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Tuesday, December 21
Shevardnadze: New Russian Weapons Can Be Directed Against West

Fresh Russian aggression against Georgia is unlikely in the near future.

The former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze made the statement in his interview to the Georgian newspaper “Asaval-Dasavali” on December 20.

"Statements of some experts are expected in spring stating that Russia's aggression does not correspond to reality" - the former president said.

Shevardnadze considers that Russia will not attack Georgia for at least two years. However, he does not exclude that anything can be expected from Russia.

The ex-president also touched upon the issue related to the allocation of a trillion rubles on armaments in Russia.

“Russia made so many mistakes that the country must answer for that, but until it happens Georgia should regulate its relations with Moscow”, -said Shevardnadze.

`Armenia heading for Georgian experience`: Newsland

"Armenia is heading for the Georgian experience", - this is the title of Armenian President`s speech published by Serzh Sargsyan delivered the speech at the Celebration of the 20 the anniversary of the Republican Party led by the President himself.

"Today, the number one obstacle to the progress of Armenia is bribery and corruption", Sargsyan said. In this context, the President cited the experience of Georgia as the former Soviet republic, where bribery and corruption were brought to a minimum, and people began to trust government officials, police and judges.

Sargsyan said the problem Armenia is facing today is how to overcome the problem of corruption. "It’s not a fairy tale, it is - reality", he added.
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Georgian delegation pays official visit to Poland

The Georgian Minister for Regional Development and Infrastructure, Ramaz Nikoleishvili, met with his Polish counterpart during the Georgian delegation's official visit to Poland.

The two ministers summed up the results of the activities carried out within the bilateral cooperation.

As reported, Poland intends to allocate about Gel 0,5 million to Georgia for funding projects of regional development.

While visiting Warsaw, the Georgian minister along with the Georgian ambassador to Poland, laid wreaths on the memorial to late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and the Polish delegation that were killed in a plane crash in Smolensk in April 2010.
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Tea Tsulukiani – Palestine and Bangladesh Elections are Better than Georgia's

Free Democrats are calling on the Georgian National Movement to cease creating fairytales about the ostentatious democracy in the country and take active steps in order to leave behind a truly democratic State after the resignation .

The Deputy Chairman of Free Democrats, Tea Tsulukiani, made the statement while commenting on the results of the “Economist” edition survey showing that Georgia is 103rd in terms of the democracy index worldwide.

“We are actively involved in electoral environment improvement issues and the relevant information from the survey is very important to us. According to the data, elections are conducted better in Palestine, Honduras, Ecuador, Bangladesh and other countries than in Georgia. We are ready to supervise a National Movement in the final stage of their power”, Tsulukiani added.

According to the survey, Georgia has been granted 4.59 points out of a 10 point scale. Economic analytics consider that the Georgian government system belongs to a hybrid type of regime. It is neither democratic, nor authoritarian.

The survey reveals that the democracy index is higher in Bhutan, Kenya, Cambodia, Mozambique, Uganda, Liberia, Senegal, Palestine, Tanzania, Zambia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, Albania, Singapore, Bolivia and some other countries in comparison to Georgia.

Opposition party accuses MIA of organizing campaign against their leader

Opposition movement For Fair Georgia has accused the Ministry of Interior of organizing a campaign against their leader Zurab Noghaideli. Koba Abuladze of the party briefed in this regard yesterday and announced that one of the Deputy Ministers of the Interior was in charge of running an intentional campaign against Noghaideli and their party, asserting they had evidence to prove the allegation.

The opposition movement calls upon the government to stop activities aimed against their leader, otherwise, they plan to send the evidence to the Diplomatic Corps and international organizations.
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Giorgi Shengelaia to Deliver Master Class at Theatre and Cinema University

Famous Georgian film director Giorgi Shengelaia will hold a master class at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Cinema University on December 21-24 . The Event will be supported by Georgia’s National Cinematography Center.

As the University's official statement says, the aim of the 4-day Master Class is to familiarize students with a producer’s work principles on the stage and teach them the skills required to undergo the entire process from writing a script to shooting an actual film. The Master Class will be attended by 50 students.

The Event is planned to be held in the 2nd building of Tbilisi State University from 14.00 to 17.00.

National Council Filed Lawsuit against Jewelry Store "Swarovski"

The “National Council” of Georgia filed a suit against a jewellery store "Swarovski" on December 20.

The opposition “National Council” of Georgia will submit a claim against the world-famous jewellery shop “Swarovski”, located in Tbilisi.

According to a member of the National Council and a leader of the Conservative Party, Zviad Dzidziguri, in spite of numerous warnings, an inscription on Georgian language has not been placed on the facade of the shop.

"It will be a test for the Georgian court as to how it will protect the honour of the Georgian language", - said Dzidziguri.

Meanwhile, the Georgian representative office of "Swarovski" states that there is no violation of the law under the current legislation.