Military
American Armour Saved Georgian Military
28 November, 2013
The Ministry of Defence released official information about the latest military operation conducted by Georgian troops in Afghanistan.
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New HQ Chief, late by one Year
28 November, 2013
The Georgian Army HQ will be headed by Vakhtang Kapanadze, whose military rank has been raised accordingly from Brigadier General to Major General. This move could have been made one whole year ago, but at the time the then president Mikheil Saakashvili categorically refused to appoint Brigadier General Kapanadze instead of indicted Brigadier General Gigi Kalandadze, Chief of United HQ.
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877 Georgian soldiers receive new apartments in Tbilisi
27 November, 2013
Eight hundred and seventy-seven service members of the Armed Forces received keys to apartments in Tbilisi
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Wounded soldiers took part in making Churchkhelas with Defense Minister
25 November, 2013
Wounded service members were hosted by Château Mukhrani on November 25 as part of the Friends of the Army project.
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Vakhtang Kapanadze appointed as Chief of the Joint Staff
22 November, 2013
Vakhtang Kapanadze has been appointed Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces and promoted to Major General after President Margvelashvili signed the decree
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Georgian Armed Forces carry out successful operation in Afghanistan
22 November, 2013
Batumi Light Infantry Battalion of the Georgian Armed Forces carried out a successful operation in the Now Zad Province of Afghanistan.
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Soldiers get food poisoning in Gori
13 November, 2013
Some tens of military servant got food poisoning in the Gori fifth infantry brigade, a reliable source informed InterPressNews.
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Georgian Coast Guard officers exercising on US Ship
13 November, 2013
The Coast Guard officers in Batumi are undergoing exercises onboard USS Mount Whitney, a United States vessel anchored in the seaside city’s harbor.
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Georgian Armed Forces preparing for inauguration
12 November, 2013
Armed Forces are in preparation for the newly elected president’s inauguration ceremony, with all components of the forces involved in the event.
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Georgian soldier VS American marine
09 November, 2013
A recently uploaded YouTube video shows a Georgian service member of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan competing with an American colleague in an arm-wrestling.
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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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