2018 in Georgia (country)

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Georgia (country)

See also: Other events of 2018
List of years in Georgia (country)

The following lists events in 2018 in Georgia.



Autonomous republics


  • Chairman of the Government: Zurab Pataradze (15 July 2016 – present)
  • Chairman of the Supreme Council: Davit Gabaidze (28 November 2016 – present)


Disputed territories


South Ossetia



  • 3 January – Protests erupt in breakaway Abkhazia over the de facto president Khadjimba's decision to pardon and hand over to the Georgian authorities the region's ethnic Georgian native serving a 20-year prison term for the kidnapping and murder of Abkhaz officials. The region's legislature convenes in an emergency session to set up a commission to investigate the legality of Khadjimba's move.[1]
  • 5 January – The Tbilisi City Court sentences the former President Mikheil Saakashvili to three-year imprisonment in absentia for abusing power in pardoning the former Interior Ministry officials convicted in the 2006 Sandro Girgvliani murder case. Saakashvili, the opposition United National Movement party, and the incumbent President Giorgi Margvelashvili denounce the decision.[2]
  • 30 January – Ceiling collapse at the Tbilisi Metro station Varketili, renovated in August 2017, injures at least 14. An investigation into possible violation of safety norms is launched.[3][4]


  • 22 February – A Georgian citizen, Archil Tatunashvili, dies while in custody of the Russian-backed South Ossetian authorities in Tskhinvali, leading to an outrage in Georgia and concerns expressed by the EU mission and foreign embassies.[5][6]



  • 3 January – Valery Chalidze, a Soviet-era dissident and human rights activist (born 1938).
  • 4 January – Tristan Makhauri, a Georgian philologist and folklorist (born 1959).
  • 8 January – Mariam Lordkipanidze, a Georgian historian (born 1922).
  • 9 January – Mikheil Naneishvili, a Georgian philosopher and politician, MP (1992–1995, 1999–2004) (born 1934).
  • 10 January – Gia Chanturia, a Georgian diplomat and oil executive, ambassador to Azerbaijan (1994–1996), head of International Oil Corporation of Georgia (1995–2004) (born 1957).
  • 15 January – Samson Kutateladze, a Georgian businessman and former brigadier general, MP (2008–2012) (born 1964), shot.
  • 26 February – Giorgi Maisashvili, a Georgian economist and politician (born 1962).


  1. ^ Fuller, Liz (31 January 2018). "Analysis: Is History Repeating Itself In Abkhazia?". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Saakashvili Found Guilty of Exceeding Authority". Civil Georgia. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Tbilisi metro station ceiling collapses injuring 14". JAMnews. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Varketili metro station reopens after last night's intensive works". Agenda.ge. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Majority, Opposition MPs Draft Resolutions Condemning Tatunashvili's Death". Civil Georgia. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "Georgia Vows To Repatriate Man Who Died In Custody In South Ossetia". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018. 
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