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  • As Georgia's President Leaves, What Is Left Of the West's Victory In the Cold War

    11/06/2013 10:16:20 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 3 replies
    Why does it matter to the rest of us what happens in Georgia and environs? Answer: if the West cannot help an aspiring ally with dreams of joining Nato and the EU, cannot even protect it from Russian hegemony, what are we doing meddling in the Middle East or anywhere else? And if we can’t help Georgia, then what is left of the West’s victory in the Cold War? I reported on the national elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, last October. On one occasion, I was shown a text from a politician of the party that won the election to a...
  • Georgia acknowledged launching war in 2008

    04/15/2013 12:51:46 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Pravda ^ | 15.04.2013 | Anton Krivenyuk
    Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili admitted responsibility of Georgia for the outbreak of the war in August of 2008. He stated that the actions of the authorities of the country before crossing the border of Georgia by Russian forces were inadequate. This statement will have tangible consequences, first of all, for President Mikhail Saakashvili. "The political noose" around the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's neck is getting tighter. He is not yet being investigated, but the new authorities have already talked about the possibility of his interrogation about the events of 2008. The country may begin a new investigation into...
  • Beware of Persians bearing Georgian passports

    03/18/2013 4:31:55 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies ^ | 18 March 2013, 08:52 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "So there I was, doing that thing I do - targeted collection, and triage based on a range of frequently changing criteria - when I happened to notice this image:" SNIPPET: " sometimes what isn't there is still interesting"
  • Dead Billionaire Had Feared Enemy Plot (Georgian Opposition Leader Victim of Kremlin-a-cide?)

    02/13/2008 11:47:49 AM PST · by Squidpup · 15 replies · 180+ views
    Sky News ^ | February 13, 2008 | Sky News
    The sudden death of an exiled Georgian billionaire may have been another "Alexander Litvinenko-style" murder, it is feared. A major crime squad is investigating the death of 52-year-old Badri Patarkatsishvili, whose body was found at his country mansion in Surrey at about 11pm last night. His family said he suffered a heart attack - but Surrey Police have launched an investigation to confirm the exact cause of death after reports of a plot to kill him. Sky News' home affairs correspondent Mark White said: "The police want to leave no stone uncovered. "In the light of Litvinenko's death in 2006...
  • Classified report: Russia tied to blast at U.S. embassy

    07/27/2011 2:40:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2011 | Eli Lake
    U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a classified report late last year that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at an exterior wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September. ... The Times reported last week that Shota Utiashvili, director of information and analysis for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the embassy blast and others in his country were the work of a Russian military intelligence officer named Maj. Yevgeny Borisov. “It is written without hedges, and it confirms the Georgian account,” said one U.S. official familiar with the U.S. intelligence report. This official...
  • The Mubarak of Georgia

    02/23/2011 4:39:27 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 4 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 22, 2011 | Tsotne Bakuria
    American foreign policy experts, having been caught off guard by the swift regime changes in Tunisia and Egypt, are now examining other countries where citizens have been oppressed and denied basic democratic freedoms. Countries where peaceful street protests have turned violent, where opposition political parties have been brutally squashed, and where economies are in tatters, elections rigged, judicial systems corrupted, and free media bound and gagged. One of those states is Georgia, where U.S.-backed President Mikheil Saakashvili must be concerned by the latest turn of events in Egypt. He and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have many similarities. Georgian opposition...
  • (Republic of) Georgia begins universal English classes

    09/26/2010 11:18:39 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    alJazeera ^ | Sept. 26, 2010
    Georgia is replacing Russian with English as the country's second language, two years after a major war with Moscow. Two years after the Russia-Georgia war, Tbilisi is aiming to replace Russian with English as the country's second language. English classes have been introduced in public schools across the former Soviet state and the government hopes all children will speak the language by 2014.
  • US warship in Georgia for joint exercises: embassy

