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A Georgian tank gunner on fighting the Russian army and the Taliban

Guram is a Senior Sergeant of the tank branch of the Georgian army, currently on leave. In the 2008 war, he was fighting against the Russian army and South Ossetian militias. According to him, things were quite chaotic back then and while shooting at Russians and their tanks from afar…

Orthodox traditions vs. LGBTQ and technoculture

Leva is active in the LGBTQ scene in Tbilisi. He says that despite the global hype about Georgian techno and nightlife, the country is still largely dominated by conservative values. Only people in Tbilisi with some money and a more international outlook were really liberal and tolerant. The countryside, most…

Memories of Stalin’s Great Terror and the songs of German POWs

Grigori or Grisha, as he likes to be called, is an 87-year-old pensioner from Chiatura. The Georgian mining town rose to prominence in the 1930s during the Soviet industrialisation campaign. By some estimates, Chiatura used to produce more than 50% of the world’s supply of manganese, an important ingredient in…