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Wess Mitchell: Dangers to Ukraine and Georgia Direct and Existential

Civil.Ge Daily News - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 15:12

Wess Mitchell, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, was quoted while speaking at the Atlantic Council on October 18 that it is important to see the success of Georgia and Ukraine “as independent, democratic entities,” and that U.S. has “a very deep stake in that.”

“First and foremost, we have to nurture the aspirations for democracy in the institutions that are growing in these counties and see the success of the reform agenda, because if we can’t succeed in that, fine, I think we lose overall,” he said.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State spoke at the Atlantic Council’s event Championing the Frontlines of Freedom: Erasing the “Grey Zone,” stressing that U.S. will respect “the national independence and sovereignty” of its allies.

“As Secretary [Mike] Pompeo has made clear, we stand by Ukraine and Georgia, a fact that is demonstrated by the aid and arms we have made available to these states. As we have in past decades, America continues to help those who help themselves in the struggle for freedom,” he said.

Mitchell then spoke of “today’s geopolitical competition” in Central and Eastern Europe where “America’s rivals are expanding their political, military, and commercial influence,” with Russia remaining as “a military factor” in the region, “following the invasions of Georgia and Ukraine.”

He believes, “the dangers to Ukraine and Georgia are direct and existential, comprising both military threats to territorial integrity and sovereignty, and efforts to unravel the democratic institutions that their citizens are attempting to build.”

Mitchell reiterated that U.S. sees Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia as part of Georgia, and that “there will not be a doorway to return the business as usual with Russia and its relations with the West” until it fulfils its international commitments.

He also emphasized that NATO remains committed to Georgia’s future in the Alliance, but “that process in not something that happens overnight.”

Police Finds Missing Azerbaijani Teen

Civil.Ge Daily News - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 14:47

An 17-year-old ethnic Azerbaijani girl who was reportedly forcefully abducted from her house in village Lambalo in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region on October 12, was found in village Jandari in the neighboring Kvemo Kartli region six days from her disappearance.

The Interior Ministry reported on October 19 that the teen was questioned in presence of a psychologist and a social worker, and that she denied any form of violence against her or that she was forced into marriage.

According to the Ministry, the girl had known the alleged kidnapper for months and that the two decided to get married without their families’ consent. The police said the girl was placed in a shelter.

OpenAIRE National Workshop in Romania

Iryna Kuchma,  EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will speak at the national workshop on Implementing Open Access and Open Science in Romania. The one-day event is organized by the European Union-funded OpenAIRE project, in which EIFL is a partner. Kuchma will speak about how OpenAIRE helps achieve open access and open science, and discuss OpenAIRE tools and their usefulness in the field of research.  

Vladimir Putin Speaks Saakashvili, “Lugar Lab”

Civil.Ge Daily News - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 16:05

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on October 18 at an annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, that current Ukrainian leaders are pursuing “anti-state and anti-people policy,” like Georgia’s ex-President Mikheil Saakashili did “by attacking South Ossetia.”

“It was exactly because of these criminal actions that Georgia lost significant [parts] of its territory, exactly as a result of Saakashvili’s actions,” Putin underscored in his remarks, adding that it would be “regretful” if Ukrainian leaders “followed his footsteps.”

The Russian President made the statements in the plenary session of the 15th annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, a Moscow-based think-tank, held on October 15-18 in Sochi. The event brought together some 130 experts from 33 countries.

Putin also commented on Russia’s recent bio-warfare allegations against the Georgian Healthcare Ministry’s Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research, a Tbilisi-based biological research facility, established with the U.S. support and funding.

The Russian President said he “will not judge” how accurate ex-Security Minister Igor Giorgadze’s claims are,” but “it obviously raises concerns” for Moscow. “If these works (on biological weapons production) are indeed being carried out, it is very dangerous,” Putin said.

Georgia’s Healthcare Minister Davit Sergeenko responded to Putin’s remarks on October 19, saying the authorities will address the World Health Organization to dispatch an official mission, including with participation of Russian experts, for a detailed study of the facility.

