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Investigative Service Detains Official on the Charge of Bribery

gbc.ge news - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 09:40
Tbilisi (GBC) - As a result of operative-searching and investigative activities, representatives of Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia detained the director of one of the non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entities of Gardabani Municipality.

Insurance Industry’s Profits Shrink

gbc.ge news - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 09:36
Tbilisi (GBC) – The Georgian insurance sector’s profits have declined.

Rating of Commercial Banks in Terms of Stock Capital

gbc.ge news - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 09:34
Tbilisi (GBC) – As for August 1, the Georgian banking sector’s stock capital amounted to GEL 7.05 billion (GEL 6.836 billion in 1H21) that is 12.35% in total assets of commercial banks (12.2% in 1H21).

Ex Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia to Run for Tbilisi Mayor Elections

gbc.ge news - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 09:22
Tbilisi (GBC) – Giorgi Gakharia, ex Prime Minister of Georgia and currently, head of the FOR GEORGIA political part will run for the coming Tbilisi Mayor elections in October 2021.

WEG: Refusing EU Assistance Makes Georgia’s EU Integration Questionable

gbc.ge news - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 09:11
Tbilisi (GBC) – The World Experience for Georgia (WEG) has released a special statement over the Georgian Prime Minister’s August 31 statement that Georgia would not borrow additional EU assistance loan.

ROA of Commercial Banks Grow /Rating/

gbc.ge news - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 09:10
Tbilisi (GBC) – Return on Assets (ROA) in the Georgian banking sector has increased. As for August 1, ROA totaled 3.71% (3.70% in 1H21). The volume of assets has grown to GEL 73.03 billion (1H21 – GEL 56 billion).

Greenway’s Incomes from Technical Inspection Services Mark GEL 8 Million

gbc.ge news - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 09:08
Tbilisi (GBC) – Greenway, Georgia Capital’s (GCAP) periodic technical inspection business, has recorded a 107.7% upturn in incomes in 2Q21 and the figure amounted to GEL 3.1 million, while in 1H21 the company accumulated incomes of GEL 7.6 million, up 85.9%.

Beeline Closes 1H21 in Losses

gbc.ge news - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 09:07
Tbilisi (GBC) – Represented by the brand company Beeline, VEON Georgia has ended the first half of 2021 in losses of GEL 150,000.

Two System Commercial Banks Strengthen Positions

gbc.ge news - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 09:05
Tbilisi (GBC) – two system banks of the Georgian banking sector have improved market positions.

Giorgi Alpaidze Sells Nearly 11,000 Shares of GCAP

gbc.ge news - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 11:30
Tbilisi (GBC) – Giorgi Alpaidze, chief financial officer for Georgia Capital has sold his own 10.790 ordinary shares in GCAP with a nominal value of GBP 0.01 per share.

Tbilisi International Airport Recognized As One of the Best Airports in Eastern Europe

gbc.ge news - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 11:29
Tbilisi (GBC) - For the seventh time in a row, at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2021, Tbilisi International Airport has been recognized as one of the best airports of Eastern Europe.

BOGG Buys Bonus Shares for Executive Managers

gbc.ge news - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 11:13
Tbilisi (GBC) - Bank of Georgia Group PLC (the Group) was notified by Sanne Fiduciary Services Limited (Sanne), acting as trustee of The Rubicon Executive Equity Compensation Trust (the Trust), that Sanne, through an independent broker, purchased in the market 37,500 Bank of Georgia Group PLC ordinary shares with a nominal value of £0.01 each (Shares) at a price of £15.12 (rounded to two decimal points) per Share, traded on 20 August 2021. The last trade was held on August 13 and the average price amounted to GBP 15.85.

GCAP Buys Back 100,000 Shares

gbc.ge news - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 11:10
Tbilisi (GBC) – Georgia Capital (GPAC) has bought back additional 25,000 shares for their cancellation, as part of the buyback program.

July Records 9.9% Economic Growth

gbc.ge news - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 11:09
Tbilisi (GBC) – Economic growth in July constituted 9.9%.

Literary Contest Canceled Amid Boycott Over ‘Censorship’ Fears

Civil.Ge Daily News - Tue, 08/03/2021 - 15:45

Annual state-funded literary contest “Litera” was called off on August 2 amid a massive boycott from contesting writers and jury members protesting “attempted censorship” by Tea Tsulukiani, hardline Minister of Culture and Deputy PM.

