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Tskhinvali Authorities Ban “Unsanctioned” Visit to Orthodox Church

The Russian-backed authorities of Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have turned down the request of residents of village Adzvi in Gori Municipality to allow a visit and a church service at an Orthodox chapel located in the outskirts of the village, close to the occupation line. Adzvi lies on the Tbilisi-controlled territory, …

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Tskhinvali Announces New Restrictions for Ethnic Georgians

The Russian-backed authorities in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia intend to introduce new restrictions for residents of Akhalgori, one of the region’s districts with predominantly ethnic Georgian population. The restrictions were announced by Tskhinvali leader Anatoly Bibilov, who visited the district on April 27 and held a working session with participation of …

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Internal Organs Missing from Tatunashvili’s Body, Lawyer Says

Tamar Avaliani, the lawyer of the family of Archil Tatunashvili, a thirty-five-year-old Georgian citizen, who died at the hands of the Russian-backed authorities in Tskhinvali on February 22, said the man was transferred to the Georgian authorities without his internal organs. Tamar Avaliani, who represents the family on behalf of the …

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Polish Embassy Welcomes Govt’s Peace Initiative

“Poland highly appraises and supports the package of proposals announced by the Government of Georgia for residents of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia,” the Polish Embassy in Georgia said in its statement yesterday. “The new initiative will enhance trade, increase access to education and enable local population to benefit from …

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Security Service Reports on External, Internal Threats

The State Security Service of Georgia (SSG) issued its annual report for the year of 2017, which focuses on the threats facing the country’s national security, and outlines the Service’s priorities and counter-measures. The document, which was submitted to the Parliament last month, will be presented before lawmakers at the …

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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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