UATV Launches Series about Georgian Resistance to Russian Occupation
The series explores the ongoing Russian aggression in Georgia and how Georgia is reacting to this
The Russian occupation of Georgia has been going on now for over 10 years. A quarter of the country’s territory is ‘protected’ by the Russian Federation, and that area is constantly expanding.
On June 20 and 21, 2019, Georgians went out to protest. They reacted to the offensive behavior of the member of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Sergey Gavrilov, who simply parked himself in the seat of the Chair of the Georgian Parliament. As a result of the clash with police, 250 people were injured.
Liubov Zadorozhna talked to eyewitnesses, participants of the crackdown, protesters, experts, journalists, as well as Ukrainians residing in Georgia.
“We were overwhelmed by the mass character of the protest against the Kremlin’s influence on Georgian politics, although we flew when the attention of the international media had already diminished. The rallies are still ongoing. Russia occupies a quarter of the country. Security forces of the Russian Federation continue to abduct people on the contact line with the occupied territories. Russia is ‘moving’ the so-called ‘borders’,” UATV journalist Liubov Zadorozhna, author of the series of reports, said.
“Moscow needs a dependent Georgia. The Kremlin is stepping up its effort in all areas of the neighboring state. In what ways — our series of reports will tell,” Zadorozhna said.
The ’11 Years of Occupation’ series begins on August 5, 2019 and will air on UATV in both Russian and English. The reports will also be available on the UATV YouTube channel.