Piece by piece, country by counry, Russia is reclaiming its breakaway regions and turning back into what was known as the USSR.
Dubbed a “Russian victory” by the media, Bidzina Ivanishvili’s election as president of Georgia on Oct. 1 promises to put the former Soviet satellite back into Moscow’s economic and even military orbit.
Ivanishvili amassed his fortune in Russia in the 1990s during Russia’s flawed privatization effort. He is a personal friend of President Vladimir Putin, who approved Ivanishvili’s plan to sell his vast assets in Russia before he could be eligible to run for the Georgian presidency.
Full article: Putin friend, an anti-U.S. billionaire, is elected president in Georgia (World Tribune)