Konstantine Ladaria

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Numbers and Surrealism

Post-Soviet politics is a game played with risk and manipulation. In his book Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World (2005) Andrew Wilson asserts that the manipulation of society, i.e. voters, is the only way for the old elite equipped with a new ideology to survive. Even though such forms of manipulation, playing with symbols and performances of various types, are not uncommon in the consolidated democracies of the West – for example, the pre-election presidential campaign...

The Church, Ivanishvili and Authority

The recent exchange of words that took place between former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and the Georgian Orthodox Church contributed to a review of several deep-rooted perceptions of Georgian society, and, at the same time, helped strengthen such perceptions. On 4 February, during a news conference that Bidzina Ivanishvili called to inaugurate his non-governmental organization, “Citizen,” the former prime minister talked about the need for public criticism of the Church. “Society should...

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