Zurab Zhvania, the Prime Minister of Georgia, died of carbon monoxide poisoning last night. He had gone to visit the deputy governor of Kvemo Kartli (the region of Georgia with a strong Azeri population); his bodyguards became concerned when they realised he’d been in the apartment for a long time and wasn’t replying to phone calls; and they eventually broke in and found both men dead.
I only met Zhvania once, but he was a jolly and intelligent man, an essential voice of maturity and experience in what was otherwise a young and excitable government. Georgia is trembling on the brink with South Ossetia anyway, and the international border monitoring mission has just been killed off by the Russians.
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