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In the Shadow
of the Bear - Georgia

In late 2003, Georgia's 'Rose revolution' brought the promise of an open, free and democratic future. In the years since, the new government has faced increasing hostility from its giant neighbour Russia.

This has been manifested in many ways, including military and economic support for the breakaway Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the banning of Georgian produce from the Russian market, a hike in gas prices, erratic delivery of energy supplies during winters, a transport and economic blockade from October 2006, and a harsh crackdown on and expulsions of Georgians in Russia. It culminated in the war between Georgia and Russia in August 2008. Throughout this time Georgians have struggled with the daily task of surviving in difficult conditions while trying to create a viable democratic country.

This work examines the domestic and public spheres to show how the people of Georgia negotiate the space that they find themselves in.
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