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Moscow Signs Contracts on Georgia-Russia Trade Monitoring

The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation signed on May 18 an agreement with Geneva-based testing and inspection company – SGS – on carrying out cargo monitoring through three “trade corridors” between Georgia and the Russian Federation. The contract is part of the Swiss-mediated agreement between Tbilisi and Moscow signed on November 9, …

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Georgian FM Speaks on Abkhazia, S.Ossetia at CoE Ministerial

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze addressed the 128th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) in Elsinore, Denmark, and focused in his remarks on the security environment and human rights violations in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. “When we talk about human rights we should …

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New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed

Raul Khajimba, the Moscow-backed leader of Abkhazia, appointed yesterday Gennady Gagulia as the head of the region’s 12-member “cabinet of ministers,” replacing Beslan Bartsits, who served at the post from August 2016. Introducing the new head to the “cabinet of ministers” today, Khajimba said the replacement was part “a working …

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U.S. Budget Bans Aid to Governments Recognizing Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

The Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2018, the annual budgetary legislation that defines spending by various United States federal agencies, designates USD 105.3 million for assisting Georgia. The Appropriations Act, which was endorsed by the United States Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, follows the previous year’s …

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Parliament Adopts Bipartisan Resolution on Human Rights Violations in Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

Parliament of Georgia, March 21, 2018. Photo: parliament.gov.ge The Parliament of Georgia adopted on March 21 a bipartisan resolution condemning “gross human rights violations in the Russian-occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region,” including the recent death of a Georgian citizen, Archil Tatunashvili. The resolution, which is a combined version of drafts …

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Putin Secures Over 90% of Votes in Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

Vladimir Putin, the incumbent President of Russia, has secured over 90% of votes in the Russian presidential polls in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, according to local media reports. Putin obtained 39,427 votes in Abkhazia, making up 94.21% of the total number of votes cast in the region (41,849). In …

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Abkhazia, S.Ossetia Vote in Russian Presidential Polls

Residents of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia holding Russian citizenship, as well as the Russian troops stationed in the two regions, cast their ballots in Russia’s presidential election yesterday. Twenty polling stations were opened in Abkhazia (up from the initially planned sixteen), including four in the town of Sokhumi. Thirteen …

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New Zealand Academic: Political Change in Nauru Could Lead to Withdrawal of Abkhazia, S.Ossetia Recognition

South Ossetian and Abkhaz “foreign ministers,” Dmitry Medoev and Daur Kove, respectively, together with Grigory Logvinov, ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Nauru, February 1, 2018. Photo: mfa-rso.su Members of the Russian-backed Sokhumi and Tskhinvali authorities were on a visit to Nauru last week, where they met the …

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Sixteen Polling Stations to Open in Abkhazia for Russia’s Presidential Election

Sixteen polling stations will be opened in Abkhazia for the March 18 Russian presidential election, “Russian ambassador to Abkhazia” Semyon Grigoriev said at his January 12 meeting with Moscow-backed Abkhaz leader Raul Khajimba and other local officials.  Khajimba’s administration reported after the meeting that “prime minister” Beslan Bartsits was tasked …

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Ombudsman Presents Report on Abkhazia Crossing Points Closure

“The state of human rights protection in the communities located adjacent to Abkhazia’s Administrative Boundary line, specifically in Gali district, is gradually deteriorating,” Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili said in its special report. The report, released on November 16, assesses the humanitarian and economic impact of the closure of two crossing …

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The Forgotten Abkhazians

Sokhumi bus stands idle and decrepit – silent witness of severed links. Adigeni, Georgia. Photo: Screengrab from Samkhretis Karibche An interesting discussion took place recently on Civil.ge regarding Georgia’s Abkhazia policy. Tornike Sharashenidze has argued that Tbilisi’s policy has been driven by sentiments, rather than by realist calculation and that has been …

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Georgia Bids Farewell to Abkhazia Conflict Victims

Funeral Service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, October 17, 2017. Photo: gov.ge Thousands of Georgians gathered at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi on October 17 to honor the remains of 25 persons, who had been missing since the 1992-1993 war in Abkhazia and whose bodies were recently transferred from the …

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