18/08/2022 - 11:35

    Tskhinvali Reduces Georgian Citizen’s Sentence to 3.8 Years

    Mamuka Chkhikvadze’s sentence for drug smuggling and “illegal border crossing” in occupied Tskhinvali has been reduced to three years and eight months in prison, per Tskhinvali-based RES media. Chkhikvadze was arrested in December 2021 for violating “the state border” by occupation forces near Zemo Nikozi village, a Tbilisi-controlled settlement just…
    18/08/2022 - 09:57

    Georgian Citizen Detained Near Tskhinvali Occupation Line Released

    The State Security Service of Georgia (SSG) announced on 18 August, that Levan Machabeli, who was illegally detained by “Russian occupation forces” near occupied Zemo Artsevi village on March 26, 2022, was released and is in Tbilisi-controlled territory. Georgian Citizen Detained Near Tskhinvali Occupation Line At the time of his…
    17/08/2022 - 17:57

    Deputy FM Attends UN Ministerial Conference in Turkmenistan

    On August 15-16, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Khvtisiashvili participated in the UN Ministerial Transport Conference of Landlocked Developing Countries in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan. Per the MFA’s press release, the Conference focused on sustainable transport development and was attended by 30 Ministers and high-ranking officials. Deputy Minister Khvtisiashvili gave a speech during…
    17/08/2022 - 17:12

    Central Bank Sells USD 8.3 Million

    The National Bank of Georgia (NBG) announced on 17 August that it sold USD 8.3 million of the USD 20 million that it took to auction. According to the Central Bank, the weighted average was GEL 2.7961 per USD. The Central Bank bought a total of USD 70 million in…
    17/08/2022 - 17:01

    U.S. Embassy’s Judicial Reform Recommendations for Parliament

    The U.S. Embassy submitted a report to the Parliament of Georgia outlining recommendations related to the reform of the judicial system, which is based on the Embassy’s communication with Parliament and other, key parties. The report also relies on the opinions of the Venice Commission, the OSCE/ODIHR, and the Consultative…
    17/08/2022 - 15:04

    New USAID Georgia Chief Confirmed

    John A. Pennell has been selected to be the new Director of USAID Caucasus in Tbilisi, Georgia. USAID’s Georgia office confirmed the decision to Civil.ge and denoted that he is expected to take over the position at the end of August or beginning of September. Pennell is arriving from a…
    17/08/2022 - 14:14

    U.S. Ambo Addresses GD Dissenters’ Accusations

    U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan addressed renewed accusations by the departed Georgian Dream quartet of U.S. interference in the judiciary, emphasizing that the accusations made against the U.S. and others “are reckless conspiracy theories that have no basis.” Speaking with journalists while visiting the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Hub on 17 August, the…
    17/08/2022 - 12:04

    Activists, CSOs Call for Visa Requirements for Russians

    Activists and a group of civil society organizations reiterated support for the Ukrainian people and demanded that “a visa regime be established for citizens of the Russian Federation.” In the open letter published on 16 August, the group emphasized, “… The Russian Federation has committed acts prohibited by international/laws of…
    17/08/2022 - 10:36

    Georgia’s Energy Independence Linked with HPPs, says President

    While visiting the Enguri Hydropower Plant (HPP) on 16 August as part of her trip to the Samegrelo region of Georgia, President Salome Zurabishvili emphasized that “the energy independence of Georgia is directly related to Enguri HPP and the construction of other HPPs.” Alluding to past controversy over the building…
    16/08/2022 - 12:45

    Weekly COVID Update: August 7-14

    During the week of August 7-14, Georgian authorities reported 12,338 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 12,766 recoveries, and 6 fatalities. Out of the 12,338 cases, 4,966 were reported in Tbilisi, followed by Imereti — 2,039, Adjara — 1,175, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti — 1,094, Guria — 796, Shida Kartli — 672,…

