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Frankfurt Book Fair: Spotlight on Georgia, a country of contrasts

Tuesday 14:31 GMT

There is scaffolding everywhere as many ornate buildings are being restored: Georgia's capital is shedding the crumbling remnants of the Soviet era.

Georgia's past is marked by centuries of foreign rule, exploitation and oppression, Stalin's system of injustice, Soviet propaganda and finally, the hard times after independence in 1991, including unstable power structures, a dilapidated economy, corruption, violence and the battle for the renegade republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte