The political trajectory of nearly all of the nations that gained independence from Moscow in late 1991 has been nothing short of a catastrophe in many respects. Only a few rays of light can be found in the vast post-Soviet space which would give comfort to the pro-democracy dissident movements that first challenged the Soviet Union's vertical power nearly 30 years ago. Those rare blips on the screen manifested themselves in the form of Georgia’s ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili and his drive to...

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