With the U.S. still processing the anticlimactic finale to its Russia investigation drama, Georgia’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili has inserted himself into the story to speak up for President Donald Trump and chastise the Obama administration on its dealings with Moscow.
While the world reels from the mosque shootings in New Zealand, some in the Caucasus are puzzling over the alleged gunman’s references to their own history.
Armenia has a lot to offer visitors. Natural spectacles? Check. Ancient history? Check. Vibrant culture? Check. If there is one thing that is missing it may be crocodiles, but this oversight is about to be corrected.
One spring day in 2016 Giorgi Margvelashvili, then the president of Georgia, felt compelled to inform the Georgian public that he had “a very rich sex life” and intended to keep it that way. “There is nothing shameful about sex,” he added helpfully.
When the Georgian village of Bughasheni, located in the Armenian-dominated region of Samtkhe-Javakheti, ceremoniously unveiled a bust to its native son Mikhail Avagyan, few in the rest of Georgia took notice. But in neighboring Azerbaijan, it made national news.
Media appeared to have beat police to the punch in the hunt for a British man dubbed the “speedboat killer” by tabloids. The fugitive turned himself in to authorities in Georgia late on January 24 and is awaiting an extradition hearing.
Georgia’s president is already powerless. Now it appears President Salome Zourabichvili will be unpaid, as well.
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Azerbaijan’s government to compensate corruption-busting reporter Khadija Ismayilova for its failure to investigate attempts to blackmail her with sex tapes. Ismayilova hailed the January 10 ruling, but does not have high hopes that it can help alleviate the roughshod treatment of journalists in Azerbaijan.