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Giorgi Lomsadze

Small gay rights rally held in Tbilisi amid fears of violence

Gay rights groups in Georgia called off a planned rally on May...

Georgia Protests: Nightlife against Nationalists

Georgia's fierce culture wars escalated over the weekend after a heavy-handed police...

Stink bugs invade Georgia; Russia blames the U.S.

Something caught the eye of Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili in the middle...

Armenia and that post-Soviet trick with prime ministers

Two Russians are having a conversation following the peaceful revolution in Armenia, goes...

Georgia’s condemned condoms

Safe sex has become the latest battleground in Georgia's culture wars after...

Georgia witnesses second coming of Bidzina Ivanishvili

Georgia’s richest man Bidzina Ivanishvili has emerged from seclusion to take back...

Can a reclining Georgian nationalist fake his way to the top?

An unusual meme swept Georgia’s internet last month. Netizens were posting photos...

Why Georgians second-guess their doctors

Veranika Ebralidze, a stay-at-home mother of two from Tbilisi, took a deep...

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan's unremarkable election

Azerbaijan's presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev...

Easter in Georgia: Making the perfect paska

The sweet, pungent aroma of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves hangs in...

Abkhazia mobilizes against foreign invader: Stinkbugs

Hunter has become hunted in Georgia’s separatist region of Abkhazia, as locals...

Nowruz Brings Iranian Tourists to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, brings one certainty to Armenia, Azerbaijan and...

Georgia’s Traveling Trees

It was a surreal tableau – an enormous tree floating across the...

Georgia: Ski Lift Crashes in Gudauri Resort

A ski lift careened out of control, with people jumping or thrown...

Deceased Georgian’s Body Still Held in South Ossetia

A protracted tug of war over the body of a Georgian man...

Teaching Tupac to Georgian Tweens

A middle-aged school teacher pulling off a hip-hop act with her students...

Georgians Fear Visa-Free Travel to Europe in Jeopardy

A year ago, when the European Union declared that Georgian citizens could...

Georgian Government on Defensive in Journalist Kidnapping Case

Released from prison for a day to attend a memorial service for...

Controversy Dogs Rollout of Saakashvili’s Book in Armenia

A memoir by former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has received a rocky...

Tbilisi Metro Collapse Evokes Memories of the Dark 90s

A suspended ceiling in a Tbilisi metro station collapsed on January 30,...

To Bury, or Not to Bury? Russia Undecided about Legendary Hadji Murad’s Skull

A head severed almost 180 years ago is causing a stir in...

Georgia: US-Funded Media Outlet Grapples with Controversy

An in-house controversy within Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is spilling into the...

Azerbaijan’s Model Soldier: Pinup, Writer and Fighter

An elite trooper competing in beauty pageants and posing for risqué photoshoots...

Of Saakashvili, His Son and Khinkali

Khinkali and Mikheil Saakashvili are among Georgia's best known brands. Combine the...

Georgia: Gamsakhurdia Biopic Sidesteps Post-Soviet Politics

Deserted by friends, pursued by his enemies, with reality escaping his grip,...

Five Peculiar Soviet Cartoons for the Holidays

Since it’s that time of year again, readers with (or without) an...

High-Tech Baby Bed Unveiled in Armenia

A new Armenian-made “smart crib” that can sing lullabies, tell stories and...

Saakashvili Recaptured, For Now

Arrested, broke free, arrested again -- the spectacle around ex-Georgian President Mikheil...

Saakashvili Rallies Supporters in Kyiv after Escaping Arrest

After an hours-long standoff with law-enforcement, supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili gathered outside...

Georgia: A Church Divided against Itself

The Georgian Orthodox Church is having an eventful year: priests have been...

When Georgia's Fighting “Terrorists,” How Much Does the Public Need to Know?

Two days after a nearly 24-hour-long, armed counter-terrorism operation in Tbilisi that...

Georgia’s David Lynch Moment

David Lynch paying an “official visit” to the Georgian parliament, meeting lawmakers...

Missing the USSR, Even in Georgia

It’s not uncommon to have a longing for a place you’ve never...

Georgia: Athletes, Politicians Back Soccer Player’s Support for LGBT Rights

Georgian soccer player Guram Kashia faces an outcry at home over his...

“Sexy Sheep” Welcome Azerbaijanis to Ukraine

A bare-breasted woman wearing a sheep hat greeted male arrivals from Baku...