The Writer’s House, state-run agency which maintains independence from the authorities, said 93 out of 110 book nominations were cancelled by authors and publishers, and four out of five jury members withdrew from the awards after learning about the Minister’s decision to appoint one of the jury members, turning it impossible to conduct the event.

The organization said it tried to communicate with the Culture Ministry to revise the decision, but “there was no response on part of the Ministry.” This led the Writer’s House to make this year’s jury composition public and transparent, eventually resulting in a major boycott against the awards.

Since the inception of the literary prize in 2015, all five jury members had been selected by the Writer’s House and subsequently presented to the Ministry for a final agreement, a tradition that changed this year.

The move came as the the Ministry of Culture on June 3, 2021 ordered to introduce the mandatory appointment of its own representative as one of the jury members in any Ministry-sponsored contests.

PEN Georgia, uniting more than 70 writers, dubbed Minister Tsulukiani’s move “an insulting, brazen interference” and an “attempt at censorship,” and pledged they will not allow “party control over Georgian literature.” The Ministry of Culture denied “any interference” in the contest, stressing it only named its representative to the jury and provided GEL 50,000 (USD 16,000) in funding for the awards.

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Annual Inflation in July Hits 10-year High at 11.9%

Civil.Ge Daily News - Tue, 08/03/2021 - 15:26

Georgia’s annual inflation rate in July spiked at 11.9%, at a ten-year high, while on a monthly bases consumer prices increased by 1.3%, the National Statistics Office (Geostat) reported today.

The annual inflation rate was primarily driven by price changes in transport (22.5% increase), food and non-alcoholic beverages (14.1% increase), furnishings, household equipment and maintenance (11.5% increase) and health (11.4% increase).

Meanwhile, the monthly inflation rate was primarily driven by price changes in food and non-alcoholic beverages (3.2% increase), transport (1.4% increase), as well as restaurants and hotels, and furnishings, household equipment and maintenance, with 1.2% increase for each.

COVID Georgia Live Blog: 4,827 New Cases

Civil.Ge Daily News - Tue, 08/03/2021 - 11:15
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Out of 4,827 new cases 2,297 were revealed in Tbilisi. In the regions: coastal Adjara region – 634, Imereti – 494, Kakheti – 323, Shida Kartli – 262, Kvemo Kartli – 253, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti – 224,  Mtskheta-Mtianeti -156, Guria – 100, Samtskhe-Javakheti – 47, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti – 37.

10:50 GMT+4 – 4,827 New Cases, 1,895 More Recoveries, 34 Fatalities

Georgian health authorities have reported 4,827 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 428,670. In the meantime, 1,895 have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries to 388,893. The number of COVID-19 related fatalities rose by 34 to 5,910. To date, the number of active cases stands at 33,841.

Test positivity rate for the past 24 hours stood at 10.99%. 

10:30 GMT+4 – 523,466 Vaccine Jabs Administered

NCDC Georgia reported that 523,466 COVID vaccine jabs were administered as of August 2. 165,084 persons have been fully vaccinated. Georgia began COVID-19 vaccine rollout in mid-March.

Monday, August 2 22:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Stats

Kremlin-backed Abkhaz authorities have reported 144 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of the region’s total confirmed cases to 22,227. In the meantime, 92 more patients have recovered, increasing the overall number of recoveries to 17,898. Six more patients have died, taking the number of COVID-related deaths in the region of less than a quarter million people to 313. The number of active cases stands at 4,016.

11:05 GMT+4 – Regional Breakdown of New Cases

Out of 1,655 new cases, 701 were revealed in Tbilisi, the capital. As for the regions, in Adjara – 392, Imereti – 130, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti – 101, Kakheti – 87,  Kvemo Kartli – 85, Shida Kartli – 50, Samtskhe-Javakheti – 43, Guria – 31, Mstkheta-Mtianeti -29, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti – 6.

11:00 GMT+4  – 1,655 New Cases, 2,286 More Recoveries, 23 Fatalities

Georgian health authorities reported that 1,655 new cases of COVID-19 were revealed in the country, increasing the tally of total confirmed cases to 423,843. In the meantime, 2,286 more patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries to 386,998. The number of COVID-related fatalities rose by 23 to 5,876. To date, the number of active cases stands at 30,943.

