From April 20, 2023, the Democracy Research Institute starts free legal telephone consultations for people living in Abkhazia and near the dividing line.
As of April 2023, Abkhazia has stepped up control, especially with regard to young people.
Russian propaganda has been particularly intensified in the occupied territories after Georgian Dream was forced to drop the so-called Russian draft law in the background of the general public protest.
According to the Democracy Research Institute, the extension of the detention period can serve to punish the detainee, to prolong the severe physical pain suffered by him and/or to try to hide his injuries from the public.
The Democracy Research Institute echoes the detention of protestors and representatives of the media in the vicinity of the Parliament of Georgia on March 2, 2023.