    02/27/2010 8:49:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 496+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/25/2010 | Space War
    A US warship arrived in Georgia's Black Sea waters Thursday for exercises with the country's coast guard, the US embassy said, in the latest of a series of such visits that have infuriated Russia. The USS John L. Hall guided-missile frigate arrived in the vicinity of the Georgian port of Poti, an embassy spokesman said, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the de facto border with the Russian-backed breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia. "The aim of the visit is to conduct joint exercises with the Georgian coast guard," said the embassy spokesman, who declined to be named. He said the...
  • Russia to build military base in occupied Georgia

    02/18/2010 10:48:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 392+ views
    Euractiv ^ | 1/18/2010 | Euractiv
    Russia secured on 17 February the right to maintain a large, long-term military presence in the Georgian rebel region of Abkhazia, signing a deal for a military base that was condemned by Tbilisi and the West. The base will accommodate at least 3,000 Russian land troops, already stationed in Abkhazia, for at least 49 years, Abkhaz officials said. "This agreement creates a foundation for the development of Abkhazia as an independent state," Medvedev said at a signing ceremony in the Great Kremlin Palace. Moscow recognised Abkhazia in August 2008 after crushing an assault by US ally Georgia on another pro-Russian...
  • NATO slams Russian military base pact with Georgian rebels

    02/17/2010 6:47:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 326+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 1/17/2010 | Space Daily
    NATO on Wednesday denounced as "invalid" a Russian pact establishing a military base in the rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia, urging Moscow to revoke it. "NATO considers invalid agreements between Russia and the (Georgian) territories," which its 28 member nations do not recognise, alliance spokeswoman Carmen Romero said. The Russian-Abkhaz deal, signed in Moscow Wednesday during an elaborate "state visit" by rebel leader Sergei Bagapsh, builds on previous agreements allowing Russia to maintain thousands of troops and border guards in Abkhazia. The base pact allows Russian forces "to defend the sovereignty and safety of the republic jointly with the armed...
  • Warden Message: Georgia Carjacking; Concerns over Highway Travel [Europe]

    02/09/2009 1:55:07 AM PST · by Cindy · 315+ views
    OSAC.GOV ^ | February 7, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: "YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Georgia Carjacking; Concerns over Highway Travel CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Europe - Georgia 7 Feb 2009" SNIPPET: "U.S. Embassy Tbilisi issued the following Warden Message on February 7: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi would like to inform American citizens that an armed carjacking occurred February 7 on the main east-west highway near Igoeti. The vehicle was taken to South Ossetia and a telephone belonging to one of the victims was used to make a ransom demand. While this believed...
  • Polish president's convoy shot in Georgia

    11/23/2008 7:43:42 AM PST · by se99tp · 31 replies · 1,708+ views
    Polish President Lech Kaczynski arrived to Georgia to celebrate 5th anniversary of Georgia's Rose Revolution. When Polish president car was approaching Russian check point nearby brorder with Osetia presidential convoy got shot up. Shooting was directed from the side of Russian check point - presidential minister Michal Kaminski said. President Kaczynski wanted to visit refuge camp of Georgians who were forced to leave Osetia occupied by Russian Army. After the incident convoy was forced to return to Tbilisi.
  • Destroying Democracy

    09/05/2008 1:09:30 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 237+ views
    Forbes ^ | 9/4/2008 | Melik Kaylan
    I was in Tbilisi recently to report on the Russian anschluss into Georgia. You must not expect me to be impartial on the matter. I have visited Georgia four times in as many years and witnessed the country's self-transformation after its Rose Revolution. It went from two centuries of asphyxiating "protection" by Russia, followed by a post-Soviet decade of mafiotic corruption, to a kind of light unto nations under its young president, Mikheil Saakashvili. No doubt all that was provocation enough for Moscow. Even before the war began in early August, the Russians had prevailed on Georgia's Abkhaz and South...
  • Russia Defies Calls for Withdrawal; U.S. Continues Georgia Relief