Sunday, August 1 11:05 GMT+4 — Regional Breakdown of New Cases

Out of 2,654 new cases, 1,196 were revealed in Tbilisi, the capital, 443 in coastal Adjara region, 322 in Imereti, 163 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 157 in Kakheti, 111 in Kvemo Kartli, 95 in Shida Kartli, 70 in Guria, 51 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, 34 in Samtskhe-Javakheti, 12 in Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti.

11:00 GMT+4 — 2,654 New Cases, 1,319 More Recoveries, 33 Fatalities

Georgian health authorities revealed 2,654 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 422,188. In the meantime, 1,319 more patients have recovered, bringing the number of overall recoveries to 384,712. The number of fatalities rose by 33 to 5,853. 

To date, the number of active cases stands at 31,597, the highest since the country registered its first COVID case in February 2020. 

As of July 31, the daily test positivity rate stood at 8.34%, with 7 day and 14 day averages standing at 7.57% and 6.95%, respectively. 

Saturday, July 31 22:00 GMT+4 – 172 New Cases, 361 More Recoveries in Abkhazia 

Kremlin-backed authorities in occupied Abkhazia have reported 172 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 22,083. In the meantime, 361 patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries to 17,806. The number of fatalities remains at 307. 

11:15 GMT+4 – 481 591 Persons Vaccinated

According to NCDC Georgia, 481,591 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine since the rollout in mid-March. In the meantime, 157,754 have been fully vaccinated. 

11:05 GMT+4 – Regional Breakdown of New Cases

Out of 3,196 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, 1,487 were revealed in Tbilisi, 517 in coastal Adjara region, 315 in Imereti, 202 in Kakheti, 157 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 153 in Kvemo Kartli, 148 in Shida Kartli, 78 in Guria, 62 in Samtskhe-Javakheti, 58 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, 19 in Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti.  

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,196 New Cases, 1,147 More Recoveries, 27 Fatalities

According to Georgian health authorities, 3,196 new cases of COVID-19 were revealed, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 419,534. In the meantime, 1,147 patients recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries to 382,393. The number of fatalities rose by 27 to 5,820. To date, the number of active cases stands at 31,295. 

Friday, July 30 22:00 GMT+4 – COVID Stats in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed Abkhaz authorities have reported 176 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 21,911. In the meantime, 11 patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries in the region overall to 17,445. Three more patients passed away, increasing the number of COVID-related fatalities to 307. 

11:15 GMT+4 Regional Breakdown of New Cases

According to the authorities, out of new cases of the virus, 1,243 were confirmed in Tbilisi, the capital city, 419 in Adjara, 273 – Imereti, 175 – Kakheti, 149 – Kvemo Kartli, 142  – Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 102 – Shida Kartli, 75 – Mtskheta-Mtianeti, 71 – Guria, 43 – Samtskhe-Javakheti, 20 – Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

11:00GMT+4 — 2,712 New Cases, 1,561 Recoveries, 25 Fatalities

Georgian authorities have confirmed 2,712 daily new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 416,338. In the meantime, 1,561 more patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries from the virus to 381,246. The number of fatalities rose by 25 to 5,793. To date, the number of active cases stands at 29,273.

The test positivity rate for the past 24 hours stood at 6.93%, for the past 7 days at 7.09%, and at 6.59% for the last two weeks.

Thursday, July 29 22:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia: 156 New Cases, 127 More Recoveries, 4 More Fatalities

Kremlin-backed authorities in occupied Abkhazia have reported 156 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of the total confirmed cases to 21,735. In the meantime, 127 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries overall to 17,434. Four more COVID-infected patients have died, bringing the number of fatalities to 304. 

11:15 GMT+4 – 450,026 Persons Vaccinated

According to the Georgian health authorities, a total of 450,026 persons have received at least a single dose of coronavirus vaccine since Georgia initiated vaccine rollout on March 15. In the meantime, 148,972 persons have been fully vaccinated.

11:05 GMT+4 Regional Breakdown of New Cases

According to the authorities, out of new cases of the virus, 1,359 were confirmed in Tbilisi, the capital city, 413 in Adjara, 263 – Imereti, 178 – Kakheti, 152 – Kvemo Kartli, 120 – Shida Kartli, 108 – Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 71 – Guria, 58 – Mtskheta-Mtianeti, 57 – Samtskhe-Javakheti, 17 – Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

11:00GMT+4 — 2,796 New Cases, 2,088 Recoveries, 17 Fatalities

Georgian authorities have confirmed 2,796 daily new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to  413,626. In the meantime, 2,088 more patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries from the virus to 379,685. The number of fatalities rose by 17 to 5,768. To date, the number of active cases stands at 28,147.

