Also by Nino Kharadze
May 22, 2013
Who In Georgia Is Merabishvili's Arrest Meant To Scare?
The arrest of Vano Merabishvili, Mikheil Saakashvili's most powerful ally, appears to tighten the noose around the weakened Georgian president, who has seen his support base crumble since Bidzina Ivanishvili's rise to power last October. But observers in Georgia say the arrest may also be a response to a vicious religious crackdown against gay-rights groups – and a sign that Ivanishvili's true rival is no longer Saakashvili but the church.
July 25, 2012
Georgia Storm Victims Receive Flood Of Attention In Campaign Season
Residents in eastern Georgia are just beginning to recover from a brutal hailstorm last week that destroyed crops, killed livestock, and left buildings decimated. And with parliamentary elections looming in October, both President Mikheil Saakashvili and opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili are jockeying to use the relief efforts to score political points.