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2009-02-24
Attorney Gela Nikoleishvili Involves Investigation of the Murder of Guram Sharadze
On May 20, 2007, Academician Guram Sharadze was murdered at the crossing of Melikishvili and Shanidze streets in Tbilisi. The accident happened at 8:30 pm and it had several witnesses among them patrol policemen: Levan Bochorishvili and Robert Paniev. Video-camera installed by the Insurance Company “Aldagi” in Melikvishvili Street also recorded the accident.
2009-02-23
Kakheti Regional Governor Boycotted Independent Journalists
Giorgi Ghviniashvili, Kakheti Regional Governor does not cooperate with independent journalists any more. The correspondents who criticize the Regional Governor and reveal the violations committed by regional government are placed on so called “black list” made by the regional administration.
2009-02-23
Inmates in Ksani Jail Hospital Are Tortured
“Until now we are treated like animals. Initially, we were fed with soup free from oil; now they put as much salt as possible in food to prevent us from eating; then they take the food to their pigs. If we eat salted food we get thirsty but they do not give water. If we protest their treatment, they start to curse us. The personnel and policemen beat us. Doctors do not pay attention to us; the only thing they tell us is: you will die soon. When we requested medicines, administration made us take off clothes and beat us in kidneys; then they pushed us into punishment cell; we are dying,” prisoners from Ksani Jail Hospital for inmates with tuberculosis urge non-governmental organizations and journalists for help.
2009-02-20
Robbery or Fraud Denouncement
Ethnic Kurd Slava Bukavadze, his brother Ruslan Bukavadze and their friend Nika Khrushov were judged for robbery. The brothers were sent to prison for 7 years and bailed for 7 000 GEL.
2009-02-19
People Are Still Looted in Gori District
Although villages of buffer zone are not bombed anymore, the residents of the villages are still living in feeling of constant fear. Gunfire is heard in the villages bordering with conflict zone is still heard; people cannot relax and they shelter their relatives in other villages.
2009-02-18
Government Ceased Food Supply for IDPs

Internally displaced people sheltering in Gori Nursery School # 10 do not have minimal living conditions. They cannot afford even a visit to a doctor though these people have serious health problems as a result of war in August, 2008; they cannot buy medicines either.
2009-02-18
Loud Statements Instead Activities
Administrative expenses in regions have increased at 10 %

Except several districts in Kakheti region almost every municipality boards enacted local budgets for 2009. Although the Prime-Minister ordered budget organizations to reduce administrative expenses, in several districts the administrative expenses exceeded 25-30 % of total local budgets. Based on President’s resolution local governmental officials rapidly increased their salaries up-to maximum amount indicated in the resolution. New people are employed at district administrations without any reasonable motives. Besides that authorities of Sighnaghi, Lagodekhi and Telavi districts intend to spend 4 000 sheets of paper, to drive 400 kilometers by car per day and to speak on mobile phone for 800 hours per year.
2009-02-17
Closed Hearing of Shalikashvilis’ Case
Natia and Tengo Shalikashvilis, the siblings are accused for organized robbery. Two testimonies of witnesses and victim’s statement are the only evidence against them. A criminal case has been launched against the mother of the siblings for the bribery of a witness. Levan Tevzadze, the judge of Khelvachauri District Court closed the trial based on the motion submitted by the prosecutor. Despite the request of defense side there will be no open trial until the final verdict is passed.

2009-02-17
Beacon of Democracy VS Freedom of Expression
On February 11-12 international conference was organized regarding the anniversary of the establishment of the institute of Public Defender in Georgia. On the final day of the conference Ia Antadze, journalist for the Radio “Liberty” and Vakho Komakhidze, director of Studio “Reporter,” introduced ombudsmen of foreign countries with the media situation in Georgia; they mentioned concrete facts when rights of journalists were breached. Association of Regional TV Broadcasters responded to the reports of Antadze and Komakhidze by making statements and assessed the incidents with journalists as an attempt to discredit regional TV Companies.

