A domestic political crisis began brewing in Georgia long before the current conflict with Russia. Since the Rose Revolution, the country has been troubled by flawed elections, a “superpresidency,” and a malleable constitution.
Excerpts from a statement issued by a leading group of Russian democrats on the conflict over South Ossetia, published on August 19 in the Yezhednevny Zhurnal online newspaper.
Excerpts from a joint declaration condemning Russian military actions against Georgia signed by the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland on August 9.
- Portions of the African Democracy Forum's statement condemning the August 6 military coup d'état in Mauritania, which overthrew the civilian government of the democratically elected president.