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Mamuka Bakhtadze:
Since 2012, we have improved our positions in every field, be it media pluralism, human rights or transparency

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Mamuka Bakhtadze’s statement is HALF TRUE.   Resume: In accordance with Freedom House’s 2018 research, media freedom in Georgia has improved since 2014 (reached 4.00) and a positive trend was maintained until 2017. Since 2018, Georgia’s media freedom index returned to its 2012 figure (4.25). In accordance with another research study by […]

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Zurab Japaridze:
In the last years, we have spent GEL 2 billion on agriculture but growth constitutes only 4.5%

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Zurab Japaridze’s statement is HALF TRUE.   Resume: In 2013-2018, funding for the Ministry of Agriculture comprised a total of GEL 1,690,600 million and GEL 1,456,700 million in 2013-2017. In this period, despite the increased funding, the real growth rate of agriculture has been declining. Moreover, in 2017, the agriculture sector decreased by […]

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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

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Nino Tsilosani’s statement is TRUE.   Resume: In accordance with the data of the Georgian National Tourism Administration, the number of international travellers to Georgia in the period of January-August 2018 equals 5.9 million persons whilst growth as compared to the same figure (5.2 million) of the previous year constitutes 12.2%. Of note […]

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State Agencies which Withhold Public Information and Violate Requirements of the Law

Representatives of the Government of Georgia often talk about progress in regard to the transparency of public agencies. In September 2017, Georgia became the Open Governance Programme (OGP) chair country which is undoubtedly welcoming. However, as FactCheck’s experience – and not only FactCheck’s – shows, simple issues such as obtaining public information may oftentimes become […]

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Medication Funding Programme: Minimal State Expenses and Minimal Results

The population’s poor access to medication remains one of the main challenges of the healthcare sector. UNICEF’s population welfare research studies show that people’s access to medication has worsened. In 2017, a state programme for providing medicine for chronic diseases was launched in Georgia. As part of the programme, medicine for cardiovascular, lung and chronic […]

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Aleksandre Motserelia:
Governors can probe into the activities of municipal councils. When a commission enters a municipality and studies any transgressions, governors have the power to suspend a municipality’s authority based on the commission’s report

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Aleksandre Motserelia’s statement is a LIE.   Resume: A state trustee or governor is a central governmental representative in territorial-administrative units mostly responsible for fulfilling the central government’s tasks. Probing into the activities of a municipality is not part of a state trustee’s power and, therefore, he is not authorised to do […]

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Roman Gotsiridze:
The Government of Georgia lent nearly GEL 3 billion of national resources to commercial banks

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Roman Gotsiridze’s statement is HALF TRUE.   Resume: In accordance with Roman Gotsiridze’s statement, the former Minister of Finance of Georgia, Nodar Khaduri, gave GEL 300 million to commercial banks whilst the Government of Georgia gave the banks an additional GEL 1 billion from the budget balance. Two years ago, the National […]

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Nika Melia:
The Government of Georgia has depreciated GEL to a historic minimum and increased fuel prices as much as possible. You have not increased pension with at least GEL 1, whilst you promised to increase pensions substantially. Instead, you are giving pay raise to high ranking officials

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Nika Melia’s statement is MOSTLY FALSE.   Resume: GEL exchange rate against USD peaked at the end of 2016 and reached 2.76 mark. In that period, USD index registered a growth, which was reflected upon global appreciation of USD against every other currencies of the world. Therefore, the Government of Georgia was […]

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Zurab Tchiaberashvili:
The “Georgian Dream” inherited the government debt in the amount of GEL 8.5 billion whilst today the government debt is GEL 18.5 billion

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Zurab Tchiaberashvili’s statement is MOSTLY TRUE.   Resume: In accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s data, in 2012 total government debt was GEL 8.5 billion. As of 30 June 2018, that figure has increased to GEL 16.3 billion instead of GEL 18.5 billion as claimed by the MP. In 2012-2017, government debt […]

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Ten Years after the War – Russian Occupation in Numbers

Ten years after the 2008 war, the Russian Federation still occupies and still continues to make provocations against Georgia. The most vivid examples of this behaviour are the numerous facts of illegal actions committed by the Russian forces alongside the occupation line as well as the daily terror they inflict upon the local population. The […]

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Mikheil Saakashvili:
The number of bank debtors was 110,000 in 2012 and now this figure has reached 250,000. At the same time, more than 600,000 people are dealing with pawn shops where interest rates are 45%. Three million people are left in Georgia and of these, every five persons has to go to a pawn shop
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