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Georgia: There’s a Little Bit of Kyiv in Tbilisi

Georgians show support of the government opposition movement taking place in Ukraine. (Photo: Giorgi Lomsadze)

The Euromaidan movement may be centered in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, but it enjoys strong support in the South Caucasus state of Georgia. For many in Tbilisi, there’s a feeling that as Ukraine goes, so follows Georgia.

“The fate of Georgia is also being decided in Ukraine,” asserted Tamar Gurchiani, a lawyer and rights activist who participated in a late January rally in downtown Tbilisi to honor four Ukrainians killed in the Kyiv protests.

Geopolitics is a major factor why so many Georgians feel a strong sense of solidarity with the Euromaidan movement, which seeks to force the resignation of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and break the country’s economic dependence on Russia. Georgia, like Ukraine, has been bedeviled by Russian political and economic muscle-flexing in the post-Soviet era.

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist living in Georgia and the author of EurasiaNet.org's Tamada Tales blog.

Georgia: There’s a Little Bit of Kyiv in Tbilisi

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