# 2, 1-28 February, 2018


Rustavi 2, Kurieri, February 20, Irma Inashvili, Alliance of Patriots: “Why only Russia? Does not Turkey represent a threat? Does not Iran represent a threat? 33% of Georgia’s territories have been occupied by Turkey. Turkey is pursuing an extremely dangerous policy in Adjara region. We are talking about it. So, both Turkey and Russia are occupants.”

Asaval-Dasavali, February 5-11, Bondo Mdzinarashvili, Media Union Obieqtivi: “We are facing the gravest challenges and Turkey with its TV series, brothels and multiple misfortunes is involved in cultural, economic and political expansion in Georgia. We, the population, political parties and Georgian special services should unite against this expansion; otherwise, we will later regret about our inaction. Turkish occupation has reached our doors and it’s time to awaken!” “I cannot understand why the government does not want to tell Georgian people the truth and why does not it impose control on the clubs like Basiani! The Turks dub the Agmashenebeli Avenue as the Istanbul Street and the Agmashenebeli Square – as the Istanbul Square! Could a greater misfortune possibly happen? Since Georgian special services obey the U.S. special services, it actually becomes impossible to protect Georgia against foreign invasion. The situation is similar under the Republican Square, where a night club is located. My opinion and conclusion is that Basiani and similar clubs serve the purposes of foreign special services and aim to achieve Georgia’s moral decomposition.”

Obieqtivi, Night Studio, February 26, Nino Ratishvili, host: “Adjara faces a huge and serious blow… I remember Georgian Adjara, not Turkish Adjara and today we are witnessing Turkish Adjara… Adjara was fully Georgia [during Aslan Abashidze’s rule]; today Adjara is no longer Georgia and you all know about it.” 

Hate speech

Georgia and the World, February 8, Giorgi Razmadze, a cleric: “Bishop Rusudan [Gotsiridze] is a devil’s disciple. They are engaged in propagandizing blasphemy – I mean [Mikheil] Saakashvili and a chicken [Nika] Gvaramia. For them, sacred writing is the same as Saakashvili’s broom. They have been planted by blue commissars, who try to stir up waters in Georgia… Those people, who are willing to watch and listen to Gotsiridze, are only a handful of mushrooms grown in dung who are trying their best to undermine the Church. We are saying our piece in the Church. Bishop Rusudan has only read Saakashvili’s Gospel. Their tongues would be torn out if it were the inquisition.” 


Georgia and the World, February 3, editorial board – Facebook page Shavi Mze (Black Sun): “The Tbilisi City Court sentenced two of our fellow citizens who were arrested on charges of racial discrimination to four years in prison… The guys were arrested because they punched two Negros one of whom was hugging a Georgian girl with “exotic” taste in the middle of the Rustaveli Avenue. A confrontation began after the guys suspected that the girl was underage. The non-governmental organizations insisted on punishing the Georgian guys for racist attitudes and they achieved their goal.” 


Georgia and the World, February 1, Iza Tamazashvili, author: “Tarkhan-Mouravi, the leader of Alliance of Patriots, told Obieqtivi TV: We should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the United States and Israel should be our partners. The society proved to be wise enough not to support this party. If this patriot dreaming about better partnership with America had come to power, he would have set up the Muslim world against us, because the Muslim community has announced about plotting terrorist acts in those countries that supported the U.S. resolution.”


Asaval-Dasavali, February 19-25, Giorgi Gigauri, journalist: “Alexander de Waal, a famous French writer, professor, foreign policy expert and author of a lot of books, directly says: Soros and his non-governmental organizations want to demolish Europe’s national states and their Christian roots! Yes, Waal says openly that not a single Arab migrant was accepted by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, because the main purpose of this migration wave is to destruct Christian Europe!”

Religious discrimination

Georgia and the World, February 16, Giorgi Razmadze, a cleric: “Giga Bokeria, who is an enemy of the Orthodox Church, and Sozar Subari go to this [Rusudan] Gotsiridze for the Eucharist. How can this minister, Subari, Georgian man, who has assumed such a huge responsibility and holds such a post, go to “bishop” Rusudan for the Eucharist?! How can [PM Giorgi] Kvirikashvili talk about Christianity, when a sectarian minister sits beside him?!” 

Asaval-Dasavali, February 12-18, Dito Chubinidze, journalist: “The Patriarchate of Georgia was blessing with large candles those executioners who destructed Georgia! That is why the Jehovah Witnesses became so strong; that is why Rusudan Gotsiridze became a bishop and that is why homosexuals and bandits appeared in the church!”