The test positivity rate for the past 24 hours stood at 6.71%, for the past 7 days at 7%, and at 6.73% for the last two weeks.

Wednesday, July 28 22:00 GMT+4 — 162 New Cases, 72 recoveries, 1 Fatality in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed Abkhaz authorities confirmed 162 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of the total confirmed cases in the occupied region to 21,579. In the meantime, 72 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries overall to 17,307. The number of virus-related fatalities in the region rose by one to 300. Active cases to date stand at 3,972. 

16:15 GMT+4 – 42 New Cases, 15 More Recoveries Reported in Tskhinvali

Kremlin-backed South Ossetian authorities reported 42 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of the occupied region’s total confirmed cases to 4,257. 15 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 3,694.

11:25GMT+4 – 432,795 Persons Vaccinated

According to the Georgian health authorities, a total of 432,795 persons have received at least a single dose of coronavirus vaccine since Georgia initiated vaccine rollout on March 15. In the meantime, 144,222 persons have been fully vaccinated.

10:55 GMT+4 Regional Breakdown of New Cases

According to the authorities, out of new cases of the virus, 1,648 were confirmed in Tbilisi, the capital city, 438 in Adjara, 270 – Imereti, 186 – Kakheti, 152 – Kvemo Kartli, 139 – Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 132 – Shida Kartli, 70 – Mtskheta-Mtianeti, 54 – Guria, 43 – Samtskhe-Javakheti, 9 – Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

10:50 GMT+4 — 3,141 New Cases, 1,509 Recoveries, 20 Fatalities

Georgian authorities have confirmed 3,141 daily new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to  410,830. In the meantime, 1,509 more patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries from the virus to 377,597. The number of fatalities rose by 20 to 5,751. To date, the number of active cases stands at 27,456.

The test positivity rate for the past 24 hours stood at 7.75%, for the past 7 days at 6.92%, and at 6.28% for the last 14 days.

Tuesday, July 27 22:00 GMT+4 — 167 New Cases, 245 recoveries, 5 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed Abkhaz authorities confirmed 167 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of the total confirmed cases in the occupied region to 21,417. In the meantime, 245 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries overall to 17,235. The number of virus-related fatalities in the region rose by five to 299. Active cases to date stand at 3,883. 

11:45 GMT+4 – 25 New Cases, 10 More Recoveries Reported in Tskhinvali

Kremlin-backed South Ossetian authorities reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of the occupied region’s total confirmed cases to 4,215. 10 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 3,679.

11:30 GMT+4 – 418,398 Persons Vaccinated

According to the Georgian health authorities, a total of 418,398 persons have received at least a single dose of coronavirus vaccine since Georgia initiated vaccine rollout on March 15. In the meantime, 142,254 persons have been fully vaccinated.

11:15 GMT+4 Regional Breakdown of New Cases

According to the authorities, out of new cases of the virus, 1,938 were confirmed in Tbilisi, the capital city, 378 in Adjara, 362 – Imereti, 222 – Kakheti, 205 – Shida Kartli, 179 – Kvemo Kartli, 175 – Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 83 – Mtskheta-Mtianeti, 54 – Guria, 39 – Samtskhe-Javakheti, 31 – Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

11:00 GMT+4 — 3,666 New Cases, 1,335 Recoveries, 17 Fatalities

Georgian authorities have confirmed 3,666 daily new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to  407,689. In the meantime, 1,335 more patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries from the virus to 376,088. The number of fatalities rose by 17 to 5,731. To date, the number of active cases stands at 25,844.

The test positivity rate for the past 24 hours stood at 8.68%, for the past 7 days at 6.71%, and at 6.03% for the last 14

Monday, July 26 22:00 GMT+4 — 189 New Cases, 227 recoveries, 5 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed Abkhaz authorities confirmed 189 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of the total confirmed cases in the occupied region to 21,250. In the meantime, 227 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries overall to 16,990. The number of virus-related fatalities in the region rose by five to 294. Active cases to date stand at 3,966. 

11:45 GMT+4 – 63 New Cases, 13 More Recoveries Reported in Tskhinvali

Kremlin-backed South Ossetian authorities reported 63 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of the occupied region’s total confirmed cases to 4,190. 13 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 3,669.

