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  • As Georgia's President Leaves, What Is Left Of the West's Victory In the Cold War

    11/06/2013 10:16:20 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 3 replies
    Why does it matter to the rest of us what happens in Georgia and environs? Answer: if the West cannot help an aspiring ally with dreams of joining Nato and the EU, cannot even protect it from Russian hegemony, what are we doing meddling in the Middle East or anywhere else? And if we can’t help Georgia, then what is left of the West’s victory in the Cold War? I reported on the national elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, last October. On one occasion, I was shown a text from a politician of the party that won the election to a...
  • Georgia acknowledged launching war in 2008

    04/15/2013 12:51:46 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Pravda ^ | 15.04.2013 | Anton Krivenyuk
    Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili admitted responsibility of Georgia for the outbreak of the war in August of 2008. He stated that the actions of the authorities of the country before crossing the border of Georgia by Russian forces were inadequate. This statement will have tangible consequences, first of all, for President Mikhail Saakashvili. "The political noose" around the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's neck is getting tighter. He is not yet being investigated, but the new authorities have already talked about the possibility of his interrogation about the events of 2008. The country may begin a new investigation into...
  • Beware of Persians bearing Georgian passports

    03/18/2013 4:31:55 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    Forum.Internet-Haganah.com ^ | 18 March 2013, 08:52 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "So there I was, doing that thing I do - targeted collection, and triage based on a range of frequently changing criteria - when I happened to notice this image:" SNIPPET: "georgi.ir: sometimes what isn't there is still interesting"
  • Dead Billionaire Had Feared Enemy Plot (Georgian Opposition Leader Victim of Kremlin-a-cide?)

    02/13/2008 11:47:49 AM PST · by Squidpup · 15 replies · 180+ views
    Sky News ^ | February 13, 2008 | Sky News
    The sudden death of an exiled Georgian billionaire may have been another "Alexander Litvinenko-style" murder, it is feared. A major crime squad is investigating the death of 52-year-old Badri Patarkatsishvili, whose body was found at his country mansion in Surrey at about 11pm last night. His family said he suffered a heart attack - but Surrey Police have launched an investigation to confirm the exact cause of death after reports of a plot to kill him. Sky News' home affairs correspondent Mark White said: "The police want to leave no stone uncovered. "In the light of Litvinenko's death in 2006...
  • Classified report: Russia tied to blast at U.S. embassy

    07/27/2011 2:40:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2011 | Eli Lake
    U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a classified report late last year that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at an exterior wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September. ... The Times reported last week that Shota Utiashvili, director of information and analysis for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the embassy blast and others in his country were the work of a Russian military intelligence officer named Maj. Yevgeny Borisov. “It is written without hedges, and it confirms the Georgian account,” said one U.S. official familiar with the U.S. intelligence report. This official...
  • The Mubarak of Georgia

    02/23/2011 4:39:27 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 4 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 22, 2011 | Tsotne Bakuria
    American foreign policy experts, having been caught off guard by the swift regime changes in Tunisia and Egypt, are now examining other countries where citizens have been oppressed and denied basic democratic freedoms. Countries where peaceful street protests have turned violent, where opposition political parties have been brutally squashed, and where economies are in tatters, elections rigged, judicial systems corrupted, and free media bound and gagged. One of those states is Georgia, where U.S.-backed President Mikheil Saakashvili must be concerned by the latest turn of events in Egypt. He and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have many similarities. Georgian opposition...
  • (Republic of) Georgia begins universal English classes

    09/26/2010 11:18:39 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    alJazeera ^ | Sept. 26, 2010
    Georgia is replacing Russian with English as the country's second language, two years after a major war with Moscow. Two years after the Russia-Georgia war, Tbilisi is aiming to replace Russian with English as the country's second language. English classes have been introduced in public schools across the former Soviet state and the government hopes all children will speak the language by 2014.
  • US warship in Georgia for joint exercises: embassy

