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5 thoughts on “TBLPOD13dec2012

  1. I would like to request more polysyllabic Russian surnames in the podcast. Listening to Mark pronounce them is like listening to a man gargle with marbles. I can’t get enough. The most jabberwockian Georgian surname never trips any of you up.
    (And joking aside – great job as usual, all of you. This is a valuable service you provide.)

  2. on the railway, zakareishvili said that the idea is now off the table after a flat rejection by the abkhaz. so even if 63% are in favour, it won’t be happening any time soon alas

    • I don’t know, I don’t know of any official Abkhazian statements on the matter — and surely they could put some more effort into bringing Abkhazia around on this matter? The poll findings are interesting because they in effect give the government a mandate to make real work of this.

  3. Since we have mentioned the problems in Nigvziani Village regarding religious tolerance, I thought I’d share some stats from the the Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a November 2012 survey carried out for the National Democratic Institute by Eurasia Partnership Foundation’s Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC):
    1. Question: There has been an incident in Nigvziani village in Guria where Georgian Muslims are being prevented from holding religious services in a privately owned building. Are you aware: Yes – 73%, No 21%, Don’t Know – 6%.
    2. Question asked to those who responded yes above: Should they be allowed to hold their services in a privately owned building? Yes – 51%, No – 29%, Don’t Know – 19%

    Regarding methodology:
    –Fieldwork dates: November 14 – 25, 2012
    –1,947 completed interviews
    –A nationally representative sample including capital, urban, rural, East Georgia and West Georgia areas.

    Disclosure: I am affiliated with EPF.

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