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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.

Journalists and opposition supporters attacked in Marneuli brawls

Since the launch of the election campaign this month, the latest brawl in Marneuli has been one of several such brawls.

South Ossetian government critic has electricity cut

Journalist and activist Tamara Mearakishvili said the cut was an act of retribution from the South Ossetian authorities.

Georgian logistics company: ‘Don’t use Armenian surnames’ 

A message on the company’s website blamed the Azerbaijani customs services for the policy.

As Abkhazia calls for dialogue, will Tbilisi answer?

Since a change of power in Abkhazia in March, the new authorities in Sukhumi have made repeated calls for increased dialogue with Tbilisi.

Top Georgian rugby official reportedly shoots player

Ramaz Kharazishvili, the former captain of the national rugby sevens side, has been hospitalised in Tbilisi following the incident. 

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.

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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.

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