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Mingrelia

(mĭn-grē`lēə), lowland region, W Georgia, bordering the Black Sea. Tea and grapes are the chief products. Poti is the main port. The ColchisColchis
, ancient country on the eastern shore of the Black Sea and in the Caucasus region. Centered about the fertile valley of the Phasis River (the modern Rion), Colchis corresponds to the present-day region of Mingrelia in Georgia.
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 of the ancients, Mingrelia was a vassal principality (with Zugdidi as capital) under the Ottoman Empire. It was annexed to Russia in 1803. The Mingrelians (also called Megrelians) are closely related in culture and language to the Georgians.
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Merabishvili is already behind bars on separate charges but the cache found in the Samegrelo region gives more weight to the accusations against him.
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Embassy in Tbilisi has limited travel for its employees in areas adjacent to the region of South Ossetia, to include all roads north of the M-1 (East/West Highway) that lead to the region of South Ossetia; areas adjacent to the region of Abkhazia, including the Tsalenjikha District of the Samegrelo Region; and the region of the Pankisi Gorge, north of the city Akhmeta, up to the border with Russia.
The first case of ASF in Georgia was observed in the Samegrelo region on the west coast, which suggests a possible connection to the port of Poti on the Black Sea.
Most cases of HIV are in Tbilisi, but prevalence is increasing in the Black Sea coastal regions of Adjara and Samegrelo (Ikram and Kaijage 2007a).
Since the signing of the agreement in 1993, which saw Russian troops deployed in Abkhazia and the Samegrelo region of Georgia under the guise of a CIS peacekeeping force, Moscow has helped to strengthen pro-Russian irredentist sentiments in Abkhazia, provided military hardware and expertise to the renegade province, and obstructed progress toward resolution of the conflict.
We strongly advise against travel to the breakaway regions of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, the Pankisi gorge beyond Akhmeta and the Zugdidi and Tsalenjikha districts of the Samegrelo region which border Abkhazia,'' the FO says.
We closely work with decision-makers to help develop new concepts and policies in the area of non-formal Vocational Education and Training as well as implement pilot projects in the selected regions of Georgia, including Samegrelo, Svaneti and Shida Kartli.
SOCAR and the Georgian government signed an agreement to transfer control of 30 gas distribution facilities and gas distribution networks covering such regions of Georgia as Kakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Shida and Kvemo Kartli, Adjara, Guria, Imereti, Samegrelo on December 26, 2008.
Antisa spoke only Mingrelian, the dialect of the Samegrelo mountainous region, where she lived and worked as a tea and corn picker before retiring in 1965.
The State Department also has warned Americans that areas of relative lawlessness include upper Svanetia, Samtskhe-Javakheti, areas of the Samegrelo Region, and areas near Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's borders with the rest of Georgia.