Georgia

The Istanbul terror attack, the Boston Marathon bombings and the Chechen connection

By Nick Barrickman, 6 July 2016

There is ample evidence that the unholy alliance of US intelligence agencies with anti-Russian jihadist elements in the North Caucasus has produced at least one fatal terror attack within the borders of the United States.

US-trained Chechen ISIS commander Abu Omar al-Shishani survives US assassination strike

By Thomas Gaist, 14 March 2016

The Georgian militant’s career exemplifies the close ties between US imperialism and its supposed enemies in the Islamic State.

NATO maneuvers with Georgia, Ukraine threaten war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 3 April 2014

The NATO military alliance is provocatively seeking to install its forces on Russia’s borders.

Violence escalates in Dagestan amid incipient Islamist insurgency

By Andrea Peters, 15 August 2013

Russia’s north Caucasus is wracked by ongoing violence centered in the federal republic of Dagestan.

Fierce clashes follow elections in Georgia

By Clara Weiss, 19 December 2012

Conflicts within the ruling class have intensified after parliamentary elections held last October.

Incumbent President Saakashvili’s party defeated in Georgian election

By Clara Weiss, 3 October 2012

Incumbent Georgian President Saakashvili conceded defeat in the parliamentary elections held Monday.

Anti-government protests continue in Georgia

By Andrea Peters, 25 May 2011

Ongoing anti-government protests in the country of Georgia have resulted in confrontations with police and the arrest of oppositionists.

WikiLeaks exposes US cover-up of Georgian attack on South Ossetia

By Niall Green, 6 December 2010

Leaked State Department documents show the US embassy in Tbilisi issued one-sided reports to bolster Georgian claims in the August 2008 war with Russia.

Georgia: “Invasion” hoax used to whip up anti-Russian fears

By Niall Green, 17 March 2010

A pro-regime television news broadcast in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, depicting Russian forces invading the country, was an effort to portray the Georgian opposition as traitorous and encourage anti-Russian sentiment.

New York Times: “everyone to blame” in Russia-Georgia war

By Niall Green, 6 October 2009

A New York Times editorial attempts to portray the recent report by EU investigators, which found the Georgian government legally responsible for initiating the conflict, as a vindication of the newspaper’s own biased coverage in August 2008.

EU report states Georgia started 2008 war with Russia

Georgian attack unjustifiable under international law

By Niall Green, 2 October 2009

Following a 10-month investigation, a European Union report has found Georgia the aggressor in its 2008 war with Russia, directly refuting claims made not only by the Georgia government, but also by its backers in Washington and the US media.

One year since Russian-Georgian war

Georgia remains focus of Washington-Moscow tensions

By Niall Green, 7 August 2009

On August 7 last year, long escalating tensions between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia erupted into full-scale war. One year on from the war, tensions between the two sides remain high.

Violence increases in Russia’s Caucasus republics

By Niall Green, 31 July 2009

A recent spike in violence between Russian security forces and local militants indicates that Moscow has no plans to loosen its military grip in the North Caucasus.

US Vice President Biden visits Ukraine and Georgia

By Niall Green, 23 July 2009

US Vice President Biden visited the former Soviet republics of Ukraine and Georgia this week. Despite recent concessions in certain strategic areas, Biden’s tour is a warning to Moscow that Washington retains strong interests in the region.

The Mousavi campaign in Iran and the lessons of past “color revolutions”

By Niall Green, 4 July 2009

The political movement of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, named the “Green Wave” due to its campaign color, has striking parallels with the US-backed “color revolutions” in the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Ukraine.

Georgia: Mass protests highlight political crisis in the Caucasus

By Markus Salzmann, 15 April 2009

The justified anger of broad layers of the Georgian population against its right-wing, corrupt government only finds a very distorted expression in the current protests being led by an opposition alliance recruited in the main from former Saakashvili supporters.

Letters from our readers

13 November 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

BBC describes evidence of Georgian war crimes in South Ossetia

By Simon Whelan, 10 November 2008

Journalists working for the BBC have unearthed evidence of Georgian war crimes against South Ossetian civilians.

A damning admission on the Georgian war

8 November 2008

The New York Times on Friday carried a front-page article citing a report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, whose monitors were in Georgia when the fighting broke out, which demolishes the official US account of the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war, according to which the war was an act of Russian aggression.

Scandinavian countries respond to Russia-Georgia conflict

By Jordan Shilton, 6 October 2008

The war between Russia and Georgia has greatly increased tensions, not only in the immediate region but throughout the world. Scandinavia is no exception.

War in Georgia: French LCR mimics Sarkozy’s foreign policy

Balkanisation of the Caucasus

By Peter Schwarz, 13 September 2008

The true class orientation of a party is often revealed in the way it reacts to important political events—by its ability to evaluate new developments and to provide a correct political orientation.

Georgian conflict poses dilemma for Turkey

The “Straits Question”

By Sinan Ikinci and Peter Schwarz, 9 September 2008

Given the proximity of Turkey to Georgia and its intense economic and political involvement in the region, the Turkish government’s reaction to the conflict between Georgia and Russia has been remarkably muted.

Letters from our readers

3 September 2008

The following is a selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

European Union summit sides with Georgia

By Peter Schwarz, 2 September 2008

“Admonishment for Russia, money for Georgia.” In these words, European Union circles described the program of the EU special summit, held yesterday in Brussels under the auspices of France’s presidency of the EU.

Danger grows of NATO-Russian clash in Black Sea

By Julie Hyland and Chris Marsden, 1 September 2008

A build-up of naval forces is underway in the Black Sea, involving both NATO and Russian ships. The provocative actions by the US-led military coalition create the danger of a clash with potentially catastrophic consequences.