Two streets in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, have been renamed in honour of two prominent human rights activists from Russia: investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya and film director and actress Olga Konskaya.
The former Vladimir Djikia Street in the Tbilisi’s Vake-Saburtalo district is now Anna Politkovskaya Street, while the former Novorossiiskaya Street in the Gldani-Nadzaladevi district is now called Olga Konskaya Street.
Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead on 7 October 2006 at the age of 48. She was well known for her opposition to the Russian military aggression in Chechnya and the policies of then president Vladimir Putin. Her murder remains unsolved.
Olga Konskaya passed away on 28 May 2009 at the age of 45. After the beginning of Russia’s second war against Chechnya, Ms Konskaya launched her own company, Dreamscanner Productions, which produced several films critical of Putin’s rule.
Georgian Public Broadcasting’s First Channel aired a report on the unveiling of Olga Konskaya Street. Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili, together with Olga Konskaya’s husband, famed film director Andrey Nekrasov, attended the ceremony.
Ms Konskaya’s last film, Russian Lessons, was just screened in Tbilisi. Mr Saakashvili said the Georgian people wished to express their gratitude for the film. “With this film, Ms Konskaya told the truth to the world,” Mr Saakashvili stated.