Georgia

  • NGO Probe Finds Russia “Directly Influencing” Georgian Politics

    A recent investigation by an anti-corruption agency has revealed how Kremlin-linked actors are orchestrating the election campaign for one of Georgia’s conservative, pro-Russia opposition parties.

  • Europol Helps EU’s Eastern Neighbors Fight Organized Crime

    A new project that will be led byEuropol and financed by the European Commission will help the EU’s eastern neighbours -- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine -- fight organized crime.

  • Georgian Opposition: Government Uses Graft Verdicts Against Opponents

    Georgian opposition parties suspended on Tuesday negotiations with the ruling party about the country’s election system after the Supreme Court sentenced an opposition leader to 38 months in jail for embezzling nearly US$14 million while serving as the mayor of Tbilisi.

  • Georgia On Their Minds

    The Rotenbergs’ secret American mansions, abandoned under US sanctions.

  • Estonia: Danske Bank Money Laundering Probe Expands

    The Estonian Prosecutor's Office confirmed on Thursday it expanded the investigation into money laundering through Danske bank’s Estonian branch from two to more than 10 cases that are involving suspicious transactions worth US$ 2 billion.

  • Georgia: International Child-Trafficking Ring Busted

    Georgian authorities arrested last week several members of a child-trafficking crime group, accusing them of illegal production and distribution of child sexual exploitation material.

  • Georgian Nightmare

    An Azeri community in Tbilisi is riven by the drug trade.

    Photo by Ulviyya AlievaPhoto by Ulviyya Alieva

  • Georgia: Hundreds Injured, Arrested, Including 34 Journalists

    The Chairman of Georgia’s Parliament resigned on Friday after more than 240 people, including 34 journalists, were injuredand 305 were arrested as police cracked down on protests that erupted when a Russian lawmaker sat in the wrong chair during a visit to the Parliament.

  • Georgian Activists Request Dismissal of Top Judicial Official

    Georgian activists asked the Parliament to sack a top judicial official after media revealed he was fraudulently elected and had ties to a clan alleged to control the country’s judiciary.

  • Report: Low Trust in Judiciary in Post-Soviet Georgia

    In the twenty years since the small, post-Soviet nation of Georgia joined the Council of Europe, and thirty years since Soviet troops violently suppressed civilian protests there, the country has made significant progress towards democracy, but continues to require improvement in areas such as constitutional reforms, human rights and respect of the rule of law.

  • Afgan Mukhtarli Loses Azerbaijani Supreme Court Appeal

    The Azerbaijan Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Afgan Mukhtarli, the journalist who disappeared from a Tbilisi street in May of 2017 and reappeared two days later in a Baku courtroom.

  • Georgian Prosecutors Investigating Spanish Basketball Deal

    The Georgian Basketball Federation signed an expensive deal to develop its young players in Spain. Nearly four years later, it has almost nothing to show for it — and prosecutors are on the case.

    Nika Darbaidze (#11) participated in a player development deal with Spain’s Saski Baskonia team, but decided to join the Georgian national team instead of returning to Spain for a second season. (Photo: iFact.ge)Nika Darbaidze (#11) participated in a player development deal with Spain’s Saski Baskonia team, but decided to join the Georgian national team instead of returning to Spain for a second season. (Photo: iFact.ge)

  • Fatal Liver Transplants in Georgia Were Rush Jobs

    Dr. Mirjalal Kazimi, a liver transplant specialist, is famous in Azerbaijan.

    Patients start gathering outside his office at the Central Hospital of Oilmen in the country’s capital, Baku, before 10 am.

    Dr. Mirjalal Kazimi, an Azerbaijani doctor who specializes in transplant operations. Both of his patients in Georgia died one week after surgery. (Photo credit is anonymous for Azerbaijani reporters’ security)Dr. Mirjalal Kazimi, an Azerbaijani doctor who specializes in transplant operations. Both of his patients in Georgia died one week after surgery. (Photo credit is anonymous for Azerbaijani reporters’ security)

  • Tbilisi Marks Anniversary of Mukhtarli's 'Exit'

    Wearing black T-shirts and hoods with slogans "#Afgan" and "No Investigations Means No Cooperation," about 30 friends and human rights activists demonstrated in front of the former Parliament building on the first anniversary of the day Afgan Mukhtarli disappeared from the streets of Tbilisi.

  • Azerbaijan Sentences Investigative Reporter to Six Years

    Afgan Mukhtarli, the Azerbaijan journalist who last year disappeared from a Tbilisi street and was next seen in a Baku prison, was sentenced to six years in Azerbaijani prisons on Friday for illegally crossing the border with 10,000 of undeclared euros and assaulting a border guard.

  • Georgian Court Sentences Saakashvili to Three Years

    A Georgian court sentenced former president Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia to three years in prison for abusing his pardon powers in a high-profile murder case, The New York Times reported Friday.

  • Azeri Journalist Denied House Arrest After Family Tragedy

    More than a month into the controversial trial of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, the Azerbaijan court denied his request to attend the funeral of his sister and her two children and be released to house arrest so he could better deal with his loss.

  • New Georgian Lottery Co-Owner Has Bulgarian Crime Links

    When the Georgian National Lottery resumes operation next year, it will be owned by two experienced businessmen. Only one of them is nicknamed “The Skull.”

    Vasil Bozhkov, nicknamed “The Skull” because of the allegedly unusual shape of his head now one of the co-owners of the Georgian National Lottery. (Credit: Bulphoto)Vasil Bozhkov, nicknamed “The Skull” because of the allegedly unusual shape of his head now one of the co-owners of the Georgian National Lottery. (Credit: Bulphoto)

  • Azerbaijan: Judge And Journalist Clash in Court

    An Azerbaijani journalist who disappeared in May off the streets near his home in Tbilisi, Georgia, and was next seen in custody in his native Azerbaijan, was put on trial Thursday for allegedly crossing the border illegally, carrying € 10,000 in undeclared currency, and resisting border guards, iFact.ge reported.

  • Favoritism Shears Competitors in Georgian Sheep Industry

    Beka Gonashvili's love for Georgian folk music led him into the sheep export business nearly a decade ago. But he’s singing a sad song now, claiming that government-connected companies have driven him out of what had been a lucrative market.

    Herds of sheep in Georgia's mountainous Tusheti region (Photo: Studio Monitor)Herds of sheep in Georgia's mountainous Tusheti region. (Photo: Studio Monitor)