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Hostages freed after tense standoff in Tbilisi

The hostage taker is in police custody, no deaths or injuries have been reported. 

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Is an interconnected Caucasus on the horizon?

Russia, Turkey, and Iran have all shown interest in participating in restoring the transport corridors.

Is an interconnected Caucasus on the horizon?

Russia, Turkey, and Iran have all shown interest in participating in restoring the transport corridors.

What happened to Abkhazia’s anti-corruption law?

Abkhazia’s law on the declaration of income and property has remained in bureaucratic limbo for over a year.

What happened to Abkhazia’s anti-corruption law?

Abkhazia’s law on the declaration of income and property has remained in bureaucratic limbo for over a year.

Chechen ‘torture victim’ deported from France to Russia and immidiately arrested

Magomed Gadaev was immediately detained on his arrival at the request of the Chechen authorities.

Chechen ‘torture victim’ deported from France to Russia and immidiately arrested

Magomed Gadaev was immediately detained on his arrival at the request of the Chechen authorities.

Six Georgian Dream MPs defect to new Gakharia party

Six Georgian Dream MPs have left the party to join a new party to be led by former Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia.

Six Georgian Dream MPs defect to new Gakharia party

Six Georgian Dream MPs have left the party to join a new party to be led by former Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia.

Two alleged mercenaries from Syria to stand trial in Armenia

Two men, allegedly Syrian mercenaries recruited by Turkey during the Second Nagorno-Karabakh war, are set to stand trial.

Two alleged mercenaries from Syria to stand trial in Armenia

Two men, allegedly Syrian mercenaries recruited by Turkey during the Second Nagorno-Karabakh war, are set to stand trial.

Villages under blockade after government’s failed public outreach over energy project

Opponents of the Namakhvani HPP have continued to protest the project despite a police crackdown in the area.

Conservative demonstration draws thousands to Tbilisi

The formal goal of the event was to establish ‘the Day of Eternity of Georgia and Georgian People’.

Features & Analysis

Abkhazia is preparing for a tourist bonanza

The authorities expect record numbers of visitors, but some fear that Abkhazia’s infrastructure might buckle. 

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The shelter saving bears from exploitation in Georgia

Many bears in Georgia are kept in captivity — often as ‘decorations’ to attract tourists. One shelter near Tbilisi is trying to save such bears from a similar fate.

The shelter saving bears from exploitation in Georgia

By Tata Shoshiashvili

Many bears in Georgia are kept in captivity — often as ‘decorations’ to attract tourists. One shelter near Tbilisi is trying to save such bears from a similar fate.

Datablog | Why do Georgians not want to vaccinate?

With two kinds of vaccines against COVID-19 already available in Georgia, the public’s attitude towards vaccination is becoming more and more important. 

Datablog | Why do Georgians not want to vaccinate?

By The Caucasus Datablog

With two kinds of vaccines against COVID-19 already available in Georgia, the public’s attitude towards vaccination is becoming more and more important. 

Women’s advocates fight an uphill battle against domestic violence in Abkhazia

There is no legislation protecting people from domestic violence in Abkhazia, nor are there any shelters for victims. 

Women’s advocates fight an uphill battle against domestic violence in Abkhazia

By Marianna Kotova

There is no legislation protecting people from domestic violence in Abkhazia, nor are there any shelters for victims. 

Transitioning off the grid

With little access to healthcare, trans people in Azerbaijan must choose between gender dysphoria or undergoing hormonal therapy on their own.

Transitioning off the grid

By Hamida Giyasbayli

With little access to healthcare, trans people in Azerbaijan must choose between gender dysphoria or undergoing hormonal therapy on their own.

‘We all have bronchitis’ — the blackened lungs of Georgia’s coal miners

The mines in Tkibuli deny that any employees have job-related illnesses; the miners themselves tell a different story. 

‘We all have bronchitis’ — the blackened lungs of Georgia’s coal miners

By Lana Kokaia

The mines in Tkibuli deny that any employees have job-related illnesses; the miners themselves tell a different story. 

Opinion

Opinion | In Azerbaijan sex is a weapon

An activist who was targeted in Azerbaijan’s recent wave of sexual blackmail speaks out. 

Opinion | Armenia stands at a dangerous moral crossroads

If Armenia is to overcome the present crisis, the country’s quiet majority must spearhead a national moral conversion.

Opinion | The toxic masculinity of Georgia’s gangster prince

The sexist tropes parroted by Bera Ivanishvili tell us a lot about how gender and power operate in Georgia.

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