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Tuesday, June 8
National Movement spent GEL 14m on elections

The National Movement spent GEL 14m on the 30 May elections. The various parties had to present their election expenses by 18:00 yesterday, but Zurab Melikishvili, Secretary General of the National Movement, said that they had already submitted their accounts to the Central Election Commission. The document will become public in two days.

Melikishvili said that the money spent by the National Movement was mainly donated by the National Movement itself.

Five parties won seats at the 30 May elections: The National Movement, the Alliance for Georgia, the Christian-Democratic Movement, the National Council and Industry will Save Georgia.

Gigi Ugulava meets Gia Chanturia and Irakli Alasania

Gigi Ugulava has held a meeting with Irakli Alasania and Gia Chanturia, as Chanturia and the Press Services of Alasania and Ugulava have confirmed.

"The Tbilisi Mayor expressed a wish to cooperate with the other Mayoral candidates. He has already met some of them. He will meet others too," Ugulava's Press Service stated. Gia Chanturia did not give any details of the meeting. Irakli Alasania’s Press Service said "views regarding development were shared".

Baghaturia calls upon Government to take care of teachers` problems

The leader of Georgian Troupe, MP Jondi Baghaturia, objects to the Government decision to prevent schoolteachers working as tutors. Baghaturia says that giving private lessons is a great help for teachers, who have very low salaries and need an additional source of income.

Baghaturia calls on the Government to lift the restrictions on private teaching and work on new projects for improving the quality of education in public schools.
(Rustavi 2)

Russian air company Sibir to conduct charter flights to Tbilisi

Georgia has allowed the Russian air company Sibir to conduct Moscow - Tbilisi - Moscow flights. It will make several such flights, although the exact details are not yet known.

Sibir is the first Russian air company which has officially asked the Georgian authorities for permission to conduct flights to the country.
(Prime News)

President attends photo exhibition in Paris

As part of his official visit to France the Georgian President has attended a photo exhibition held as part of the Georgian Days in Paris. The photographs were commissioned by the famous photo agency Magnum.

The Georgian Spring - Magnum Diary exhibition was held in the Palais de Tokyo Art Museum. Senior French Government members attended it.

The Days of Georgian Culture in Paris continue.
(Rustavi 2)

Russian-based Georgian actor visits Gori

Georgians and Russians can't be separated, Russia-based Georgian actor Oleg Basilashvili said. The 75-year-old actor has returned Georgia after a 33-year interval and is in the Gori district with a TV crew preparing a programme to mark his birthday.

The actor's ancestors came from the village of Karbi in the August war-affected Gori district. The TV show is being shot in the village. Basikashvili is the most prevalent surname in the village.

"When I heard that that terrible war (August 2008) had broken out here, I could not rest. I gave an interview to a radio station in which I openly criticised the Russian authorities for their provocative activities. All this was very painful for me. I know that homes were razed to the ground in the villages. But it's not about those, it's about the people who died for nothing. I am grateful to those people who met me here. I want to wish all the best to them," Basilashvili said.
(Rustavi 2)