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Salome Zurabishvili:
I withdrew the Russian troops from Georgia

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Salome Zurabishvili’s statement is a MANIPULATION OF FACTS.   Resume: In 1995, Russia and Georgia signed an agreement to deploy four Russian military bases in Georgia (in Batumi, Gudauta, Akhalkalaki and Vaziani) for 25 years (with the perspective of prolonging the deployment) if Russia provided help to restore Georgia’s territorial integrity and […]

Manipulation with Facts
Rati Ionatamishvili:
In his term of presidency thus far, Margvelashvili pardoned 3,617 persons. Of these, 82% were convicted for serious or particularly serious crimes

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Rati Ionatamishvili’s statement is a MANIPULATION OF NUMBERS.   Resume: Since 17 November 2017 up to June 2018, Giorgi Margvelashvili pardoned 4,008 convicts and ex-convicts. Of this amount, 90% (3,069) were convicted for serious or particularly serious crimes. However, it is the whole context of this situation which is of particular interest […]

Manipulation of Numbers
Sergo Ratiani:
Of the 16,000 certified teachers, only 3,522 are able to receive GEL 800. Nearly 12,000 teachers, in effect, cannot receive their own salaries

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Sergo Ratiani’s statement is MOSTLY TRUE.   Resume: The minimum wage and terms of labour remuneration for public school teachers are governed by the 2015 decree of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia. In accordance with the decree, the salaries of teachers should correspond to their professional development and career […]

Mostly True
Giga Bokeria:
The institution of the jury trial was restored in 2010 (Georgia had it in 1918-1921), only for homicides in aggravated circumstances in Tbilisi alone. However, there was a plan to expand it… Initially, the Georgian Dream started to apply it for official misconduct as well and launched jury trials in Kutaisi, too. After that, as a result of losing in one of the cases, Garibashvili came forward and condemned the institution of the jury trial. It has been seven years since jury trials were introduced but, in fact, their use is not expanding anymore

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Giga Bokeria’s statement is MOSTLY TRUE.   Resume: The first attempt to introduce jury trial in Georgia was in 1918-1921 although it was never fully implemented because of Russia’s occupation of Georgia. In 2004, the Constitution of Georgia was amended and the jury trial was introduced in Article 82. In October 2009, […]

Mostly True
Mikheil Saakashvili:
In my time, the state budget increased tenfold whilst in Ivanishvili’s time, it decreased by 8% in USD

FactCheck concludes that Mikheil Saakashvili’s statement is a LIE.   Resume: State budget figures are given in the national currency because payments (revenues) as well as spending budget funds (expenses) are carried out in the national currency. Therefore, figures for different periods should be compared in GEL given that there is no legitimate ground to […]

Irakli Kobakhidze:
As compared to 2012, budget revenues have increased by 50%. This means that the taxable income of Georgian citizens increased by 50%

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Irakli Kobakhidze’s statement is MOSTLY FALSE.   Resume: In 2012, the total revenues in the state budget amounted to GEL 7,115 million. In accordance with the planned amount of budget revenues for 2018, the total revenues comprise GEL 10,314 million which constitutes a 45% growth as compared to 2012. However, equating budget […]

Mostly False
Irakli Kobakhidze:
We had a 5% economic growth last year which is one of the best performances in the region. Estimates are to have a 5.5% economic growth this year

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Irakli Kobakhidze’s statement is HALF TRUE.   Resume: In 2017, Georgia’s economic growth constituted 5% which put Georgia in the 7th position of the region’s 24 countries. The average regional economic growth is 4.1%. Even though Georgia occupies the 7th position in terms of economic growth rates, it is hard to plainly […]

Half True
Ivane Machavariani:
The production of cannabis for medical purposes in the world is growing and there will be a cannabis market of USD 25 billion by 2024-2025 according to different estimates

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Ivane Machavariani’s statement is TRUE.   Resume: In August 2019, Global Market Insights published a research study on the size of the medical marijuana market. The research study analyses markets in terms of the type of medical cannabis,[1] the ways of consumption and the methods for its distribution. It is also noted […]

Grigol Vashadze:
The crime rate has increased by 50%

Verdict: FactCheck leaves Grigol Vashadze’s statement WITHOUT VERDICT.   Resume: In accordance with the data of January-August 2018, registered crime has increased by 58.46% as compared to the same period of the previous year. However, the increase in registered crime might not automatically mean an increased crime rate and may not depict the real picture. Such […]

Without Verdict
Beno Kashakashvili:
As a result of workplace accidents, the highest number of people – 81 – died in 2010 whilst 168 people were severely injured the same year. In 2014, the number of deaths was 41-42, in 2016 – 58 and it dropped to 15 in 2017. Statistics have changed by nearly 40%
Adjara, Batumi
Why does Dinamo Batumi have to play domestic matches at a different field when Batumi City Hall has spent GEL 4 million for the construction of the Angisi sports base?
Nino Tsilosani:
5.8 million international travellers visited Georgia in the first eight months of 2018 which is 12% more as compared to the same period of the previous year… The largest international media platform put Georgia in the top ten countries to visit in 2018
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