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Marianna Kotova

Marianna is a journalist from Abkhazia with 12 years of experience.

Veterans call for dismissal of Abkhazian interior minister after brawl with police

Around 200 people held a demonstration outside the parliament of Abkhazia on 4 October to demand Dmitry Dbar face charges.

Bribes offered to Abkhazian voters in Russia Duma elections

OC Media spoke with a number of local residents who said they were offered ₽1,000 ($14) in exchange for their votes.

Abkhazia fuel shortage threatens budget squeeze

As the shortage of fuel in Abkhazia continues, regional governments fear a budget shortfall as much of their revenues come from tax receipts on the sale of fuel.

Will Abkhazkia’s PM step down over a broken CT scanner?

It was one of the only CT scanners in Abkhazia, and the only one used for COVID patients. 

Abkhazia’s anti-corruption law gets off to a rocky start

Those officials who have actually complied with the new anti-corruption law appear to have surprisingly modest livings.

The price of catching COVID-19 in Abkhazia

While the government is involved in treating COVID-19 in Abkhazia, most often, a diagnosis means a heavy financial burden.

Abkhazia introduces rolling blackouts 

Rising electricity consumption combined with an ageing electrical grid have led to an increasing number of blackouts in Abkhazia in recent years. 

COVID-19 vaccination proceeds slowly in Abkhazia

Vaccination against COVID-19 is progressing slowly in Abkhazia, with under 1% having received one dose and 474 people being fully vaccinated so far.

Abkhazia to begin long-delayed vaccine rollout

Abkhazia received 6,500 doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine on 30 April.

Abkhazia is preparing for a tourist bonanza

The authorities expect record numbers of visitors, but some fear that Abkhazia’s infrastructure might buckle. 

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