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Georgians Boycott Russian Movies, Songs On Soviet Annexation Anniversary

TBILISI -- Georgia marked the 88th anniversary of the country's annexation by the Red Army on February 25 by boycotting Russian-made songs and movies for the day.

Following a proposal made on the popular website, many Georgian television and radio stations abstained from airing any Russian songs or Russian-language movies.

Kuka Beridze, the musical producer of Radio Ajara in Batumi, told RFE/RL's Georgian Service that by joining the protest he is commemorating those who died in February 1921 in their fight against Bolsheviks.

He and others stressed that Russian pop music is as popular in Georgia as it was before the August war between the two countries, and that the ban is limited strictly to one day.

Some TV and FM stations refused to join in the protest.