    08/25/2008 4:53:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 230+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2008 – Russia continues to defy international calls for the country to pull its forces out of Georgia, and humanitarian operations continue, a Pentagon official said here today. Russian troops continue to occupy the breakaway region of South Ossetia, and Russian troops continue to maintain troops in Gori, a Georgian city that is the gateway to South Ossetia, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. “It is fair to say they are still not living up to the terms of the cease-fire agreement,” Whitman said during a meeting with reporters. The terms of the cease-fire include monitoring by military...
  • Tbilisi admits misjudging Russia

    08/23/2008 8:44:45 AM PDT · by BGHater · 60 replies · 653+ views
    FT ^ | 21 Aug 2008 | Jan Cienski
    Georgia did not believe Russia would respond to its offensive in South Ossetia and was completely unprepared for the counter-attack, the deputy defence minister has admitted. Batu Kutelia told the Financial Times that Georgia had made the decision to seize the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali despite the fact that its forces did not have enough anti-tank and air defences to protect themselves against the possibility of serious resistance. “Unfortunately, we attached a low priority to this,” he said, sitting at a desk with the flags of Georgia and Nato (to which Georgia does not belong) crossed behind him. “We...
  • American in Tbilisi (email)

    08/21/2008 2:36:15 PM PDT · by MarMema · 8 replies · 105+ views
    email ^ | 8-20-08 | C Christensen
    Greetings from Tbilisi. I returned from Yerevan last Friday after spending four days there. My friend was actually evacuated by her organization and had to wait for official permission to return to Tbilisi, which we received on Friday morning. We were on our way back to Tbilisi within an hour. A major problem now is internally displaced persons (IDPs). There are both Georgian and Ossetian villages within the disputed area of South Ossetia (which is important in the discussion of South Ossetia being absorbed by Russia, since some people have told me "well now they got what they wanted and...
  • Report from Tbilisi - Fleeing Russian brutality, Georgians look to the West for support

    08/20/2008 5:30:33 PM PDT · by flyfree · 1 replies · 98+ views
    city-journal ^ | 20 August 2008 | Michael J. Totten
    Russia’s invasion of Georgia has unleashed a refugee crisis all over the country and especially in its capital. Every school here in Tbilisi is jammed with civilians who fled aerial bombardment and shootings by the Russian military—or massacres, looting, and arson by irregular Cossack paramilitary units swarming across the border. Russia has seized and effectively annexed two breakaway Georgian provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It has also invaded the region of Gori, which unlike them had been under Georgia’s control. Gori is in the center of the country, just an hour’s drive from Tbilisi; 90 percent of its citizens have...
  • Report from Tbilisi

    08/20/2008 5:30:26 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 49 replies · 388+ views
    City Journal ^ | 8/20/08 | Michael J. Totten
    Russia’s invasion of Georgia has unleashed a refugee crisis all over the country and especially in its capital. Every school here in Tbilisi is jammed with civilians who fled aerial bombardment and shootings by the Russian military—or massacres, looting, and arson by irregular Cossack paramilitary units swarming across the border. Russia has seized and effectively annexed two breakaway Georgian provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It has also invaded the region of Gori, which unlike them had been under Georgia’s control. Gori is in the center of the country, just an hour’s drive from Tbilisi; 90 percent of its citizens have...
  • Russian Troops Destroy Railway Bridge-Tbilisi

    08/16/2008 3:17:06 AM PDT · by edpc · 108 replies · 1,542+ views
    Reuters ^ | 16 Aug 2008 | Margarita Antidze
    TBILISI, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Georgia's Interior Ministry said on Saturday that Russian troops had blown up a railway bridge about 45 km (30 miles) from the Georgian capital Tbilisi. Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said troops had destroyed the bridge in the Kaspi region west of Tbilisi, "paralysing the Georgian railway network". Reuters could not independently verify the report. A Reuters correspondent saw Russian armoured personnel carriers and soldiers advance to the area on Friday from the Russian-occupied town of Gori near breakaway South Ossetia.
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 8-15-08

