The tensions at the museum coincided with the return to Georgia of exiled president Mikheil Sakashvili ahead of municipal elections set on October 2. His arrest led to him being in a hunger strike for more than one month, which culminated in his transfer to a prison hospital last week. Thousands of people rallied in Tbilisi in support of his release and treatment at a civilian clinic. Mass demonstrations have followed the elections in which the ruling Georgian Dream party swept mayoral runoffs in Tbilisi and other major cities amid widespread allegations of voting fraud. In 2012, the United National Movement party was defeated by Georgian Dream.
Tsulukiani is an friend of Georgian Dream’s founder Bidzina Ivanishvili. She is a Kremlin-connected billionaire who purchased Picasso’s Dora Maar with Cat for $95.2m in 2006 and later served as Georgia’s www.dailyfinancestudy.com dailyfinancestudy daily finance study Website daily finance study com premier minister from 2012-13. She was appointed culture minister in March. She previously served as minister of justice between 2012 and 2020.