Mikheil Saakashvili  is widely blamed for starting Georgia’s brief but disastrous war with Russia in 2008. Photograph: Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters

He wanted to be remembered and loved as a latter-day David the Builder, the medieval king who ruled over a golden age for Georgia, but Mikheil Saakash(...)

A burnt trolley bus lies on a square near a railway station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine yesterday. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Before joining forces to help run the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, the pro-Russian pseudo-statelet in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Antiufeyev, Al(...)

The mayor of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava, has been suspended from office after he was charged with misspending public funds. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters.

The mayor of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi has been suspended from office after he was charged with misspending public funds in a case he and his opposit(...)

Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili (left), his son Tsotne and wife Eka Khvedelidze. Ivanishvili and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili are leaving office not arm-in-arm but in opposite directions, united only in mutual loathing. Photograph: Reuters/Georgy Kakulia

To lose two colourful, intriguing and unpredictable leaders might be considered the height of political carelessness, but that is Georgia’s fate as it(...)

A woman walks past an election poster of presidential candidate Georgy Margvelashvili in Tbilisi. Mr Margvelashvili is expected to win this weekend’s election. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

As Georgia prepares to hold a presidential election tomorrow, most of the chatter in Tbilisi is not about who will win, but whether Mikheil Saakashvi(...)


Georgia’s President
 Mikheil Saakashvili: his actions have come under increasing scrutiny since his allies were ousted from government last autumn. Photograph: Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters

Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has defended his role in the country’s war with Russia five years ago, and criticised Tbilisi’s government for (...)

Former Georgian prime minister Ivane Merabishvili (C) listens to his lawyer during a preliminary hearing of his case. Photograph: Irakli Gedenidze

The European Union has warned Georgia that it is under close scrutiny after two more of President Mikheil Saakashvili’s clo(...)

Police stand guard during the gay rights    rally in Tbilisi. Photograph: Reuters

The European Union has denounced a violent attack by thousands of Georgians – with Orthodox priests in the vanguard – on a (...)

Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky: allegedly beaten to death in a Moscow jail cell.

The Kremlin has warned Washington that publication of a list of Russians officials who are subject to US sanctions due to involvement in alleged ri(...)

Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili: “The theme of the war is shrouded in mystery . . . I personally have many questions and I also think that our authorities, including the president, acted inadequately in that situation.” Photograph: Justyna Mielnikiewicz/The New York Times

Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili wants his fierce rival President Mikheil Saakashvili to be questioned about his handling of the cou(...)