11:30 GMT+4 – 404,339 Persons Vaccinated

According to the Georgian health authorities, a total of 404,339 persons have received at least a single dose of coronavirus vaccine since Georgia initiated vaccine rollout on March 15. In the meantime, 139,756 persons have been fully vaccinated.

10:55 GMT+4 Regional Breakdown of New Cases

According to the authorities, out of new cases of the virus, 676 were confirmed in Tbilisi, the capital city, 224 in Adjara, 84 – Imereti, 65 – Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 62 – Kakheti, 45 – Kvemo Kartli, 35 – Mtskheta-Mtianeti, 33 – Shida Kartli, 19 – Samtskhe-Javakheti, 15 – Guria, 6 – Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

10:50 GMT+4 — 1,264 New Cases, 1,665 Recoveries, 26 Fatalities

Georgian authorities have confirmed 1,264 daily new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to  404,023. In the meantime, 1,665 more patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries from the virus to 374,753 . The number of fatalities rose by 26 to 5,714. To date, the number of active cases stands at 23,530.

The test positivity rate for the past 24 hours stood at 6.52%, for the past 7 days at 6.44%, and at 5.73% for the last 14 days.

Sunday, July 25 11:30 GMT+4 – 402,765 Persons Vaccinated

According to the Georgian health authorities, a total of 402,765 persons have received at least a single dose of coronavirus vaccine since Georgia initiated vaccine rollout on March 15. In the meantime, 139,289 persons have been fully vaccinated.

11:10 GMT+4 — Regional Breakdown of New Cases

According to Georgian authorities, out of 2,061 new cases 1,030 were recorded in Tbilisi, the capital, 299 in coastal Adjara region, 190 in Imereti, 128 in Kakheti, 120 in Kvemo Kartli, 89 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 62 in Shida Kartli,  62 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti,41 in Samtskhe-Javakheti, 35 in Guria, 5 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

11:05 GMT+4 — 2,061 New Cases, 1,654 Recoveries, 23 Fatalities

Georgian authorities have reported 2,061 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 402,759. In the meantime, 1,654 more patients recovered from virus, bringing the number of total recoveries to 373, 088. The number of fatalities rose by 23 to 5,688. To date, the number of active cases stands at 23,957.

The test positivity rate for the past 24 hours stood at 6.6 %, for the past 7 days at 6.3%, and at 5.66% for the last 14 days.

Saturday, July 24 22:00 GMT+4 — 136 New Cases, 13 recoveries, 4 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed Abkhaz authorities confirmed 136 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of the total confirmed cases in the occupied region to 21,061. In the meantime, 13 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries overall to 16,763. The number of virus-related fatalities in the region rose by four to 289. Active cases to date stand at 4,009. 

11:30 GMT+4 – 398,454 Persons Vaccinated

According to the Georgian health authorities, a total of 398,454 persons have received at least a single dose of coronavirus vaccine since Georgia initiated vaccine rollout on March 15. In the meantime, 137,978 persons have been fully vaccinated.

11:05 GMT+4 — Regional Breakdown of New Cases

According to Georgian authorities, out of 2,617 new cases 1,485 were recorded in Tbilisi, the capital, 236 in coastal Adjara region, 220 in Imereti, 153 in Kvemo Kartli, 152 in Kakheti, 123 in Shida Kartli, 111 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 45 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, 44 in Samtskhe-Javakheti, 31 in Guria, 17 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

11:00 GMT+4 — 2,617 New Cases, 869 Recoveries, 9 Fatalities

Georgian authorities have confirmed 2,617 daily new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to  400,698. In the meantime, 869 more patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries from the virus to 371,434. The number of fatalities rose by 9 to 5,665. To date, the number of active cases stands at 23,573.

09:00 GMT+4 — Georgia Receives 15,000 COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccines from Lithuania

The Lithuanian donation of 15,000 AstraZeneca vaccines against COVID-19 have arrived in Tbilisi. Lithuanian authorities unveiled their decision to donate vaccines to EU Eastern Partners, including Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in May. Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani thanked his Lithuanian colleague Gabrielius Landsbergis “for firm support and timely aid.”

