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GEL Depreciates Further Against USD, EUR
Georgian national currency, Lari (GEL) fell to 3.3332 against U.S. Dollar and to 3.8812 against Euro early on September 26, despite recent interventions by the Georgian Central Bank. GEL was trading at 3.2897 against U.S Dollar, and 3.8292 against Euro a day earlier. Some two weeks earlier, on Septe
In UNGA Speech, PM Gakharia Talks Russian Occupation, Georgia’s European Way
In his address to the remotely-held UN General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia urged the international community to “adequately assess Russia’s illegal activities” against Georgia and called on Moscow to show a constructive position in Genev
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Hungarian Defense Minister Visits Tbilisi
Hungarian Minister of Defense Tibor Benkő is paying his first official visit to Tbilisi on September 24-25. He met Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Defense Minister Irakli Garibashvili. According to the press release of the Defense Ministry of Georgia during the meeting with his Georgian
OSCE Launches Georgia Election Observation Mission
OSCE’s democracy and rights arm ODIHR opened on September 25 election observation mission for Georgia’s October 31 parliamentary polls. Currently the mission includes a core team of 13 experts based in Tbilisi, which will be joined by 27 long-term observers from October 1, who will be deployed acros
Georgian Citizen Released from Tskhinvali Custody
Khvicha Mghebrishvili, detained by Moscow-backed South Ossetian authorities on July 3 for violating “state border”, has been released from Tskhinvali custody on September 25. Kremlin-backed uthorities alleged in July that detained Georgian attempted to infiltrate into the region “to collect the colo
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Public Defender Presents Recommendations on Freedom of Religion, Religious Minorities
On September 24, the Public Defender of Georgia Nino Lomjaria, working in collaboration with the Council of Religions of the same agency, presented a set of recommendations regarding challenges pertinent to freedom of religion, and issues affecting religious minorities.The recommendations address Ge
Georgian, Canadian FMs Hold Phone Talk
Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani and his Canadian colleague François-Philippe Champagne held a phone talk on September 24, discussing priority directions of bilateral cooperation, as well as furthering defense, security, economic and trade ties. According to the press release delivered on
Facebook Removes Russia-linked Network Targeting Georgia
Social media platform Facebook has announced that it removed the Russian military linked network – consisting of 214 Facebook users, 35 Pages, 18 Groups, and 34 Instagram accounts – engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that targeted multiple countries, including Geor
97th IPRM Held in Ergneti
On September 24, the 97th Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRMs) Meeting was held in village Ergneti, near the occupation line with Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. The EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM), which co-facilitates IPRMs, reported that the “participants stressed the value of
Local Polls Postponed in Abkhazia amid Worsening Pandemic
Deputies in occupied Abkhazia decided on September 24 to extend the powers of local government bodies until April 11, 2021, signaling the postponement of non-recognized local elections scheduled for November 1. The decision comes amid deteriorating COVID-19 pandemic situation in the Moscow-backed re