Amid the protests Georgians physically attacked two Russian tourists

Summary

Two Russian tourists were so badly beaten and bloodied in Hypermarket Carrefour that it was impossible to identify their gender. Witnesses were happy about the fact. This is the “free new generation” protesting in the streets.

Disproof

This claim is false and consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives portraying the public protests against Gavrilov's visit to Georgia as Russophobic.

Myth Detector reached out to the Georgian Interior Ministry and the Carrefour. Neither the Interior Ministry nor Carrefour have confirmed the reports about Russian citizens being physically assaulted at the supermarket. 

The protests in Georgia began spontaneously on the morning of June 20th, when a Russian MP from the Communist Party, Sergei Gavrilov, addressed delegates from the Georgian Parliament Speaker's seat during an annual meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO).

The opposition boycotted the presence of the Russian delegation in Tbilisi, which then grew to the protests in front of the Parliament. As a response, Russia has temporarily banned Georgian airlines from flying to Russia and called on Russian citizens in Georgia to leave the country.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Russia, Georgia
  • Keywords: Protest, Anti-Russian, Russophobia
  • Outlet: progressnews.ge
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