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Wednesday, May 28
Giant deadly snake caught in Tbilisi

City residents caught and killed a poisonous giurza snake in central Tbilisi yesterday after they found it in their basement.

The snake was reportedly about two meters in length. (News Georgia)

Foreign Ministry: Presidents of Russia and Georgia to meet soon

President Mikheil Saakashvili will meet with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev soon, according to the Foreign Ministry.

It will be the first meeting between the two since Medvedev was inaugurated as president earlier this month.

Deputy Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said both presidents had requested a meeting.

“We do not know the exact date of this meeting, but I can confirm that both parties requested the meeting,” Vashadze said. (Black Sea Press)

Georgian Intelligence Service website goes online

The Georgian Intelligence Service website has gone online.

“The aim of the site is to inform the whole population about the work the service does,” a representative said. The website’s address is

The website gives details on the structure, history and main tasks of the service, as well as contact information. (Black Sea Press)

State Ministry celebrates Diaspora Day

The State Ministry on Diaspora Issues has organized a three-day celebration for Georgian Diaspora Day on May 27–29.

Representatives of the diaspora from Turkey and the UK will participate in the event.

An official reception was held yesterday at the Vere Palace Hotel, and was attended by a Georgian choir from Turkey, the Saingilo dance group, a Pereidan boys choir and Said Muliani, a scientist.

Those taking part met Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II yesterday evening.

A scientific conference will be held today at I. Javakhishvili Sate University in the frames of the event and a photo exhibition will be arranged at Tbilisi State University.

An excursion to Sighnaghi is also planned for tomorrow. (Prime News)

Rustavi has new mayor

Mamuka Chikovani, 31, has been elected as the new mayor of Rustavi, an industrial town about 40 kilometers outside of Tbilisi.

Former mayor and ruling party candidate Davit Nadashvili won the majoritarian race in Rustavi.

Davit Kirkitadze, governor of Kvemo Kartli region, praised Nadashvili for his tenure as mayor.

Chikovani graduated from the economics department at Tbilisi State University and Georgian Polytechnic University. He is married with two children. (Prime News)