Georgia's Tough Choices
Georgia seeks to impeach president over EU visits
The mobilization of Russian troops in occupied Georgian regions, the influx of Russians fleeing conscription and a central government with ambiguous connections to Putin, mean that Georgians are increasingly seeing the Ukraine war as a litmus test for their own precarious relationship with Russia.
Many Georgians believe that Russia is secretly extending the boundaries of separatist Russian-backed territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Activist David Katsarava uses drones to monitor the position of the border fence, "because our government is very much pro-Russian." Meanwhile trust in the country's biggest oligarch, Bidzina Ivanishvili, is at an all-time low. Eka Gigauri, Executive Director of Transparency International Georgia, thinks that Ivanishvili “might take particular decisions in the interest of Russia and not the Georgian public."FULL SYNOPSIS