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Georgia considers ban on political attack ads

The initiative surprised many as it came before local election runoffs in which the ruling party have waged a largely negative campaign

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Georgian and German authorities raid ‘scam’ call centre

Seven people in Georgia have been arrested as part of a joint Georgian-German investigation into scam call centres.

Georgian and German authorities raid ‘scam’ call centre

Seven people in Georgia have been arrested as part of a joint Georgian-German investigation into scam call centres.

Abkhazian veterans to hold ‘indefinite protests’ unless Interior Minister resigns

The demands follow a confrontation between police and a group of veterans several weeks ago.

Abkhazian veterans to hold ‘indefinite protests’ unless Interior Minister resigns

The demands follow a confrontation between police and a group of veterans several weeks ago.

ECHR rules Russia is guilty of abducting a Chechen government critic

The whereabouts of Salman Tepsurkayev, who was abducted over one year ago, are still unknown.

ECHR rules Russia is guilty of abducting a Chechen government critic

The whereabouts of Salman Tepsurkayev, who was abducted over one year ago, are still unknown.

Did Iran stop an Azerbaijani advance in the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War?

The claim was first made public by an Azerbaijan-based military news outlet, then supported by comments from a Middle East Eye bureau chief. 

Did Iran stop an Azerbaijani advance in the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War?

The claim was first made public by an Azerbaijan-based military news outlet, then supported by comments from a Middle East Eye bureau chief. 

Nika Melia presents coalition ‘shadow cabinet’ for Tbilisi

UNM chair Nika Melia named the leaders of the opposition Lelo, Girchi, and Droa parties as his candidates for deputy mayors.

Nika Melia presents coalition ‘shadow cabinet’ for Tbilisi

UNM chair Nika Melia named the leaders of the opposition Lelo, Girchi, and Droa parties as his candidates for deputy mayors.

Prosecutors: Saakashvili ‘sneaked into Georgia in milk trailer’

Prosecutors say the former Georgian President illegally entered the country on the night of 28–29 September in the cargo and passenger ship Vilnius. 

Demand for free meals at schools causes stir in Georgia

The policy has been adopted as a campaign promise by United National Movement Tbilisi mayoral candidate Nika Melia. 

Features & Analysis

Datablog | Who reported seeing dzveli bitchebi engaged in the elections?

Data from an ISFED and CRRC Georgia survey suggests that a substantial share of the public reported seeing criminal elements around polling stations.

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Analysis | What is behind the growing Iran-Azerbaijan tension?

Iran is deeply unhappy with the shift in regional power dynamics following the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, especially the growing influence of Israel. 

Analysis | What is behind the growing Iran-Azerbaijan tension?

By Rovshan Mammadli

Iran is deeply unhappy with the shift in regional power dynamics following the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, especially the growing influence of Israel. 

Seven strangest moments from the 2021 Georgian municipal election campaign 

From sledge hammers, to the wearing of blackface, to the possible return of Mikhel Saakashvili, this may have been the strangest municipal election in Georgian history.

Seven strangest moments from the 2021 Georgian municipal election campaign 

By Shota Kincha

From sledge hammers, to the wearing of blackface, to the possible return of Mikhel Saakashvili, this may have been the strangest municipal election in Georgian history.

Catfished in Armenia

Sometimes a Facebook Prince Charming transforms into a scammer trying to extort you from prison. 

Catfished in Armenia

By Armine Avetisyan

Sometimes a Facebook Prince Charming transforms into a scammer trying to extort you from prison. 

As Georgia reels from the Delta variant, the Tsinandali Festival plays on

The Tsinandali Festival may be a model for the revival of Georgia’s music scene — but its reduced scope shows that nothing escapes COVID-19.

As Georgia reels from the Delta variant, the Tsinandali Festival plays on

By Peter Liakhov

The Tsinandali Festival may be a model for the revival of Georgia’s music scene — but its reduced scope shows that nothing escapes COVID-19.

A personal history of trauma: thirty years of depression

One woman grapples with the emotional scars war leaves on its victims, and what it means to finally return home.

A personal history of trauma: thirty years of depression

By Larissa Sotieva

One woman grapples with the emotional scars war leaves on its victims, and what it means to finally return home.

Opinion

Opinion | The enduring lies of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Already the Azerbaijani state is hard at work manufacturing a new public memory of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. 

Opinion | Azerbaijan’s eco-nationalism is not up to the task

A Sheikh’s posh poaching trip earlier this year caused a scandal but ultimately changed nothing.

Opinion | Taking stock one year after the war 

OC Media’s Armenia and Azerbaijan correspondents give personal reflections on the anniversary of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. 

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