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The Dispatch – August 2/3: Summertime Madness

Civil.Ge Daily News - Tue, 08/03/2021 - 10:32

Catching Up With Mad July | Locals Scheduled, GD Bullies Ex-PM | Death of Australian Teacher Shocks Georgia | Spy Drama Continues | Conspiracy Quote of the Day

The Dispatch is back after a month’s break. While we tried to rest, the powerful of this country tried their best – and succeeded – in bringing Georgia into a madness unseen even in the earlier crazy months of the now permanent political crisis. Here is Nini with our usual updates of unusual local occurrences.

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First, catch up with crazy July:

  • It all started early in July when anti-Pride protests turned “unexpectedly” violent, leaving over 50 media workers injured. The violence – many believe their eyes and ears – was green-lighted by the top officials from the Church and State. Days later, Lekso Lashkarava, one of the injured cameramen, was found dead in his house. The news sparked major protest, and while forensic examination results are not yet known, police quickly cut to the street cam footage allegedly showing Lashkarava getting drugs. So, the police is so far hinting, winking and nudging at drug overdose.
  • In stark contrast, police failed to bring to justice the instigators of the 5-6 July violence, and were notably slow to pinpoint the assailants who were caught on camera. While some leaders of hate groups who openly incited violence were interrogated, none have been arrested.
  • In the wake of protests the government doubled down on journalists, claiming that the media are “violent themselves” – asking uncomfortable questions, being nosy and noisy. The pinnacle of the government attitude has featured the Minister of, well, culture, Tea Tsulukiani, snatching  the microphone from Mtavari Arkhi TV journalist and bullying her to publicly cheer for the Dear Leader Bidzina.
  • Mrs Tsulukiani – previously the pharaonic governor of the Justice Ministry, now a visible culture supremo and vice-prime minister – suffered one blow when the majority of contestants of the Ministry-sponsored literary prize Litera pulled out. Reason? The Minister tried to implant her own appointee into the jury, triggering concerns about fairness.
  • To complete the picture, the ruling party “exasperated” (that was the wording by the US Embassy) its partners by abruptly withdrawing from the EU-brokered political deal with the opposition. “What about the UNM not joining?!” – is the defense line from the ruling party. It seems, “whataboutism” is becoming Georgia’s new official ideology.
  • In all this chaos, the only joy Georgians witnessed was thanks to those who chose to channel their aggression somewhere else: Olympic games, where Georgian athletes have already secured six medals, including one Gold.

Moving to the present…

NOW IT’S OFFICIAL The local elections have been officially scheduled for October 2. But is the thrill now gone? After all, the ruling party tore up the April 19 deal and said it won’t schedule snap general elections if it fails to get 43% of votes in the local. Many analysts think that the “43%” is still a psychological threshold for the ruling party legitimacy, while the GD bets on the opposite.

SMOKE ON THE WATER In the meantime, GD election machinery is busy targeting their former PM, Giorgi Gakharia. According to the latest IRI polls, Gakharia outstrips the current PM Garibashvili but ranks lower than Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, GD’s top-seeded candidate in upcoming locals. The same poll also suggests GD is bleeding votes and they are going to Mr. Gakharia’s new outfit “For Georgia”. GD Chair Irakli Kobakhidze – who with PM Garibashvili and VPM Tsulukiani is forming the ruling party’s “hate troika” – said PM Gakharia was so full of empty banter that his colleagues nicknamed him “smoky”.  Seeing the current political temperature, we’d see more smoke and mirrors, but many Georgian internauts wondered, what Mr. Kobakhidze’s party moniker might be…

ANOTHER CRIME Tbilisites are reeling under shock after the death of Shanae Brooke, a 31-year-old Australian teacher who worked in Tbilisi and enjoyed hikes in the Mtatsminda area of the capital city. It was during one of these hikes on July 30 when she went missing, but only after making a desperate call to her friend, calling for help. Her body was found in Mtatsminda park after search teams, including many volunteers, went to look for her. The Police are investigating the case as a homicide. The details are yet unknown, but several mediatized assaults, including on foreigners reported in the last days raised alarms, particularly among women. At least one online shop that specializes in self-defense items reported that it was out of pepper spray. The case also got political – while the opposition-minded observers blamed the attacks on the mounting feeling of impunity, encouraged by the official support to hate groups, others – including some suspected trolls on the ruling party payroll – pushed the message that “crimes happen anywhere”.  “What about the Georgian girl killed in Venezuela?” they asked. Yes, that “whataboutism” again.

