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Georgia’s Foreign Ministry calls on Russia to stop taking aggressive steps against Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 15:25:00
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia releases statement concerning the fact of installation barbed wire fence along the villages of Khurcha and Shamgona, Abkhazia region. According to the Ministry, the process represents a part of Russia’s deliberate policy aimed at isolation of residents of occupied Abkhazia and prevents peaceful processes. "The Foreign Ministry condemns the fact of installation of barbed wire fences at the occupation line in Abkhazia, in particular, Zugdidi district villages – Khurcha and Shamgona. The occupation forces conducted preparatory works at the perimeter and installed wooden posts in April. Georgia’s partner countries and international organizations were informed about it without delay. On 9-11 August barbed wires were put on the posts, installed on the 800-900 meters of the aforementioned segment. After closing four checkpoints, the process of installation of the barbed wire on the occupation line represents a part of Russia’s deliberate policy aimed at isolation of residents of occupied Abkhazia and prevents peaceful processes.This action implemented by Russia’s occupation forces roughly violates fundamental rights of the local residents, restricts their right of free travel and availability of education and healthcare that will further complicate the humanitarian situation in the region of Abkhazia. Georgia’s Foreign Ministry calls on the Russian Federation to stop taking aggressive steps against Georgia, respect principles of international law and its commitments, de-occupy Georgian territory and take steps aimed at peaceful regulation of the conflict, respecting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well. The Ministry addresses international community to duly assess and react on the action of Russia’s occupation forces, aimed at annexation of the sovereign state’s territories and undermines security environment as well as international order" - the statement released by Georgia’s Foreign Ministry reads. 
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Conflicts/Terrorism
Man, abducted by Russian soldiers, released
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 13:17:00
The local of Tkaia village Tengiz Mikava, who was abducted by Russian soldiers on August 9, has been released today. Man was fishing on the River Enguri when he was forcibly taken by Russian occupation forces on the second bank of the river. Later his family members learnt that he was transferred to Gali isolator.
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Society
Georgian soldiers killed in Shindisi remembered
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 12:07:00
Georgian soldiers, who died in the vicinity of Shindisi settlement, Gori district of Shida Kartli region during the August 2008 Georgian-Russian war, are remembered in Shindisi today.17 Georgian soldiers became victims of Russian aggression exactly 9 years ago - on August 11, 2008.The 17 member detachment of the II Infantry Brigade of Armed Forces of Georgia engaged in unequal battle near Shindisi railway station with Russian forces. The Russians were several times more in number with heavy weapon.  The battle lasted more than one hour during which the occupational forces had to twice call for reinforcement. 17 Georgian soldiers fought till the end.The family members  and the locals have gathered at the memorial of  Shindisi Heroes today. 
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Regions
Local of Tkaia village abducted by Russian soldiers
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 12:04:00
Russian occupational forces abducted Tengiz Mikava, local of Tkaia village, Zugdidi district. Man was fishing on the River Enguri when he was forcibly taken by Russian soldiers on the second bank of the river.The State Security Service confirms the abduction fact. Nobody from so called authority of Abkhazia has contacted the family of the abducted man yet. The wife of the man learnt about the fact from the relatives living in Gali district. According to her Mikava was transferred to Gali isolator. Village Tkaia is bordering the Saberio village, locating at the occupied Gali district.The Georgian ruling team assesses the illegal acts of occupational forces as the manifestation of Russia's aggressive policy.
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Regions
Georgian government members assess the illegal acts near occupational line
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 12:04:00
Process of installation of barbed wires at the Abkhazian occupation line has already been followed by assessments of the Georgian authorities.Illegal acts of Russian occupation forces continue on the territory of Georgia. So called Border guards installed barbed wires near Khurcha-Nabakevi, adjacent to the occupational line.
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Regions
So called border guards arranged barbed wires at Khurcha-Nabakevi
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 12:03:00
Illegal acts of Russian occupation forces continue on the territory of Georgia. So called border guards installed barbed wires near Khurcha-Nabakevi, adjacent to the occupational line.The wooden poles appeared on the territory for the first time a few months ago. Already today two hectares of territory are fenced with barbed wires.
