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Wednesday, September 12
Georgian, Ukrainian Interior Ministers Discuss Countering Organized Crime

On September 10, Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia visited Ukraine and met with Ukrainian counterpart, Arsen Avakov. The two ministers discussed their countries’ police cooperation, including in countering organized crime.

At the meeting, Gakharia and Avakov agreed to establish a joint working group to improve cooperation between their criminal departments and to ensure operative exchange of information about criminals, among them so-called thieves-in-law or criminal bosses.

A separate working group would reportedly be established for improving cooperation among Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Minister Gakharia spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart about the changes proposed by the Georgian government to heighten penalties for membership to criminal groups and to criminalize cooperation with and providing assistance to the so-called thieves-in-law or the criminal bosses.

According to the Georgian Interior Ministry, Gakharia also hailed the Ukrainian cybersecurity department as “the best in Europe,” and invited Ukrainian officers to Georgia “to exchange experience.” The parties also discussed countering international drug crimes. (

Three minors fall under debris in Tbilisi

Three minors accidentally fell under debris in Tbilisi late on Monday. The health condition of one of the injured boys is critical, the Georgian Interior Ministry reported.

The ministry said that the incident was allegedly caused by the collapse of an old garage near the 101 residential flat at the Gardabani highway, in the outskirts of Tbilisi.

The investigation is ongoing for the violation of safety norms during the construction process.

Georgian Health Minister David Sergeenko said that the minors are 14, 15 and 8 years old.

He told the media that one of the boys suffers light injuries, while another needs an operation.

After the operation, his health condition will allegedly be manageable, and his life will not be at risk,” Segeenko said.

Sergeenko repeated that life of the third minor is at risk. (