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The cartoon by Chris Riddell from The Observer shows a giant bear fiercely snarling "Don't mention Georgia ..." In front of the bear, a row of blue-uniformed, balaclava-wearing armed soldiers can be seen.
The Russian Bear is a widespread symbol for Russia, used in cartoons, articles and dramatic plays since as early as the 17th century. The reference to Georgia relates to the Russia–Georgia War, an armed conflict in August 2008 between Georgia on one side, and Russia and the separatist South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the other. The war with Georgia lasted five days and Russia remains in control of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, although the United Nations and most countries regard them as still part of Georgia. The cartoonist clearly thinks the same thing may happen in Ukraine.
To stir is to move slightly. • She heard the baby stir in the next room.