    08/15/2008 6:31:23 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 72 replies · 691+ views
    This morning, after receiving an update from his national security team on the situation in Georgia, President Bush delivered a brief statement from the White House Rose Garden. (Transcript) The United States and our allies stand with the people of Georgia and their democratically elected government. Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected. Moscow must honor its commitment to withdraw its invading forces from all Georgian territory … The people of Georgia have cast their lot with the free world, and we will not cast them aside. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia today and met...
  • Air Force Completes First Georgia Humanitarian Aid Mission

    08/14/2008 4:26:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 229+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Erin Dorrance, USAF
    TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 14, 2008 – A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport jet departed Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and landed at Tbilisi International Airport here yesterday, delivering $1 million in humanitarian aid to reduce the suffering of the people of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Broegemueller, assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing's Contingency Response Group at Sembach Air Base, Germany, helps to push out the first of 16 pallets aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 13, 2008. The humanitarian assistance delivery consisted of $1 million...
  • The Americans arrive

    08/14/2008 6:09:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 21 replies · 223+ views
    The Economist ^ | August 14, 2008
    AMERICA'S George Bush delivered a stark warning to Russia this week that led Russia to begin to pull back its forces in Georgia. Mr Bush sent his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, to Georgia and told his defence secretary, Robert Gates, to organise a humanitarian-aid operation. The first American military aircraft landed at Tbilisi airport on Thursday August 14th. This conflict is about more than the two separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or displacing Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s hot-headed president. It is about Russia, resurgent and nationalistic, pushing its way back into the Caucasus and chasing others out, and...
  • Russia Deployed Chechen Units Into Georgia

    08/13/2008 6:42:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 76 replies · 1,557+ views ^ | August 13, 2008 | Steve Schippert
    The use of units comprised of ethnic Chechens to do much of the very dirty work in Georgia. The nickname [‘Shrek’] given by his comrades to the bald, pug-eared soldier was the only moment of light relief during a day of tense drama in which The Times witnessed Russia breaching the ceasefire agreement over South Ossetia at will. At a checkpoint set up by the Russian Army on the approach to the city of Gori from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, an armoured personnel carrier blocked the road and riflemen had fanned out in the surrounding bushes, their weapons trained on...
  • Kaczynski in Tbilisi: ‘We are here to take up the fight” (see pictures of the rally in Tbilisi)

    08/13/2008 11:19:36 AM PDT · by lizol · 39 replies · 2,136+ views ^ | 13.08.2008
    Kaczynski in Tbilisi: ‘We are here to take up the fight” Created: 13.08.2008 11:18 Polish President Lech Kaczynski delivered a confrontational speech in support of Georgia at a rally in Tbilisi, Tuesday. “We are here to take up the fight. For the first time in years our eastern neighbours show their true face that we have known for hundreds of years”, Kaczynski addressed the crowds gathered at a rally in Tbilisi on Tuesday evening. “They think other nations should be subordinated to them. We say no! That country is Russia,” Kaczynski shouted to the applauding crowd. The Polish President accused...
  • Civilians were only targets left as Russia kept bombing

    08/12/2008 4:53:36 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 44 replies · 297+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2008 | Tom Lasseter
    GORI, Georgia — On the day that Russia declared an end to its war in Georgia, Jumberi, a taxi driver who gave only his first name, took a long drag on a Marlboro Red cigarette and said that after the first bomb hit, all he saw was body parts. He motioned to the shattered windshield of his Toyota Corolla and the bloody handprints on the side of the car — left there when the wounded and dying collapsed as they begged him to take them to the hospital. "I heard the sound of the jets, but I did not see...