For background, we recommend our Q&A on Russia’s “Lugar Lab” Information Offensive.

Presidential Administration Slams Government for ‘Disregard of Constitution’

Civil.Ge Daily News - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:00

President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s administration has slammed the Government of Georgia for “disregard of the constitution,” and its attempts to “distance and sidestep” from “grave” problems persisting in the country.

The accusations follow the Government’s decision to snub President Margvelashvili’s request for a cabinet sitting over the recently-released covert recordings, which implicate senior officials in case-fixing and other allegations.

The President addressed the cabinet of ministers with this request in a press briefing on October 16, asking to hold a meeting with his participation and deliberate on “effective functioning of state institutions and protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms.”

A corresponding letter, signed by the President’s Parliamentary Secretary, Ana Natsvlishvili, and addressed to the head of the Government administration, Kakha Kakhishvili, was submitted to Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze’s office also on October 16.

The PM’s office responded to the appeal a day later, with Bakhtadze’s Parliamentary Secretary, Natia Mikeladze, saying they were ready to consider the request, provided that the letter was signed personally by President Margvelashvili “in line with procedural rules.”

“According to the Constitution, the President, personally, is entitled to address the Government; in this case, the letter was submitted by the President’s parliamentary secretary to the head of government administration and this contradicts the legal procedures,” she stated.

Ana Natsvlishvili, President Margvelashvili’s parliamentary secretary, said such interpretation of the constitution was “incompetent.”

“That the President has addressed the Prime Minister was seen by the entire country; unfortunately, in response, we saw the government’s attempt to disregard the constitution, and in this very grave situation, step aside and avoid responsibility,” Natsvlishvili noted.

The presidential administration told Civil.Ge on October 18 that President Margvelashvili will not file a repeat request.

  • This is the third time President Margvelashvili has asked the government to hold a session with his participation. In November 2014, he called for a meeting to discuss foreign policy-related issues, while in October 2015 he requested a sitting over energy security. Both requests were ignored by the government.
  • According to the Constitution of Georgia, the President is entitled to request “particular matters” to be discussed at Government sittings and participate in the discussion. In the new constitution, which is to enter into force upon new President’s inauguration, the President will no longer be able to enjoy this right.

Liberty Bank Still Suspended Issuance of Instant Loans

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:57
Tbilisi (GBC) – Liberty Bank reduced the rate by 48% to the instant borrowers.

ProCredit Bank’s Deposit Portfolio is More Growing comparing to Credit Portfolio

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:52
Tbilisi (GBC) – ProCredit Bank finished Q3 with a profit of 22.2 million GEL (Q2/2018- 15.57 mln; +46.6% q-o-q).

Major Part of Trade Cargo is Transported by the Road

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:27
Tbilisi (GBC) - Georgia carries out foreign trade mainly through automobile and marine routes.

Banks Received Revenue of 90 million GEL in September

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:25
Tbilisi (GBC) – Banking sector’s net profit achieved 90 million GEL. The figure was 71 million GEL last September (+26.7% y-o-y).

Mercedes Vera-Martin: Georgia’s resilience to external shocks is increased

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:24
Tbilisi (GBC) - Georgia’s resilience to external shocks is increased, - Mercedes Vera-Martin, head of the IMF mission says, but does not excludes that negative waves from emerging markets might catch up with Georgia.

What do we sell and buy with Turkey?

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:22
Tbilisi (GBC) - Turkey remains the main trading partner of Georgia with growing trade turnover.

Re-export of Auto Mobiles is Doubled

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:22
Tbilisi (GBC) – Re-export of auto mobiles increased by 87%.

The PPI Increased by 5.5%

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:20
Tbilisi (GBC) - In September the Producer Price Index (PPI) for Industrial Products increased by 0.9 percent over August 2018 and by 5.5 percent compared to September 2017.

22% of Georgia’s Export accounts for the EU, while 47.5% - the CIS

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:19
Tbilisi (GBC) – 21.8% of Georgia’s export accounts for the EU, while 47% - the CIS.

