Georgian journalist based in Tbilisi
Delays and failure to implement early warning systems blamed after deadly mudslide.
A draft law will strictly regulate the sector, prohibiting foreign couples from accessing services.
Visits by the Russian elite and resumption of direct flights have angered many Georgians.
The influx of Russian exiles have pushed the cost of living up, while Tbilisi’s trade ties with Moscow have expanded.
A worsening media environment and rising physical and professional threats have left many feeling unsafe.
As the practice thrives, experts warn that oversight is crucial to ensure protection and prevent exploitation.
Ruling party says that bill ensures transparency; critics argue it mimics Russian laws and will crush EU integration.
Tbilisi has refused to acknowledge medical needs as genuine or to release jailed former leader for treatment.
Legal experts warn that the judicial system is not doing enough to convict perpetrators.