    08/11/2008 4:52:58 AM PDT · by RusIvan · 32 replies · 122+ views ^ | Vladimir Bukarsky | August 10, 2008
    In any community – a school class, a workshop, an army unit or a prison cell – laymen are tested for strength. Tests may be different: a special procedure of "initiation", a provocation, a physical contest or psychological pressure. In the same way, a goalkeeper in a soccer game is tested at the start with long-distance and precarious blows. Global policy follows similar rules. During recent decades, the West has been systematically testing Moscow leaders for strength. Yury Andropov was tested by a South Korean aircraft illegitimately entering the air territory of the USSR. Mikhail Gorbachev's personal psychological and political...
  • President George W. Bush - Speech to Georgia - May 10, 2005

    08/10/2008 11:25:05 PM PDT · by SunStar · 14 replies · 502+ views
    The White House ^ | 5/10/2005
    For Immediate Release Office of the Press SecretaryMay 10, 2005 President Addresses and Thanks Citizens in Tbilisi, Georgia Freedom Square Tbilisi, Georgia 1:27 P.M. (Local) PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, thank you for that introduction. Citizens of a free Georgia, Laura and I were in the neighborhood -- we thought we'd swing by and say gamarjoba. (Applause.) I am proud to stand beside a President who has shown such spirit, determination, and leadership in the cause of freedom. (Applause.) And Laura and I are proud to stand with the courageous people of Georgia, in this place that has earned a...
  • BBC: Georgia move fails to halt raids

    08/10/2008 5:30:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 215+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, 10 August 2008 22:29 UK 21:29 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Georgia move fails to halt raids Georgia insists that all its forces are now outside South Ossetia Russia has continued air raids deep inside Georgia, after it rejected Tbilisi's announcement that it had called a ceasefire and wanted talks.Jets bombed targets near Tbilisi, including the airport, and Russia said its warships had sunk a Georgian boat that approached and tried to attack. Russia earlier took control of the breakaway region of South Ossetia, forcing Georgian troops to withdraw. The US has accused Russia of seeking "regime change" in Georgia. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili told the BBC his forces had...
  • Russian jets bomb Georgian airbase - Tbilisi

    08/08/2008 6:41:18 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 136 replies · 2,668+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08 Aug 2008 | Reporting by Matt Robinson, editing by Tim Pearce
    TBILISI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Russian jets bombed the Vaziani military airbase outside the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday, a senior Georgian security official told Reuters. "No one was wounded but some buildings have been destroyed," said Kakha Lamaia. The airbase is some 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Tbilisi. "They have declared war against us," said Lamaia.
  • Georgian Official Says Kodori Attack Came From Russia

    03/15/2007 1:36:19 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 6 replies · 396+ views
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | March 14th, 2007 | RFE/RL/Tass
    Nikoloz Rurua, the deputy chairman of the Georgian parliament's Committee for Defense and Security, says helicopters that attacked the Kodori Gorge came from Russian territory, RFE/RL's Georgian Service reported. Georgia says Russian helicopters fired on the gorge on March 11, which Russia denies. A multinational commission, including the United Nations, the Georgian government, Abkhazia's separatist government, and peacekeepers from the Commonwealth of Independent States, is investigating the incident. "Three helicopters, preliminarily identified as Mi-24 attack gunships, flew [into the Kodori Gorge] from Russian territory or, to be precise, from the territory of Kabardino-Balkaria," Rurua said. "They made a circle above...
  • Russians in Georgia unaffected by tensions

    10/14/2006 5:14:59 AM PDT · by MarMema · 34 replies · 393+ views
    ISN ^ | 10/12/06 | Jimsher Rekhviashvili
    Forty-three-year-old Ilya serves as an acolyte at the Russian Orthodox Church named after Aleksandr Nevsky in Tbilisi. He arrived in Georgia from his native Volgograd seven years ago. Ilya says he's praying the confrontation between Russia and Georgia does not end up affecting ordinary people like himself living in Georgia. Already, hundreds of Georgians have been expelled from Russia for alleged illegal immigration. Russia has imposed a series of measures against Georgians living in Russia, despite Tbilisi's release of four Russian soldiers accused of spying. Ilya says the deterioration in relations between Georgia and Russia has not yet been reflected...
  • Tbilisi Claims Russian Troop Movements in Response to Spy Dispute