Research of Gas Supplies Started at 5000 meters Depth in Georgia

gbc.ge news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:17
Tbilisi (GBC) - Schlumberger Rustaveli Company launched gas research operations in Georgia

GDDG Poll Gives Zurabishvili First Round Victory

Civil.Ge Daily News - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 13:42

As the ruling party presented its own poll results favoring its own candidate yesterday, the divergence in public opinion poll results came sharply into focus, drawing attention to the use of polling in electioneering.

GDDG “internal” Poll

The ruling party-endorsed candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, is set to win the October 28 presidential elections in the first round, according to the opinion poll commissioned by the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG).

The opinion poll was conducted by Psycho Project, a Tbilisi-based polling and marketing company, and was fielded on October 9-17 through nationwide face-to-face interviews (excluding the occupied territories), with 3,000 respondents and an average margin of error plus, minus 2.5%. Psycho Project is run by Zurab Bigvava, a pollster and a political commentator closely affiliated with GDDG leader and ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili.

According to MP Mamuka Mdinaradze, who presented the results at party headquarters on October 18, asked who they would vote for if elections were held today, 27% of all interviewed respondents said they would vote for Zurabishvili, followed by Grigol Vashadze and Davit Bakradze with 10% and 9%, respectively. Other candidates have 6% combined.

When these results are “weighed”, the GDDG lawmaker reported, the figures stand accordingly: Salome Zurabishvili – 53%; Grigol Vashadze – 19%; Davit Bakradze – 17%; others – 11%.

Mdinaradze suggests two conclusions from the results: that Salome Zurabishvili will gain an outright victory in the first round, and that “both branches of the United National Movement – the UNM and the European Georgia candidates have equal chances for obtaining the second place (Editor’s note: European Georgia spilt from the UNM in early 2017).”

The lawmaker said the survey results also demonstrated that UNM’s “staged performances,” and its “blame-shifting” campaign ahead of the presidential polls, “was doomed to fail.”

“As it seems, the United National Movement is well aware of the real political picture in the country and is trying to radicalize the processes, to present the reality alternatively as in the past, and constantly refer to a revolutionary scenario,” MP Mdinaradze quipped.

Mdinaradze then stressed, the fact that the two candidates, “whose political force has been involved in human rights abuses, rape, business racketeering, surrendering Georgia’s two historical provinces to Russia and many other grave and systemic crimes,” may obtain 36% of the votes, “will not contribute to Georgia’s democratic advancement.”

Previous polls

This is the fourth opinion poll released ahead of the October 28 presidential elections.

In the European Georgia-commissioned survey (fielded on September 15-22), asked who they would vote in presidential elections, 13.2% of interviewees responded Davit Bakradze, followed by Grigol Vashadze and Salome Zurabishvili with 13% and 10.2%, respectively.

According to the Rustavi 2 TV-commissioned opinion poll (fielded on September 25-October 4), the percentage of support of UNM’s Grigol Vashadze stands at 26%; followed by Salome Zurabishvili – 14%; Davit Bakradze – 12%; Shalva Natelashvili – 7%.

In the opinion survey, commissioned by the National Democratic Institute and carried out from June 23 to July 8, asked who they would vote for if elections were held tomorrow, 14% of likely voters named a ruling party candidate; 12% – UNM nominee; and 7% – Davit Bakradze.

Penitentiary Service Denies Reports that Subeliani was Beaten

Civil.Ge Daily News - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:52

The Special Penitentiary Service, an agency in charge of the country’s prison facilities, has denied reports that Mirza Subeliani, a former Prosecution Office official, who has implicated senior Georgian Dream officials in case-fixing and other criminal offenses, was beaten.

Reports that Subeliani was physically assaulted emerged late on October 18. The news first appeared in Facebook, and was later picked up by major television and online outlets.

