While the whole world is wondering what will be the fate of the Kurdish people in Syria and which measures President Erdogan will take against them, there is a state in Asia that alone is facing the economic and IT consequences of a prolonged conflict with its main enemy. This state, halfway between Europe and Asia is Georgia. In this small state where the game of poker is legal, the person who blews is discovered immediately. The geopolitical situation that the country is experiencing is recalling a game of cards, where the opponent has decided to focus strongly on economic and computer weapons. The main enemy of the Georgian people is in fact a fearsome adversary, Russia, which as a result of alleged Georgian interference in russian interests on its territory, has decided to suspend, this summer, all flights to Tblisi from Russia, thus putting in check the Georgian economy, based on agriculture and tourism. Until that moment most tourists who had gone to the Caucasian state were of Soviet origin, for a total of one million and 400 thousand only for the year 2018. Their non-arrival constituted a significant loss in economic terms, which the Georgian state had to remedy. And so, following these sanctions, 5 Georgian towns launched an innovative idea that proved to be successful. Nini Mtchedlishvili, Keta Goletiani, Mari Jobava, Mariam Gujabidze and Nini Noghashvili decided to promote their country through a social campaign aimed at attracting their foreign friends to the incredible local beauty, with the aim of having them visit their country in the same summer. The creation of the Spend your summer in Georgia group proved to be a successful experiment; Georgian tourism has thus developed thanks to social media and in particular through Facebook. Today, the group has changed its name to Spend 4 Seasons in Georgia, and can boast 288,000 registered members. In the group, people from all over the world ask for information and dialogue with local people. At the end of the trip the tourist has to post a video or a photo of the attraction that has most affected him. Thanks to the results obtained, Georgia opened up to the world, overcoming the restrictive measures imposed by its powerful neighbour. Russia, faced with the results obtained by Georgians, did not stand by and responded with a motion submitted to the Soviet Consumer Protection Agency to russify the name of two typical Georgian dishes such as khachapuri and khinkali. After this motion, there was an escalation of the situation that saw the Georgian journalist Gabunia insult Putin in Russian during a talk show on Rustavi 2. At the end of September, the two foreign ministers returned to dialogue after a long period, trying to find an agreement that would put an end to the contrasts and try to normalize relations between the two countries. The meeting held, aimed at overcoming the Soviet ban on flights, did not lead to the desired outcome. Furthermore, the news of the meeting, which was initially kept secret, reached the Georgian population from the Russian media, generating controversy among Georgians, who are increasingly hoping for autonomy from Moscow. In a once again politically incandescent climate, last month a far-reaching cybernetic attack eliminated several Georgian websites and obscured two important local television stations such as Imedi and Maestro. The scale of the attack involved a total of 15,000 sites, many of which were linked to presidential campaigns. It was a classic "web defacement" attack, where the original content on a website is replaced by new content generated by the attacker. In this case, the attackers used an image of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, now in self-imposed exile in Ukraine, along with an image of the Georgian flag and a simple text phrase: "I will be back". After being governor of Odessa province, Saakhasvili became president of Georgia. His presidency was re-held by the disastrous Georgian people, so much so that after having been deprived of Georgian citizenship, today he is an outlaw as he is wanted for crimes of abuse of power and for the violence perpetrated under his mandate. A Georgian legend says that Robin Hood really existed and was born in the Caucasian territory, under the name of Arsena (of) Maradba. Arsena lived in Mtskheta, the former capital of the state, stealing from the rich to give to the poor and fighting against Russian enemies. His life, like that of Robin Hood, ended with an atrocious death. However, his epic left something important in the pride and will of the Georgian people who, through the social networks, were able to overcome Soviet economic dependence and were able to oppose Putin's policy. Inspired by its hero Arsena, the Georgian people continue their struggle for freedom.
By Domenico Barbato