Produced by Zviad Mchedlishvili
22 December 2021
Tbilisi’s 1991-1992 War: A Ruthless Conflict That Had To Be Fought, Veterans Agree
From December 22, 1991 to January 6, 1992, brutal, chaotic fighting ripped through downtown Tbilisi over the rule of Georgia’s first post-Soviet, elected president, Zviad Gamasakhurdia. Current Time spoke with two veterans who say the Tbilisi war was a fight that could not be avoided.
02 November 2021
‘Do You Support Saakashvili?’ In Tbilisi Street Poll, Most Prefer Silence
Nearly a month after ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili’s October 1, 2021 arrest in Georgia on criminal charges, most respondents in Tbilisi opted for silence when asked by Current Time whether or not they support the 2003 Rose Revolution leader.
06 September 2021
As COVID Numbers Spike, New Restrictions Are Imposed In Georgia
The Georgian government is introducing new measures from September as it tries to boost the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19. People will now need to have a negative COVID test to enter restaurants, gyms, and beauty parlors if they haven't been vaccinated.
08 July 2021
Tbilisi Rallies Against Violence Following Attacks On LGBT Pride Parade
Georgian police on July 6 detained over 100 individuals for attempting to disrupt an anti-violence rally in Tbilisi intended as a response to nationalists' and ultraconservatives' disruption of a July 5 march for LGBT rights.
19 April 2021
Jobless In Georgia: Amidst Pandemic, Labor Migration To Germany ‘Only Option’ For Thousands
With unemployment in Georgia now at around 20 percent of the country’s workforce, Current Time’s Zviad Mchedlishvili spoke with Georgian jobseekers about why they are opting to go abroad to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
30 October 2020
Georgia: Monastery Melee Overshadows Parliamentary Election
22 October 2020
'Never Any Conflict': Georgia's Village Of Peace For Ethnic Armenians, Azerbaijanis
Unlike in nearby Armenia and Azerbaijan, ethnic Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the Georgian village of Khojorni have long lived together in peace. That history is part of the reason why Georgia, which contains several such villages, has offered to mediate in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
09 April 2020
Coronavirus Crisis Challenges Georgian Winemakers
For Georgian wines, an increasingly trendy beverage in parts of the European Union and U.S., the coronavirus pandemic could not have come at a worse time. Spring is when new wines hit the market, but Georgia’s export-oriented wine production has slowed significantly, with some wine companies either slashing production or shutting down entirely. Work in the vineyards of Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region, the heart of its wine industry, however, doesn’t stop even during a quarantine.
10 March 2020
Cancer Prompts Some Georgians To Petition EU For Asylum
Georgian cancer patients appear to be regularly traveling to the European Union to claim asylum on humanitarian grounds – a measure allowed under EU migration law. Though Georgia boasts the region’s highest number of doctors (51 per 10,000 people, according to the World Health Organization) and has modernized its hospitals in recent years, these patients say they cannot find the help they need.
19 February 2020
No Gas, No Paved Road: Ethnic Russian Village In Georgia Considers Election Boycott
Georgia’s governments have repeatedly declared war on poverty, but in the 300-person village of Davitiani, like in other villages in this would-be European Union member, a lack of income and lack of infrastructure remain daunting problems. To get officials’ attention, Davitiani, a predominantly ethnic Russian settlement located in the eastern vineyard region of Kakheti, is now considering an unusual option: a boycott of Georgia’s October 2020 parliamentary elections.