Georgia

Roddy Scott Foundation providing education to the children of war-torn Pankisi Gorge

Ben Aris in Berlin December 6, 2022

Twenty years ago the young freelance photojournalist Roddy Scott was killed by Russian forces in the Pankisi gorge in Georgia, a refuge for terrorists and a transit point into neighbouring Chechnya during the war there.

Georgia’s ex-president Saakashvili “poisoned”, claims doctor

Mack Tubridy in Tbilisi December 6, 2022

US-based toxicologist says that "testing has revealed the presence of heavy metals" in former president's body.

Moldova's president "deeply concerned" by Saakashvili’s deteriorating health

Mack Tubridy in Tbilisi December 5, 2022

Former president remains in a detention that one of his lawyers has called a "death sentence".

Moldova attends first Nato summit but says membership is not an option

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 1, 2022

Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu takes care not to provoke Russia, despite Nato promises of support for Moldova.

War and wine: how rattled economies in Ukraine and Russia are pushing Georgian winemakers to pivot to new markets

Mack Tubridy in Tbilisi November 30, 2022

Traditional export markets for Georgian wine are reeling due to the war in Ukraine, deepening ongoing trends of market diversification among winemakers in the South Caucasian country.

Georgian parliament sends bill to promote de-oligarchisation to Venice Commission for review

Mack Tubridy in Tbilisi November 29, 2022

The Georgian opposition believes that the bill will be used to punish opposition financiers and to protect the interests of Georgian Dream founder Bidzina Ivanishvili.

EBRD warns of risk of 'zombification'

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

Development bank recommends countries should now gradually dial down help to vulnerable companies, so they can either learn to adapt to the new climate of higher interest rates or exit the market by going into insolvency.

Asia-to-Europe Digital Silk Way investors to lay ‘internet corridor’ across bottom of Caspian Sea

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty November 17, 2022

Fibre-optic lines crucial part of project set to benefit up to 1.8bn people from Frankfurt to Mumbai.

INTERVIEW: Giorgi Paresishvili, chairman of Tashkent Stock Exchange

Ben Aris in Samarakand November 10, 2022

In January 2016 Paresishvilli successfully plugged Georgia into the international capital markets when it hooked up to the international settlement and clearing system of Clearstream. Now he intends to do do the same with the Tashkent Stock Exchange.

Eurasian central bank governors battling inflation with mixed success

Ben Aris In Samarkand November 7, 2022

Inflation appears to be under control in Uzbekistan and to have peaked in Georgia and Armenia, but with prices still rising in Kazakhstan the regulator is ready to raise rates “as much as necessary,” the countries' central bank governors said.

Turkmenistan: Form an orderly pipeline

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet November 2, 2022

Turkmenistan is finding new customers for its gas, while continuing to perform bizarre stunts for Guinness World Records. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.

Ukraine war brings Georgia’s troubled deep sea port back on to the agenda

Nini Gabritchidze for Eurasianet October 28, 2022

The mega project was cancelled in 2020 amid political acrimony and geopolitical speculation. Now, a shift in regional transport routes may be breathing new life into it.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Is the Middle Corridor all it’s cracked up to be?

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 15, 2022

Avoiding sanctioned Russia in shipping freight between East Asia and Europe is a new difficulty for the cargo industry. The big alternative is the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route. Analysts wonder if it can take the strain.

VISEGRAD BLOG: European family gathering mostly avoids fights

Robert Anderson in Prague October 9, 2022

European Political Community isolates Russia, welcomes back UK and reassures EU candidate countries.

A tight bear hug or looser embrace for Russia-backed separatists

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 9, 2022

With Russia distracted by a war in Ukraine that is not going well, where does that leave the client governments it has backed in three separatist republics in Georgia and Moldova?

Ukraine war leads to traffic jams in Georgia

Nini Gabritchidze for Eurasianet October 7, 2022

International transport routes through Ukraine and Russia have been disrupted, and Georgia has become a popular alternative.

Georgian MPs want to rid the country of oligarchs, but not all of them

Mack Tubridy in Tbilisi October 4, 2022

Ruling Georgian Dream party says founder Bidzina Ivanishvil will not fall under new planned bill.

Georgia’s border clogged with thousands of Russians fleeing the Kremlin’s mobilisation

Mack Tubridy in Stepantsminda on the Russian-Georgian border September 29, 2022

After Vladimir Putin escalated the war in Ukraine with a mobilisation order, thousands of Russians are trying to enter Georgia to avoid being drafted and sent to the front lines in the war in Ukraine.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

IMF makes huge revision to Georgian growth forecast

bne IntelliNews September 16, 2022

GDP forecast revised from 3.2% to 9% as “expected negative effects of the war in Ukraine have not materialised so far”.

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