Critical TV director jailed in Georgia

Javid Agha in Baku May 17, 2022

Nika Gvaramia was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for causing damage to Rustavi-2 TV company while serving as director.

‘Market disruptor’ TBC UZ makes digital bank inroads in Uzbekistan

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent May 10, 2022

The fintech is reporting eyecatching market growth figures.

Georgians take up arms against Russia in Ukraine

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet May 10, 2022

Georgians make up the most prominent contingent of foreign fighters in Ukraine. At least nine have been killed.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Tourism revenues in Georgia roughly half of pre-crisis level in 12 months to March

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 19, 2022

Georgia’s revenue from tourism reached $174.5mn in March, 71.3% of the figure recorded in March 2019.

EBRD slashes 2022 growth forecasts but only nations embroiled in war to enter recession

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2022

Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

Georgia’s government takes its president to court

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet March 25, 2022

The ruling party, apparently fed up with President Salome Zurabishvili's outspoken support for Ukraine, now says it will appeal to the Constitutional Court because she has overstepped her duties.

BALKAN BLOG: The world has changed, it’s time for EU enlargement to change too

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 16, 2022

Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and most of the Western Balkans states have made a clear choice in favour of Western integration.

Georgia’s trade gap widens by 48% y/y in February

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

Exports surged by 60% y/y but imports advanced by 53% y/y too.

Rising Georgian backlash to Russian influx

Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet March 8, 2022

More than 20,000 Russians have already fled to Georgia in the days since their country launched the invasion of Ukraine. Many Georgians say they are not welcome.

Georgia to apply for EU candidate status

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2022

Several EU member states from Central and Eastern Europe have backed fast-track membership for Ukraine, though Western European members are more cautious.