Georgia: Does Tbilisi Have Its Own “Yanukovych?”

Irakli Alasania, seen here addressing the Georgian parliament in April 2013, was sacked from his post as Georgian defense minister by Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Nov. 4. His removal led to the subsequent resignations of other top political positions and the breakup of the Georgian Dream party coalition in parliament. (Photo: Georgian Ministry of Defense)

A full-blown political crisis is erupting in Georgia. The tumult is raising questions about foreign and defense policies in a nation that, up until now, has ardently aspired to joint NATO and the European Union.

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He is a frequent contributor to's Tamada Tales blog.

Georgia: Does Tbilisi Have Its Own “Yanukovych?”

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