Obieqtivi, Night Studio, February 18, Jondi Bagaturia, Georgian Troupe: “You do not need to arrive in Adjara. Just go to the Plekhanov Street and you will see what’s happening there. Travel to Saguramo, where Arabic, Chinese, Indian villages are being built. The same happens in Kakheti. 240 Arabic families will amount to 24 thousand in 10 years and further to 250 thousand within the next 10 years.” 

Georgia and the World, February 16, Giorgi Razmadze, a cleric: “Foreigners are allowed to buy lands. The Arabs, Turks and who knows who else are granted Georgian passports. It is not too far when they will start talking about same-sex marriages… Will anybody say that we are ready or will ever be ready for all these?!” 

Imedi, Pirispir (Face to Face), February 20, Irma Inashvili, Alliance of Patriots of Georgia: “We are told that about 35 000 Georgians have left Georgia. Let’s do not argue about figures, because some say that 30 000 have left, but twice more Iraqis, Syrians and others have arrived in Georgia from Asian countries, the countries with high terror risks. Georgian men do not feel happy in Kakheti, where the Iranians are dominating, though the Georgians also are able to develop businesses, cultivate lands and create industries. That is why they are leaving the country. It is directly linked to visa liberalisation and all these processes. That is why our people are leaving Georgia.” 

Alia, February 26 – March 4, Nikoloz Mzhavanadze, Union of Human Rights Defenders: “You can call me a homophobe or a person with Asian mindset, but I do not like and it irritates me, when I see young Georgian girls with Iranian, Arab or other aliens. Let me respond to some pseudo-liberals’ cynical questions about depriving us of Georgian nationality – just this is where we are deprived of our Georgian nationality. As soon as a Georgian girl marries an Iranian or Arab guy, this girl and her children will be lost for Georgia.” Social network


Georgia and the World, February 9, Sandro Bregadze, Georgian March: “Our society is unprotected and criminals are arriving under the cover of migrants, who pose a threat to the country. The main function of the People’s Patrol will be to identify violations by foreign nationals and transfer them to the law enforcement agencies. We mainly mean African migrants, who enter Georgia without any control and stay here illegally. They are involved in criminal activities, like drug trade, trafficking and prostitution. Our patrol will perform prevention functions.” 

Asaval-Dasavali, February 5-11, Giorgi Gigauri, journalist: “On February 1, the next day after the Tbilisi City Court delivered its ruling [Georgian citizen was sentenced to four years in jail in connection with racial discrimination charges], women’s organization in Germany released a protest video appeal, in which 120 women condemned sexual violence committed by migrants against them. Should mass raping of our women take place for our shameful government not to be so tolerant of migrants? I spit at the government that turned Georgia into the place ravaged by aliens. I spit at double standards when they see the speck in the eyes of Georgians and cannot see the log in the eyes of aliens. It is not Georgian dream, but it is the dream of aliens who arrived in Georgia!”  

Georgia and the World, February 2, Davit Mkheidze, author: “Already catastrophic demographic situation is further deteriorated by an irreversible process of emigration and on the contrary, uncontrolled migration of aliens to Georgia that, according to the most “optimistic” forecasts, will end in disaster after 20-30 years – we, the Georgians, will appear in the national minority in Georgia.”


Asaval-Dasavali, February 12-18, Alia, February 5-11, Jondi Bagaturia, Georgian Troupe: “Today, everything is okay in Georgia. It is okay if a man says that he is a woman; it is okay if he dresses up as a woman, applies makeup and offers himself as a woman to a young man, probably drunk or stoned and equipped with this right granted by the Constitutional Court. Such people, rebelling against God and nature, enjoy privileges in Georgia from the government, legislation and entire army of human rights activists whose name is “legion.” Alia

Asaval-Dasavali, February 19-25, Dito Chubinidze, journalist: “The walls of bath-houses and brothels in the ancient cities of Greece and Italy still preserve the pictures or mosaics depicting depraved sexual life. Pederasty was flourishing in ancient Greece and it was part of their state policy, whereas not a single artifact proving same-sex contacts has ever been discovered either below or above ground in Georgia until these damned people appeared.”

Georgia and the World, February 13, Giorgi Gelashvili, journalist: “Father Iakob [Iakobashvili] is speaking the language which is strange to his parish. The bishop who was listening to quite strict sermons from the spiritual leader and who had fought against pederasts now comes out as their defender.” 

Georgia and the World, February 16, Giorgi Razmadze, a cleric: “Now look what will happen on May 17 when homosexuals take to the streets trying to hold a gay parade… The government has been instructed to do its utmost and allow homosexuals to hold their orgies. I am sure that they will spare no efforts to fulfill this task completely and not to disappoint their western patrons.” 

