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The Budget is the Big Loser in the State Lottery

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The Budget is the Big Loser in the State Lottery

- Five years ago, the young brother-in-law of a very well-connected Georgian gave an interesting gift to his nation. The well-connected Georgian was former Minister of Defense (and now fugitive) David Kezerashvili. His brother-in-law is Dimitri Chikovani, who at the time was only 24 years old. And the gift? A majority interest - 70 percent - in the Georgian Lottery Company, which Chikovani had controlled for the previous two years

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Georgian Schools to Embrace Human Rights, Gender Equality Education

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Georgian Schools to Embrace Human Rights, Gender Equality Education

- Human rights, gender equality, healthy lifestyle and reproductive health will soon make up an integral part of the school curriculum in Georgia. On May 15, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the UN Joint Program for Gender Equality signed a Memorandum of Understanding to assist the ongoing revision of the national curriculum and help integrate the issues of human rights, gender equality and healthy lifestyle into the educational programs in an initiative supported by the Government of Sweden

Categories: Education | 
Tags: Schools |  Teaching |  Curriculum | 
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Interpol Cancels Search for Yanukovych, Ukraine in a Rage

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Interpol Cancels Search for Yanukovych, Ukraine in a Rage

- The authorities of Ukraine became furious after Interpol decided to stop the international search for former President Viktor Yanukovych. The Prosecutor General's Office is to propose to change the legislation in order to catch the ex-head of state. Thanks to the work of the lawyers of the former president of Ukraine, who destroyed the plans to detain the politician, the General Prosecutor's Office of the country was left in shock and says it fully intends to challenge Interpol's decision

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Scandal: EU Representative Congratulates Tskhinvali ‘Leader’ on Winning Elections

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Scandal: EU Representative Congratulates Tskhinvali ‘Leader’ on Winning Elections

- Official Tbilisi has expressed concern over the Tuesday’s incident in de facto South Ossetia (Tskhinvali) when the European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia, and the co-Chair of Geneva International Talks, Herbert Salber congratulated the so called president Anatoly Bibilov on winning the ‘presidential elections’ held in April. Georgia’s Foreign Ministry stated this step was “incomprehensible and unacceptable” and it contradicts the principles of international law and does not support the efforts of Georgia and the international community aimed at for peaceful resolution of the conflict

Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Elections | 
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The Stench of Constitutional Debate in Georgia

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The Stench of Constitutional Debate in Georgia

- Words like constitution, constitutionality, constitutionalism, constitutionalist, constitutionalization, etc. have all of a sudden become more than trendy in Georgia. Such words are continuously heard from the glib, indiscriminate lips of journalists and politicians, having at the same time become the most commonplace part of our household vocabulary. We are all fed up of hearing and using these words but our attempts to free ourselves of them are ineffective – they stick, they simply stick

Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Constitution | 
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Georgian Museums to Celebrate International Museum Day

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Georgian Museums to Celebrate International Museum Day

- May 18 is International Museum Day, founded by the International Council for Museums ICOM in 1977. Open door events, exhibitions, seminars, public lectures, and museum nights have been organized all over the world to celebrate. Georgian National Museum has participated for ten years and will be offering numerous activities for the art lovers. The theme for 2017 is Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums

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Tags: Museums & Galleries | 
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Russia Accuses Georgia of Undermining Mutual Relations

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Russia Accuses Georgia of Undermining Mutual Relations

- MOSCOW – The Russian Foreign Ministry has commented on the recent decision by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia to blacklist former Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, who visited Georgia around a week ago. "We took notice of the statement by the Georgian authorities on putting Moscow’s former Mayor Yuri Luzhkov on the persona non grata list after his visits to Abkhazia and South Ossetia

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NDI Polls: Georgians View Russia as Biggest Threat to their Country

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NDI Polls: Georgians View Russia as Biggest Threat to their Country

- Recent poll results released by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia revealed that 63 percent of respondents from the Republic of Georgia believe that Russia represents the biggest threat to the country, while a significant majority (78 percent) view Russia as a threat to neighboring countries, and almost half of Georgians believe that Russia has had a negative impact on Georgia’s economy (41 percent), security (41 percent), and politics (42 percent)

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Six Former Prison Employees Detained for Ill-treatment of Inmates

