• Report: Corruption Choking 5 Eastern European Countries

    A new report by corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) warns that corruption threatens economic and democratic development in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

  • Turkey: Smugglers Caught With Cesium, Gems On Georgian Border

    Border guards at the Sarpi checkpoint between Turkey and Georgia Friday detained two Georgian nationals for allegedly carrying 1.2 kg of cesium, a highly radioactive substance that can be used to build "dirty bombs." 

  • OCCRP Reporter, Two Partners Win Georgia Prizes

    OCCRP reporter Nino Bakradze was among six Republic of Georgia journalists who were honored in the fourth annual Josh Friedman Excellence in Investigative Journalism contest Tuesday.

  • Ukraine: Former President of Georgia Appointed Governor of Odessa Region

    Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili will give up his Georgian citizenship to take on an appointment as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, which he called a “front line” against graft in the region.

  • A Tale of Two Parliaments

    Georgian lawmakers waste millions because they can't even agree on where to meet.

    The Republic of Georgia is not a rich country, so it is hard to fathom why it has spent more than US$ 250 million over the past six years to run two separate Parliament buildings in two cities 200 kilometers apart.

  • Georgia: Man Convicted in Ranger Murder Pardoned

    Davit Mchedlidze, who was convicted in the 2012 murder of a Borjomi National Park ranger, has been pardoned by Republic of Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

  • Georgia: TI Official Fights Back Against Accusations

    An escalating war of words over the actions of non-governmental organizations in Georgia has turned towards the courts, as the executive director of Transparency International (TI) Georgia announced that she plans to sue for defamation.

  • Diplomas Don’t Make the Grade

    georgia_university For more than 1,200 students in the Republic of Georgia, it sounds like a good deal. Go to school for four years and earn a degree from a university in Ukraine – without ever leaving Georgia.

  • Georgia: Tbilisi Protest Demands Khadija Release

    A crowd of around 60 human rights activists and journalists demonstrated Wednesday afternoon outside the Azerbaijan Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, calling on the Azerbaijani government to release journalist and longtime OCCRP partner Khadija Ismayilova.

  • Armenia: 'Country's Biggest Drug Bust' Defendants Plead Not Guilty

    Two defendants accused of involvement in Armenia's largest drug bust to date declared their innocence this week at the Goris branch of Syunik Court of Jurisdiction.

  • Those Who Sew Do Not Reap Profit

    LC Waikiki, a fast-growing Turkish apparel company, opens another new store in Tbilisi. Poorly paid workers in the Georgian city of Kutaisi produce LC Waikiki clothing.

    By Nino Bakradze

    You don’t have to go to Southeast Asia to find sweatshops where workers toil under harsh conditions to make clothing for rich Western consumers.  A reporter for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) posing as a textile worker found such conditions in the Republic of Georgia.

  • Georgia: President Moves to Limit Surveillance, Parliament Acquiesces

    The Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia parliament majority has said it won't try to overturn a first-ever presidential veto on the issue of government electronic surveillance of citizens, as reported by the portal.

  • Georgia: Former President Charged with Abuse of Power

    The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has charged the country’s former president and four others with exceeding official powers by retaliating against protestors during his tenure.

  • Georgia: Studio Monitori Wins 3rd Friedman Prize

    NinoZJoshFriedman, Zuriashvili

    For the third year in a row, OCCRP partner Studio Monitori has been awarded the Josh Friedman Prize for the best investigative journalism story in the Republic of Georgia.

  • Georgia: Reformers Wait, While Government Watches

    Thomas Hammarberg, the European Union’s special adviser on legal and constitutional issues in Georgia.

    By Elza Ketsbaia

    It’s been more than a year since the new Georgian government denounced the previous administration for spying on its own citizens, and yet the surveillance continues.

    Despite watchdog organizations’ concerns and complaints, the Georgian government continues to use the latest technologies to listen to its citizens’ phone calls, read their text messages and monitor Internet traffic.

  • Georgia: Former Prime Minister Sentenced to 5 Years

    Former Republic of Georgia Prime Minister Ivane Merabishvili has been sentenced to five years in prison for public corruption charges in a verdict that has been branded by his defense as political prosecution.

  • In Georgia: A Sweetheart Deal Leaves Patients In Limbo

    Some of the 18 buildings on the hospital grounds are decrepit. Photo by: George Gogua

    By Tsira Gvasalia

    The largest pharmaceutical company in the Republic of Georgia has big plans for a choice piece of property it bought five years ago at a bargain price.

    In 2009, Aversi-Pharma snapped up a huge Soviet-era hospital complex in Tbilisi when the National Agency for State Property Management conducted a privatization auction. For US$12.5 million, Aversi-Pharma bought 58,175 square meters of land and the 18 buildings on it.

  • Georgia: A Deal Done in the Dark

    Stark lights illuminate rock formations inside the Prometheus Cave in Georgia. Ecologists say the lights may be damaging the delicate environment.

    By Nino Bakradze

    A move by the Saakashvili government to redo a lighting and sound system in an environmentally sensitive cave is leaving many in the dark. The move, which may be damaging the cave’s delicate ecosystem, also appears to have drained the state budget unnecessarily.

    It may just come down to politics.

  • Georgia: Villagers Say Politicians Damaged Lake

    Armen Sandadze pulls a fishing line into his inflatable rubber boat. Since it was slashed, it leaks and he can't go far from shore. Photo by Nana.

    By Nana Naskidashvili, Studio Monitori

    Armen Sandaze’s house looks out on Lake Tabatskuri, a high alpine lake that is one of the deepest and most beautiful in the Republic of Georgia.

    Sandaze, 43, used to make his living as a fisherman there, like many others in the twin lakeside villages of Tabatskuri and Moliti. For more than 20 years, he rowed out onto the lake to support his family.

    But now it is illegal.

  • Georgia: NGO Urges More Openness for $6 Billion Investment Fund

    A new US$6 billion private “co-investment” fund to stimulate investment in Georgia is not providing enough information about its oversight, its investors, or how it plans to spend its money, says Transparency International-Georgia (TI).