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146 Georgian Students from Occupied Areas Enroll in Universities

146 school graduates from Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia enrolled at universities in the Tbilisi-controlled territory in 2018, according to the regions’ exiled administrations. 138 students are from Gali district in Abkhazia, and the remaining eight are from Akhalgori district in Tskhinvali. Gali and Akhalgori are predominantly populated by ethnic …

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45th Round of Geneva International Discussions

The 45th round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) – the multilateral mediation forum to address security and humanitarian consequences of the Russo-Georgian War of August 2008 – was held on October 9-10. This marked the tenth anniversary of the forum. Positions taken: Georgia The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs …

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Woman Detained Near Tskhinvali Returns to Georgia Proper

A 37-year-old Georgian citizen, Maia Otinashvili, a resident of village Khurvaleti in Gori Municipality, detained on charges of “crossing the state border of South Ossetia,” was released after eleven-day custody in Tskhinvali prison. Otinashvili was handed over to the Georgian authorities on October 9 in Ergneti, a village south of Tskhinvali, the …

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Tbilisi Calls for Detained Woman’s Immediate Release

Georgian leaders have unanimously condemned the detention of a 37-year-old Georgian citizen, Maia Otinashvili, a resident of village Khurvaleti in Gori Municipality, on charges of “crossing the state border of South Ossetia,” and called for her immediate release. In a statement on October 3, PM Mamuka Bakhtadze said the Government …

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Georgian Citizen Sent to Pretrial Custody in Tskhinvali

A 37-year-old citizen of Georgia Maia Otinashvili, who was detained for “illegally crossing the state border,” near Khurvaleti, a village in Gori Municipality adjacent to Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, was sentenced to two months in pretrial custody. According to the “security service” of the Moscow-backed Tskhinvali authorities, Maia Otinashvili, mother of …

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Sokhumi, Tskhinvali Authorities Denounce PM Bakhtadze’s UNGA Speech

The “foreign ministries” of the Russian-backed authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia denounced Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze’s UNGA speech on September 27, in which he offered “a common future” to “the Abkhaz and [South] Ossetian compatriots.” In a statement on September 28, Sokhumi authorities urged Tbilisi to “stop indulging in illusions that …

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Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant for Two S.Ossetian Security Officers Charged over Tatunashvili Case

Two South Ossetian security officers charged in absentia over the murder case of Archil Tatunashvili, a thirty-five-year-old Georgian citizen, who died while in detention by the Russian-backed authorities in Tskhinvali, are now wanted in 192 countries under the jurisdiction of Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization. Interpol’s General Secretariat made …

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Tbilisi Slams Opening of Russian School in Akhalgori

Tbilisi has condemned the opening of a Russian-language school in Akhalgori, a predominantly ethnic Georgian-populated area in Tskhinvali region, as continuation of Russian occupation and a step towards factual annexation of the area. Reconciliation Minister Ketevan Tsikhelashvili said the decision “is a manifestation of the ongoing policy of russification” and …

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U.S. Bans Aid to Syria Amid its Recognition of Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

The United States have added Syria to the list of the countries banned from receiving U.S. aid due to its recent recognition of, and establishment of diplomatic relations with Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. Although largely symbolic, since the Damascus does not benefit from any U.S. direct aid, the move …

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Abkhaz Leader Meets Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

Raul Khajimba, the Moscow-backed leader of Abkhazia, is on a four-day visit to Damascus, where he met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on September 4 and signed an agreement on friendship and cooperation. According to the Abkhaz authorities, at the meeting, Khajimba thanked Assad for recognizing the independence of Abkhazia, …

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Two Polish Tourists Arrested in S.Ossetia Released

Two Polish citizens arrested for “illegally crossing the state border” were released on September 3, the Moscow-backed Tskhinvali authorities reported today. The region’s “security service” said the two tourists were detained on September 1 near village Khodzi in Java District of Tskhinvali Region as they were trying reach Lake Keli …

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Five Georgian Youths Released from Tskhinvali Detention

Five Georgian citizens, detained for “illegally crossing the state border,” were released from Tskhinvali jail, after having paid the fine of 2000 Russian Roubles (62 Georgian Lari) on August 30. The youths – Gia Bagdoshvili, Mzia Gomuri, Vakhtang Gubeladze, Beka Magradze and Ketevan Magradze – were delivered from Tskhinvali to the Tbilisi-controlled territory at …

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Update: Five Georgian Youths Detained by Tskhinvali

Five Georgian citizens have been detained on August 28 for “illegally crossing the state border,” the “security service” of the Moscow-backed Tskhinvali region announced today, stressing the probe into the case has been launched. The statement also noted that the case of Gia Bagdoshvili, Mzia Gomuri, Vakhtang Gubeladze, Beka Magradze and Ketevan Magradze …

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Georgia MFA: “Moscow will have to change its decision” of 26 August 2008

Georgian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on August 26 saying the Russian Federation “will have to change its illegal decision of August 2008” to recognize independence of “indivisible regions of Georgia” – Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. Today “the entire international community supports Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and international justice,” …

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Tskhinvali, Sokhumi Leaders Visit Russia, Meet Vladimir Putin

Anatoly Bibilov and Raul Khajimba, Moscow-backed leaders of Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia and Abkhazia, respectively, met today with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and discussed the deepening of ties. The Russian President told Bibilov that Moscow is “sparing no efforts to ensure security of the Republic of South Ossetia, [and] support …

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Georgian Freestyle Wrestlers under Fire over Russian Flagged T-shirts Photo

Georgian freestyle wrestlers’ photo in the colors of the Russian flag and the image of Jambolat Tedeev, Russian freestyle wrestling team trainer, prompted public condemnation in Georgia. The photo of two members of the Georgian national freestyle team, Geno Petriashvili and Zurab Iakobishvili, together with their coach – Giorgi Iantbelidze …

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Recognition

On August 12, ten years ago, when Georgia’s final defeat by Russian troops was near, a hastily negotiated ceasefire agreement between French President Nikolas Sarkozy acting on behalf of the EU and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was drafted. The Americans and Europeans recognized time was running out if they wanted …

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Tbilisi to Catalogue IDP Property in S.Ossetia

The Government of Georgia will resume logging of private property of internally displaced persons in their places of origin. As part of the process, launched in 2006 but carried out with periodic interruptions, the authorities have already catalogued the property possessions of about 67 thousand households in Abkhazia. This time, the …

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