The Penitentiary Service issued a brief statement in response to the allegations, rejecting the reports “categorically.” The agency also said the inmate “is under 24-hour visual surveillance,” and that it would authorize the lawyer’s “immediate visit” to Subeliani’s prison cell.

Mirza Subeliani denied these reports as well, according to Natia Kuprashvili, a representative of the Public Defender’s Office, who visited the inmate late-night yesterday.

Kuprashvili said the man had signs of injuries, which, according to Subeliani, were developed on October 15, when he attempted suicide. “He has minor bruises on both legs, on the elbow and the neck,” she noted.

Natia Kuprashvili added that Subeliani’s account was also confirmed by the medical logbook. “The last record on Subeliani was registered on October 15, when he attempted suicide, and the injuries recorded in it entirely match all the injuries showed by Subeliani to me.”

GDDG Politicians Say Opposition Wants to ‘Destabilize’ Elections

Civil.Ge Daily News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:06

The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) party politicians claim the opposition wants to “destabilize” the situation ahead of the October 28 presidential elections.

The authorities stress the recently released recordings, which implicate senior GDDG in case-fixing and other offenses, are “provocations” plotted by the United National Movement (UNM).

Speaking to reporters on October 18, Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said opposition wants to cause “dissonance” before the upcoming elections, and “create certain expectations that the polls won’t be conducted in a free and peaceful manner.”

“They should not have any illusions about that; the public understands full well where the line lies between the reality and [the opposition’s] mysticism,” Prime Minister Bakhtadze noted, adding that the opposition has also been conducting a campaign of “personal attacks and insults.”

PM Bakhtadze spoke briefly on Mirza Subeliani’s allegations as well, saying “as it seems, most of them are [mere] illusions.”

Interior Minister: have “detailed” information on all the plots

Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia echoed the message in his press remarks, telling reporters that the authorities have “detailed” information on “all the plans that were being plotted for destabilization and provocations.”

“The Ministry, together with the State Security Service, has all of that exposed and detailed at all levels, including who was planning what and when it was being planned; these [plans] will not materialize and the elections will be held in absolutely peaceful and safe environment,” he noted.

Gakharia touched upon the case-fixing tapes briefly, but did not elaborate on the substance of accusations.

He said: “the Interior Ministry is an absolutely neural political institution; today, I have no right and no desire to speak of the issue in detail because we are in a pre-election context… all of the questions will be addressed both legally and politically, once the Interior Ministry holds the elections in a peaceful and safe environment.”

Tbilisi Mayor: attempts to ‘radicalize’ pre-election environment will fail

Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze commented on the matter on October 17, saying the United National Movement and Rustavi 2 TV, “UNM’s partisan outlet,” have been trying “to fuel up tensions,” and “radicalize” the pre-election environment.

Tbilisi Mayor said the opposition has been doing this through “doctored tapes,” “propaganda,” and made-up topics,” hoping it would prompt street protests. “No one will be allowed to trigger unrest in the country,” Kaladze noted.

He then said about month ago UNM had asked the Tbilisi municipality government for a permission to hold large-scale rallies on Tbilisi’s Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue on October 19-21. Kaladze stressed this also was part of UNM’s attempts to trigger turmoil.

The elections will take place on October 28. This will be the last time that the head of state will be elected through direct ballot. According to the new constitution, which will enter into force upon new president’s inauguration, the heads of state will be elected by a 300-member Electoral College for a term of five years starting from 2024.

For the extended background, follow our Weekly Elections Digest or the 2018 Presidential Elections Tag.

Gvenetadze: evaluation of the business over new regulations is extremely pessimistic

gbc.ge news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:49
Tbilisi (GBC) – “I ask everyone, associations, journalists do not look at the regulations in a narrow perspective”, - new regulations will slow down economic growth by 3% or by 0.6%, the president of the NBG did not responded to our request.

Giorgi Chogovadze: no additional tax is planned for renting of apartments

gbc.ge news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:26
Tbilisi (GBC) - The head of the National Tourism Administration denies plans for establishment additional tax on renting of apartments.
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