Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

Leyla Mustafayeva, the wife of investigative reporter Afgan Mukhtarli who was reportedly kidnapped from Georgia and forcibly delivered to Azerbaijan, displays her husband’s passport at a protest rally in Tbilisi. Many details of how Mukhtarli ended up in Azerbaijan remain unclear, including how he crossed an international border with no identification papers on him. (Photo: Giorgi Lomsadze)

Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries, thus making it look good on the regional freedom charts.

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist and a frequent contributor to's Tamada Tales blog.

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

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