2009-02-16
After Dukhobori Now Malakni Leave Georgia
After having withdrawn Dukhobori from Georgia, Russian authority is intending to take Malakni from our country now. As Malakni stated to the Human Rights Center they have been offered residence in Krasnodari Krai in Russian Federation; the invitation was sent by the Ministry of Urgent Situations of Russia. Nowadays Malaknis are busy to prepare their documents for departure. Because of unbearable conditions in Georgia and various problems that originated from ethnic motives hundreds of Malakni have already left Georgia.
2009-02-16
Victim Demands Compensation
Tengiz Bibineishvili, 45 was injured during the implementation of his professional duties. A criminal case was launched on the fact. Later it was dropped by amnesty; however victim Bibineishvili has not received any compensation up to present time.
2009-02-16
The Relatives of the Killed in the War Request the State Assistance
The inhabitants of Zemo Nikozi and Zemo Khviti say that the government does not pay any attention to them. The population is eager that NGOs help them but they can not understand why the state does not foster the families of the killed in the August war. The people who lost the financial supporters of the family in the recent war are facing extremely difficult situation.
2009-02-13
TV Company Maestro’s Call for Help
Mamuka Ghlonti, the founder and General Producer of cable channel Maestro claims that his TV Company might be raided.

Mamuka Ghlonti told newspaper Rezonansi that after having launched program Sakani # 5 (Cell # 5) some people often call in TV Company Maestro with warnings and threats. Moreover, the associates from Special Operative Department (SOD) and Constitutional Security Department (CSD) call and warn about upcoming threat.

2009-02-12
Inhabitants of Buffer Zone Can Not Pay Loans of Bank
The inhabitants of Shida Kartli region not only lost their houses as a result of August war but also might face criminal charges for not paying bank loans. The population of Shida Kartli region did not have chance to take the harvest this year, therefore there is a crisis in agricultural business.

2009-02-12
EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA 2008; ANALYSIS
Conquering Television to Control the Narrative

When Georgia and Russia clashed over the disputed region of South Ossetia in August, many saw a David-versus-Goliath struggle between a fledgling democracy led by reform-minded Mikhail Saakashvili and an autocratic regime run by the calculating Vladimir Putin.

2009-02-11
Democracy Index 2008: Most Significant Declines in Georgia and Russia
Influential American magazine Economist published its Democracy Index 2008. It reflects the situation as of September 2008. Democracy Index 2008 is the second edition, the first edition reflected the period as of September 2006. The Index provides a snapshot of the current state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories (this covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world's independent states (27 micro states are excluded). The democracy index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Countries are placed within one of four types of regimes: full democracies; flawed democracies; hybrid regimes; and authoritarian regimes.

2009-02-11
Nursery Schools either Closed or Pulled Down in Kakheti Region
Nursery schools in Kakheti region are in poorest conditions. Rain water is leaking in the buildings from damaged roofs. The floors are in poor conditions. In order to protect children from falling into the basement, teachers do not allow them to go out of one room. Besides that, many municipality boards in the region refused to fund children’s nutrition. Parents bring food for their children to the nursery school every day. The number of beneficiaries at kindergartens has decreased because of unbearable conditions in it. Since nursery schools do not have enough beneficiaries municipality boards started to close them.

2009-02-09
State Does Not Pay Debt to a Citizen
State owes money to Amiran Mikeladze. The latter owes money to Tax Inspection because of unpaid debt of the state. Tax inspection sequestered the estate of Mikeladze in order to get the debt from him. On February 6 Batumi City Court ordered to sell the sequestered property at the auction.
2009-02-07
Local Police Divisions Funded from Local Budgets against the Law
The bodies of local self governance are not entitled to fund the institutions that are funded from national budget, according to Organic Law on Local Self-Governance and Georgian Law on the Budget of Body of Local Self-Governance. However, the Kakheti district divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA) are partially funded by local bodies of self governance

2009-02-04
IDPs Close to Hunger
The IDPs from Prone and Didi Liakhvi Gorges that have been living in Kakheti region since the August war face grave social problems. The IDPs from the conflict zone have neither enough food nor access to medical care.
According to official data, 266 IDPs live in Kakheti region: 86 families live in Telavi, Sagarejo and Lagodekhi in IDP centers and approximately 70 people are sheltered in the houses of their own relatives.

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