Tension rose in the self-proclaimed Transdnestria, Moldova, where the locals are demanding withdrawal of Russian troops. The participants of the large-scale rallies blocked up the bridge near the base of the Russian troops and gave a week deadline to the government to close checkpoints of Russian army. The protests were launched in Transdnestria after a Russian peacekeeper fatally shot a young Moldovan man, Vadim Pisar, 19, as he sped through a checkpoint early on New Year’s Day. Along with locals, political organizations have also joined the rallies threatening to increase the number of protestors if their demands are ignored.
The autumn session of the parliament of Georgia opens with a meeting of the bureau, this time in Tbilisi. The Tbilisi office of the parliament was reconstructed and the lawmakers have moved from Kutaisi to the capital, however, the parliament speaker says the major sessions will be held in Kutaisi office sometimes.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has slammed the NATO Secretary General for his statements made on Ukraine`s crisis. Lavrov says that the statements made by Rasmussen on Ukraine`s crisis mostly exceed his competence.
Russia plans to alter its military strategy - deputy secretary of Russia Security Council Mikheil Popov has said. Popov defined that the developments in Ukraine and NATO`s presence in Eastern Europe, as well as its anti-missile defence plan makes Russia change the military doctrine and make it more precise.
Four convicts at the Kutaisi prison have gone on hunger strike. Reportedly, one of them has even sewed his mouth and eyes in protest. The protestors call for the prosecutor`s office to revise their cases, asserting they are not guilty in the crimes, for which they were convicted.
Three peaceful residents of the Shida Kartli Region, who were arrested last week by the Russian occupants for alleged crossing of the so-called border line of the occupied Tskhinvali Region, have been released today.