Georgia marks 30th anniversary of historic referendum on independence from Soviet Union

The vast majority of Georgians voted for the country’s independence from Soviet Union in the 1991 referendum. Photo: National Archive of Georgia., 31 Mar 2021 - 12:17, Tbilisi,Georgia

Today Georgia marks the 30th anniversary of the referendum that led to the country gaining independence from the Soviet Union.

During Zviad Gamsakhurdia's presidency on March 31, 1991 the vast majority of Georgian people across the country, including currently occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia), legally confirmed their support for the restoration of independence from the Soviet Union that was first declared on May 26, 1918.

Georgian Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze has tweeted: