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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…

On Greeks in the former USSR and parties with Mikhail Saakashvili

Lia is the wife of Kakha Giuashvili, a former MP under Georgian presidents Shevardnadze and Saakashvili. She belongs to the ethnic group of the Pontic Greeks, which have traditionally been settling around the Black Sea. Part of her family originally hails from Saloniki which used to be part of the…

Orthodoxy vs. liberalism and relations with Russia

Georgi is a monk at the Vardzia monastery in southern Georgia. The ancient site was founded in the 12th century and is situated in a complex of mountain caves cut into the side of a massive cliff to provide protection against the numerous foreign armies that invaded Georgia over the…

Lika and Salome

Lika and Salome from Tbilisi went to a private techno party at a pool overseeing their city. It was also a trial for a new party series.

On Russian-Georgian love, the Soviet break-up and coming home after almost 25 years

Svetlana hails from Izhevsk and her daughter Olga lives in St. Petersburg where she works as a manager of a famous classical choir. They were travelling from Kazbegi to Tbilisi and it was to be the first time since 1994 that they visited the Georgian capital, which they used to…