“They entered the country in full compliance with the law. One group of our society decided to protest, which was used to its benefit by the most destructive force ‘National Movement’,” Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said in response to the visit of Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner and his guests to Georgia.
He said that this form of protest of the leaders of the ‘National Movement’ and their support groups was completely unacceptable.
“Vladimir Pozner, who is also a citizen of the United States, did not violate the law on the occupied territories. He often visits Georgia with a United States passport. This was his next private visit.
“As required by government decree, he and his entourage had ‘Covid passports’, negative PCR tests. Consequently, they entered the country in full compliance with the law. Regarding the gathering of guests in the hotel-restaurant in Tbilisi, without considering the regulations, of course, it is unacceptable for all of us, and was a violation. The relevant agencies responded immediately and fined both the venue and each individual, in full compliance with the law,” Garibashvili said.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia fined 32 guests of Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner for breaking the rules of isolation and quarantine. Reportedly, Pozner himself is among those fined. The hotel ‘Vinotel,’ which hosted the Russian guests, was also fined.
For the record, Vladimir Pozner arrived in Georgia with his guests to celebrate his birthday, but due to the protest of Georgian activists, he had to leave Tbilisi on a charter flight this morning earlier than planned. Activists claimed that Pozner was the author of a statement that “Abkhazia will never be part of Georgia” and that he should leave Georgia immediately.