Anti-Western Sentiments

Kavkasia, Barrier, February 21, Giorgi Akhvlediani, Democratic Movement: “The fact that certain protest towards the West is increasing in the society, that question marks are emerging and some narratives proposed by them become inadmissible, let’s say frankly that one or two non-governmental organizations [pro-Russian organizations] whom you listed now, or even one or two agencies existing in Georgia, which are accused of all misfortunes in the country, cannot be blamed for it… When the U.S. Department of State allocated billions in 2012 and donor organizations accumulated this money in the world, including in Georgia, for example in terms of legalizing same-sex marriage and intensified its efforts to protect LGBT community and made this issue topical in our country – now, I am bringing only one example – so, it becomes the main reason why the society no longer accepts it, blames democracy for all these, perceives the entire process as very unsuccessful and no longer considers the United States to be its friend. So, this is where the problem lies in… But it cannot cut its own tail.” 

Obieqtivi, Night Studio, February 1, Giorgi Lomia, Alliance of Patriots: “We have appeared under pressure, but who exerts this pressure and who wants Georgia to enter this path and take this path, to agree on liberalization. We have already adopted one law, rejecting our traditions and endorsing the law on discrimination… which was not absolutely necessary, because what is envisaged by the constitution, it protects any citizen from everything. Our citizens are protected and why did we need a separate law?! But someone tries to impose legalization on us; we will have legalization soon and definitely it is a topic imposed on us.” 

Georgia and the World, February 2, Davit Mkheidze, author: “As known, Georgian armed forces are trained under the NATO standards; so, I have a question to the government: when do you intend to introduce NATO’s modern, pederast standards in Georgian army?” 

Georgia and the World, February 9, Davit Mkheidze, author: “The Russian Parliament adopted the law several years ago and prohibited gay propaganda among the underage for 99 years that rules out gay parades and same-sex marriages. That the law really works was proved quite recently: two Russian male citizens registered a same-sex marriage in Copenhagen. Afterwards, a relevant agency in Moscow sealed their marriage officially that led to the dismissal of its administration… If similar fact occurs in our country, can you imagine what will happen? Our liberasts will organize a solemn reception for just married Jemala and Shaliko, while President Margvelashvili will receive the happy couple in the Avlabari residence, like his counterpart, Barack Obama did when he hosted Conchita Martínez in the White House; damn it… ” 

Georgia and the World, February 9, Elizbar Javelidze, People’s Assembly: “Those European or American educational institutions, certain colleges and similar institutions, where our students get education and are appointed as ministers upon return, directly serve one purpose – to prepare political electorate for the forces behind the modern globalist-neoliberal ideology in the small countries like Georgia. So, this is where it all begins. Just those young people studying there claim that same-sex marriage is normal, that drug addiction is a choice of an individual and nobody should be punished for it… Regretfully, Georgia has lost its youth; the entire generation has been poisoned by the dirtiness called human freedom, in their ugly perception.” 

Obieqtivi, Night Studio, February 25, Davit Mkheidze, publicist: “What does it mean that if it were not Russia, there would be no Orthodoxy. The current struggle is directed against Orthodoxy; you know what they did to Serbia, Bulgaria; only Georgia has been left among those small countries to which they could not do anything. They failed to make it hold a gay parade [referring to the West without specifying it].” 

Gender-based discrimination

Georgia and the World, February 16, Bakur Svanidze, journalist: “It is said that all roads lead to Rome and maybe time has come to restore Roman Lupercalia for progressive people and hot-brained feminists and to strike a bloody whip on their naked buttocks. I suppose, they will probably like it.” 

Gender stereotypes

Kavkasia, Spektri, February 9, Levan Lortkipanidze, auditorium 115: “Another terrible thing was how this rector [TSU Rector Giorgi Sharvashidze] walks about and tells students like a pauper man – “Have you been expelled from the university? “Have you failed to pass this or that exam?” 

Netgazeti, February 14, Archil Mamuladze, Alliance of Patriots: “Generally, a man should be the head of the family. The both can express their opinions. There is no organization where one person is not given the first word. This tradition exists in the family and somewhere else. A woman may initiate something and a man may fulfill it, but it is better if a man is the leader.” 

Rezonansi, February 10, Soso Tsiskarishvili, political analyst: “As for the crime rate at schools, one of the important reasons for increased crimes is the lack of male teachers at schools.”

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Newsletter was developed by Media Development Foundation (MDF) within the frameworks of the Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness Program in Georgia, supported by USAID and implemented by UNAG.

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