Minister of Justice of Georgia Tea Tsulukiani has commented on the fact of surveillance at Rustavi2 today. The minister says any fact infringing freedom of expression and generally, human rights, is unacceptable for the government of Georgia and must be investigated in time. If this fact is true, then the culprit must be punished - the minister said. `The course of our government in protection of human rights is very firm and one of the components of the human rights is the freedom of expression and inviolability of private life. If this is true, the perpetrators must be punished and you know that the prosecutor`s office has started investigation. Here I should add that when Nika Gvaramia [director general of Rustavi2] was the producer of this very culture of surveillance and secret control, he probably did not acknowledge the range of damage inflicted onto our democracy and human rights in our country. It`s good that he apologized publicly,` Tea Tsulukiani said.
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.