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Abkhazia is preparing for a tourist bonanza

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

Abkhazia is preparing for a tourist bonanza

By Marianna Kotova

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

14/04/2021

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?

By Hamida Giyasbayli

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

6/04/2021

Twin lawsuits in Bolnisi could have wider implications for Georgian minorities 

Ethnic Azerbaijani activists in southern Georgia are waging a legal fight to change the overwhelmingly monolingual policies of local authorities. 

Twin lawsuits in Bolnisi could have wider implications for Georgian minorities 

By Shota Kincha

Ethnic Azerbaijani activists in southern Georgia are waging a legal fight to change the overwhelmingly monolingual policies of local authorities. 

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.

5/04/2021

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. 

31/03/2021

Would a return to a presidential system solve Armenia's problems?

Nikol Pashinyan has floated the idea of reverting the country to a semi-presidential system, critics say the move would not address the country’s deeper problems.

Would a return to a presidential system solve Armenia's problems?

By Ani Avetisyan

Nikol Pashinyan has floated the idea of reverting the country to a semi-presidential system, critics say the move would not address the country’s deeper problems.

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. 

26/03/2021

Forgotten by the pandemic, Georgia’s elderly struggle to survive

Amidst rising food and medicine prices and little additional assistance from the state, many pensioners’ only hope lies in charity.

Forgotten by the pandemic, Georgia’s elderly struggle to survive

By Tata Shoshiashvili

Amidst rising food and medicine prices and little additional assistance from the state, many pensioners’ only hope lies in charity.

18/03/2021

Svetlana Anokhina — ‘The shame of Daghestan’

Journalist, activist, and women’s rights advocate Svetlana Anokhina continues to confound her critics, who have labelled her ‘the shame of Daghestan’.

Svetlana Anokhina — ‘The shame of Daghestan’

By Anna Efimova

Journalist, activist, and women’s rights advocate Svetlana Anokhina continues to confound her critics, who have labelled her ‘the shame of Daghestan’.

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