Tbilisi (Georgian:თბილისი[tʰˈbiliˌsi]), commonly known by its former name Tiflis, and often mispronounced as Tiblisi, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of roughly 1.5 million inhabitants. Founded in the 5th century by the monarch of Georgia's ancient precursor Kingdom of Iberia, Tbilisi has since served, with intermissions, as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics. Under the Russian rule, from 1801 to 1917 Tiflis was the seat of the Imperial Viceroy governing both sides of the entire Caucasus.
Located on the southeastern edge of Europe, Tbilisi's proximity to lucrative east-west trade routes often made the city a point of contention between various rival empires throughout history and the city's location to this day ensures its position as an important transit route for global energy and trade projects. Tbilisi's varied history is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, classical, and Soviet structures.
The Spring Rhythms. Tbilisi-80 (Russian:Весенние ритмы. Тбилиси-80, Vesennye ritmy. Tbilisi-80) was a musical event held in Tbilisi, capital of the Georgian SSR, Soviet Union, from March 8 to March 16, 1980. It was the first official rock festival in the Soviet Union and is frequently considered the turning point in the history of Soviet and Russian rock music.
The festival was organized by the Georgian National Philharmonic Hall, the Union of Composers of the Georgian SSR, and the Republican Center for Youth Culture at the Georgian KomsomolCentral Committee. The acclaimed Russian musicologist and the first Soviet rock-critic Artemy Troitsky was also heavily involved in organizing the event. The organizers enjoyed the support of Eduard Shevardnadze, the contemporary First Secretary of Georgian Communist Party, who is said to have sought, in this way, to pacify the Georgian youth increasingly involved in nationalist and dissident activities after the April 1978 demonstrations in Tbilisi, and to nurture his image as a liberal leader.
TBILISI – If it weren’t for the ubiquitous “No War” stickers and Ukrainian flags, a visitor to Koshini, a new bar in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, could be forgiven for thinking they had been transplanted to a hipster district of Moscow... The bar is a microcosm of the new Tbilisi ... Daniil Chubar lived in Moscow before he fled to Tbilisi in early March.
... with threats and restriction orders; his attorney status is currently suspended.\n“There was a clear policy of squeezing anyone who provided independent information out of the country,” says Mr Pavlov, sitting in the courtyard of his new office in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
... aid would include “increasing Georgia's participation in NATO's cyber exercises, strengthening secure communications and help[ing] develop protection of critical infrastructure.” He said the alliance also would add additional personnel at a NATO liaison office in Tbilisi.
By KashmirHill, The New York Times Company... A search takes mere seconds ... Most of the matches for the dozen journalists’ faces were correct ... He began his career as a professor in 2014, eventually landing at European University in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he still teaches ... Gobronidze has rented office space for PimEyes in a tower in downtown Tbilisi ... ....
... 3,000 far-right demonstrators violently rioted through Tbilisi, destroying an opposition protest site at parliament, attacking NGO offices, and assaulting more than 50 journalists and others,” according to the 2021 US State Department report on human rights in Georgia.
That “cast a shadow” over relations between the bloc and Tbilisi, in the words of a group of European ambassadors to Tbilisi. Tbilisi continued to attract the ire of Brussels by dismantling the State Inspectors Office, an independent oversight body, and making judicial appointments in contravention of European recommendations.
According to a new book, a mole hunt for the “fourth man,” who was suspected of being a CIA officer, began in the 1990s, but no one has ever been arrested or charged in the case ... officer Milt Bearden ... In 1996, a CIA officer met again with Zaporozhsky, this time in Tbilisi, Georgia.
“When I left Moscow, perhaps forever, I was struck by the faces of the passengers on their way to Yerevan... I saw similar faces at rallies in Moscow, and now I keep seeing them in Tbilisi ... Look at the degenerates crowding the shipment offices in Belarus ... There are good Russian faces at the rallies in Tbilisi, just like in Moscow ... ....
On February 24, the day the Russian invasion was announced, thousands of Georgians took to the streets of the capital, Tbilisi, to protest it – with some estimates claiming that up to 30,000 joined the march along the city’s Rustaveli Avenue... Tbilisi says more than 200,000 were displaced as a result of the war.