Articles by Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili



Georgia Claims World's Oldest Person at 130

  • 09 July 10
  • The Associated Press
Georgian authorities claim a woman from a remote mountain village turned 130 on Thursday, making her the oldest person on Earth. A civil registry spokesman said the woman was born July 8, 1880.

Georgia Says Russia Making New Border

  • 04 August 09
  • The Associated Press
Georgia accused Russia on Monday of trying to take more territory outside the breakaway province of South Ossetia as tensions rose before the first anniversary of their war last summer.

U.S. Destroyer Anchors Off Georgia

A U.S. warship anchored off Georgia’s coast for joint military exercises Tuesday while Russian jets pounded mock targets nearby in a sign of lingering tensions over Georgia.

Ruling Party Wins Most Seats in S. Ossetian Vote

  • 02 June 09
  • The Associated Press
The ruling party in South Ossetia won half the parliament seats in the first election since Russia drove Georgian forces out of the breakaway Georgian province, electoral officials said Monday.

Blast Kills 2 Georgian Police Near South Ossetia

  • 11 November 08
  • The Associated Press
An explosion killed two Georgian police officers early Monday near the disputed region of South Ossetia, an official said. EU monitors called the attack an unacceptable breach of the cease-fire that ended the Georgia-Russia war.

Saakashvili Praises Military Exercise

  • 23 July 08
  • The Associated Press
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili praised a joint military training program involving more than 1,000 U.S. Marines and soldiers at a former Soviet base, amid heightened tensions with Moscow.

Saakashvili Opens Parliament Early

  • 09 June 08
  • The Associated Press
Opposition lawmakers refused to take their seats in Georgia’s parliament Saturday, claiming that last month’s elections were rigged in favor of the ruling party.

Parliament Boycott Planned in Tbilisi

  • 26 May 08
  • The Associated Press
Georgia's main opposition bloc announced Friday that it will boycott parliament and hold a street demonstration to protest a vote that gave a huge majority of seats to President Mikheil Saakashvili's governing party, election officials said.

Saakashvili Talking Up Conciliation

  • 21 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Mikheil Saakashvili was sworn in to a second presidential term Sunday, pledging to mend fences with Russia, push Georgia closer to the West and bring prosperity to a republic troubled by a divisive election that opponents claim was rigged.

Georgians Celebrate and Protest at a Rally

  • 16 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on Tuesday in Georgia's capital, pressing for a presidential runoff but celebrating an agreement giving government opponents more control over the main state-funded television station.

Georgians Celebrate and Protest at a Rally

  • 16 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on Tuesday in Georgia's capital, pressing for a presidential runoff but celebrating an agreement giving government opponents more control over the main state-funded television station.

Thousands Demand Vote Recount at Tbilisi Rally

  • 14 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied Sunday across Tbilisi to protest what they denounced as massive vote fraud that helped Mikheil Saakashvili win a second presidential term.

Thousands Demand Vote Recount at Tbilisi Rally

  • 14 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied Sunday across Tbilisi to protest what they denounced as massive vote fraud that helped Mikheil Saakashvili win a second presidential term.

Vote Count Confirms Victory for Saakashvili

  • 10 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Several hundred opposition supporters protested Wednesday, emphasizing their claims of fraud in Georgia's presidential vote, as the top electoral official said a nearly complete ballot count confirmed Mikheil Saakashvili's re-election.

Vote Count Confirms Victory for Saakashvili

  • 10 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Several hundred opposition supporters protested Wednesday, emphasizing their claims of fraud in Georgia's presidential vote, as the top electoral official said a nearly complete ballot count confirmed Mikheil Saakashvili's re-election.

Tensions Rise After Georgian Election

  • 09 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Georgian opposition leaders pressed ahead Tuesday with claims that Mikheil Saakashvili's re-election as president was rigged, and vowed to hold a hunger strike in protest.

Tensions Rise After Georgian Election

  • 09 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Georgian opposition leaders pressed ahead Tuesday with claims that Mikheil Saakashvili's re-election as president was rigged, and vowed to hold a hunger strike in protest.

20,000 Rally for Saakashvili's Ouster

  • 06 November 07
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of opposition supporters protested for a fourth straight day Monday in Georgia's capital, briefly encircling the parliament and President Mikheil Saakashvili's office and chanting for him to step down.

Ex-Georgian Minister is Freed on Bail

  • 10 October 07
  • The Associated Press
Georgia's former defense minister was freed on a multimillion-dollar bail early Tuesday after retracting accusations against the president of corruption and a murder plot.

Stories Differ After Clash in Ossetia

  • 28 September 07
  • The Associated Press
The commander of Georgian peacekeeping forces near the breakaway province of South Ossetia called an overnight firefight ""a deliberate attack"" by separatist forces, but the Russian peacekeeper commander said it was unclear who fired first.

Armed Forces Chief Calls Jet Story a Fake

  • 10 August 07
  • The Associated Press
TBILISI, Georgia -- General Yury Baluyevsky, head of the General Staff, on Thursday accused Georgia of fabricating a report of a Russian missile attack as the two countries continued bickering over an incident that heightened bilateral tensions.

Tbilisi Says Missile an Act of Aggression

  • 08 August 07
  • The Associated Press
TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia accused Russia of ""undisguised aggression"" Tuesday, saying two Russian fighter jets intruded on its airspace and fired a missile that landed just meters from a house. Russia denied the claim.

Russian Troops on High Alert

  • 02 October 06
  • The Associated Press
The commander of Russian military forces in Georgia said Sunday that his troops had been put on high alert and ordered to shoot to kill to defend their bases, as the two countries faced their worst bilateral crisis in years over the arrest of Russian officers on spying charges.

Breakaway Provinces Spark War of Words

  • 25 September 06
  • The Associated Press
Russian and Georgian diplomats traded angry statements Friday, accusing each other of stalling talks on Georgia's separatist province of South Ossetia, in a sign of growing tensions between the two countries.

Tbilisi Withdraws Some Troops From Gorge

  • 31 July 06
  • The Associated Press
The Georgian government over the weekend pulled out some of its troops from a gorge on the edge of the breakaway province of Abkhazia following an operation to quell a rebel militia.

Georgia Denies Military Operation

  • 26 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Georgia's foreign minister on Tuesday sharply rejected allegations that a military operation was being planned to take control of a section of one of the country's breakaway regions.

Tensions Rise in Georgia Over Kodori Gorge

  • 25 July 06
  • The Associated Press
A former Georgian presidential envoy who threatened to forcibly resist any central government attempts to assert control over his independent-minded district said Monday that he was ready to negotiate.

Lavrov Vows to Protect Russians in Georgia

  • 20 July 06
  • The Associated Press
The foreign minister's remarks follow a Georgian effort to oust Russian troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Georgia Says It Wants to Review Its WTO Deal

  • 17 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Georgia said Friday that it wanted to renegotiate a bilateral deal on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization, accusing Moscow of discrimination against Georgian exports.

Rally Seeks Saakashvili's Resignation

  • 26 May 06
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of opposition activists and supporters of a wanted former security minister rallied in the Georgian capital on Thursday to call for the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili and his government.