Articles by Margarita Antidze

Georgia Ballet Group Always Family Affair

  • 12 April 12
  • Reuters
It has survived communist oppression, the Cold War, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and counted Josef Stalin and Elvis Presley among its admirers, but at its heart the Georgian National Ballet has always been a bit of a family business.

Georgia Under Fire for Refugee Evictions

  • 30 August 10
  • Reuters
Georgian authorities are coming under fire from human rights groups over the forced eviction of hundreds of people displaced by war from state-owned buildings the government hopes to privatize.

Shevardnadze Recalls Fall of the Berlin Wall

  • 08 September 09
  • Reuters
Twenty years after the wall came down, the former Soviet foreign minister who aided Moscow's reconciliation with the West says the world is a safer place but warns against complacency.

Saakashvili Rules Out Seizing Regions

  • 03 August 09
  • Reuters
President Mikheil Saakashvili said Georgia knows that it cannot take back its Russian-backed rebel regions militarily but fears Moscow has designs on Tbilisi.

Azeri Exit Polls Point to Huge Victory for Aliyev

  • 16 October 08
  • Reuters
Azeri exit polls pointed to victory for incumbent Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday in a presidential election condemned by the opposition as a charade to extend the Aliyev family dynasty.

No Immediate Access to Georgia Zone for EU

  • 01 October 08
  • Reuters
The Russian military said Tuesday that European Union cease-fire monitors would not have immediate access to its ""security zone"" inside Georgia, drawing accusations from Tbilisi that it was stalling a promised troop pullback.

South Ossetia Conflict Escalates

  • 08 August 08
  • Reuters
MEGVREKISI, Georgia — Tensions over Georgia's rebel territory of South Ossetia exploded on Friday when Georgia tried to assert control over the region with tanks and rockets, and Russia sent forces to repel the assault.
Fighting between Georgian forces and Russian-backed separatists raged in and around Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, after Tbilisi sent troops to take back the territory, which broke away in the 1990s.

Exit Polls Point to Victory for Sarksyan

  • 20 February 08
  • Reuters
But the opposition in Armenia's presidential vote has leveled charges of beatings and ballot-stuffing.

Saakashvili Opponent Charged in Coup Plot

  • 11 January 08
  • Reuters
Georgian prosecutors on Thursday charged one of President Mikheil Saakashvili's most powerful opponents, Badri Patarkatsishvili, with plotting a coup and attempting to organize a terrorist attack.

Saakashvili Opponent Charged in Coup Plot

  • 11 January 08
  • Reuters
Georgian prosecutors on Thursday charged one of President Mikheil Saakashvili's most powerful opponents, Badri Patarkatsishvili, with plotting a coup and attempting to organize a terrorist attack.

Georgians Line Up for Visas in Tbilisi

  • 30 May 07
  • Reuters
Dozens of Georgians lined up outside the Russian Consulate in Tbilisi on Tuesday following the first easing of Moscow's blanket ban on visas.

Helicopter Dispute in Georgia

  • 13 March 07
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Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili held an emergency meeting of his security council Monday after the government charged that Russian helicopters had attacked a disputed gorge under Tbilisi's control.

Caucasus in Dark on Radar Proposal

  • 05 March 07
  • Reuters
Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan said Friday that Washington had not yet asked them to host a controversial anti-missile shield, a move that would be certain to anger Russia.

Uranium May Be From Novosibirsk

  • 29 January 07
  • Reuters
A Russian arrested on suspicion of smuggling weapons-grade uranium into Georgia in his pockets may have obtained it in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

Russian Ambassador Back in Tbilisi

  • 24 January 07
  • Reuters
But Moscow is still unhappy with Georgia's Western policies and anti-Kremlin rhetoric.

Anti-Saakashvili Plot Uncovered

  • 07 September 06
  • Reuters
Georgia said Wednesday that it had uncovered a plot by opposition politicians sympathetic to Russia to overthrow the country's pro-Western leadership.

Kodori Gorge Under Georgian Control

  • 28 July 06
  • Reuters
Georgia said Thursday that it had regained full control over a remote gorge from a rebel militia leader, ending an operation that has triggered fears of a wider regional conflict.

Georgia May Leave CIS Over Wine Row

  • 12 April 06
  • Reuters
Georgia says it sees no point in the CIS membership after Moscow's wine ban .

Gas to Georgia Restored Amid Insults

  • 24 January 06
  • Reuters
Gas started flowing to Georgia on Monday after an explosion shut off supplies from Russia, which Georgian officials accused of deliberately triggering an energy crisis in the Caucasus nation.

Asset Sales Bankrolling Tbilisi's Reforms

  • 26 April 05
  • Reuters
Georgia, trying to bring in Western-style market reforms to repair its economy, is betting on wide-ranging privatizations to help.

Bendukidze: Top Issue in Georgia Is Tax Take

  • 29 June 04
  • Reuters
Georgia's new economy minister said he never knew how rampant tax evasion had become here until his bodyguards asked to be paid in cash.

Saakashvili Cracks Down Before Poll

  • 26 March 04
  • Reuters
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili moved against rebellious Adzharian leader Aslan Abashidze and launched a bold crackdown on crime in a lawless region as tension rose ahead of parliamentary elections.

Georgian Talks Left In Disarray

  • 14 November 03
  • Reuters
Georgia's opposition demanded President Eduard Shevardnadze step down Thursday to avoid exacerbating a political crisis in a country already on the edge of economic despair.

4 UN Staff Set Free In Georgia

  • 11 June 03
  • Reuters
Kidnappers on Tuesday released four UN staff abducted last week while monitoring the border between Georgia and the separatist province of Abkhazia, a senior Georgian official said.

Armenia's Kocharyan Wins 2nd Term

  • 07 March 03
  • Reuters
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan won a new five-year term in office Thursday, but international observers said his victory in a run-off was marked by widespread ballot-box stuffing.

Abducted Spaniards Tell of Abuse

  • 11 December 01
  • Reuters
Two Spanish businessmen, held hostage in Georgia for more than a year, were freed from captivity on Sunday looking pale and thin but in better shape than expected.

Thousands Mourn Murder Of TV Journalist in Tbilisi

  • 31 July 01
  • Reuters
Thousands of silent mourners holding candles and a long black cloth filed through Tbilisi on Monday.

Shevardnadze's PM Plan Draws Mixed Response

  • 24 May 01
  • Reuters
Georgian leader Edward Shevardnadze may be aiming to find a successor by creating the post of prime minister Ч or he might need a future scapegoat for deepening economic ills.

Putin Talks Up Ties With Azerbaijan

  • 11 January 01
  • Reuters
Vladimir Putin was upbeat Wednesday as he ended his first visit to neighboring Azerbaijan, a country that has viewed MoscowТs ties with rival Armenia with deep suspicion.

Putin Calls for Strong Role in Caucasus

  • 10 January 01
  • Reuters
Vladimir Putin held talks with Azeri President Heidar Aliyev on Tuesday, smoothing relations on his first official visit to the Caspian Sea state.