President visited Ozurgeti district of Guria Region
President of Georgia met with locals in the village of Bakhvi, Ozurgeti district of the Guria Region. Mikheil Saakashvili met with the crowd in the centre of the village and listened to their problems. President introduced the details of the government`s social programs and its priorities, which are mostly focused on the improvement of insurance programs, 1000 GEL social vouchers and increased pensions, which will be issued to the pensioners from September 2012. After the visit to this village, Mikheil Saakashvili and Minister of Regional Development Ramaz Nikolaishvili went to Ireki resort to observe the ongoing works along the beach.
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.