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Friday, May 2 2008, #083 (1599)

Russia’s extra peacekeepers hit the ground in Abkhazia

Russian troops arrived in Abkhazia yesterday to bolster the country’s peacekeeping force in the breakaway region, while Tbilisi decried the move as illegal. (more)

First OSCE pre-election report cites campaign concerns

The country is “highly polarised” approaching the May 21 parliamentary elections, said the top foreign election monitoring team in Georgia in its first pre-election report. (more)

Anti-Semitic attack on Batumi gravesites

Vandals have struck the Jewish cemetery in the seaside town of Batumi, painting swastikas and burning kindling on the gravestones. (more)

Women’s issues NGOs rally for female MPs

A coalition of women’s NGOs rallied outside Public School No. 1 on Rustaveli Avenue yesterday, in support of women candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections. (more)

National Bank raises interest rates to fight inflation

With March’s inflation in the double-digits, the central bank says it is adopting a tighter monetary policy to get inflation down to its eight percent target. (more)

Interview: Republican leader Davit Usupashvili

Is the Republican Party too moderate for Georgia? (more)

Words of the Day

Patriarch calls for a better work ethic and a GM-free crops

In his Easter sermon, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II emphasized the need for a better work ethic in Georgia. (more)

Tbilisi reporting foreign businesses in Abkhazia to Interpol

Tbilisi will report foreign businessmen operating in the breakaway region of Abkhazia to Interpol, State Minister for Reintegration Issues Temur Iakobashvili announced last week. (more)

Press Scanner

“A terrible murder in Khobi region” (more)

Local news photographer wins Russian award for November 7 coverage

This spring, the 11th annual Best Press Photo of Russia competition honored Tbilisi-based photographer Alexander Klimchuk. (more)

Sturua’s adaptation of Hamlet a ‘true masterpiece’

Robert Sturua’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” which is performed from time-to-time at Rustaveli Theater, is a true masterpiece of stagecraft. (more)

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