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Georgia Marks 1921 Red Army Occupation By Flying National Flags At Half-Staff

Georgian flags flew at half-staff to mark the anniversary. (file photo)

TBILISI -- Georgian flags flew at half-staff as the nation marked the anniversary of the Red Army invasion of 1921, officially known as Soviet Occupation Day.

The Democratic Republic of Georgia existed from May 1918 to February 1921 and was the first modern Georgian republic.

On February 25, 1921 the Red Army entered Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, and installed a communist government, led by Georgian Bolshevik Filipp Makharadze. The Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic was established on the same day.

In July 2010, two years after a five-day war further poisoned already strained relations between Georgia and Russia, the Georgian parliament voted to mark February 25 each year as Soviet Occupation Day.