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Shota Kincha

After fleeing a not-so-promising academic career and a disastrous attempt at being a bisexual activist, Shota is now a grumpy staff writer covering Georgia-related topics at OC Media. He is still interested in nationalism, far-right, and gender and queer issues, and still pretends to keep an eye on the wider Eastern and Central Europe region.

Explainer | What’s in Georgia’s new anti-queer bill?

The ruling Georgian Dream party has tabled a package bill of anti-queer legislation and amendments, coming in the wake of years of rhetoric condemning ‘LGBT propaganda’.

Major Georgian opposition groups sign President Zourabichvili’s charter

The agreement involves supporting an interim government chosen by the president to push through EU reforms after October’s parliamentary elections.

Beatings, harassment, and no arrests: Georgian Government critics under attack

Since Georgia’s government revived the foreign agent law, government critics have faced campaigns of harassment and beatings in the streets.

Georgia’s parliament passes controversial electoral code amendments

The amendments allow the Central Election Commission to pass resolutions without the votes of the opposition. 

US to impose travel bans on Georgians who ‘undermine democracy’

The move came in response to the Georgian government’s foreign agent law and ‘the use of violence to suppress peaceful dissent’.

Georgian PM rails against ‘liberal’ West at far-right Budapest conference

Irakli Kobakhidze claimed that Western-influenced liberals sought to undermine Georgian national identity. 

Georgian foreign agent law protester freed after year in prison

Lazare Grigoriadis has been released from prison following President Salome Zourabichvili’s pardon.

Georgian far-right group ‘gifted’ new political party after being de-registered

Alt Info has announced they had been given control of a previously unaffiliated far-right political party during a protest outside Georgian Dream’s offices.

Political wing of Georgian far-right Alt Info group de-registered as party

The move comes as the government has come under a barrage of criticism from the West over its planned foreign agent law.

Why is Georgian Dream reviving the foreign agent law?

Georgia’s ruling party has promised to pass a controversial ‘foreign agents’ law just six months before parliamentary elections, but the reasons for the move are unclear.