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Friday, February 27
Georgian legislation available on mobile devices

People in Georgia can now use their mobile devices to search for Georgian legislation and laws online using a new mobile application.

The app, named Legislative Herald of Georgia [Matsne] launched today and can be downloaded by Android and IOS devices.

The user-friendly app offers a complete database of Georgia’s primary and secondary legislation. Users can access any consolidated normative act, including the history of changes at any stage, and can also add comments and add documents to their favorites for offline viewing.

Matsne is a legal entity under public law within the governance of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.

The Ministry announced the launch of the app and said: "An official application of the Legislative Herald of Georgia on IOS and Android platform has been created. Users, who use our website through their mobile phones or tablets are now able to receive our service through the application in a simple and comfortable way.”

Since the European Union-Georgia Association Agreement was signed in July last year, the Ministry of Justice has been working to translate Georgian legislative materials into English. Parts of the legislation is now available in English on the website (

What are two military trucks with Russian plates doing in Tbilisi?

Pictures of two massive Russian trucks parked in Tbilisi went viral on social media Wednesday and made many think that Russian soldiers had paid Georgia an unwelcome visit.

It caused concern among people to see photos of the trucks, which had the distinct look of being military, but the Interior Ministry said that the government is aware of the presence of the trucks and claimed they are private property and have no links to any military.

People in the street started noticing two military-looking trucks with Russian transit plates and, fearing that they were military, spread photos of them on Facebook and on other social media.

Nino Giorgobiani, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, explained that the ministry has been informed of the trucks and that they do not entail any threat to Georgian interests or the interests of neighboring countries.

She said a private person purchased the trucks in Russia and put transit plates on them, which prohibits exporting them to a third country.

“The owner of the trucks has been identified. The trucks are parked in Tbilisi for second-hand usage and to sell as spare parts,” she added.

An advertisement appeared on Tuesday on a popular used-car site, for two Russian trucks priced at USD 9,000. The seller writes that they are in excellent condition and come with spare parts. (DF watch)

Deputy Health Minister Davit Lomidze resigns

As Georgia’s Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Protection has informed InterPressNews, Davit Lomidze left office on his own accord on February 26.

Davit Lomidze’s successor has not been named yet, - the Ministry’s press service reports.

However, InterPressNews has found out, Director of the Social Services Agency Gaioz Talakvadze will most likely replace Lomidze.

Davit Lomidze had been working as Deputy Health Minister since 2007. (IPN)

Staff changes carried out in Defence Ministry

Staff changes have been carried out in the Georgian Defence Ministry. On February 26, the Defence Ministry released a statement on the above-mentioned. Frontnews offers it without changes:

“Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze presented new heads of Army Logistics Provision Command and J-5/8 Strategic Planning, Military Policy and Military-Civil Cooperation Department today.

Colonel Mamuka Tskhvediani replaced Colonel Giorgi Kereselidze as a Commander of Army Logistics Provision Command. Colonel Mamuka Shiukashvili is appointed as a Head of J-5/8 Strategic Planning, Military Policy and Military-Civil Cooperation Department. Both of them have been servicing in the Georgian Armed forces for many years.

Chief of General Staff, Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze and Deputy Defence Minister Kakha Okrojanashvili addressed new heads. They wished the Colonels success and pledged support.

The changes were performed by rotation. Head of J-5/9 Department and Commander of Army Logistics Provision Command were selected by the Special Selection Council. Colonel Mamuka Tskhvediani has been serving in the GAF since 1995. He worked as a head of one of the division of J-4/8 Logistics and resources Planning Department. In 2007-2009 Colonel Tskhvediani served as a Head of J-4 Logistics Department.

Colonel Mamuka Shiukashvili works in the Georgian Armed force s since 1993. In 2013-2014 he was a Senior Military Representative of the Georgian contingent in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Colonel Shiukashvili commanded Command and Staff College of Davit Aghmashenebeli National Defence Academy as well”. (Frontnews)