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Georgian protesters wearing cowls rally in Tbilisi last week to demand the resignation of President Mikhail Saakashvili, who led his nation in a war with Russia in 2008 in a failed effort to keep control of breakaway provinces South Ossetia and Abkhazia. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Georgian protesters wearing cowls rally in Tbilisi last week to demand the resignation of President Mikhail Saakashvili, who led his nation in a war with Russia in 2008 in a failed effort to keep control of breakaway provinces South Ossetia and Abkhazia. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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