Being Aslan Abashidze

by Nathan Hamm on 4/27/2004

It must suck.

Today, 46 of 300-400 elite, Russian-trained troops fled Ajaria for Tbilisi. Georgian officials are telling the rest that they are “illegal” and “have no status.” However, and this is a big one, if they defy Abashidze and go to Tbilisi, they will be welcomed into the Georgian military.

Also, in response to Ajaria’s state of emergency, President Saakashvili has called Abashidze “mad” and urged Ajarians to disobey the region’s curfew. His words were more, “just ignore it completely.” But wait, it gets better,

He added that he was planning to take administrative action to override the Ajarian curfew. “You cannot impose a curfew or anything else just on the basis of someone’s [Abashidze’s] fantasies, or what he saw in his dreams the previous night. We cannot work like that,” Saakashvili said.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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