What’s up North Caucasus? Ramzan Kadyrov visits Saudi Arabia, and Ingushetia remembers the victims of the 1992 Osseto-Ingush conflict

– Several infrastructure projects are in realisation to connect Dagestan with the broader region. On the 1st of October, the Head of the Republic mentioned ata meeting of the Valdai Club that flights between Makhachkala and Iran are planned to … Continue reading What’s up North Caucasus? Ramzan Kadyrov visits Saudi Arabia, and Ingushetia remembers the victims of the 1992 Osseto-Ingush conflict

What’s up Georgia? Prime Minister Gakharia meets with neighbours, and accusations against the Church

– On his first international trip as Prime Minister, Giorgi Gakharia met with the heads of Georgia’s neighbouring states. On October 9th, Gakharia and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev agreed to reopen the contested Davit Gareji Monastery, which is located in … Continue reading What’s up Georgia? Prime Minister Gakharia meets with neighbours, and accusations against the Church

“I will never forgive this government for the lost eyes and savagery that we saw on June 20th” – a photo essay from the ongoing protests in Tbilisi

“What is it all for?” the old lady grabs my hand and squeezes it desperately, waiting for some wise answer.  “Why?” she repeats, emphasizing her question with a gesture towards a square full of people gathering for the second day … Continue reading “I will never forgive this government for the lost eyes and savagery that we saw on June 20th” – a photo essay from the ongoing protests in Tbilisi

“The steepest drop in democratic quality in Eastern Europe”: Georgian democracy downgraded

Democracy in Georgia declined sharply according to the most recent democracy index by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Based on indicators measuring electoral processes and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties, Georgia dropped … Continue reading “The steepest drop in democratic quality in Eastern Europe”: Georgian democracy downgraded