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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.

Ivanishvili absent from Georgian Dream electoral list

The list of the top 20 candidates included only five women, the bare minimum required under a new gender quota.

Georgian Parliament refuses to revisit $6 minimum monthly wage set by Eduard Shevardnadze

Parliament’s Economic Policy Committee rejected an initiative to set the minimum wage at 45% of the average monthly salary.

State Audit: Tbilisi’s bus drivers ‘illegally overworked, underpaid’

The Tbilisi Transport Company was found to have been violating the labour rights of bus drivers, endangering them and their passengers.

Video | No good news in North Caucasus

There was no good news in the North Caucasus this year

Georgia offers older school teachers redundancy in education shake-up

Elderly teachers offered a generous retirement package as part of controversial new reforms by Georgia’s Education Ministry.

Georgian online casino employees unionise for strike after mass firings

Employees of Evolution Gaming went on what the company called an ‘illegal strike’ last week demanding better wages and working conditions.

Suspicions grow of a Georgian Dream U-turn on proportional elections

Despite offering to change the country’s electoral code in response to protests, no concrete steps have yet been taken by the ruling party.

Facebook trolls and fake news pages: the new ‘enemies’ of Georgian democracy

The ruling party in Georgia is suspected of using an army of trolls that try to set the agenda and moods of public debate.

Opinion | Ivanishvili clings to a frayed political brand while facing a new kind of opposition

The ruling party is still strong but it is also close to losing the basis of its political identity — ‘restoring justice’ in Georgia

Analysis | Why the ruling party in Georgia is losing its MPs

Last week, the ruling Georgian Dream party lost its constitutional majority in parliament — and the bleeding could continue.

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