Georgia Keeping Its Land Off-Limits for Foreigners

Every month Yuriy embarks on a 17-hour drive from Donetsk to Tbilisi,...

Georgia’s Elections: Painting the Town Blue with Kakha Kaladze

Ex-soccer star Kakha Kaladze has scored his biggest win on Georgia's political...

Azerbaijan: Seeking to Arrest Critical Journalists throughout the Ex-USSR

The arrest of an Azerbaijani journalist in Ukraine marks a fresh instance...

Citing Intimidation, Embattled Azerbaijani Journalist Leaves Georgia

Fearing for her safety and that of her daughter, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla...

Armenia: With EU Deal, Romancing Both Brussels and Moscow

Moscow appears angling to reinforce Armenia’s shaken commitment to the Russia-centric economic...

Armenia Showcases Electric Concept Car

Even as GM announced its strategy for “an all-electric future,” Armenia, never...

Azerbaijan’s Last Free Newswire Fears Closure by December

Azerbaijan is continuing its investigation into the finances of the country’s last-standing...

Georgia Celebrates Sending a Song Into Space

It’s often been said that Georgian folk singing is out of the...

Georgia’s British Candidate

Georgia’s upcoming local elections would be quite local, indeed, were it not...

Georgia: Case of Abducted Azeri Journalist Stays in Spotlight, as Investigation Lags

Before this summer, if Leyla Mustafayeva walked into a coffee shop in...

Georgia: Media Initiative Focuses on Debunking Fake News Reports

Tamuna Kintsurashvili and her team huddle over Apple Macbooks in a nondescript...

Saakashvili Goes to Kyiv

After being propelled into Ukraine over the flimsy resistance of border guards,...

Misha in Revolution Mode

He’s rammed his way across an international border, rallied cheering supporters and...

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev Opens Some Prison Doors

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is in an uncharacteristically charitable mood: on September...

Georgia: Verdict Arrives in Church Poisoning Plot

A guilty verdict has been delivered in Georgia’s poisoning conspiracy, an outré...

Georgia: Still No Answers for Azerbaijani Journalist's Kidnapping

Three months have passed, but, still, Azerbaijani reporter Leyla Mustafayeva has no...

Georgia Grapples with Wildfires and the Russian Question

Tbilisi asking enemy Russia for help in putting out a devastating, seven-day-long...

Kim Kardashian West Reportedly “Infiltrates” Azerbaijan with Lipstick 

Azerbaijan has detected something of a national security breach. And this time...

Uncitizen Saakashvili: Life in Legal Limbo

Caught in a surreal bubble of statelessness, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili...

Georgia, Azerbaijan Sceptical about Yandex-Uber Rides

Choosing a cab has become an increasingly geopolitically tricky decision in the...

Georgia and Ukraine’s Saakashvili up in the Air

Disowned first by Georgia and then Ukraine, the most famous revolutionary of...

Georgian Women March against Misogyny and Racism

An ethnically diverse historic neighborhood in Tbilisi has become the battlefield for...

The Trump Meeting's Irakli Kaveladze: It All Started with Matryoshkas

Donald Trump, Junior’s much-scrutinized “Russian” meeting has a broadening Caucasus dimension to...

Georgians March against Muslim Immigrants

Carrying crosses, icons and flags, hundreds of Georgians marched through an increasingly...

Emin Agalarov and the Political Side to Pop

Azerbaijani-Russian pop star Emin Agalarov has landed on the American political stage...

Georgia: Are the Police Backsliding?

The reform of Georgia’s law-enforcement apparatus was once the pride of the...

Blogger in Distress in Azerbaijan

For the first time ever, a foreign citizen who visited breakaway Nagorno...

Georgia’s Game of Thrones: Enter the King

This Sunday, just as Georgia was caught up in another national debate...

Armenia Gets Ready to Launch the World’s Longest Zip Line

Already featuring a record-length cableway, Armenia plans to launch the world’s longest,...

Azerbaijan Tags Armenia, Georgia in Journalist Kidnapping

It only took so much time before Azerbaijan blamed Armenia for the...

Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

A music critic once argued that Vladimir Putin-inspired songs are the worst...

Georgia Fears Reputation for Hospitality at Risk over Azerbaijani Journalist's Kidnapping

Many Georgians perceive the recent kidnapping of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Tbilisi as...

