(March 31, 1939-December 31, 1993)
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia
Co-founded Initiative Group for the Defense of Human Rights (1973)
Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Georgian Literature of the Georgian Academy of Sciences (1973–1977, 1985–1990)
Associate Professor of the Tbilisi State University (1973–1975, 1985–1990)
Member of Union of Georgia's Writers (1966–1977, 1985–1991)
President of Georgia (April 14, 1991-January 6, 1992)
Found dead in Khibula, Georgia
Initially buried in Jikhashkari, Georgia, but was later reburied at Grozny, Chechnya, Russia (February 24, 1994) and finally at the Mtatsminda Pantheon in Tbilisi, Georgia (April 1, 2007)
Why he might be annoying
He changed from a human rights activist into a nationalistic dictator.
His behavior became genuinely unpredictable as president.
His slogan ‘Georgia for Georgians’ alienated Georgia’s ethnic minorities, eventually resulting in Abkhazia and South Ossetia breaking away from Georgia.
Whenever something went wrong in Georgia, he always blamed Russia for causing it.
He later tried to become president again through a civil war in Georgia.
The cause of his death is disputed: some say he committed suicide while others say he was murdered.
Some people initially refused to believe the news of his death until his body was exhumed from his grave (February 15, 1994).
Why he might not be annoying
His father was one of the most famous writers in Georgia during the 20th Century.
He protested against the Soviet policy of Russification in Georgia, which resulted in repeated arrests (1956, 1958, 1977-1979).
He was an early victim of the Soviet Union’s practice of incarcerating dissidents in mental hospitals.
He was the first Georgian member of Amnesty International (1974).
He translated the works of William Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Charles Baudelaire, and Oscar Wilde into Georgian.
He was ousted in a coup d’état.
He remains a popular figure among Georgians.
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 28 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 36 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 14 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 78.57% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 65 Votes: 66.15% Annoying
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