Georgia

Linguist Thomas Wier and Udi activist Alexander Kavtaradze at a memorial to Zinobi Silikashvili, the founder of the village of Zinobiani, Georgia. The inscription includes both Caucasian Albanian (Udi) and Georgian script.

Udi, a dying language with its own alphabet, sees a revival in this small Georgian town

Udi is a language with its own ancient alphabet and an unlikely grammatical feature that some linguists believe is unique. Now, researchers in Georgia are trying to preserve the language from possible extinction.

Udi, a dying language with its own alphabet, sees a revival in this small Georgian town
Customers walk into the Dedaena Bar in Tbilisi past a QR code notice

Georgia’s proxy war with Russia has linguistic ripple effects

Georgia’s proxy war with Russia has linguistic ripple effects
Many of Tskaltubo's sanatoriums will soon be renovated and reopened to tourists once again through an initiative funded by the government and private investment.

Longtime refugees in Georgia say goodbye to the Soviet-era sanatoriums they called home

Longtime refugees in Georgia say goodbye to the Soviet-era sanatoriums they called home
Stalin refrigerator magnets for sale outside the Stalin Museum in Gori, Georgia

As Putin’s war in Ukraine continues, historians say it’s crucial to reflect on Stalin’s reign in the Soviet era

As Putin’s war in Ukraine continues, historians say it’s crucial to reflect on Stalin’s reign in the Soviet era
demonstrator holding the Ukraine flag around their body

Russians in Georgia help to evacuate Ukrainians  

Russians in Georgia help to evacuate Ukrainians  
Popular Russian rapper Oxxxymiron played to a packed club in Istanbul to raise funds for Ukrainians and their fight against Russia.

The new Russian diaspora finds a home in Istanbul 

More than 3 million people have fled Ukraine in the violence of the past three weeks. At the same time, a smaller, more privileged migration route is emerging in eastern cities like Istanbul.

The new Russian diaspora finds a home in Istanbul 
Leticia Arcila, a 20-year-old voter in Atlanta, Georgia, said health care is her top priority in a presidential candidate.

In Georgia, a young Latina reluctantly casts her primary vote for Biden

Leticia Arcila, a 20-year-old first-generation Mexican American living in Atlanta, was eager to cast her vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Georgia primary. When the coronavirus hit, the primary was delayed — and Sanders dropped out of the race.

In Georgia, a young Latina reluctantly casts her primary vote for Biden
Vladimir Putin walks between two rows of people clapping their hands and taking photos with their cell phones

20 years of Putin in power: A timeline

Last year marked two decades of Vladimir Putin in power in Russia. Here are the events that have shaped — or been shaped — by the former KGB officer.

20 years of Putin in power: A timeline
A man in a crowd wearing a white T-shirt holds up a sign saying 'Russia get out of Georgia."

NATO agreed Georgia would join. Why hasn’t it happened?

The Republic of Georgia has been waiting to join NATO for more than a decade. Why hasn't it happened?

NATO agreed Georgia would join. Why hasn’t it happened?
Performers drink wine during a wine festival in Tbilisi, Georgia, Oct. 15, 2017.

World's earliest evidence of grape wine-making discovered in country of Georgia

The world's earliest evidence of grape wine-making has been detected in 8,000-year-old pottery jars unearthed in Georgia, making the tradition almost 1,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Monday

World's earliest evidence of grape wine-making discovered in country of Georgia
East Point mayor Teona Chikladze has come to symbolize a feminist movement in Georgia

Georgian feminists are beacons of light in a region darkening for women

Even as freedoms for women are constricting in neighboring Turkey and Russia, women in Tbilisi, Georgia are more free than ever, they say

Georgian feminists are beacons of light in a region darkening for women
"The Skeptic" illustration from Andrew North's The Big Draw: Selling the Soviet Past.

Take a tour of the 'Home Depot of Soviet past'

In the former Soviet state of Georgia is a sprawling open-air hardware store called the Eliava. Vendors there sell building materials, tools and machinery — much of it from Soviet days and Russian-made.

Take a tour of the 'Home Depot of Soviet past'
The Kiwi Cafe in historic downtown, Tbilisi, Georgia

Sausage-wielding attackers raid vegan cafe in Tbilisi, Georgia

It was no idle prank. The cafe's owners say an ultranationalist neo-Nazi group was responsible.

Sausage-wielding attackers raid vegan cafe in Tbilisi, Georgia
Heavy rainfall turned the Vere river flowing through Tbilisi, Georgia into a torrent that swept away dozens of buildings and cars, June 14, 2015. At least a dozen people died as a result of flooding and mudslides in the Georgian capital.

Animals roam streets of Tbilisi after flooding kills 12 people and destroys city zoo

Flash floods in the nation of Georgia have killed at least a dozen people in the country's capital, Tiblisi. For locals, it was terrifying. And not just because zoo animals started roaming the streets.

Animals roam streets of Tbilisi after flooding kills 12 people and destroys city zoo
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What Ferguson has shown us about race relations in America

Timeline: The shooting of two Ferguson police officers is just the latest tumult in the Missouri town where a police officer killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

What Ferguson has shown us about race relations in America