Movie night: "Age of Delirium", the collapse of the Soviet Union

On 21 September Blinibioscoop and Foundation Max van der Stoel are organising a screening of documentary film "Age of Delirium," which focusses on the fall of the Soviet Union, followed by a panel discussion. The film screening will begin at 15:00, the panel at 17:00, to be followed by the Bliniscoop traditional pancakes. Entrance fee is 5 Euros, and includes pancakes. The working language will be English.

Abkhazia’s dependence on Russia questioned amid presidential elections

The breakaway region of Abkhazia has held early presidential elections on Sunday, August 24th. Allegations of corruption and misrule had forced the former President Aleksandr Ankvab to resign in early June, consequently rescheduling the date of presidential elections from 2016 to August 2014. The election of a KGB academy graduate has raised concern from the European Union and Georgia about the Kremlin’s involvement in the area.

The newest EU-“associates”: Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.

Moldova has been increasing its political and economic ties with the European Union since the signature of the Association Agreement on June 27th, alongside Ukraine and Georgia. In comparison to the turmoil created in Ukraine by its rapprochement with the European Union, very little attention has been given to former Soviet nations such as Moldova and Georgia who are involved in a similar move westwards. Nevertheless, European agreements have large implications for these countries.

Local elections Georgia – Ruling party “force which really has no alternative”?

On 15 June municipal elections took place in Georgia in which the heads of 59 municipalities and 71 new local councils were elected, for a term of three years and four months. Next to this, mayoral elections were held in twelve cities. Despite the fact that Transparency International reported irregularities and filed complaints, they argued that the election day was “generally calm”.

Training voor jonge sociaaldemocraten in Georgië

Afgelopen weekend organiseerde de FMS een training voor de jongeren van onze partner daar, de Social Democrats for the Development of Georgia (SDD). De jongerenafdeling van de partij, Young Social Democrats (YSD), zijn hard bezig met de opbouw van hun organisatie en het werven van nieuwe leden. Hier vroegen ze dan ook een training over aan.

Russia extends ‘security zone’ deeper into Abkhazia ahead of Sochi Olympics

On January 21st, Georgia’s Foreign Ministry expressed ‘deep concern’ over the expansion of its ‘border zone’ with Russia, where heightened security measures are enforced, 11 kilometers deeper into the breakaway region of Abkhazia. This means a shift of the Russian-Georgian state border 11 kilometers deeper into Georgian territory. This expansion, which the Georgian Foreign Ministry condemned as an ‘illegal action’, came in advance of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi next month, which is less than 40 kilometers away from the Abkhaz section of the Georgian-Russian border. ‘The Georgian Foreign Ministry calls on the Russian Federation to stop provocative policy against Georgia and to live up to its international commitments, envisaged under the provisions of the [2008] cease-fire agreement,’ the Georgian Foreign Ministry’s statement read.

Welke koers gaat Georgië varen met een nieuwe kapitein aan boord?

Met 62,1 procent van de stemmen heeft Giorgi Margvelasjvili, kandidaat van de partij Georgische Droom, de Georgische presidentsverkiezingen van 27 oktober met een ruime zege gewonnen. De voormalige minister van Educatie en Wetenschap volgt hiermee de pro-westerse Michael Saakasjvili op, die na tien jaar, ofwel twee termijnen, de presidentiële woning in Tbilisi moet verruilen voor een appartement elders in de hoofdstad. De kandidaat van Saakasjvili’s Verenigde Nationale Beweging, David Bakradze, eindigde met 21,7 procent van de stemmen op de tweede plaats.

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