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Six Former Prison Employees Detained for Ill-treatment of Inmates

- Six former employees of Tbilisi N8 penitentiary institution have been detained for torture and inhuman treatment of prisoners in 2011-2012. The information was released by the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia (POG), which said that Malkhaz Ghviniashvili, Nugzar Marghia, Zaza Kharaishvili, Vakhtang Gugutsidze, Davit Chikhladze and Davit Nozadze have been arrested for the torture of prisoners, and that legal proceedings have been filed against them

Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Law Enforcement |  Crimes |  Torture |  Detention |  Prisons |  Prisoners | 
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President Kiska: Slovakia Firmly Supports Georgia’s Membership to NATO

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President Kiska: Slovakia Firmly Supports Georgia’s Membership to NATO

- BRATISLAVA - The Slovak Republic will represent Georgia’s interests and present the country’s position at the upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit. The decision was made after a meeting between Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and his Slovak counterpart, Andrej Kiska, in Bratislava on Monday. As the NATO Summit in Brussels will be attended only by NATO member states, Margvelashvili asked Kiska to raise the issue of Georgia at the meetings

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Winery Khareba Wins Gold Medal at Decanter Wine Awards

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Winery Khareba Wins Gold Medal at Decanter Wine Awards

- Red Dry Wine, from the 2012 harvest by Winery Khareba, won a gold medal at the Decanter Wine Awards this month. Coming from the Kakheti region, the award-winning wine is made from a blend of Saperavi kept in oak barrels. The result is a dark pomegranate color and a fine fruity bouquet, rich, pleasant velvety aroma and full, fresh, and harmonious taste

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PM Kvirikashvili: Estonia Serves as Role Model for Georgia

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PM Kvirikashvili: Estonia Serves as Role Model for Georgia

- “Estonia is one of the steadfast supporters of Georgia's European integration,” said Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili while in Tallinn paying an official visit to Estonia over the weekend. At a press conference, held after the meeting with his Estonian counterpart, Juri Ratas, Kvirikashvili congratulated Ratas on his upcoming European Union Council Presidency. Kvirikashvili noted that this year Georgia and Estonia celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations

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Georgia, China Sign Free Trade Agreement

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Georgia, China Sign Free Trade Agreement

- Georgia and China finalized free trade negotiations by signing an agreement on May 13 in Beijing, China. The agreement was signed by Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, and Zhang Shan, Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China. After the Free Trade Agreement with China takes effect, the world's largest market, which unites approximately 1

Categories: Business | 
Tags: Trade |  Free trade | 
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Bicycle Lanes to Be Laid in Tbilisi

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Bicycle Lanes to Be Laid in Tbilisi

- Tbilisi will soon boast its own cycle paths and infrastructure, enabling riders to safely navigate the city in specifically modified areas. By the end of the year, the Mayor’s Office of Tbilisi will launch trial routes for cyclists. Construction of the cycle lanes are already in progress. Eight-kilometer lanes will be placed on the right and left banks of the Mtkvari River

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The Big Spender: What City Hall Pays out for Disabled ‘Summer Camps’

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The Big Spender: What City Hall Pays out for Disabled ‘Summer Camps’

- The Resort Service Program for Persons with Disabilities is one of several programs for persons with disabilities administered by Tbilisi City Hall. While conditions at the resorts are improving, parents of children with disabilities still complain about gaps in the program. The city spends more on these camps than they do on other programs for the disabled. In 2016, the budget for the resort program was GEL 715,845

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French President Macron & What’s in Store for the EU & Ukraine

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French President Macron & What’s in Store for the EU & Ukraine

- Emmanuel Macron, at just 39 years old, became the youngest President of France this week. He promises to "defend Europe," and in debate said that he would not "draw closer to Moscow." Macron won in the second round of the presidential elections in France on May 7, receiving 65% of the votes. His pro-Russian rival, Marine Le Pen, immediately recognized her defeat

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Politics & Government

  • Georgian President, PM Congratulate Macron on Victory
    Georgian President, PM Congratulate Macron on Victory

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    TBILISI – The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, was among the first officials to congratulate the president-elect of France, Emmanuel Macron, on his election win. Macron, a Centrist candidate, won the French presidential elections with 66.06 percent of the vote, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who received 33.94 percent of the vote. Margvelashvili said that the French people have confirmed their great trust in Macron and their aspiration for prosperity and further development

