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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’s new parliament opens without a single member of the opposition

Opposition groups have refused their parliamentary mandates, as negotiations with the ruling party are stuck in a deadlock. 

Armenophobia: ‘the oldest form of xenophobia in Georgia’

From racist tropes about rich and greedy merchants to overblown fears of separatism, Georgia’s ethnic Armenians are frequently the targets of hate.

Girchi faces split following child porn scandal

The Georgian libertarian party has been in chaos since one of its elected MPs criticised the prosecution of a man for possession of child pornography.

Police face off with zebra and shark balloons in Batumi protest

Several opposition protesters have been detained during protests in recent days in the Georgian Black Sea City of Batumi.

Activists protest dam construction in northwest Georgia

Academics, rights groups and activists, and the Ombudsman urge authorities to engage in dialogue with local population

Georgians go to the polls despite opposition boycott

While opposition candidates remain on the ballots, all major opposition groups have called on their supporters to boycott the vote.

Protesters line streets of Tbilisi to greet US Secretary of State Pompeo  

The US Secretary of State met with government officials, civil society, and the Patriarch during his visit.

UNM leader sidelined after suggesting ‘dialogue’ with Georgian Dream

Grigol Vashadze rebelled against his own party in calling for dialogue with the government and for the opposition to enter parliament.

Protesters face off with riot police outside Georgian Central Election commission

Riot police deployed water cannons outside the CEC offices after protesters began to take down fences surrounding the building.

Over 20,000 fined in Georgia for not wearing facemasks

The numbers cover the period from when facemasks in enclosed spaces were made mandatory on 12 June up until 30 September.