Several young Georgian poets were arrested yesterday for organizing a rally on Tbilisi's George Bush Street, demanding it be renamed. This action would not have attracted any attention from authorities if its participants hadn't stained a picture of the US ex-president with black paint, 'Gazeta.ru' reports. The action also involved poetry-reading. Four young poets, including their leader Irakly Kakabadze, were arrested.
The leader of the 'Democratic Movement – United Georgia' political party, Nino Burjanadze, was not allowed to enter the Hurvaleti refugee camp in Gori, Gazeta.Ru informs. The refugees, especially the supporters of Georgia's current authorities, behaved with extreme aggression. The famous sportsman Luka Kurtanidze, who accompanied Ms Burjanadze, told the press that the refugees threw stones at the unwanted visitors.
Today, on the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew celebrated mass in the Panagia Sümela Monastery in the Trabzon Province of Turkey. The mass gathered thousands of pilgrims from Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reports.
The Chancellor of I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgy Hubua officially declared his early retirement last Friday, Georgia News report. The Academic Senate of the University expressed its disagreement with Mr Hubua’s decision, but it had to accept it. Previously several collaborators of the University’s library were arrested on charges of criminal negligence: 39 rare editions of 18th -19th centuries disappeared from the library.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, declared that the Union is disturbed by the installation of Russian missile guidance complex C-300 on the Abkhaz territory. According to Ms Ashton, Russia violates its international obligations imposed by the agreement of August, 12 2008, while the C-300 does not contribute to the stability of the region. The EU still stands for the sovereignty and integrity of Georgia.
The EU Council decided to prolong the mandate term of the international observers mission in Georgia till September, 14, News Georgia reports. The EU mission in Georgia numbers more than 200 observers from 22 European countries and is due to assure the cease-fire treaty and to contribute to the stability of the region.
Due to the Russian embargo on wheat exports, Georgia is searching for alternative exporters, reports Business Georgia. Russia was a favourable exporter, because grain exports from the US, Canada and Europe are more expensive solutions. The largest Georgian importer “Agrokom” had been buying Russian grain for $260, which will now cost $380, said the company's president Ketevan Kublashvili.
Refugees from Abkhazia and street vendors organized local protest actions in Tbilisi today, reports Georgia News. The street vendors protested against the mayor's prohibition on street trading. The participants in the protests decided to form a league of street vendors and an Association for refugees' defence.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania met today with the general manager of the Uzbek company 'UzeneStrans', Faruh Zarganov, reports Georgia Online. They discussed bilateral relations in the economic, transport and trade spheres. The Uzbeki side was interested in cargo transport via the Transcaucasian transportation corridor.
The rtveli (vintaging end festival) will start this year on the 24th of August. Experts consider the harvest this year to be worse than the last and the authorities have had to make efforts to achieve the rtveli, reports Business Georgia. The quality of the grapes is also expected to be bad, due to hail. Last year 180,000 tons of grape were harvested.
It is important to take the fullest measures towards dialogue in solving conflicts in the South Caucasus and there is need for compromise between the opposing sides, the chairman-in-office of the OSCE, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, said in an interview to Kazakh media
After the inspection of food security in Tbilisi, the inspections have arrived in Adzharia, Business Georgia reports.The regional food security service has started raiding shops and markets. Violations have mainly been found among milk product, sweet and egg traders. Despite the heat, the majority of perishable products are being sold in the open air. The food security service of Adzharia has urged the population to avoid buying meat products, eggs and sweets that have no proper storage.
The consortium of the pipeline project ‘White Stream’ believes that the Caspian region has enough gas resources for realization of several projects within the European ‘South Corridor’ project, which involves diversification of sources and routes of energy supplies to EU countries, Trend reports, citing the chairman of the British 'White Stream Pipeline Company, Robert Pirani.
The businessmen of Georgia are skeptical about the high economic indicators, Business Georgia reports.According to statements of several car importers, the situation in the economy in general remains the same as in July, with poor sales activity. Consumers were more active in June. But the importers say that this was not due to economic growth but was due to the falling rate of the euro to the dollar, making imported cars cheaper in Georgia.
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili is on a visit to the USA, ‘PirWeli’ reports, citing members of the parliamentary majority.It is unknown whether he is on an official or an unofficial visit. According to the latest information, the Georgian president was on a visit to Aruba Island, where he met representatives of the authorities.
According to the association of grain farmers of Georgia, David Giligashvili, prices for bread will rise in September, 24 saati.ge reports.He said that the decision of the Russian government to reduce wheat exports will affect Georgia, but prices in August will be stable because of Georgia's own supplies. Georgian Minister of Agriculture Bakur Kvezereli confirmed the information. The Russian decision will affect the entire region.