June 28, 2018  |  Updated July 3, 2018

Disinformation by Korkotashvili and Russian Media about Ukrainian Police Allegedly Refusing to Protect LGBT Community

By Dali Kurdadze and Lasha Nonikashvili

Georgian tabloid Alia released in its June 11-17 issue an interview with Gia Korkotashvili, leader of the Georgian Mission party and one of the supporters of an ultranationalist movement, Georgian March, in which he spoke about how police arrested him and his associates on May 17, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Korkotashvili said that police officers fulfilled orders for the sake of getting salaries, detaining those people, whom they sympathize, whereas in Europe, particularly in Ukraine, police officers refused to protect LGBT community.

False information about Ukrainian police officers allegedly refusing to protect LGBT community was disseminated in June 2016 by Russian and Ukrainian media outlets. The story refers to two former officers of a special purpose regiment Kiev as the primary source. The two men said at an impromptu press conference outside the Kiev Police Department that they would not protect a gay pride parade scheduled for June 12, 2016 and would quit their jobs. But actually, the both were dismissed in May 2016 as a result of a workplace investigation. It should also be noted that the regiment Kiev does not perform patrol police duties in the city.

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