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Friday, February 29 2008, #041 (1557)

Thousands mourn as Patarkatsishvili laid to rest

Thousands came to pay their last respects as billionaire businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili was laid to rest yesterday at his Tbilisi residence. (more)

Georgian journalist remains in Abkhaz custody

Abkhaz officials say they will hold a Georgian journalist, detained February 26, while they investigate what he was doing in the breakaway region. (more)

Russia Foreign Ministry denies offering assurances on Abkhazia, South Ossetia

The Russian and Georgian Foreign Ministries have released conflicting statements on the results of the last weeks’ high-level negotiations between Tbilisi and Moscow. (more)

OSCE chair urges Tbilisi to use elections as opportunity

A top OSCE official has called on Georgian officials to use the upcoming parliamentary elections in May to demonstrate Georgian progress toward pluralistic democracy. (more)

The Week in Brief

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Improving roads remains a priority in 2008

In 2008 roads appear to be even more of a priority, with GEL 436 million from the state budget allotted to roads projects, up from GEL 137.8 million last year, according to the newspaper Rezonansi. (more)

IMF mission arrives in Georgia

A mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is due to arrive in Georgia today to discuss recent economic developments with government officials, parliamentarians, businesses and NGOs. (more)

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“Children in Kakheti are using drugs” (more)

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