    09/29/2006 8:06:10 PM PDT · by verum ago · 4 replies · 542+ views ^ | 9/29/06 | Diana Petriashvili
    The espionage dispute between Georgia and Russia intensified September 29, with a statement from the Georgian Interior Ministry that Russian military "movements" had begun in territory bordering Georgia, and accusations from Moscow that the arrest of four Russian officers is part of a scheme to advance Georgia’s ambitions to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Preliminary hearings for the four Russian officers in Georgian custody have been held, while an evacuation of the families of Russian diplomats from Tbilisi has begun. The Georgian Interior Ministry claimed that the government had detected signs of movement among Russian forces near the Georgian...
  • Georgia: Tbilisi Launches Political Assault In Abhazia

    07/28/2006 11:13:33 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 7 replies · 382+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | July 28, 2006 | Robert Parsons
    PRAGUE, July 28, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has ordered the Abkhaz government in exile to move from Tbilisi to the Kodori Gorge. The move is a bold step toward restoring central control over the breakaway province. The Kodori Gorge, a remote mountain valley in the northeast of Abkhazia, is the only part of the province still controlled by the Georgian authorities. Most of Abkhazia has been ruled independently of Tbilisi since achieving de facto independence in 1993.
  • Tbilisi, Georgia - High winds knock out electricity - Blackout affects entire country

    01/25/2006 11:09:06 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 188+ views
    Practically all Georgia has remained without an electricity The new misfortune has fallen upon Georgia. As a result of failure on LEP "Imeretia" practically all country has remained without an electricity. Now the power supply system of the country works in an extreme mode. As have informed RBC in the Ministry of fuel and power of Georgia, failure has occured today approximately at 1:00 Moscow time. Under the preliminary information, because of a strong wind the transmission line "Imeretia" connecting power supply systems on which the electric power acts from the Western Georgia in central and east regions of...
  • Suspect sews his own mouth shut

    12/27/2005 7:46:18 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 2 replies · 177+ views
    Studio Z ^ | 12/27/05 | TBILISI, Georgia
    The man charged with throwing a grenade at President Bush during a speech earlier this year has sewn his mouth shut. The suspect had a court appearance in the former Russian republic of Georgia and communicated that he stitched his mouth closed in a gesture of solidarity with prison inmates who have gone on a hunger strike. The man is accused of throwing a grenade towards President Bush, and the president of Georgia while they were addressing a rally in Tbilisi back in May. Both leaders were behind bullet proof glass, and the grenade did not explode.
  • Tbilisi, Georgia - Bush grenade thrower 'was acting alone'

    11/01/2005 1:30:40 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 290+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | November 1, 2005
    Georgia’s interior minister said a man who admitted throwing a live grenade toward US President George Bush during a rally in the ex-Soviet nation was acting alone and had no links to any foreign special services. Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili said Vladimir Arutyunian, who was indicted in September by a US grand jury on charges of trying to assassinate the president, will face trial in Georgia soon. “Arutyunian was a terrorist acting alone,” Merabishvili told the 24 Hours newspaper. Arutyunian faces terrorism and murder charges in Georgia stemming from the May 10 incident in Tbilisi and the killing of...
  • Tbilisi Officials Name Street After Bush

    09/15/2005 11:57:08 AM PDT · by lizol · 19 replies · 846+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | Wed Sep 14, 2005
    Tbilisi Officials Name Street After Bush 14,11:47 AM ET TBILISI, Georgia - City officials in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi voted Wednesday to rename a street in honor of President Bush, who was met by enthusiastic crowds here in May but also escaped an apparent attempt on his life. "George Bush is doing a lot for the development of democracy in the world and is helping Georgia with its democratic transformation. And we are proud that one of Tbilisi's streets will carry his name," said Mayor Gigi Ugulava. The measure passed 29-12, with opposition lawmakers in the assembly voting against...
  • Suspect: Grenade Shrapnel Meant For Bush

