Military
Alasania hosts Gharibashvili in Senaki
02 April, 2014
Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili is currently at the 2nd Brigade of Ministry of Defense in Senaki. Georgia’s Minister of Defense, Irakli Alasania acts the Prime Minister.
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Georgian soldiers’ departure ceremony before leaving for Afghanistan
20 March, 2014
The military servicemen of Georgia’s Armed Forces are ready to deploy to Afghanistan.
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Georgian Artillery celebrates 21st anniversary
15 March, 2014
Georgian artillerists celebrated their 21st anniversary today. The solemn ceremony dedicated to Artillery Day was held at the military base of I Artillery Brigade in Vaziani.
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President Margvelashvii attended military training in Vaziani
14 March, 2014
Georgian Special Operations Forces training is underway at Vaziani military base. President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Defence Minister Irakli Alasania and Chief of General Staff
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Georgian soldiers exhibited their works in Afghanistan
12 March, 2014
The military servicemen of 31st Battalion deployed for the ISAF mission in Afghanistan held an exhibition of their own paintings and hand-made works
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Georgian soldiers win Gold Medal in Paralympics in the US
11 March, 2014
Georgian military servicemen gained a Gold Medal in the Paralympics style competition in the USA.
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Gifts from Georgian soldiers for Afghan villagers
11 March, 2014
Military servicemen of the 31st battalion conducted a clearing operation dubbed "Griffon III" in the village of North Muhamabad in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
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Wounded Georgian soldiers undergoing rehabilitation in USA
10 March, 2014
Georgia’s Defence Ministry continues to care for wounded military servicemen. With the support of the Georgian Government and the Prime Minister, the Defence Ministry sends military servicemen
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One Hundred Georgian soldiers to Central Africa
06 March, 2014
One hundred Georgian soldiers will be sent to the Central African Republic to participate in the EU peacekeeping mission there. Georgian soldiers will leave in May 2014 for six months. “As head of the Georgian armed forces, I believe we should participate in the mission, I appeal to the Parliament to support this issue,” President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili stated during his first annual report to the Parliament on 21 February. Both the parliamentary majority and minority voted in favor of sending troops. However, certain members of the non-parliamentary opposition have criticized the parliament’s decision.
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Wounded Georgian soldiers will participate in Paralympics World Championship
03 March, 2014
Wounded Georgian military servicemen traveled to the USA to participate in the Paralympics World Championship.
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Most of us would probably agree that looking back is much easier than gazing into the future. Evaluating the past is extremely important but having a more or less unmistakably calculated vision of prospective hazards or opportunities should be even more significant. If on the eve of political upheaval of the beginning of those roaring nineties of the 20th century in the former USSR the Georgian political leadership of that time and the nation’s intellectual elite had had a clearer perspective of those devastating incipient developments, Georgia might have endured the end-of-soviet-era economic social and political “earthquakes” much easier and with minimized pains and losses.
A special group will work on the issue of the Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). The group will try to solve the deadlock created around the GPB board after the verdict of the Constitutional Court. Majority member Eliso Chapidze claims that the court made a decision that would disturb the reform of the Public Broadcaster. Last year the Parliament amended the Law on Broadcasting, introducing a new rule for the formation of the Board of Trustees of GPB. The new rule envisaged pre-term termination of the authority of seven current members of the Board from January 2014. In December 2013 however, six members of the board filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court arguing that the termination of their authority was illegal and unconstitutional.
The pre-election campaign has begun and society already knows the candidates of the main competitor parties. The candidate of Georgian Dream David Narmania will face the candidate of National Movement Nika Melia as his main competitor. Georgian Journal talked with Guram Chakhvadze about the chances of the candidate of Georgian Dream and about the pre-election campaign.
The problem of the Sakdrisi-Kachagiani gold mine still remains unsolved. An initiative group consisting of students, NGO representatives and environmental activists are camping nearby the mine, stressing that the company RMG gold has started excavation work on a section of the mine that is historical heritage of the country. The initiative group states that they have footage proving the illegal action and claim that they will deliver the evidence to law-enforcers. Caves and mining tools discovered at the site during a 2004 excavation by the National Museum of Georgia and the German Mining Museum are believed to date to the third millennium, BC.
But in its March 14, 2014 decision, the Ministry of Culture cited a supposed lack of proof that Sakdrisi had ever functioned as a gold mine as a reason for lifting the site’s protected status as a “cultural monument.” For the past eight years, Sakdrisi had enjoyed protection, a designation that prevented mining at the site, located near the village of Kazreti, where a vast copper mine owned by RMG Gold’s sibling, RMG Copper, is located.
