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Restoring Justice? Kvitsiani Released from Prison

Kutaisi Appellate Court ordered the release of Emzar Kvitsiani, the former militant and anti-state activist in Kodori Gorge, from prison on January 28.

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UNM Condemn Apparent Nepotism in Police Video

On January 27, the United National Movement (UNM) published video footage at a press conference depicting a conversation between a citizen and Patrol police officers. 

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First Train on Baku-Tbilisi-Kars New Railway

The first test train passed the Akhalkalaki-Kartsakhi section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway line on January 28. The Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Minister of Transportation of Azerbaijan, Ziya Mammadov, met to discuss the project. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of a Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish inter-state agreement.

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Lithuanian Prime Minister in Official Visit to Georgia

Author: Nino Sharashidze

Prime Minister of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkeviиius paid an official visit to Georgia on 25-27 January to discuss Lithuania-Georgia bilateral economic cooperation, transport and energy issues of mutual relevance, as well as Georgia’s integration into NATO and the European Union.

Butkeviиius started his visit on Sunday with a meeting with the Lithuanian community based in Georgia. The Prime Minister also met with the Patriarch of Georgia’s Orthodox Church, Ilia II. On behalf of the entire Church, the Patriarch extended greetings to Lithuania, pointing out the strong ties between the nations.

The Georgian spiritual leader drew attention to the fact that the restoration of the territorial integrity of the country has been a serious challenge not only for Georgia but also Georgia-Russia relations, and Russia itself. His Holiness Ilia II said that the risk of military conflict in the region will remain until the restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity is resolved.

“The international community’s role is particularly important in maintaining the territorial integrity of Georgia and decreasing tension in the country,” said the visiting Prime Minister.

According to the Lithuanian Prime Minister, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia has gained even larger importance in the context of the latest developments in Ukraine. The Prime Minister thanked the mission for their hard work and wished it success in further efforts.

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New Interior Minister of Georgia Appointed

On January 27, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili appointed Vakhtang Gomelauri as Georgia’s Interior Minister replacing Alexander Chikaidze, who recently resigned from the office.

The newly appointed Gomelauri has previously served in different positions including the post of the First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). 

Having majored in Physical Culture at Tbilisi State University, Gomelauri has enjoyed an impressive career. He worked as a head of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Security Service for a certain period and started with the Security Police in 2002.

Gharibashvili appears to be certain that Gomelauri will take positive steps in the ministry and properly meet the hopes of the public toward the institution. 

“He is an experienced man in the sphere. He came to the ministry in 2013 and served as the Deputy Interior Minister,” emphasized Gharibashvili. 

The minister himself stated that his experience as a former Security Police officer gives him valuable knowledge and skills meet the demands the structure expects from him. 

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