    07/23/2005 7:10:10 PM PDT · by kddid · 6 replies · 588+ views
    FoxNews ^ | July 23, 2005 | Associated Press
    TBILISI, Georgia — A man who confessed to throwing a live grenade toward President Bush during a rally in Georgia intended its shrapnel to hit the area where the president and others were standing, the suspect said video footage broadcast Saturday. "I threw the grenade, not directly at where there was bulletproof glass, but toward the heads ... so that the shrapnel would fly behind the bulletproof glass, you understand?" Vladimir Arutyunian said. Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili (search) were on a podium protected with bulletproof glass at a massive rally in Tbilisi in May when the grenade was...
  • Anti-terrorism official dies arresting grenade suspect

    07/23/2005 11:17:51 AM PDT · by MarMema · 4 replies · 398+ views
    The Messenger ^ | 07-22-05 | Anna Arzanova
    The man believed to have thrown a hand grenade in Freedom Square while U.S. President George Bush was delivering a speech on May 10 was arrested late July 20 in a Ministry of Internal Affairs special operation in which the suspect was shot and a ministry official killed. Speaking at a late night briefing, Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili said that the suspect, 27-year-old Vladimer Arutunov, opened fire on three policemen sent to locate him and that as a result the Head of the Anti-terrorism Center Zurab Kvlividze was killed and Arutunov injured. Arutunov, alternatively identified as Vova Arutinian,...
  • Shootout Ends Georgian Manhunt For Grenade Suspect

    07/21/2005 5:05:51 AM PDT · by MarMema · 7 replies · 271+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 7/21705 | radio free europe
    Georgian police have announced the arrest of a 27-year-old ethnic Armenian suspected of throwing a live hand grenade in the direction of the Georgian and U.S. presidents during a high-profile public appearance in Tbilisi in May. The suspect, Vladimir Arutyunian, was captured overnight following a shootout that claimed the life of a senior police officer who specialized in counterintelligence. The final stage of Arutyunian's capture was broadcast live on Georgia's main television channels. Addressing reporters during an impromptu news briefing, Interior Minister Ivane Merabishvili said Arutyunian was apprehended in the Vashlijvari suburb of the Georgian capital Tbilisi. Arutyunian resisted arrest,...

    07/03/2005 12:08:03 AM PDT · by MarMema · 2 replies · 190+ views
    civil society via eurasianet ^ | 7/01/05 | Vladic Ravich
    A street protest in central Tbilisi touched off a sequence of events that resulted in a furious debate in Georgia’s parliament -- punctuated by a fist-fight among MPs – over the governing methods of President Mikheil Saakashvili’s administration. A June 30 court Tbilisi court decision -- in which Aleko Davitashvili, president of the Georgian Wrestling Federation, his brother, Davit, along with Georgian judo champion Giorgi Revazishvili, were sentenced to three months of pre-trial detention on blackmailing charges – sparked the unrest in the capital. The trio was arrested on June 28 for allegedly blackmailing Greek businessman Vili Iordanov for $8,000....
  • Grenade at Bush Speech Brings Speculation

    05/11/2005 2:57:52 PM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 23 replies · 930+ views
    Grenade at Bush Speech Brings Speculation By MISHA DZHINDHIKHASHVILI Associated Press Writer TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Was it a bid to undermine a visit by President Bush - or evidence of a real assassination plot? A grenade found near a stage where Bush addressed crowds of Georgians on Tuesday has set off a flurry of speculation. The array of potential culprits - from disgruntled Georgians to local minorities and even Russian saboteurs - reflects the instability of a volatile country struggling through transition. The address to tens of thousands of people in Tbilisi's Freedom Square was the centerpiece of a...
  • Georgian City Hopes Bush Spurs Tourism

    05/09/2005 1:06:56 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 15 replies · 523+ views
    AP ^ | May 9, 2005 | MARA D. BELLABY
    The city center in this former Soviet Republic was spruced up for President Bush's arrival Monday, with locals hoping the international attention he has brought will help revive the tourism that suffered under political unrest. Bush, the first U.S. president to visit Georgia, was greeted by giant billboards bearing his image, U.S. flags and freshly painted buildings and paved roads. Those roads were emptied, as police shooed pedestrians away for security. Few complained. "When the leader of today's free world turns his attention to you, you should be proud," said Katya Chichua, 50, who watched workers lay colorful Oriental rugs...
  • Caspian oil set for fast flow to the West

