February 3, 2005 |
Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and Raul Usupov, deputy governor of the Kremo-Kartli region, died from a gas leak at Usupov's home, Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili said in a live broadcast. Security guards broke through a window when they heard no signs of life inside several hours after the prime minister arrived, Merabishvili said. "It is an accident," he said. "We can say that poisoning by gas took place." A gas heating stove was in the main room of the house.
February 9, 2005 |
Georgia's president nominated his finance minister as the new head of government, nearly a week after the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania from carbon monoxide poisoning, a spokeswoman said. President Mikhail Saakashvili made the decision to nominate Zurab Noghaideli, 40, after days of consultations with Cabinet officials and other advisors, spokeswoman Alana Gagloyeva said. Parliament has 10 days to vote on Noghaideli's nomination.
May 31, 2005 |
Russia promised Monday to shut its two Soviet-era military bases in neighboring Georgia and pull out its troops in 2008. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said the decision should help thaw chilly ties between the two nations. "I am sure that ... we can adjust to more constructive relations," he told journalists in Tbilisi, Georgia's capital. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei V.
July 7, 2002 |
Georgian President Eduard A. Shevardnadze pardoned three men who tried to assassinate him in 1995, a government official said. Rusiko Beridze, deputy secretary of the Security Council, said Shevardnadze signed a decree Friday that freed the men from prison terms ranging from 10 to 15 years. The three were convicted of planting a bomb in a car in Shevardnadze's motorcade on Aug. 29, 1995. Shevardnadze was hit by flying glass but not seriously hurt.
September 26, 2002 |
Georgian officials said they had agreed to hand over to Russian authorities 13 Chechens detained last month. The news came as Georgian border guards said they had arrested four gunmen trying to cross from Georgia into Russia. Prosecutor General Nugzar Gabrichidze said Georgia would heed Russia's repeated requests to extradite the 13 suspected rebels, who were detained in early August.
August 8, 2007 |
Georgia accused Russia on Tuesday of sending two fighter jets into its airspace and dropping a missile near a village. Moscow denied involvement and charged that Georgian authorities staged the incident to gain an edge in their conflict with Russia. Televised footage from an area about 40 miles west of Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, showed a deep 2-foot-wide hole in the ground that authorities said was caused by an unexploded missile dropped Monday evening.
August 25, 2007 |
Georgian forces fired on a Russian plane flying over Georgian territory, a government official said, asserting that residents nearby had reported an explosion and fire afterward. Russia immediately denied the claim. The dispute comes amid heated disagreement between the neighboring countries over Georgian accusations of airspace violations by Russian military aircraft.
June 20, 2007 |
Georgian customs officers sent a car carrying a mixture of plutonium and beryllium back into Azerbaijan after foiling an attempt to smuggle the materials over the border, Georgian television reported. Customs officials found the materials, which can be used in nuclear bombs, in what appeared to be a routine check as the car was driven over the border from Azerbaijan, the Imedi television station reported. "Georgian customs detected a high level of radiation," Imedi reported. Details were scant.
November 17, 2007 |
The government lifted a nine-day state of emergency and President Mikheil Saakashvili appointed a new prime minister, banker Lado Gurgenidze. Saakashvili promised not to impede opposition parties in the run-up to a Jan. 5 presidential vote. Western allies have been pressing him to lift the restrictions on media and demonstrations since a violent crackdown on protesters last week.
November 15, 2007 |
A state of emergency that was imposed after a police crackdown on opposition protests will end Friday, said Georgia's parliamentary speaker, a close ally of President Mikheil Saakashvili. "The state of emergency will be lifted on Nov. 16, and we will switch to a normal life," Nino Burjanadze said in a televised statement. Saakashvili imposed the state of emergency last week, after violently dispersing opposition protests in the capital, Tbilisi.