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Stories about Georgia

Activists protest dam construction in northwest Georgia

A planned US$800 million hydropower project, the largest in Georgia, is meeting resistance from residents of the Rioni River valley

Georgians in Abkhazia and South Ossetia unable to vote

Ethnic Georgians living in Abkhazia and South Ossetia won’t be able to vote in Georgia's October 31 parliamentary elections. Georgia's government has no plan to protect these citizens’ right to...

In Georgia, cinema is the latest flashpoint in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights

Months after its release, a film about a gay Georgian dancer continues to inflame heated debates about the place of the LGBTQ+ community in this conservative country.

Has COVID-19 provoked a crisis of faith in Georgia's Orthodox church?

As the Georgian Orthodox Church continued to hold prayers during lockdown, its critics hint at a new crisis of faith in church-state relations.

An interview with Afgan Mukhtarli, abducted Azerbaijani journalist who now walks free

In May 2017 journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and reappeared in a jail cell in Azerbaijan. Recently released, he reflects on his ordeal.

Calculating the hidden costs of breakaway borders in Georgia

The boundaries between breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia and Georgian government controlled territory are hardening. For locals on both sides of the divide, that brings huge social and economic costs.

No place for transgender people in Georgia's labour market

Finding a stable job is a hard enough task for all Georgians — but as Nata and Gabriela's stories show, it's nearly impossible for transgender people.

Georgia's youth protesters lead 2020's political showdown

Georgia’s capital Tbilisi braces itself for renewed anti-government protests next month, and youth protesters are at the forefront.

Failed promises on electoral system reform prompts new wave of protest in Georgia

For the second time this year, the Georgian Dream government faces mass demonstrations.

Fear and uncertainty: The life of Georgians in Gali

For ethnic Georgians in breakaway Abkhazia, life is a bureaucratic nightmare.

‘We’re caught in mid-air’: Raising a child with autism in Georgia

From individual therapy to special education teachers in schools, parents of children with autism in Georgia face a constant battle with the authorities to provide the services their children need.

A tale of two parents: Georgian drag artist on hostility, acceptance and learning to love life

"There is nothing modern about the idea you should love your child."

In the Caucasus, queer people are forced to flee their homes

"There is a point after which you just can’t take it anymore."

War knows no gender: Georgia’s female soldiers

"Right then the sky went orange. A wave shook me and I saw soldiers flying through the air."

A thespian, a journalist and a politician. Three minority women busting barriers in Georgia

They share a common determination and single-mindedness despite very different goals and dreams.

Photo essay: Stateless in the former Soviet republic of Georgia

"Citizenship is all I need to heal the scar of not belonging."

Georgia's protests pit nightlife against nationalists

"We were on the cusp of civil confrontation!"

A Game of Inches: Watch the Georgian Try That Sent Rugby Fans Into Raptures

"I wish I had seen this in real time. The speed those legs were pumping at, to reach the ball. AND ground it! Amazing! Bravo!"

Athletes, Politicians Back Georgian Soccer Player's Support for LGBT Rights

"We are far from getting there, but I see change," one Tbilisi resident commented.

Documentary: Lost in the Ruins of Georgia's Soviet-Era Tea Industry

"There was not a single unemployed person in Laituri. Everyone was employed at either the plantation or the factory."

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