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Wednesday, October 27
Akhalgori residents can enter Russia on an ‘Ossetian’ passport

The population of Akhalgori, a Georgian region currently under Russian control, will be given Russian passports from January, Rezonansi writes.

They say the distribution of passports should be complete by August 2011. According to Soslan Jigkaev, head of the Tskhinvali passport department, each resident of the region will be obliged to take the passport.

The Akhalgori population will have to refuse Georgian citizenship in order to take the new so-called South Ossetian passports.

The de facto leaders say that taking Ossetian passports is voluntary an there is no pressure on the local population. Those who do not accept it will be considered foreign citizens.

Analyst Mamuka Areshidze says that the aim of distributing so called Ossetian passports is because the so called South Ossetian leadership needs to know in reality who and how many people live in Ksani gorge. As they identify the population number it is obvious that others will not be allowed to enter this territory and Akhalgori will become totally separated from Georgia.

“Einstein” begins in schools

By the initiative of MES, implementation of the program “Einstein” begins from October 26 in the Public Schools of Georgia, 24 Hours reports. The program envisages the refurbishment of the science laboratories to enhance the teaching of natural sciences.

“In order to strengthen the teaching of natural sciences, development of appropriate infrastructure is necessary. One of the priorities of MES is strengthening natural science disciplines and popularising them. Learning should be interesting and enjoyable. So the programme “Einstein” is launched under the initiative of MES,” announced the Georgian Minister of Education and Science, Dimitri Shashkin during the presentation of the program.

Principals of the Public School ¹24, Gia Murghulia and Vekua Public School ¹42, Aluda Goglichidze positively assessed the programme.

According to the programme biology, chemistry and physics laboratories will be gradually refurnished.