A deal to integrate South Ossetian military units into the Russian armed forces has been ratified by Russia. Russia’s State Duma gave the final go-ahead for the merger on 24 January, a day after the first batch of American Javelin anti-tank missiles arrived in Georgia.
In May 2016, Tbilisi’s Kiwi Café — a vegan hangout for city hipsters — was hit by nationalist youths armed with meat sausages. The grotesque spectacle was obvious click-bait in today’s attention seeking social media, but it did highlight a new trend: social and lifestyle issues increasingly trump Georgia’s latent political rifts, and young people are at the forefront of this evolution.
The Defence Minister of the de facto Republic of South Ossetia, Ibragim Gasayev, has announced that South Ossetia’s armed forces will merge with their Russian counterparts, Russian online newspaper Gazeta.ru writes. [Read more…]