It was exactly 100 years ago that Russia occupied Georgia. History is the best teacher, and this is precisely why it is important to understand the reasons behind such a demise of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, whether it was inevitable or not. The Soviet historiography has created numerous myths regarding the internal processes of the Georgian government as well as the Russo-Georgian war of 1921. Georgia must shatter these myths for its citizens to have full insight on material and moral damages caused by the occupation. It is also important that we know what are the angles from which it is feasible to evaluate the occupation of Georgia.

Moderator: Giorgi Badridze, Senior Fellow, Rondeli Foundation


Stephen F. Jones – American historian, Professor at Mount Holyoke College, MA., Foreign Member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, Honorary Doctor at Tbilisi State University – “The demise of the First Republic of Georga: an inevitable end?”

Malkhaz Matsaberidze – PhD in political sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of Political Science at Tbilisi State University, Director of the Institute of Political Sciences at Ilia State University – “Constituent Assembly of Georgia and the war of February-March 1921”

Mikheil Bakhtadze – PhD in history, Associate Professor at Tbilisi State University, faculty of the Humanities – “Some of the myths about the 1921 Russo-Georgian war”

Otar Janelidze – PhD in history, Senior Researcher at the Georgian National Museum, Professor at Gori State University, researcher at the Institute of Political Sciences, Ilia State University – “Different approaches to February 25, 1921”