    Features

      04/08/2022 - 17:18

      In Stalin’s Growing Shadow

      The mood was solemn on 30 July at a dilapidated house in central Tbilisi, as speaker after speaker from Soviet…
      24/05/2022 - 12:00

      Taming the Garden: You Haven’t Seen It All

      Nini Gabritchidze was the author of The Dispatch. She is now a freelance journalist. Lately, Georgians have been rushing to…
      24/07/2021 - 13:43

      Redjeb Jordania Obituary

      Redjeb Jordania died on July 15, 2021, almost 100 years after his birth in the French town of Vanves in…
      16/11/2019 - 00:12

      In Photos: Civil.ge Joins EUMM Patrol, Visits Occupation Line

      On Wednesday, November 13, together with his colleagues, Civil.ge’s Otar Kobakhidze joined the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) patrols to…
      26/03/2018 - 13:11

      Reclaiming Georgia’s Feminist Heritage

      The sun and colors of early Tbilisi spring in the air, a colorful group gathers at the stairs of the…
      10/07/2017 - 14:13

      Women affected by Abkhazia’s abortion ban

      A year and a half after Abkhazia banned abortion, reportedly to increase the number of births, reports of women’s deaths…
        01/07/2022 - 19:48

        Interview | Damon Wilson, President of the National Endowment for Democracy

        In Tbilisi today, Civil Georgia’s Editor-in-Chief Otar Kobakhidze sat down with Damon Wilson, the President, and CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy to discuss Georgia’s EU and NATO integration, the role of civil society and independent media for the Georgian democracy, as well as…
        16/05/2022 - 15:56

        Interview | Head of EUMM Georgia Talks Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

        Ambassador Szczygieł, we are speaking today as Russia continues its full-scale attack on Ukraine for more than two months, which has brought seismic shifts to the entire region. In light of this war, what is the security environment on the ground across both Abkhazia and…
        13/05/2022 - 15:38

        Editorial | Pawning the Country

        The rapidity and zeal with which the Georgian Dream leaders and pundits rushed to the defense of their patron, Bidzina Ivanishvili’s private assets and riches, show that Georgia is not that much Ivanishvili’s political project, but his collateral in the international game – both an…
        03/03/2022 - 11:13

        ‘Fear & Apathy’: Pundits on Georgian Govt’s Steps amid Ukraine War

        The Georgian Dream government has attracted widespread criticism for what many — both at home and abroad — regarded as their half-hearted stance during Russian aggression against Ukraine. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s clear-cut rejection of joining international sanctions against Russia and alleged obstruction of a…
        02/02/2022 - 19:15

        Waiting for Resettlement – IDPs from Georgia and Azerbaijan

        More than thirty years have passed since the armed conflicts swept the South Caucasus. Amid the dramatic breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, dozens of ethno-political conflicts emerged in the former Soviet states. The nations living in the South Caucasus — once seen as…
        14/01/2022 - 18:04

        U.S.-Russia Talks: What Are Georgia’s Options?

        As the United States engages the Russian Federation concerning the Kremlin’s ultimatum aiming to change the configuration of European security, Georgia is among the countries whose fate is being decided. The process is likely to be drawn out, with the possibility of escalations that may…
        04/10/2021 - 20:25

        Pundits Talk Key Takeaways from Local Elections

        Two days after October 2 municipal elections, discussions continue over key takeaways from the vote and the less anticipated outcomes. The Georgian Dream party scored well above 43%, a number widely suggested as a threshold for its legitimacy after the EU-brokered April 19 deal, while…
        12/07/2021 - 15:58

        Georgia Lurches Towards Illiberalism

        “The times when the minority decided the fate of the majority are gone,” said Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili today, saying he will only listen to the will of “95% of the population.“ “Stop threatening and scaring me and the majority of this country with the…
        05/07/2021 - 10:35

        Ministers Reflect | Ketevan Bochorishvili (MESD 2012-2017)

        Ministers Reflect is a new interview series on “how to be effective in government”, following a model developed by the Institute for Government in London. The series seeks to capture – in former ministers’ own words – what it takes to be an effective government…
        22/04/2021 - 14:11

        Q&A | The Deal is Signed: What now?

