Georgian civil activists are holding a demonstration close to Vinotel Boutique Hotel where Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner and his friends have gathered on the eve of his birthday.
Right now, in the middle of curfew, @GovernmentGeo— Katie Shoshiashvili (@KShoshiashvili) March 31, 2021
escorted Putin's propagandist Vladimir Posner to the restaurant who arrived in Tbilisi to celebrate his birthday.
Activist are raging at the VINOTEL where the Posner and his friends are feasting.
Formula media outlet cited Pozner as saying that he has not arrived in Georgia to talk about politics, but rather to celebrate his birthday like he has done the past two years.
Veteran #Putin propagandist landed in #Tbilisi today by charter flight & 30 friends to celebrate birthday, sparking discontent in #Georgia— Formula NEWS | English (@FormulaGe) March 31, 2021
Mr #Pozner has backed #RussianOccupation of #Abkhazia & S.Ossetia as well as annexation of #Crimea & #RussianAggression in #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/r9qA9qJELa
Former opposition European Georgia party member Elene Khoshtaria who now leads the new political party Droa has also stated that Pozner, who has violated the law of Georgia on occupation, should not have been allowed to enter the country.
Putin’s puppet-#Pozner-who— Helen Khoshtaria (@Helenkhosh) March 31, 2021
said that “#Abkhazia will never be a part of ????????” is coming to celebrate his bday tomorrow. Meanwhile residents of Gali, Abkhazia who cross ???????? to pick up their pensions are held in quarantine for 5 days. No govt with some self-respect should allow this. pic.twitter.com/Twz0xeO5pD
However, the Georgian Interior Ministry said Pozner, who holds the US citizenship, has not violated the law on occupation.
The ministry further explained that some of the people accompanying him have Covid passports, while others - PCR test certificates, which means all of the visitors are maintaining the coronavirus safety norms.
Nevertheless, the protesters have called the labour inspection to fine the hotel for allowing the Russian visitors to gather during the curfew.