Democracy along the Black Sea: As Russia eyes Georgia, it eyes the EU

Written by on October 1, 2023

Nestled in a fairy-light-strewn park along the riverbank, near a street vendor proffering a chipped-nose statuette of native son Josef Stalin, a pub has posted a notice.

Russia is an “occupier,” and its President Vladimir Putin is “evil.” “If you do not agree,” it warns, “please do not come in.” 

It’s a serious statement in a country that prides itself on its smothering hospitality. 

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