Georgia’s president paid a visit to the race track recently. He offered to resign if Russia returns South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Sure, that’s interesting, but the more important question is whether Saakashvili or Berdimuhamedov would win on the track. So, who has your vote? or For those who need video: vs.
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Georgia splintered after declaring independence from the Soviet Union. Abkhazia, Adjara, and South Ossetia all operated independently from Tbilisi for over a decade. In 2003, popular protests ousted President Eduard Sheverdnadze and led to Mikheil Saakashvili. A bold and often brash, young leader, Saakashvili engaged in massive reform of the Georgian government, regained control over Adjara, and attracted foreign investors. In 2008, Russia went to war with Georgia briefly to prevent Tbilisi from regaining control of South Ossetia, and though the war resulted in major damage to Georgian infrastructure and concerns over its safety for investments, it has regained its economic momentum and has slowly worked to improve relations with Russia via closer economic links.
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