LIVES OF OTHERS Mtavari Arkhi’s muck-racking director, Nika Gvaramia made a shocking revelation on August 1 when he read what allegedly were some classified memos of covert recordings, compiled by the State Security Service. His readout – the documents were not shown – implied that phones of President Salome Zurabishvili, presidential and government administration officials, opposition and civil society leaders, businessmen, clergy, and at least one foreign embassy employee were routinely tapped ahead of the 2020 parliamentary polls. Most of these tappings related to uncovering the compromising details of their private, sexual life – such as illicit, extramarital, or homosexual liaisons,  Gvaramia named very few names but said he would reveal more if the ruling party tries to use these recordings for blackmail. The State Security Service officially denied the authenticity of these documents, although several people who were mentioned – civil society activists, and journalists – confirmed that the recorded conversations really took place. This is not the first time when the ruling party is caught spying on its opponents – or colleagues. PM Garibashvili’s first term in office was particularly picturesque in that sense. So while not many people are surprised, you can read more details about memos here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY „The United States of America, European Union and ‘Soros Fund’ spent about USD 6,5 billion in 1993-2012 aiming to banish everyone whose mind is truly Georgian from Georgian politics and business, and instead implant genetically modified saboteurs with changed surnames [i.e. ethnically non-Georgians who pretend to be Georgian – eds.], sodomites and infidels in their place,” reads a “political expert” column in Asaval-Dasavali, THE Georgian right-wing rag. The darkly creative media outlet thus once again advances the vocal “they’re taking away our Georgianness” discourse. You would notice that this alleged depravity ended in 2012 when the Georgian Dream took over. An accident?! Hardly. Bidzina Ivanishvili often gave exclusive interviews to this paper and once even held it up as a standard of quality in journalism.

Good Night, and Good Luck!

That’s the full lid for today. Celebrate the bizarre and the curious in Georgia’s politics with us every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

Georgia’s Local Election Date Set for October 2

Civil.Ge Daily News - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 23:01

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili set today October 2 as the date of holding local self-government elections in Georgia.

The setting of the election date marks the formal launch of the pre-election period, which means that the whole set of legal obligations envisaged by the election code will now go into effect.

The country enters yet another electoral cycle as the politicos are still caught in election fever in the aftermath of hotly-contested October 2020 parliemanetary elections.

The EU-mediated April 19 deal, which led to significant amendments into electoral code, was abandoned a few days ago by the Georgian Dream party. The United National Movement, the largest opposition party, did not sign the deal in April.

With the withdrawal, the Georgian Dream is removing the obligation to call for snap parliamentary elections if it fails to garner 43% of proportional vote on October 2 local elections.

Few hours before the presidential announced the election date, the Parliament elected Giorgi kalandarishvili as a new chair of the Central Election Commission for a six-month term. Kalandarishvili failed to attact backing from the opposition lawmakers.

ISFED, a key election watchdog, said today that with the failure to gain the opposition’s endorsement the election administration will face the lack of public trust in the upcoming elections.

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Georgian Dream Names Tbilisi Sakrebulo Majoritarian Candidates

Civil.Ge Daily News - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 22:00

Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, who is running for re-election in October local polls, presented today the ruling Georgian Dream party’s 10 majoritarian candidates to 50-member Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Assembly).

The list of candidates – all men – for 10 single-mandate constituencies are:

  • Mtatsminda – Zurab Abashidze, ex-Ambassador to Kazakhstan, former Free Democrats leader
  • Vake – Giorgi Tkemaladze, incumbent Sakrebulo Chair
  • Samgori – Revaz Sokhadze, incumbent majoritarian
  • Isani – kakha Labuchidze, incumbent Gamgebeli (district head)
  • Krtsanisi – Levan Japaridze, incumbent majoritarian
  • Nadzaladevi – Irakli Kheladze, incumbent Gamgebeli
  • Gldani – Konstantine Zarnadze, Deputy Gamgebeli of Gldani
  • Didube – Givi Chkhartishvili
  • Saburtalo – Avtandil Tsintsadze, incumbent majoritarian
  • Chughureti – Zurab Chikviladze, incumbent Gamgebeli

Recent changes to the electoral code, amended as per EU-mediated April 19 agreement between the Georgian Dream and opposition parties, increased the number of proportional-party seats in Tbilisi Sakrebulo to 40 and reduced the majoritarian seats to 10, as opposed to the previous allocation of 25 – 25. The changes also imposed a 40% threshold for the majoritarian candidates.

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