Georgia: Dissident Snatching Dents Georgia’s Image

Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries,...

Georgia: Tbilisi Protests Azerbaijani Journalist’s Kidnapping

As the trial of abducted Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli opened in Baku,...

Journalist Vanishes from Georgia, Resurfaces in Azerbaijani Jail

The murky disappearance of an Azerbaijani journalist from Tbilisi and his sudden...

Azerbaijan: TV Station Asks Late President Heydar Aliyev for Help

A shuttered television station in Azerbaijan has asked the revered Azerbaijani President...

Debt-Troubled Azerbaijan Spending Big on Islamic Games, Formula 1 and Mariah Carey

Just as its largest, government-owned bank defaults on its liabilities, Azerbaijan is...

World's Smallest Island-Nation May Lose US Aid Over Georgia's Breakaways

The tiny Pacific microstate of Nauru may lose US financial support after...

Georgia: Public Shut Out of Priest's Trial for Attempted Murder

It’s a case with all the features of a period thriller: priests,...

Georgia Serves as Proving Ground for Experiment to Eradicate Hepatitis C

Thousands of Georgians have been cured of hepatitis C as a result...

No Ticket to Ride: Georgia Blocks Pro-Kremlin Biker Brigade

The last time a large group of Russian vehicles, revving their engines,...

Armenia Rebuffs Invasion by Azerbaijani Apples

A search-and-destroy operation is underway in Armenia. The targets are enemy Azerbaijani...

Armenia and Turkey’s Genocide Row: Battleground Hollywood

The long-lasting battle between Turkey and Armenia over the acceptance or denial...

Will There Be a Georgian Invasion of Europe?

Easter brings to Tbilisi the blessing of fewer people and less traffic,...

Batman’s Armenian Mission

Batman on April 2 set aside the cares of Gotham City and descended on...

Georgia: First Daughter Claims Drug Raid Aimed at President Giorgi Margvelashvili

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s daughter, Ana Margvelashvili, has accused the police of...

Georgia’s Parking-Ticket Revolution

Parking tickets may be hated universally, but car owners in the Georgian...

Caucasus Women Demand Power, Not Flowers

In the South Caucasus, International Women’s Day is still largely about men...

Georgia: Rustavi2 Claims Temporary Victory in Ownership Fight

The European Court of Human Rights on March 7 extended its freeze...

Georgia: With TV Station Takeover, Is Free Speech at Stake?

Journalists at Georgia’s last major opposition broadcasting company are digging in and...

Georgia: No Explanation for Alleged Plot to Poison the Patriarch

More than two weeks on, an investigation into a potential scheme to...

Georgia: PM Stokes Debate About Discrimination and the Sex Industry

In the heart of Tbilisi, not far from luxury hotels and high-end...

Azerbaijan Makes a Show of Israeli-Russian Blogger’s Extradition

An embattled Israeli-Russian travel blogger was trotted in front of news crews in Baku...

Georgia and Russia Tempt Separatists with a Promise of Europe

One week after the European Parliament granted Georgia visa-free access to the...

Georgia Celebrates as EU Opens Its Doors

Georgia erupted in jubilation February 2 as EU lawmakers approved visa-free access for Georgian citizens,...

Can the Caucasus Grab Donald Trump’s Attention?

Pink protest hats were not the only piece of clothing to mark...

Father Frost Kills Santa in Georgia

Murdered in an online video and framed for an armed robbery, Santa Claus had...

Georgia's Main Opposition Party Splits over Saakashvili, Strategy

Georgia’s largest opposition group, the avidly pro-Western United National Movement, has broken...

Azerbaijan and Belarus Catch a Blogger, but What Next?

Travel-blogger Alexander Lapshin’s irreverent reviews have left him in the doghouse before,...

The Ukrainian Mystery of Nikolai Gogol

It is Christmas Eve and all sorts of mischief is afoot in...

Georgia: Mass Marijuana-Planting Party Planned for New Year’s

A Georgian political party plans to ring in the New Year by...

When a Georgian Town Thinks It’s a Metropolis

Meet Akhmeta, a small and gritty Georgian town which thinks it has...

Azerbaijan’s Holiday Gambit: Hanukkah, Trump and Netanyahu 

Azerbaijan made a double PR-play on December 14 that could have proven...

Opposition Mounts to Georgia’s War on Drugs

Authorities in Georgia have forcibly harvested over 33 tons of its citizens’...