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    Tags: Elections | 
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Sports

  • Georgian Judoka Champ Wins Bronze at Rio Olympics
    Georgian Judoka Champ Wins Bronze at Rio Olympics

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    RIO - Georgian judoka Lasha Shavdatuashvili won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics on Monday to secure the small South Caucasus nation’s first medal at this year’s games. Competing in the men’s 73-kilogram category, Shavdatuashvili defeated Israel's Sagi Muki and Russia's Denis Yartsev in the final to secure his first medal of the games. In the matchup against Yartsev, Shavdatuashvili slammed the Russian to the mat and immediately gestured

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Business

  • Georgia, China Sign Free Trade Agreement
    Georgia, China Sign Free Trade Agreement

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    Georgia and China finalized free trade negotiations by signing an agreement on May 13 in Beijing, China. The agreement was signed by Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, and Zhang Shan, Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China. After the Free Trade Agreement with China takes effect, the world's largest market, which unites approximately 1

    Categories: Business | 
    Tags: Trade |  Free trade | 
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Society & Culture

  • Georgia Shock Reigning European Champions Spain with “Unbelievable” Victory
    Georgia Shock Reigning European Champions Spain with “Unbelievable” Victory

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    MADRID - A first-half goal from Tornike Okriashvili proved sufficient to give Georgia an unfathomable 1-0 win over Spain at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in the suburbs of Madrid on June 7. Ranked 137th in the world, a full 131 places below their illustrious and medal-laden opponents, Georgia pulled off one of the greatest sporting results in its history, and, regardless of this not being a competitive fixture, surely the

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Religion & Spirituality

Entertainment & Arts

  • First Georgian Film Bought by Netflix Receives another Prize at Sofia Int’l Film Fest
    First Georgian Film Bought by Netflix Receives another Prize at Sofia Int’l Film Fest

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    The Georgian film ‘My Happy Family’, directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, has already acquired world acclaim, and on March 18 was awarded Best Director at the Sofia International Film Festival, where it was nominated among 13 contenders from different countries. My Happy Family first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Drama Competition. Later, it was screened at the Berlin 67th International Film Festival where it fell in the spotlight of international media, with some even predicting candidacy for the Oscars 2018

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    Tags: Film |  Film Festivals | 
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Travel & Recreation

  • Waving off the First Direct Flight from Tbilisi to London since 2013
    Waving off the First Direct Flight from Tbilisi to London since 2013

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    The first Georgian Airways flight left Tbilisi for London Gatwick direct on Monday, the first direct flight from Tbilisi since British Midland ceased operations in Georgia in 2013. British Airways and its franchise partner British Mediterranean Airways (BMED) served the route between London Heathrow and Tbilisi until October 2007 when the business was bought by bmi British Midland. The latter continued to serve the route, offering services via Yerevan from October 2008 and then via Baku from March 2010, until its own sale to British Airways, who resurrected non-stop flights in October 2012 until the route ceased in March 2013

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Law & Crime

Media & Information

  • Wall Street Journal & National Geographic to Make Film about Georgia’s Ushguli
    Wall Street Journal & National Geographic to Make Film about Georgia’s Ushguli

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    Media outlets, the Wall Street Journal and National Geographic, are to make a short film about Georgia’s mountainous village Ushguli in the Upper Svaneti region. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ushguli is one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Europe. Compared to somewhat more developed towns like Mestia, Ushguli has been "saved" by its particularly inaccessible location, which helped preserve the village's timeless feel

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    Tags: Journals | 
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Life & Style

  • 15th Season of Tbilisi Fashion Week Shows Off Latest Fashion Trends
    15th Season of Tbilisi Fashion Week Shows Off Latest Fashion Trends

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    The 15th season of Tbilisi Fashion Week (TFW), which lasted from April 19 to April 23, successfully concluded in the capital of Georgia. This year’s season was opened at Wine Factory N1/Tbili Sio, where SOLO presented an exhibition and performance featuring famous Georgian actress and fashion icon, Sopiko Chiaureli. The 2017 TFW featured a mix of Georgian designers and newcomers who presented the latest trends in their collections

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    Tags: Fashion |  Fashion Shows |  Fashion Week |  Fashion Trends | 
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