Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 211

Some 500 Communists gathered on November 5 in Gori, Stalin’s birthplace. The former chairman of Georgia’s parliament, Vahtang Goguadze, called for cooperation with Russia in order to overcome Georgia’s difficulties, including the Abkhaz secession, which — another Communist speaker said — "the Communists would never have permitted." Some 300 Communists, mostly elderly, demonstrated in downtown Tbilisi on November 7. United Communist Party leader Panteleimon Giorgadze headed a Georgian delegation to Communist celebrations in Moscow, where his son, Igor Giorgadze, has enjoyed a safe haven since the 1995 abortive coup in Tbilisi. (Prime-News, November 5; Iprinda, Russian agencies, November 7)