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Tuesday, June 3 2008, #102 (1618)

No letup in Georgia-Russia spat as presidents prepare to meet

Moscow accused Georgia yesterday of being the “instigator of all recent provocations” in the breakaway region of Abkhazia, days before President Mikheil Saakashvili is due to meet his new Russian counterpart for the first time. (more)

Subari: Government behind ‘systematic’ political violence

Georgia’s human rights ombudsman said he sees systematic and worsening attacks on political and media freedom in the last few weeks. (more)

Third drug test clears opposition leader

Levan Gachechiladze, a leading opposition politician and MP-elect, passed a mandatory drug test on his third attempt. (more)

Amid dissent and contradictions, no clear tactic for opposition picket

Opposition parties will picket the first session of parliament in an avowed effort to stop it from convening, but as dissent within their ranks grows, it is hard to see how they will meet with success. (more)

The News in Brief

Opposition activists attacked. (more)

Aliyev: Azerbaijan to produce 20 percent more oil in 2008

Azerbaijan expects to produce 20 percent more oil in 2008 compared with last year, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the Caspian Oil and Gas Conference in Baku this week. (more)

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“Malkhaz Akishbaia: Saakashvili’s offer is a unique chance for Abkhazians”

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