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The Establishment again began making guesses about the possibility of appointing a ‘Russia’s man’ to govern Georgia and at the same time they recalled Mikheil Saakashvili’s divulged Kiev-Moscow-Tbilisi voyage. We spoke with the leader of the National Movement and MP Mikheil Saakashvili.
Q. – In his interview with the Russian press, President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze stressed that three or four young men can be his successors but he doesn’t mention a Mikheil, i.e. Saakashvili…
A. – My heart would burst if Shevardnadze mentioned me as his successor. Actually, his rhetoric implying three or four young men as his successors is bluff and hypocrisy, because Shevardnadze told me personally that he meant me as his successor. He also personally told Zurab Zhvania that he’d be his successor; he also said this to Shashiashvili and several other governors (!). I also know that up till now he is telling different people that they will substitute him but I’m sure – as soon as the President believes that there indeed is his alternative, the person will automatically find himself in the opposite camp cast there personally by Shevardnadze.
Q. – Under the situation when the interests of the USA and Russia clash in Georgia, a government of which orientation can come to power in the country?
A. – I don’t think the USA will seriously get involved in the processes of our home policy. But Russia probably has and will have attempt it. It’s to be mentioned separately that Putin himself has learnt to use civilized language with the West and the fact that Putin publicly abased the President of Georgia at the CIS summit indicates that he doesn’t consider Georgia to be a force deserving reckoning with. If I were a Russian I’d like Putin as an energetic and nationalist person who knows well what his country needs, but as a Georgian I’m offended to see the Georgian government and President in such a humiliated situation.
Russia displays much more interest towards Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine and even Moldova than Georgia and this isn’t the Georgian people’s fault. This happens due to the government’s policy which isn’t oriented at Georgia’s interests. What’s more, you can’t demand from Russia to consider our interests. I’m not and even can’t be against the Russian capital, but in a democratic country business and politics should exist separately. But when politics merges with business then we deal with mafia-controlled structures.

The special state commission that was researching the reasons of the Georgia-Russia war of August 2008 has wrapped up its work. Defense Minister Irakli Alasania has stated that the results of the survey will be introduced to Georgian society soon, presumably, by the end of the month. The opposition UNM members claim that the research might be politically motivated, aiming at political pressure on the United National Movement members prior to the local self-government elections scheduled for June 15. The commission was established at the Ministry of Defense in August 2013. According to the statements made by Minister Alasania then the research would not be political, it would be a military, tactical, operative and strategic evaluation of the combat operations with the goal of improving the future strategy of the Georgian army.
Georgian Journal talked with political expert Nika Chitadze about the candidate of the National Movement Nika Melia and the chances of the party in upcoming elections. The National Movement lost the last two elections which became crucial for the party. We are interested in how the Georgian political expert sees the future of the National Movement in both cases, if the party wins or loses the elections.
The Georgian agriculture loans portfolio has increased more than five-fold from GEL 59 million to GEL 318 million within a year, this in the framework of the state initiated Preferential Agro-Credit project. The project started on 27 March 2013 and implies State co-financing of banking credits for farmers and agriculture related enterprises to boost the sluggish agriculture sector of Georgia. 14,100 preferential credits with a total volume of GEL 318 million were disbursed in more than 30 agriculture branches, statistics show. 70 new processing enterprises were set up and 400 old ones were renovated. The result is estimated as positive but far from satisfactory because similar statistics show a staggering imbalance in the credits’ redistribution between the east and west parts of the country.
While gold price goes down at the global markets it crawls up Georgian market. As a matter of fact, Tbilisi Gold Exchange more-less pursues the international gold market trends. But beyond the TGX this trend has no impact unless it is going up. Petty traders involved in sale of gold jewelry, pawn-shops or financial institutions requiring for gold items as the loans back-up increase prices instantly if they go high at the global market while react on drops very slowly if ever. Some analysts believe this bespeaks of the monopoly.
A new draft law on Georgian postal communication opposes best practices and international obligations assumed by the EU. It lays ground to the emergence of a monopolistic company on the market that may scare off around 40 communication companies including the global fames DHL, TNT, UPS and FEDEX. If this happens, the image of Georgia will be marred significantly because the world only knows about one similar precedent in Turkmenistan when international postal companies left the country in 2005.
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