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Society
Giorgi Kvirikashvili - August 11, 2008 has been recorded in our history as the day of heroism
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 11:01:00
“August 11, 2008 was recorded in our country's recent history as yet another day of heroism and self-sacrifice for the homeland,” - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has said in his statement. As Prime Minister noted “In an unequal battle with the enemy, our heroes demonstrated an example of unparalleled commitment in the battle - platoon of the Second Infantry Brigade did not take a step backwards and 17 soldiers fell heroically on the battlefield”.“Their names are as follows: Aleksandre Oniani, Emzar Tsilosani, Vephkhvia Jishkariani, Zviad Katsadze, Teimuraz Beridze, Ilia Gabunia, Ilia Sheklashvili, Irakli Janelidze, Kakha Koshadze, Levan Melkadze, Marlen Baramia, Mikheil Dvalishvili, Nikoloz Porchkhidze, Roman Zoidze, Ruslan Tsuladze, Felix Kakauridze and Shmagi Kupatadze. These names will not be forgotten. I bow my head before their immortal souls and honor their memory” - the statement reads. 
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Politics
UN discussed situation in Georgia’s occupied regions
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 08:14:00
Round table format meeting was held at the UN head office. The human rights and security related developments in Georgia’s occupied regions were discussed during the meeting. The participants discussed the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia after 9 years of Russian occupation.Georgia’s Permanent Representative to the UN provided the event attendants with updated information on the situation and latest developments in Georgia’s occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali. “Within the framework of the discussion, situation in terms of human rights and security at Georgia’s occupied territories has been focused on as well as systematic and rough violation of Georgian citizens’ rights in the region. Concern was expressed over illegal installation of barbed wire and so-called border demarcation banners along the occupation line and closed-down checkpoints that significantly restrict the right of the population to travel freely. Restrictions in terms of education in mother tongue have also been stressed. Such actions restricts fundamental human rights and significantly damages security environment at the scene, undermining Georgia’s efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully,” -  the statement reads.
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Justice
Prosecutor's Office delivered conclusive speech during Cyanide case trial
Update Time: 2017-08-10 18:01:00
The Prosecutor's Office has delivered conclusive speech during the court trial into the so called Cyanide case today.After the speech, lawyer Mikheil Ramishvili said that the prosecution's final word once again proves that the Prosecutor's Office has no evidence against Giorgi Mamaladze. Accordingly, the defendant side expects non- guilty verdict.In its turn, Prosecutor Zviad Gubeladze claims that Prosecutor's Office has provided solid evidences and expects guilty verdict.Trial will be resumed on September 1.Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze is charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide. 
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Society
Georgian soldier killed in Afghanistan was buried with military honors
Publish Time: 2017-08-10 16:05:00
Georgian soldier, Junior Sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili, 25, who was killed during the attack on Bagram airfield in Afghanistan, has been buried with military honors today. The civil funeral was held at St. Mary Church in Zestaphoni district. Bebiashvili is the 32nd Georgian soldier killed during performance of his duties. This was the third peaceful mission for the Georgian soldier. He had served in Georgian Armed Forces since 2010. Bebiashvili has been killed in an attack during joint motorized patrolling in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Three military servicemen of the Georgian Armed Forces, participating in the Resolute Support mission, were also injured in the attack. 
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Politics
Irakli Kobakhidze - statement of US Department is a demonstration of US support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty
Publish Time: 2017-08-10 14:21:00
Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia responds to the statement released by the United States Department of State. Statement of US department condemns Vladimir Putin’s visit to the occupied region of Abkhazia and views the visit as inappropriate and inconsistent with the principles underlying the Geneva International Discussions. "This statement is naturally a demonstration of US support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty," said the Chairman of the Georgia's  Parliament.The United States urges Russia to withdraw its forces to pre-war positions per the 2008 ceasefire agreement and reverse its recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 
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Society
Tourists are still missing in Svaneti
Publish Time: 2017-08-10 12:14:00
Tourists are still  missing in Svaneti region of Georgia. The search operations are ongoing for already the third day. A helicopter is involved in operations.Mestia Governor says that the tourist’s trace has been lost since August 1. The tourists were last seen on their way to Ushba Mount
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Justice
Court resumed discussion into the case of former President
Publish Time: 2017-08-10 12:09:00
Court is discussing the case of the former President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is accused of abusing the budget funds.The trial continues with the interrogation of witnesses. The former member of the President’s security guard is being questioned.According to Prosecutor the witness confirmed the fact of embezzlement of budgetary funds.
