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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.

Georgia closes loopholes to defer military service 

Georgia’s defence code has been amended to make it harder to challenge the draft, and revoking the exemption of long-distance students.

Internal strife overshadows the UNM’s ‘manifesto of unity’

The party’s former chair, Nika Melia, and his supporters did not endorse the new manifesto.

Georgian Government heaps praise on new Ivanishvili-linked hotel 

The Prime Minister, speaker of parliament, ruling party chair, Mayor of Tbilisi, and ruling party MPs attended the opening of Paragraph Tbilisi.

Eleven detained at Racha forest protest in Tbilisi

Eleven protesters and protest leaders face trial on charges of hooliganism and resisting police.

From protesting in Georgia to arrest in South Ossetia: what happened to Rafail Shepelev?

In October, a Tbilisi-based Russian activist was arrested in South Ossetia, but why he ended up there remains unclear. 

European Commission greenlights EU candidacy for Georgia

Their recommendation paves the way for the bloc to begin Georgia’s accession process at the EU Council meeting later in December.

Russian troops fatally shoot Georgian in South Ossetia

Tamaz Ginturi was fatally injured while reportedly trying to reach a disputed church.

Racha forest protests enter fourth week in Georgia

A third of Racha’s territory was licensed to a private company owned by a businessperson with ties to ruling party founder Bidzina Ivanishvili. 

Georgian Dream pass new anti-protest amendments 

Georgia’s ruling party has passed controversial amendments to the country’s law on protest, which critics warn will restrict freedom of assembly.

Georgia’s ‘zombie’ hydropower projects

Despite years of controversy and local opposition to large hydropower plant projects, Georgia’s government has announced it will resume their construction.