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:

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.

Can Georgia’s far right make it in electoral politics?

Giorgi Lomsadze Apr 19, 2019
Bregadze Far-right activist Sandro Bregadze carries an icon at a protest against Muslim immigration in 2017. He is now planning to coordinate with other far-right groups to contest next year's parliamentary elections. (photo: Giorgi Lomsadze)

A prominent anti-immigrant activist in Georgia has announced plans to run for parliament next year as part of a far-right coalition. And a new study suggests that far-right politics may have broad enough appeal among Georgians to make them a substantial force.

Saakashvili’s two cents on Trump, Putin and Mueller probe

Giorgi Lomsadze Apr 2, 2019
Saakashvili Fox Georgia's former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, appears on Fox TV. Since the Mueller report came out, Saakashvili has been doing the rounds defending U.S. President Donald Trump from charges he colluded with the Kremlin.

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.