        After months of the deepening political crisis that followed the October 31 parliamentary elections, the ruling Georgian Dream and part of the boycotting opposition MPs signed the EU-mediated compromise on April 19. Yet, controversies persist: the United National Movement, the opposition party that got most…
        18/04/2021 - 12:17

        Opposition Politicians on Namakhvani HPP Protests

        Thousands have been protesting in western Georgia against the construction of the Namakhvani Hydropower Plant on the Rioni River for months now. The project encompasses two separate HPPs of 333 MW and 100 MW on the Rioni River. The Government of Georgia hopes to enhance…
        16/04/2021 - 22:25

        Interview | On the Soviet Past, Myths and Relevance

        The centennial anniversary of the Soviet occupation induced discussion in Georgia about the Soviet past, distinctly demonstrating that the opinions about the Soviet Union still differ in the society. As some experts argue, the Soviet Georgia is a largely understudied topic that requires a deeper…
        • The Dispatch

          Dispatch | 12-19 July: Credit due

          In Georgia, another week has passed. As the international order is consumed in the flames of Russia’s atrocious aggression in Ukraine, and as Europe burns in the throes of the climate change whose catastrophic effects…

        • The Dispatch

          Dispatch | 6-12 July: And then they wrote…

          Apparently summer is the time, when Georgian politicians sharpen their quills and go on to write long, winding letters full of intrigue and surreptitious adulation. Much like the protagonists of the legendary novel of Pierre…

        • The Dispatch

          Dispatch | July 5-6: What’s the story?

          As the week progressed, the extent to which the Georgian politics is disconnected from reality became painfully apparent. The linguistic flip-flops and other acrobatics of the ruling party have little to do with politics, let…

        Op-ed

          17/06/2022 - 11:53

          Opinion | Georgia’s Yanukovich Moment

          Author: Ted Jonas is an international lawyer and environmental activist who has lived in Georgia for many years. Georgia is having a Yanukovich moment. That time when the government of Ukraine in 2013-2014 got orders from Moscow to drop the EU association process. The government…
          26/05/2022 - 10:59

          EU Should Not Heed the Calls to Differentiate Associated Trio’s Applications

          Irakli Sirbiladze is a Foreign Affairs analyst, holding an MA degree in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London. His wider research interests include International Relations Theory, Georgian Foreign Policy and Russian Foreign Policy. As Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova – three Associated Trio nations…
          22/05/2022 - 14:09

          Op-ed | Refeudalization rather than Polarization

          Hans Gutbrod is a long-time analyst of Georgia and the Caucasus. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is on Twitter at @HansGutbrod. With the jailing of Nika Gvaramia, we should bury once and for all the term…
          28/03/2022 - 17:47

          Putin’s Playbook in Ukraine Is a Century Old

          Largely ignored in the discussion of Russia’s strategy in its war on Ukraine is the story of what may have been the first successful conquest of a foreign country by the Soviet Union.  Vladimir Putin, who is obsessed with history, is certainly familiar with this…
          18/02/2022 - 19:24

          Where Abkhaz Students (Can’t) Study?

          Author: Giorgi Kanashvili, peace and conflict specialist I have been part of Georgian-Abkhaz dialogue for fifteen years now. One of the topics the Abkhaz constantly raise is about Tbilisi isolating Abkhazia from the West, and pushing them to look for alternatives. In this region, one…
          02/02/2022 - 20:05

          Op-Ed | Local Governance Reform Can Strengthen Georgian Democracy from the Ground Up

          By Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Last year’s local elections were held under difficult circumstances, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic and a tense environment before and during election day. Despite these factors, voter turnout was 52%, significantly higher than in the previous local elections. This…
          30/11/2021 - 18:03

          Farewell | 4 Years of Representing NATO in Georgia

          Author: Rosaria Puglisi, the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia It’s time to pack my bags and say my good-byes. After four memorable years, my term as the Head of the NATO Liaison Office (NLO) in Georgia is coming to an end. During…
          21/11/2021 - 10:00

