Georgia: Rustavi 2 is the keystone of the UNM’s resilience


As for now, the jury is out and all of Rustavi 2’s assets have been frozen by a Georgian court. Most Georgian obtain the bulk of their information from informal networks, the proverbial grapevine, or from Rustavi2, the most popular TV station in…

VT Bureau Chief Detained by Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs


When Jeffrey Silverman, Georgia Bureau Chief for Veterans Today, was detained for five hours last Friday the Georgian authorities could not find his name in their high…

Davit Kezerashvili, Georgia’s Most Wanted: Walks Free with Political Impunity


Whenever Georgia has made the news in recent years one name has kept cropping up – that of Davit Kezerashvili, the Defence Minister during the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. At that point he was 29, and people were asking how he could have…

Evidence Destroyed by FBI agent in Zurab Zhvania Murder Case


The case of former Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania, who was found dead in a rented flat in suspicious circumstances back in February 2005, is finally being reexamined by the Georgian courts. No one has ever believed the official…

South Ossetia Border Issue Is the News But Not the Story


What is going on here in Georgia, a country of never-ending flux, reform and intrigue? Various NGO-backed youth organisations and other ‘vested interests’ have begun conducting protests. This is not unusual in itself, but they are working at the behest…

No, I Was Right: Hepatitis C Drugs in Georgia


On May 6 New Eastern Outlook published an article about the new Hepatitis C drugs being introduced to Georgia. It stated that this is another US-imposed programme in which patients will be given experimental drugs which they cannot give their informed…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Extends Someone Else’s Empire to the Caucasus


Just as I was finishing an article about the unusual number of Chechens and Georgians in Ukraine came the news that a new front is about to open in the presumed war of attrition with the Russian Federation. The Islamic…

Noah’s Ark Torpedoed in the Middle of Tbilisi


This story could have been written as a takeoff of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, with all the escaping zoo animals who feature in it, but out of respect for the dead, both human and animal, I have decided not to go there. The Tbilisi flood isn’t about…

Misha Reinvented in Ukraine: Not Safe, But Stupid


Retired tennis champion John McEnroe became famous for throwing tantrums and saying “You can NOT be SERIOUS!” in an anguished voice. What, therefore, should we say when we hear that former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili…

Red Herrings Muddy the Waters in Georgia’s Largest Port

The newsworthy events in the Republic of Georgia are the ones which are not in the news. The major industrial…

Life is Cheap for Experimental Drug Trials Victims: “Why Georgia?”

What we have heard rumoured, or more than rumoured, is now pretty much official. The attitude of Georgia’s Western “friends”…

Pankisi Supplies Conscripts to IS

Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge is once in the public eye. Another two young local Kistians – aged 16 and 18 –…

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