“Angry People” party established in Georgia

Giorgi Lomsadze Jun 13, 2019
Okruashvili Then-defense minister Irakli Okruashvili on a visit to NATO in 2005. Since then he has changed political stripes multiple times and has now formed a party pitched at "angry Georgians." (photo: NATO)

Angry Georgians now have a political party committed to representing their core emotion in the public sphere. “Our ambition is to create a large movement of a lot of angry people,” said Irakli Okruashvili, a controversial former government minister, as he announced the establishment of a new political party, Victorious Georgia.

19th-century warrior’s body escapes from Azerbaijan, head remains in Russia

Giorgi Lomsadze Jun 3, 2019
Hadji Murad P. Pinkisevich's illustration of Haji Murad, 1984. "Pravda" Publishing House.

If Leo Tolstoy were alive, he could have written a sequel to his famous novel, Haji Murad. The headless body of the title character, a real-life 19th-century warrior, has been exhumed from his grave in Azerbaijan and buried in his native Dagestan. Murad’s head, meanwhile, remains stored away in a museum in St. Petersburg.

Another comeback for Misha

Giorgi Lomsadze May 29, 2019
Saakashvili passport Mikheil Saakashvili's new travel documents on which he entered Ukraine on May 29. He had been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship but newly inaugurated president Volodymyr Zelensky restored it. (photo: Facebook)

Naturalized, denaturalized and naturalized again: Former Georgian President Mikheil (Misha) Saakashvili has come back to Ukraine after a rollercoaster ride of gaining, losing and re-gaining Ukrainian citizenship. The nomadic politician and self-styled scourge of post-Soviet oligarchs and Russian imperialism indicated that he plans to insert himself back into Ukrainian politics, potentially as an adviser to new President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Georgian government undertaking tattoo removal campaign

Giorgi Lomsadze May 14, 2019
tattoo Georgia's government is paying ex-convicts to remove their tattoos. (photo: Creative Commons, Theo Paul)

Many Georgians who have made unfortunate tattoo choices are getting their skin back, thanks to a government initiative. The program specifically targets convicts who had decided to wear their commitment to criminal life on their sleeves or elsewhere on their bodies.

Georgia, Azerbaijan feud over border monastery

Giorgi Lomsadze May 2, 2019
Davit Gareja Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili visits the Davit Gareja monastery on the border with Azerbaijan. Shortly after the visit, Baku shut off access to the holy site. (photo: president.gov.ge)

In the Caucasus, where each country believes it was allotted an unfairly small piece of land by the whims of history, the border between Georgia and Azerbaijan has stood out as the least problematic of the frontiers.

Georgia investigates president’s Trump retweet

Giorgi Lomsadze Apr 30, 2019
retweet Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili retweeted a Donald Trump tweet, though she later deleted it. Security officials are now investigating whether it was an accident or something more nefarious.

One of the combative tweets that U.S. President Donald Trump regularly flings into the world has resulted in an embarrassing diplomatic episode in Georgia.