PRESUMABLY POLITICALLY MOTIVATED PRESSURE / THREATS / OBSTRUCTION
Gayane Ovanesyan, the wife of Hovhannes Ovsepian, For Georgia’s majoritarian candidate in the village of Heshtia of Ninotsminda , told the party that he would not run in the election. She cited the fact that if her husband ran as a candidate, she would no longer receive hours as a local school teacher, and the family would face other problems as well.
Gevorg Babertsyan, the head of the Ninotsminda branch of For Georgia party and second on the party list for the Sakrebulo elections, who was also the municipal representative of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, was fired on 1 September, 2021 and asked to write a letter of resignation, to which Babertsyan agreed. The manager named party activities as the reason.
It should be noted that Babertsian`s wife Suzana Babertsyan, who works at Ninotsminda State Sanitary Supervision Service, was contacted by her boss Tigran Eghoyan, who said that if her husband did not leave politics, she would also be fired. There is also pressure on Babertsyan`s sister, who works at Ninotsminda First Public School. The school principal threatened to dismiss her. Gevorg`s sister`s husband is also on the proportional electoral list of For Georgia party.