    02/27/2010 8:49:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 496+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/25/2010 | Space War
    A US warship arrived in Georgia's Black Sea waters Thursday for exercises with the country's coast guard, the US embassy said, in the latest of a series of such visits that have infuriated Russia. The USS John L. Hall guided-missile frigate arrived in the vicinity of the Georgian port of Poti, an embassy spokesman said, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the de facto border with the Russian-backed breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia. "The aim of the visit is to conduct joint exercises with the Georgian coast guard," said the embassy spokesman, who declined to be named. He said the...
  • Russia to build military base in occupied Georgia

    02/18/2010 10:48:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 392+ views
    Euractiv ^ | 1/18/2010 | Euractiv
    Russia secured on 17 February the right to maintain a large, long-term military presence in the Georgian rebel region of Abkhazia, signing a deal for a military base that was condemned by Tbilisi and the West. The base will accommodate at least 3,000 Russian land troops, already stationed in Abkhazia, for at least 49 years, Abkhaz officials said. "This agreement creates a foundation for the development of Abkhazia as an independent state," Medvedev said at a signing ceremony in the Great Kremlin Palace. Moscow recognised Abkhazia in August 2008 after crushing an assault by US ally Georgia on another pro-Russian...
  • NATO slams Russian military base pact with Georgian rebels

    02/17/2010 6:47:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 326+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 1/17/2010 | Space Daily
    NATO on Wednesday denounced as "invalid" a Russian pact establishing a military base in the rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia, urging Moscow to revoke it. "NATO considers invalid agreements between Russia and the (Georgian) territories," which its 28 member nations do not recognise, alliance spokeswoman Carmen Romero said. The Russian-Abkhaz deal, signed in Moscow Wednesday during an elaborate "state visit" by rebel leader Sergei Bagapsh, builds on previous agreements allowing Russia to maintain thousands of troops and border guards in Abkhazia. The base pact allows Russian forces "to defend the sovereignty and safety of the republic jointly with the armed...
  • Warden Message: Georgia Carjacking; Concerns over Highway Travel [Europe]

    02/09/2009 1:55:07 AM PST · by Cindy · 315+ views
    OSAC.GOV ^ | February 7, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=96983 "YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Georgia Carjacking; Concerns over Highway Travel CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Europe - Georgia 7 Feb 2009" SNIPPET: "U.S. Embassy Tbilisi issued the following Warden Message on February 7: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi would like to inform American citizens that an armed carjacking occurred February 7 on the main east-west highway near Igoeti. The vehicle was taken to South Ossetia and a telephone belonging to one of the victims was used to make a ransom demand. While this believed...
  • Polish president's convoy shot in Georgia

    11/23/2008 7:43:42 AM PST · by se99tp · 31 replies · 1,708+ views
    Polish President Lech Kaczynski arrived to Georgia to celebrate 5th anniversary of Georgia's Rose Revolution. When Polish president car was approaching Russian check point nearby brorder with Osetia presidential convoy got shot up. Shooting was directed from the side of Russian check point - presidential minister Michal Kaminski said. President Kaczynski wanted to visit refuge camp of Georgians who were forced to leave Osetia occupied by Russian Army. After the incident convoy was forced to return to Tbilisi.
  • Destroying Democracy

    09/05/2008 1:09:30 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 237+ views
    Forbes ^ | 9/4/2008 | Melik Kaylan
    I was in Tbilisi recently to report on the Russian anschluss into Georgia. You must not expect me to be impartial on the matter. I have visited Georgia four times in as many years and witnessed the country's self-transformation after its Rose Revolution. It went from two centuries of asphyxiating "protection" by Russia, followed by a post-Soviet decade of mafiotic corruption, to a kind of light unto nations under its young president, Mikheil Saakashvili. No doubt all that was provocation enough for Moscow. Even before the war began in early August, the Russians had prevailed on Georgia's Abkhaz and South...
  • Russia Defies Calls for Withdrawal; U.S. Continues Georgia Relief

    08/25/2008 4:53:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 230+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2008 – Russia continues to defy international calls for the country to pull its forces out of Georgia, and humanitarian operations continue, a Pentagon official said here today. Russian troops continue to occupy the breakaway region of South Ossetia, and Russian troops continue to maintain troops in Gori, a Georgian city that is the gateway to South Ossetia, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. “It is fair to say they are still not living up to the terms of the cease-fire agreement,” Whitman said during a meeting with reporters. The terms of the cease-fire include monitoring by military...
  • Tbilisi admits misjudging Russia

