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Soft Powerlessness

Russia is trying to conquer Georgia once again. This time around, it is doing so in a wiser manner than it has done traditionally. Today, the Russian Federation tries to win the heart of Georgia by applying "soft power." Even though Russia as yet fails to be effective in this endeavor because of its political nature, it is clear that this attempt is serious. There is, however, the possibility that, being in a critical condition, Georgia, which has repeatedly suffered under the Russian boot, may...

Vivere Civile?

Saturday, 4 June 1859. Saint Petersburg, Russia. Ilia Chavchavadze is composing his immortal poem Elegy: “The slumber of my land caress. O God! when will we wake and rise again to happiness?” The poet’s words endure. But are they doomed to be quoted forever in languor? Georgian protest is something rather strange. It exists in a somnolent state. Sometimes it is voiced; more often it is not. The primary explanation for that is that Georgian protest is selective. Protest – or at least, the sense...

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