August 14, 2008
Georgia: Tbilisi's Mayor Draws a Red Line
BY Joe Rubin
As U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warns Russia to stop its aggression in Georgia or face lasting consequences, iWitness talks with Gigi Ugulava, the young mayor of Georgia's capital Tbilisi and a close confidant of President Mikhail Saakashvili.
Tbilisi faces a mounting refugee crisis as Georgians flood in from Gori and other towns bombed by the Russian army.
Ugulava describes the mounting refugee crisis facing his city as Georgians flood in from Gori and other towns bombed by the Russian army, and how the city is reacting as Russian tanks remain less than 40 miles from the capital. Ugulava tells FRONTLINE/World that when it comes to Tbilisi, Georgians are drawing a red line. "If Russia will succeed here, they will be halfway to reestablishing the Soviet Union and nobody can stop them then."