Georgians propose naming Tbilisi street after John McCain

Giorgi Lomsadze Sep 3, 2018
President Margvelashvili pays his respects to John McCain at the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi. (president.ge) President Margvelashvili pays his respects to John McCain at the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi. (president.ge)

Outside the United States, the loss of Senator John McCain has been felt perhaps most deeply in Georgia, which lionized the late Arizona Republican as the best friend it had in the country Georgians regard as their closest ally. Now, some Georgians have proposed honoring McCain’s memory with a street bearing his name.

Friends ignore South Ossetia’s big day

Giorgi Lomsadze Aug 27, 2018
South Ossetia spectacle A scene from a celebration put on by South Ossetia to mark the tenth anniversary of Russia's recognition of the breakaway territory. (photo: presidentruo.org)

Not many world leaders recognize South Ossetia as its own nation. And fewer still managed to join the petite Caucasus enclave for its gala celebrations of that recognition.

Merkel's visit to Tbilisi leaves Georgians disappointed

Giorgi Lomsadze Aug 24, 2018
Merkel goodbye Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze (center) and other officials wave goodbye to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after her two-day visit to Tbilisi. (Mamuka Bakhtadze/Facebook)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Georgia left many Georgians disappointed by her perceived lack of commitment to the country's NATO aspirations and for reintegrating the two Russia-backed breakaway territories back into the Georgian fold.

On anniversary of war, Georgians curse Putin

Giorgi Lomsadze Aug 8, 2018
Protesters held posters with photos of Georgia’s main antagonist in the war, Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with a caption that translates, roughly, “go f--- yourself.” (Photos by Giorgi Lomsadze) Protesters held posters with photos of Georgia’s main antagonist in the war, Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with a caption that translates, roughly, “go f--- yourself.” (Photos by Giorgi Lomsadze)

A rowdy rally was held in front of the former Russian embassy in Tbilisi on August 7 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war. Protesters held posters with photos of Georgia’s main antagonist, Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with a Russian caption that translates, roughly, “go f--- yourself.”

Georgia legalizes it – sort of

Giorgi Lomsadze Aug 1, 2018

Georgia has become the first former Soviet state to legalize the consumption of marijuana. But travelers looking for an ex-communist Amsterdam shouldn't head there just yet, as a haze still surrounds many of the technicalities of drug use.

Billionaire’s big talk on his big plans for Georgia

Giorgi Lomsadze Jul 27, 2018
Georgian Dream party leader Bidzina Ivanishvili holds forth on state TV about his influence on Georgia's politics. Georgian Dream party leader Bidzina Ivanishvili holds forth on state TV about his influence on Georgia's politics.

Love him or hate him, Georgia’s richest man Bidzina Ivanishvili is the main show in town. When he gives one of his lengthy, oracular media appearances, everyone seems glued to their TV screens to get a read on where he is taking the country.

Russia’s Georgian drinking problem

Giorgi Lomsadze Jul 25, 2018
Georgian wine getting bottled. Russia has said that some Georgian wine doesn't meet its quality standards. (photo: Georgian National Wine Agency) Georgian wine getting bottled. Russia has said that some Georgian wine doesn't meet its quality standards. (photo: Georgian National Wine Agency)

Russia, the world’s biggest drinker of Georgian wine, has threatened to tighten control on alcohol imports from Georgia in a step many take as a political shot across the bow.