Marianna Kotova

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

Abkhazian veterans to hold ‘indefinite protests’ unless Interior Minister resigns

The demands follow a confrontation between police and a group of veterans several weeks ago.

Abkhazian MPs stripped of immunity after firing weapons in air

MPs Garry Kokaya and Almaskhan Ardzinba are supporters of former president Raul Khadzhimba.

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 Abkhazia’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.