Khatuna Kalmakhelidze

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Khatuna Kalmakhelidze
ხათუნა კალმახელიძე
U.S. Ambassador Bass & Georgian Minister Kalmalkhelidze, 2010.jpg
Kalmakhelidze (left) meeting US Ambassador to Georgia John R. Bass
Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance
In office
December 21, 2009 – September 19, 2012
President Mikheil Saakashvili
Preceded by Dimitri Shashkin[1]
Succeeded by Giorgi Tughushi
Personal details
Born (1979-02-11) February 11, 1979 (age 38)
Tbilisi, Georgia

Khatuna Kalmakhelidze (Georgian: ხათუნა კალმახელიძე; born February 11, 1979) is a Georgian politician who served as the Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance from December 2009 to September 2012.[2]

Early years[edit]

Kalmakhelidze was born on February 11, 1979 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science cum laude and minored in Economics. From 2005 until 2007, she studied at Elliott School of International Affairs in George Washington University, obtaining her Master's in International Affairs and International Security. While in the United States, Kalmakhelidze also worked at the Georgian Mission to the United Nations. In 2006, she worked at Political Finance Research Unit of International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES).[3]

Political career[edit]

After returning to Georgia, Kalmakhelidze was hired as the Deputy Political Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. On December 21, 2009 she was appointed Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance.[3][4] After taking office, Kalmakhelidze instituted reforms in the penitentiary system of the country, bringing 80% of the state prisons in line with European standards.[5]

Kalmakhelidze filed resignation on September 19, 2012, amid a public outrage after a video footage of inmates being beaten and sodomized in a Tbilisi prison emerged a day earlier.[6]

Kalmakhelidze speaks English, German, French and Russian.[3][7]


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  2. ^ "Government of Georgia". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia". Retrieved 2011-03-29. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Geo Database". Retrieved 2011-03-29. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Хатуна Калмахелидзе: "Через два-три года в пенитенциарной системе бытовые проблемы будут полностью устранены"" [Khatuna Kalmakhelidze: "In two-three years, communal problems within the penitentiary system will be solved"]. Medianews. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  6. ^ Prison System Minister Resigns. Civil Georgia. August 19, 2012
  7. ^ "Government of Georgia. Khatuna Kalmakhelidze". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-03-29.