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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. Shota’s on every social media platform but his true home is Twitter @shotakincha.

Thousands rally in Tbilisi demanding freedom for Saakashvili 

The protest was organised by Georgia’s largest opposition party, Saakashvili’s United National Movement.

Patriarch Ilia II urges Saakashvili to end hunger strike

The former Georgian President faces a minimum of six years in prison after being convicted in absentia on several counts of abuse of power.

Saakashvili’s announcement of new relationship ‘unexpected’ to his wife

Sandra Roelofs said the way her husband announced his new relationship with 31-year-old Ukrainian MP Lisa Yasko was ‘entirely unacceptable’.

‘Freedom to Misha!’ protesters rally outside Rustavi prison

Supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili were demanding that he be released.

Seven strangest moments from the 2021 Georgian municipal election campaign 

From sledge hammers, to the wearing of blackface, to the possible return of Mikhel Saakashvili, this may have been the strangest municipal election in Georgian history.

Georgians to cast their ballots in crucial test for ruling party

On 2 October, 3.5 million Georgian’s will be eligible to vote to elect members of local councils and mayors of 64 municipalities.

South Ossetia denies assassination attempt on Sputnik editor

Vitaliy Denisov, who heads Sputnik’s South Ossetian service, said his flat’s gas boiler may have been sabotaged.

As Georgian Dream doubles down on ‘cokehead’ claims, Gakharia goes to the prosecutor

The Tbilisi mayoral candidate submitted a complaint to the Chief Prosecutor’s Office after nearly a month of accusations from the ruling party that he is a cocaine addict. 

‘See you in Tbilisi!’:  Saakashvili sets the stage for election night confrontation

Former President Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to fly back on the night of local elections, where the government have promised to arrest him.

Iranian residents of Georgia barred from entering country with no explanation

Recent incidents of Iranian residents of Georgia being denied entry into the country have elicited criticism from Iranian officials as well as rights groups. 

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