          Op-Ed | Georgian Dream Deliberately Frustrates Western Friends

          By Jelger Groeneveld, Dutch D66 party, Board Member International Cooperation Division Friday would have marked the 50th day of Mikheil Saakashvili’s hunger strike in state captivity, amidst mounting concerns of his health condition and refusal of government authorities to transfer the former president to a…
          01/09/2021 - 16:09

          Perilous Choice: Georgia’s COVID Elections

          Laura Thornton is director and senior fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. Previously, she was director of global programs at International IDEA, a Stockholm-based intergovernmental think-tank with the mission to advance democracy. She has also led the National Democratic…
          25/07/2021 - 21:40

          Tribune |”Sack me if you can!”

          Zaal Andronikashvili, Ilia State University/Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research. This article first appeared (in Georgian) on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Georgian service page. It has been insignificantly adapted by Civil.ge for an English-language audience. “Sack me, if you can!” gloated Vice Premier…
          24/07/2021 - 12:24

          Tribune | Wide Coalition Needed to Defend Democracy

          Levan Tsutskiridze is Executive Director of the Eastern European Center for Multi-party Democracy (EECMD) Georgia has witnessed unbelievable violence during the first week of July. The homophobic mob, egged on by the religious extremists that are entrenched in the Georgian Orthodox Patriarchy and encouraged by…
          19/07/2021 - 01:34

          The Falling Darkness

          by Regis Gente As the airplane of the European Council President Charles Michel touched down in Batumi, it was hard to shake off the feeling of déjà vu. Once again, the top European official visits Georgia immersed in a tense, almost intractable political crisis. Charles…

          Archives

            31/12/2020 - 21:02

            2020 in Georgia: Year in Review

            To say that 2020 was an eventful year is an understatement. Like every other nation on the planet, Georgia has…
            31/12/2021 - 14:21

            2021 in Georgia: Year in Review

            In Georgia, 2021 was a tumultuous year of continued and new crises, but also a year of attempted solutions, many…
            31/12/2019 - 15:12

            2019: The Year in Review

            2019 has been a year of political and security tribulations. No tangible progress has been reached on occupied territories as…

            Photo Stories

              03/07/2022 - 22:54

              Photo-story | Rally at the Parliament, Moves to GD Office

              Crowds started to gather, as the activists and opposition geared for their third reunion, calling for quicker accession to the…
              21/06/2022 - 13:23

              In Photos | Massive Pro-EU Rally in Tbilisi

              On June 20, tens of thousands of Georgians have rallied on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, to support Georgia’s accession…
              26/05/2022 - 16:45

              In Photos: Independence Day Celebration in Tbilisi

              Thousands of Georgians have flocked to Freedom Square and adjacent Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi for Independence Day celebrations, to…
              24/05/2022 - 23:57

              In Photos: Georgians Supporting Ukraine

              Three months into Russia’s bloody war in Ukraine, ordinary Georgians all across the country continue hanging Ukrainian flags and colors…
              24/03/2022 - 11:14

              In Photos | Georgians Attend Grim Homecoming for Fighters Killed in Ukraine

              Dozens have waved Georgian and Ukrainian national flags and lit candles as flag-draped cases carrying remains of Gia Beriashvili and…
              02/03/2022 - 04:17

              In Photos: Sixth Day of Tbilisi For Ukraine

              Tbilisites hit the streets again on March 1 to support Ukraine, with many protesters also expressing dismay about the Georgian…
              27/02/2022 - 03:15

              In Photos: Third Day of Tbilisi for Ukraine

              On February 26, Tbilisites hit the streets to express solidarity to Ukraine as Ukrainian troops are fighting Russian advance on…
              26/02/2022 - 04:06

              In Photos: Thousands Rally for Ukraine, Against Garibashvili in Tbilisi

              On February 25, thousands have hit the streets in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia for the second day to show…
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