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Georgian Writers Appeal to the International Community

Georgian Writers and Publishers Appeal to the International Community, Diplomatic Missions Accredited in Georgia and International Organizations, Foreign Colleagues and Friends of Georgia.

 February 23 is a tragic date in the history of Georgia. Today we proudly remember and mourn the loss of Georgian cadets and thousands of soldiers, who sacrificed themselves to protect the sovereignty of Georgia in 1921. Despite this great sacrifice, on February 25, 1921, Tbilisi was occupied by the 11th Red Army which made Georgia a part of the Russian Soviet Empire. The loss of independence was followed by brutal repressions, banning of political parties, mass shootings of thousands of people, long imprisonments, and exiles.
 
Despite five weeks of struggle and heroic sacrifice, the citizens of the Democratic Republic of Georgia were unable to defend their independence. The Soviet occupation, beginning on February 25, lasted for seventy years. Today, 100 years after these events, Georgia and our country's democratic achievements are still in great danger.
 
The current government of Georgia has embarked on a path of dictatorial rule and after the usurpation of state institutions, began prosecuting and arresting its political opponents. We are certain that such proceedings – the exclusion of Georgia from the path of democratic development and the betrayal of the country's aspirations towards Western values – serve the interests of the current Russian government and are carried out with their direct participation.
 
Georgian writers and publishers appeal to all of our friends and supporters, to share the threat we are facing and to once again express solidarity in support of our rightful fight for freedom and protecting independence!
 
Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association
 
Pen Center Georgia
 
23.02.2021
 
Signatories:
 
Rusudan Mosidze
 
Gvantsa Jobava
 
Paata Shamugia
 
Irakli Kakabadze
 
Zviad Kvaratskhelia
 
Maya Kudava
 
Khatuna Tavdgiridze
 
Irine Chogoshvili
 
Nestan Nene Kvinikadze
 
Lasha Bugadze
 
Natia Giorgadze
 
Buba Kudava
 
Dato Gorgiladze
 
Zaza Koshkadze
 
Medea Imerlishvili
 
Lela Samniashvili
 
Nato Ingorokva
 
Nina Suramelashvili
 
Beka Adamashvili
 
Rati Amaglobeli
 
Jaba Zarkua
 
Kakhmeg Kudava
 
Rusudan Rukhadze
 
Ekaterine Togonidze
 
Tamar Kvizhinadze
 
Keti Nizharadze
 
Bela Chekurishvili
 
Beso Solomanashvili
 
Gaga Nakhutsrishvili
 
Manana Matiashvili
 
Darejan Kikoliashvili
 
Luka Bakanidze
 
Maia Aludauri
 
Zurab Papiashvili
 
Keti Kantaria
 
Dalila Gogia
 
Natia Giorgadze
 
Otar Jirkvalishvili
 
Mako Janjibukhashvili
 
Khvicha Kalabegashvili

Maka Ldokonen
 
Tina Mamulashvili
 
Maiko Turabelidze
 
Tsira Barbakadze
 
Giorgi Chutlashvili
 
Davit Robakidze

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