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.

Will there be wine on Mars?

Giorgi Lomsadze Jun 26, 2018
grapes Grapes, of the sort that Georgian scientists are hoping to grow on Mars. (photo: Nikoloz Bezhanishvili)

Next time Matt Damon gets marooned on Mars, he may be whiling away his days sipping Saperavi instead of farming potatoes as he did so laboriously in the 2015 blockbuster, The Martian. Georgia, an ancient wine-making redoubt, is putting its best space science and viticulture minds together to develop grapes fit for growing on Mars.

Syria formally recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Giorgi Lomsadze May 29, 2018
Syria A delegation of Abkhazian officials, including de facto foreign minister Daur Kove, visits the People's Council of Syria in Damascus in August 2017. (photo: MFA Abkhazia)

The Syrian government recognized the independence of Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia in a gesture of thanks to its largest patron of late, Russia. Georgia responded by severing diplomatic relations with Syria.