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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.

Georgian Muslim leader detained in Azerbaijan

Local rights groups have questioned the Azerbaijani Government account of his arrest and demanded Georgia intervene.

Georgian Dream MPs warn of ‘civil war’ if Vashadze elected

Georgia’s political scene heats up as the country braces for its first ever presidential run-off election.

Lead: Georgia’s silent killer

Abnormal levels of exposure to lead show that the food Georgians eat and air they breathe might be toxic — but the authorities seem reluctant to act.

Chechen dissident YouTuber denied asylum in Poland

Tumso Abdurakhmanov is a popular Chechen YouTuber and an ardent critic of the Chechen government.

Opinion | Labelling Georgia’s far right ‘pro-Russian’ is reductionist and counterproductive

Georgia’s liberals consistently label neo-nationalist forces ‘pro-Russian’ — while ignoring the underlying social and economic roots of the problem.

Analysis | From Ivanishvili’s chosen to a ‘united opposition’ candidate — how Georgia’s aspiring presidents stack up

An early look at who has, and who has not declared their candidacy, and what their chances look like.