    08/23/2008 8:44:45 AM PDT · by BGHater · 60 replies · 653+ views
    FT ^ | 21 Aug 2008 | Jan Cienski
    Georgia did not believe Russia would respond to its offensive in South Ossetia and was completely unprepared for the counter-attack, the deputy defence minister has admitted. Batu Kutelia told the Financial Times that Georgia had made the decision to seize the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali despite the fact that its forces did not have enough anti-tank and air defences to protect themselves against the possibility of serious resistance. “Unfortunately, we attached a low priority to this,” he said, sitting at a desk with the flags of Georgia and Nato (to which Georgia does not belong) crossed behind him. “We...
  • American in Tbilisi (email)

    08/21/2008 2:36:15 PM PDT · by MarMema · 8 replies · 105+ views
    email ^ | 8-20-08 | C Christensen
    Greetings from Tbilisi. I returned from Yerevan last Friday after spending four days there. My friend was actually evacuated by her organization and had to wait for official permission to return to Tbilisi, which we received on Friday morning. We were on our way back to Tbilisi within an hour. A major problem now is internally displaced persons (IDPs). There are both Georgian and Ossetian villages within the disputed area of South Ossetia (which is important in the discussion of South Ossetia being absorbed by Russia, since some people have told me "well now they got what they wanted and...
  • Report from Tbilisi - Fleeing Russian brutality, Georgians look to the West for support

    08/20/2008 5:30:33 PM PDT · by flyfree · 1 replies · 98+ views
    city-journal ^ | 20 August 2008 | Michael J. Totten
    Russia’s invasion of Georgia has unleashed a refugee crisis all over the country and especially in its capital. Every school here in Tbilisi is jammed with civilians who fled aerial bombardment and shootings by the Russian military—or massacres, looting, and arson by irregular Cossack paramilitary units swarming across the border. Russia has seized and effectively annexed two breakaway Georgian provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It has also invaded the region of Gori, which unlike them had been under Georgia’s control. Gori is in the center of the country, just an hour’s drive from Tbilisi; 90 percent of its citizens have...
  • Report from Tbilisi

    08/20/2008 5:30:26 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 49 replies · 388+ views
    City Journal ^ | 8/20/08 | Michael J. Totten
    Russia’s invasion of Georgia has unleashed a refugee crisis all over the country and especially in its capital. Every school here in Tbilisi is jammed with civilians who fled aerial bombardment and shootings by the Russian military—or massacres, looting, and arson by irregular Cossack paramilitary units swarming across the border. Russia has seized and effectively annexed two breakaway Georgian provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It has also invaded the region of Gori, which unlike them had been under Georgia’s control. Gori is in the center of the country, just an hour’s drive from Tbilisi; 90 percent of its citizens have...
  • Russian Troops Destroy Railway Bridge-Tbilisi

    08/16/2008 3:17:06 AM PDT · by edpc · 108 replies · 1,542+ views
    Reuters ^ | 16 Aug 2008 | Margarita Antidze
    TBILISI, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Georgia's Interior Ministry said on Saturday that Russian troops had blown up a railway bridge about 45 km (30 miles) from the Georgian capital Tbilisi. Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said troops had destroyed the bridge in the Kaspi region west of Tbilisi, "paralysing the Georgian railway network". Reuters could not independently verify the report. A Reuters correspondent saw Russian armoured personnel carriers and soldiers advance to the area on Friday from the Russian-occupied town of Gori near breakaway South Ossetia.
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 8-15-08

    08/15/2008 6:31:23 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 72 replies · 691+ views
    This morning, after receiving an update from his national security team on the situation in Georgia, President Bush delivered a brief statement from the White House Rose Garden. (Transcript) The United States and our allies stand with the people of Georgia and their democratically elected government. Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected. Moscow must honor its commitment to withdraw its invading forces from all Georgian territory … The people of Georgia have cast their lot with the free world, and we will not cast them aside. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia today and met...