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Dugladze, who works for an opposition-funded news agency, claims they’re henchman of President Mikhail Saakashvili sent to harass her.

“They prevent me not only from working, but even from moving around,” said Dugladze. “This is the authorities’ way of responding to the questions we ask them.”

Saakashvili boasts that Georgia has become a “beacon of democracy” since he took office in 2004. But critics charge that democracy is dimming: Opposition leaders, watchdogs and journalists complain of official intimidation and accuse the government of resorting to Soviet methods of clamping down on dissent.

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