Ever since South Ossetia split from Georgia in 2008, thousands of Russian soldiers have been guarding the demarcation line. Russia presents itself as the Ossetians’ protector. Georgians fear a creeping annexation by Moscow.
Earlier this week Mikheil Saakashvili was dramatically busted out of police custody by a mob of supporters. But authorities have now taken him back into custody.
Georgia has accused Russia of having occupied 20 percent of its territory. In an interview with DW's Zhanna Nemtsova, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili talked about relations between the two countries.
Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is facing charges of trying to overthrow the Ukrainian government. But Saakashvili's supporters accuse the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of corruption.
One of Russia's most high-profile court cases in decades is slated to deliver a verdict. Former Economics Minister Alexei Ulyukayev is charged with corruption in a trial that has hit at the heart of power in the country.
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