PRESUMABLY POLITICALLY MOTIVATED PRESSURE / THREATS / OBSTRUCTION
2021-09-26 Rusudan Kovziridze, director of the Terjola Student Youth Center, is a majoritarian candidate in the villages of Gvankiti and Rupoti on behalf of European Georgia. She was on leave when senior officials contacted her and told her that going into politics was not the right decision and advised her to refrain from political activities. Approximately at the same time, Rusudan Kovziridze received a message from the audit’s office about the planned audit of the Terjola Student-Youth Center. Due to the fact that the center is working remotely, she requested in writing to postpone the audit, to which the auditor’s office agreed.
Despite the agreement, the audit continued, during which various documents were requested from her, while Rusudan Kovziridze and her staff were in self-isolation. In order to submit the required documents for the audit, she was forced to go to work. She took a Covid test and went to work. On the way, the police fined her for violating the rules of isolation. Koviziridze later received a negative answer to the test. She intends to appeal the fine. Rusudan Kovziridze considers the audit to be politically motivated.