Georgiy Haindrava

Georgiy Haindrava

Georgian politician, public figure, documentary director.
Date of Birth: 07.07.1956
Country: Georgia

  1. Biography of Georgy Khaindrava
  2. Achievements in Filmmaking
  3. Political Career
  4. Human Rights Activism
  5. Opposition and Protests
  6. Personal Life and Family

Biography of Georgy Khaindrava

Georgy Levanovich Khaindrava was born on July 7, 1956, in Tbilisi. He is a Georgian politician, public figure, and documentary filmmaker. His father, Levan Khaindrava, was a writer and journalist who was repressed in 1948 and rehabilitated in 1955. Khaindrava graduated from the Geological Faculty of the Tbilisi State Polytechnic Institute in 1981 and the Tbilisi State Theater Institute in 1986.

Achievements in Filmmaking

Between 1988 and 1992, Khaindrava led the Documentary Film Workshop at the Georgian State Institute of Theater and Cinema. He gained recognition after filming the dispersal of a peaceful demonstration in Tbilisi on April 9, 1989, demanding Georgia's independence. Khaindrava directed several documentaries that received awards at Georgian and international film festivals, including "The Georgian Orthodox Church," "Georgia - Awakening of the Nation," "Self-Portrait," and "Cemetery of Dreams."

Political Career

In September-December 1991, Khaindrava was imprisoned on charges of "inciting mass disorder" and for filming a protest demonstration against the government of Zviad Gamsakhurdia. He was released during the military coup in the winter of 1991-92 when Eduard Shevardnadze came to power. During the Georgian-Abkhaz war from 1992 to 1993, Khaindrava served as the State Minister for Abkhazia Affairs.

In 1993, Khaindrava resumed his role as the head of the Documentary Film Workshop at the Georgian State Institute of Theater and Cinema. He also became the Program Director of FM Radio "Fortuna." Khaindrava returned to politics after the "Rose Revolution" in November 2003. On February 17, 2004, he was appointed as the State Minister for Conflict Resolution by the new President Mikhail Saakashvili. However, on July 21, 2006, Khaindrava was dismissed from his position.

Human Rights Activism

Following his dismissal, Khaindrava became a board member of the human rights organization "Institute for Equality." This organization strongly criticized Saakashvili and his team for human rights violations in Georgia, particularly for the use of "death squads" to eliminate political opponents.

Opposition and Protests

In November 2007, Khaindrava actively participated in a mass protest in front of the Georgian Parliament in Tbilisi. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of Saakashvili, early parliamentary elections, and the release of political prisoners. On November 7, 2007, another protest involving around five thousand people was dispersed by the police and special forces. Khaindrava was arrested and charged with petty hooliganism, resisting the police, and drug use. He paid a fine and was released.

Personal Life and Family

Georgy Khaindrava is married and has two daughters. His brother, Ivlian Khaindrava, is the leader of the Republican Party of Georgia.