Robert Parsons has been travelling to Georgia since the late 1970s, when he first went there as a postgraduate student. He knows the country intimately. He speaks the language fluently and produces his own wine in the east of the country. Robert has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow on the origins of Georgian nationalism and was a frequent writer on Georgia’s early post-Soviet development in the 1990s. He was a BBC Moscow correspondent from 1993-2002 and director of the Georgian Service of Radio Free Liberty from 2003 to 2005. He set up a Russian-language TV station in Georgia in 2010 and is now chief foreign editor at the English language channel of France 24 in Paris. He speaks Georgian, Russian and French.
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