Women in Georgia very often lack a voice of their own. Their opinions, feelings, dreams, aspirations, and achievements can be conveyed by others, often the men around them. The Women in Georgia project gives a voice to these women, allowing them to tell their own stories — in their own words. The project collected 150 distinct stories from women throughout the country. OC Media brings you a selection of these stories, translated into English and Russian. Below, in her own words, Natela Soselia. [Read more…]
With between 60–80 road deaths recorded every year, Abkhazia has one of the highest traffic-related mortality rates in the world. Repeated government promises year on year to tackle the problem have come to nothing, and the death toll continues to rise.
The twenty-first May marked the anniversary of the symbolic end of the 1817–1864 Russian conquest of the Caucasus, which resulted in the Russian annexation of the North Caucasus and the ethnic cleansing of Circassians, the majority of whom were either killed or deported to the Ottoman Empire.
The post-war recovery has been slow to come to eastern Abkhazia, particularly Tkuarchal District. More than 20 years have passed since the end of the Georgian–Abkhaz war, but so far, development in this part of the republic has remained all talk, and little substance.
Victory Day on 9 May, which commemorates ‘the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War’ was widely marked across the whole Caucasus region with public gatherings, wreath-laying, and speeches. In most places, the commemorations included the Immortal Regiment, which is a public march with people holding pictures of war veterans. [Read more…]
An agreement signed between Sukhumi (Sukhum) and Santa Maria Del Cedro in Italy in early May will soon be annulled, Georgia’s ambassador to Italy claims.
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have a short but interesting history in Abkhazia. Over the past two decades, they have established themselves as a significant part of Abkhazian society. This is perhaps due, in large part, to the charitable works that they led in the difficult post-war years.
Family members of father and son Archil, 59, and Paata, 25, Rogava, who were arrested on 6 April for allegedly crossing into Abkhazia, have continued their protests. On 26 April, they blocked the Enguri (Ingur) Bridge, which leads to Georgia’s de facto border with Abkhazia. Georgian police arrested Darejan Rogava, Paata Rogava’s sister during the protest. [Read more…]
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on Abkhazia to ‘ensure equal rights’ for all Abkhazians. Lavrov made the comments on 18 April during a visit to Abkhazia to open a new Russian Embassy building, six years after his previous visit. [Read more…]