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Georgian PM on Working Visit to the United Kingdom

Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili held meetings with the heads of influential rating companies, such as Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s, in the United Kingdom on November 24.

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Latvian Delegation Led by President Berzins Visits Georgia

A delegation of more than 100 people from Latvia led by the President Andris Berzins visited Georgia on an official state visit this week. The official welcoming ceremony in honor of the President of Latvia was held at the President’s Palace in Tbilisi.

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Smartphone Taxi App Now Available in Georgia

A smartphone app allowing users to order a cab at the push of a button is now operating in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, with plans to roll out the service in other cities in the near future.

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No Reprieve for Former Military Commander Kvitsiani

Author: Zaza Jgharkava

A court trial in Zugdidi last week was another chapter of absurdity for the Georgian judiciary. The case involved former personal representative of the President of Georgia to the Kodori Gorge, Emzar Kvitsiani and his sister Nora Kvitsiani. The latter was recognized and freed by the Georgian government as a political prisoner in 2012 while her brother was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment, with no such reprieve.

The Zugdidi court upheld the sentence of the Saakashvili government in the absence of Emzar who had been charged with plotting a military coup in 2006. His sister Nora was detained by the Saakashvili government as the main supporter of the military coup; she was tried and sentenced to 6 years and 6 months of imprisonment. On October 1 2012, after the change of government, the Georgian Dream government released Kvitsiani as part of its amnesty and she was granted “political prisoner” status. This ruling gave sufficient encouragement to Emzar to return to Georgia after six years in absentia. He had hoped that the Georgian Dream government would treat his case similarly and upon returning to Tbilisi from Minsk, Kvitsiani publicly thanked Bidzina Ivanishvili for defeating the United National Movement government and for the trust shown to himself and his sister.

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Mikheil Saakashvili labels Zakareishvili “Russian Agent”

Author: Zviad Adzinbaia

“Federal Security Service Agent” was how former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, described Paata Zakareishvili, Georgia’s Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality. The former president made the accusation when talking about the so-called Alliance and Strategic Agreement between Russia and Abkhazia which was signed on November 25 in Sochi by Vladimir Putin and Raul Khadzimba, de-facto president of the occupied Abkhazia.

Via a TV link from New York, Saakashvili assessed the document as one that had been signed by an “occupier” and a “marionette” and reiterated that Abkhazia is an integral part of Georgia historically and politically. The ex-president directly linked Zakareishvili and Giorgi Volski, head of Provisional Committee of Conflict Resolution at the Parliament of Georgia, to the Russian ‘Fifth Column’, a popular term for Russia’s use of soft power to assert its influence in foreign affairs.

“This is an obvious fact for everyone that Volski and Zakareishvili profoundly serve the Russian interests in Georgia,” stated the ex-president.

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