    05/07/2005 1:35:15 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 7 replies · 611+ views
    BBC-News ^ | May 5th, 2005 | Baku, Azerbaijan
    As growing concerns about dwindling global reserves help maintain oil prices close to the $50 a barrel mark, a major supply route linking newly developed oil and gas fields in the Caspian Sea with western markets is due to be opened. The pipeline is expected to spark an economic boom in Baku Within the next few weeks, oil from the Caspian will start flowing into a 1,762 kilometres long pipeline. The pipeline will run from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, via near Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and across eastern Turkey to the port of Ceyhan, on Turkey's Mediterranean coast....
  • Prime Minister of Georgia Republic found dead in apartment

    02/02/2005 10:16:32 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 114 replies · 4,202+ views
    DERNIERE MINUTE: 07h01 - the Prime Minister géorgien was found died in an apartment in Tbilissi Zourab Jvania discovered was died, apparently poisoned with gas, in the apartment of a friend in whom it was, announced the Minister of Interior Department géorgien, Nano Merabihvili.(AFP)
  • Drug money sustains al Qaeda

    12/29/2003 12:31:45 AM PST · by kattracks · 157 replies · 440+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/03 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network has become deeply involved in international drug trafficking, using the money to buy arms and, possibly, radioactive material for use in a so-called "dirty" nuclear bomb, senior U.S. officials say.</p> <p>The seizure earlier this month of boats carrying heroin and hashish, and operated by al Qaeda-linked persons, has brought to light an al Qaeda drug operation that has grown tremendously since the September 11 attacks, the sources say.</p>
  • Explosion Rocks Georgian TV Center

    12/03/2003 1:54:41 PM PST · by TexKat · 2 replies · 130+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/03/03 | Margarita Antidze
    TBILISI (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the state television center in Georgian capital Tbilisi on Wednesday, in what the new government said was an attempt to disrupt elections scheduled to replace the overthrown president. "There are some forces in Georgia which are interested in bringing panic to this society, but I want to tell our society that we new leaders won't allow it," Georgia's interim president, Nino Burdzhanadze, told state television. "We will be able to hold normal presidential elections in January." The state security ministry said the explosion had been powerful but that there were no casualties. State television,...
  • Berezovsky secretly visits Tbilisi

    12/03/2003 8:16:33 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 181+ views
    Interfax ^ | December 3, 2003
    Tbilisi. (Interfax) - Georgia's independent television channel Rustavi-2 reported that Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky, who currently resides in London, arrived in Tbilisi from Britain early Wednesday morning. Berezovsky was met at the airport by his friend, Georgian businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, Rustavi-2 reported. Spokesman for the Georgian Border Department Shalva Lontaridze confirmed to the press that Berezovsky arrived in Tbilisi from London last night on a plane owned by Patarkatsishvili. He also said that Berezovsky was cleared through the customs with a passport under the name of Elenin Platon. At 5 a.m., following a meeting with Patarkatsishvili, Berezovsky left Tbilisi...
  • Georgian President Resigns

    11/23/2003 8:16:31 AM PST · by PeteFromMontana · 84 replies · 615+ views
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  • State of emergency in Georgia

    11/22/2003 11:50:05 PM PST · by Bobby777 · 8 replies · 192+ views
    CNN.Com / World ^ | Sunday, November 23, 2003 Posted: 12:39 AM EST (0539 GMT) | CNN.Com
    <p>TBILISI, Georgia (CNN) -- Georgian demonstrators are maintaining an all night vigil outside the nation's parliament after a state of emergency was declared by President Eduard Shevardnadze.</p> <p>Tens of thousands of Georgians are demanding Shevardnadze's resignation and parliamentary speaker and leading opposition figure Nino Burdzhanadze appeared on television to declare herself an interim leader.</p>