – Russia mulls …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 23

Raul Khajimba on a tour of meetings with supporters. Photo: RFE/RL January 15-21 Bibilov preps for Putin Vote – Russia plumps for 2/3 Abkhazia Budget – Poroshenko sanction solidarity offer – Khajimba cajoles supporters…while Shamba throws lot with opposition – Russia troops drill – Tskhinvali records 514 “border” detentions – …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 22

Moscow-backed Tskhinvali leader Anatoly Bibilov visiting the frontline in Donetsk, January 7, 2018. Photo: screengrab from TV Union January 1-14 Senate Democrats report on Russian aggression – Bibilov discovers South Ossetia’s “twin” – Bibilov visits Ukrainian frontline – More Georgian territory claimed by Russia’s proxies – Abkhazia polling stations for …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 21

“Russian ambassador” to Tskhinvali Marat Kulakhmetov briefing local authorities on the forthcoming Russian presidential election, December 18, 2017. Photo: screengrab from TV Ir December 18-29 Karasin rails against Georgia-NATO defense cooperation – the U.S. lists Russia’s aggression against Georgia among global challenges – Khajimba wants constitutional changes – Moscow fills …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 20

Victor Fyodorov, “head of general staff” under the Tskhinvali Russian-backed authorities, explaining the details of Moscow’s new military agreement with the region, December 15, 2017. Photo: screengrab from TV Ir December 11-17 42nd Round of the GID – Idea voiced about Enguri river customs post – Budget adoption process launched in …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 19

Russian peacekeepers monument in Sokhumi. Photo: mil.ru December 4-10 Lavrov’s respect for territorial integrity – Friends of Georgia group expresses support – Janelidze lists international law violations – November numbers for the occupation line detentions – Bibilov reiterates his wish to see Tskhinvali Region within Russia – Russian peacekeepers monument …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 18

Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma the agreement with Tskhinvali on the inclusion of some South Ossetian units into the armed forces of the Russian Federation. Photo: kremlin.ru November 27 – December 3 Russian MID angry about Javelins – The complicated fate of the Kilmarnock memorial – Russia to …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 17

Houses of ethnic Georgians near Tskhinvali stand in ruins, November 21, 2017. Photo: screengrab from TV Ir November 20 – November 26 In search for excuses to demolish houses in the Georgian villages – Khajimba comes on a visit – Bibilov mentions transit route – Illegal detentions continue – Kulakhmetov congratulates Tskhinvali …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 16

Anatoly Bibilov and Vladimir Putin, November 14, 2017. Photo: presidentruo.org November 13 – November 19 Bibilov meets Putin – Russian minister skeptical during Abkhazia inspection – Bibilov sees future of Tskhinvali within Russia – Bibilov wants to be friends with Assad – Khajimba offers geopolitical vision – Gali Georgians brought …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 15

Anatoly Bibilov at the celebration of 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup, Tskhinvali, November 7, 2017. Photo: presidentruo.org October 30 – November 12 Klaar joins the team – Bibilov and the revolution – CoE report on conflict in Georgia – Georgian speech in UNESCO – Georgian, Russian Churches talk about Abkhazia – Nauru …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 14

Maria Zakharova, representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry (MID). Photo: MID October 16-29 Sergey Lavrov’s strange memories of the Soviet history – MID Criticizes Georgia – New restrictions planned for ethnic Georgians in Gali – Technical difficulties with abolishment of Georgian schools – Arrests for attempted doctor visits – Georgian …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 13

Funeral procession from the Holy Trinity Cathedral, October 17. Photo: gov.ge October 9-16 Remains of Abkhazia war victims returned – Georgia and Russia trade accusations – Georgia in the NATO PA resolution – New restrictions against Gali Georgians – Khajimba appoints new interior chief – Tskhinvali outlaws Jehovah’s Witnesses – …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 12

Moskovsky district built over the ruins of village Tamarasheni, a large ethnic Georgian-majority village north of Tskhinvali. Photo: screengrab from google maps October 2-8 The end of the Georgian schools in Akhalgori – Renovation of a district built over a ruined Georgian village – Bibilov asks Ukraine to give him …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 11

Russian troops parade in Sokhumi, September 30, 2017. Photo: mil.ru September 25 – October 1 NATO threats trouble Karasin – Moscow’s friends tour Abkhazia: Assad’s cronies, Tiraspol leader visit – Sokhumi Enthusiastic about Catalonia Referendum – Russian troops parade as September 27 marked in Sokhumi – UN Human Rights Commissioner laments …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 10

September 18-24 Demolition of the Ethnic Georgians’ Houses – Sokhumi “Minister” Threatens Expulsion of Georgians – U.S. Congress expresses support for Georgia –  Statements for Georgia at the UNGA – Amtsakhara fears “social explosion” – Moscow to establish customs in Abkhazia – Russians push for the chance to buy property …

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The Weekly Tripwire – Issue 9

September 11-17 UNSG backs Georgia IDPs – U.S. says Russians should go – UK, US citizens behind barbs – Gali identity change push continues – Medoev relishes spotlight – Tskhinvali fans U.S.-made germs paranoia – Security agency gets Sokhumi head – 49th army keeps training António Guterres speaks on the …

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