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Society
Registration of passengers resumed at Tbilisi International Airport
Update Time: 2017-08-10 12:08:00
The passengers’ program registration resumed at Tbilisi International Airport. TAV Georgia representatives say that the current flights are being implemented and the problem will be eliminated in one hour.According to  TAV the aviation communications network of Tbilisi International Airport encountered a system problem, due to which, passenger registration system was restricted to part of airlines.According to TAV Georgia, this problem caused delay of 7 out of 22 flights scheduled from 02:00 to 09:00."The maximum time of delay of was 1 hour and 20 minutes. In order to eliminate the problem, TAV Georgia's IT service contacted the global aviation communications system SITA's head office in Montreal, Canada. At this stage all airline companies operate without delay,"- says TAV Georgia.
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Society
Georgian soldier killed in Afghanistan to be buried today
Update Time: 2017-08-10 12:08:00
Georgian soldier, Junior Sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili, 25, who was killed during the attack on Bagram airfield in Afghanistan, will be buried with military honors today. The civil funeral has already begun at St. Mary Church  in Zestaphoni. Bebiashvili is the 32nd Georgian soldier killed during performance of his duties. This was the third peaceful mission for the Georgian soldier. He had served in Georgian Armed Forces since 2010. Bebiashvili has been killed in an attack during joint motorized patrolling in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Three military servicemen of the Georgian Armed Forces, participating in the Resolute Support mission, were also injured in the attack. 
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Politics
Giorgi Kvirikashvili to appoint new governors in few days
Publish Time: 2017-08-10 12:07:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will appoint new governors in few days. Prime Minister has responded to the issue of resignation of the Guria and Racha-Lechkhumi governors at the government session today.  Kvirikashvili thanked Gia Salukvadze and Papuna Margvelidze for their work.During the session Giorgi Kvirikashvili talked about the infrastructural projects which are planned to be implemented in 2018.
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Politics
US urges Russia to reverse its recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia
Publish Time: 2017-08-10 03:59:00
The United States Department of State has released a statement on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the occupied region of Abkhazia. “The United States views the visit of President Putin to the Russian occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia as inappropriate and inconsistent with the principles underlying the Geneva International Discussions, to which Russia is a party. The United States fully supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and rejects Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The United States urges Russia to withdraw its forces to pre-war positions per the 2008 ceasefire agreement and reverse its recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia”, says the statement.
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Weather/Disasters
High temperature to be maintained in Georgia on August 11-12
Update Time: 2017-08-09 23:40:00
High temperature will be maintained in Georgia on August 11-12, Georgian weather forecasters claim. On August 10-11, in western Georgia, the air temperature is expected to be 33-38 degrees, while 34-38 degrees are expected in the east. As for Tbilisi, the air temperature will be 38 degrees on August 10, 36 degrees – on August 11 and 35 degrees - on August 12. The air temperature will slightly decrease on August 12 in eastern Georgia.
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Politics
Russia’s Putin becomes target of criticism for his visit in occupied Abkhazia
Publish Time: 2017-08-09 20:05:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin has become the target of criticism for his visit in Georgia’s one of two occupied regions of Abkhazia on the 9th anniversary of August 2008 Georgia-Russia war. Official Tbilisi evaluates the meeting of Russian President with Raul Khajimba, de-facto leader of Abkhazia as continuation of Kremlin’s occupation policy and harsh violation of international norms. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, State Minister of Reconciliation and Civil Equity condemns Putin’s visit to occupied Abkhazia. Political analysts talk about possible reasons about Putin’s Abkhazian visit. They believe that Putin sent provocative message to the international community with his Abkhazian visit. Tengiz Pkhaladze, Advisor to President of Georgia for Foreign Relations Issues evaluates the visit of Russian President to Abkhazia as an attempt to legitimize illegal move. According to Pkhaladze, Georgia won the struggle of non-recognition policy on an international arena. The ruling team describes the visit as Putin’s demonstration of power and violation of international norms. The opposition criticizes the government for making weak statements.In parallel to voicing criticism in address to the Russian government, Russia is forced to fulfill internationally taken obligations and enforce the resolution of European Court of Human Rights. According to the information reported by Article 42 of Constitution, NGO, the Russian authorities issued the compensation to Georgian citizen Lia Shioshvili deported from Russian Federation in 2006 in the amount of 30 thousand Euro. Strasbourg Court recognized more than 20 people as victims of deportation.
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Culture
Georgian-American Theater Festival in New York
Update Time: 2017-08-09 18:45:00
The Georgian-American Theater Festival continues in New York. American audience will see plays by 11 dramaturges at Broadway. Public reading of work by Davit Turashvili “Except Iron” was held last evening. Red Lab Production will present the plays translated into English. The festival is organized by Irina Gachechiladze, Georgian director. Various cultural activities including receptions and parties are planned within the framework of the festival. 
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