The geologists have released an interim report on the causes of the landslide in the Dariali Gorge, which has killed about eight people and destroyed the central highway connecting Georgia with Russia. The geologists have concluded that the landslide and mudslide was caused by natural factors and no technical works at a hydro electric power plant could have affected the firmness of the mountains there, therefore it could not have been prevented. The experts have been exploring the disaster area during the past two days. They say the Devdoraki ravine is a dangerous seismological area, adding the destructive landslide occurred there in 2007 too. The Green Alternative NGO disagrees with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and says they have addressed them several times warning that the exploration works around the Dariali power plant construction were not properly conducted and the assertions that the disaster could not be prevented are groundless.
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.