Upcoming events

10 June
Heritage of the „Solidarity” and dissident’s movement in the f. USSR.

What values does it bring to contemporary Europe?

Tbilisi 10-11.06.2019.

Information Center for NATO & UE (2/1 Shalva Dadiani St, T'bilisi)



Opening session

10.00 Welcoming remarks and opening amb. Mariusz Maszkiewicz / prof. Levan Berdzenishvili – (presentation of guests and participants);

10.20 – Welcoming speech: Minister David Zalkaliani (TBC)  

10.30 Mrs. Salome Zourabishvili – President of Georgia - What was “Solidarity” for Georgian’s living in the West, in 80-ties; (TBC)

10.45 – 11.15 Krzysztof Wyszkowski (Poland) – How we started with independent anticommunist movement in the 70-ties in Gdańsk;

11.15 – 11.45 Markus Meckel (Germany) – Polish Solidarity and dissidents of USSR – view from Eastern Germany

11.45 – 12.15 Alexander Podrabinek (Russia) – Plague of Solidarity – view from Soviet Gulag.


Coffee break

12.30 – 12.45 John Micgiel – Colombia University//Warsaw University – US support for the democratic opposition in Martial-Law Poland;

12.45 – 13.30 Warsaw University SEW –Aleksandra Gryźlak Georgian samizdat in the 1970s illustrated by the example of the Georgian Herald Journal; Rigers HaliliDisidents and anti-communist activists in the communist Balkans; Jan Malicki - Polish independent/underground Sovietology’s newspapers/magazines

13.30 – 13.40 – Piotr Hlebowicz (Poland) – Cooperation:Georgia and Solidarity movement – in the 80s and 90s;

13.40 – 14.30 – Discussion

14.30 -15.30 Buffet lunch

Session dedicated to former Georgian dissidents

15.30 – 16.00 repr. of SOV LAB (David Jishkariani, Irakli Khvadagiani) - the organization preserving memory of the soviet occupation in Georgia – How does the state should protect the memory and rights of anti-Soviet dissidents  

16.30 – 18.30 panel led by prof. Levan Berdzenishvili  (presentations/discussion) 

- presentations of the most known Georgian dissidents. Passed away: Giorgi Chanturia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Eduard Gudava, Tengiz Gudava, Fridon Jajanidze and Merab Kostava.

Living in Georgia and abroad:  Tamar Baghdavadze, David Berdzenishvili, Levan Berdzenishvili, Tamar Chkheidze, Vakhtang Dzabiradze, Guram Gobgaidze, Tariel Gviniashvili, Avtandil Imnadze, Nana Kakabadze, Zakaria Lashkarashvili (living in Paris), Gela Nikoleishvili, Victor Rtskhiladze,  Vakhtang Shonia (living in Israel),  Irakli Tsereteli, Vazha Zhgenti

18.30 – Dinner and concert at the down hall;   



Session dedicated nonconfomism and  “non-political” anti-soviet activity in communist States

10.00  -11.00 Orange Alternative – documentary and presentation Waldemar Frydrych/Wiesław Cupała/Oskar Kasperek;  Art against communist

11.00-12.00 Ecology and Peace – the case of the Freedom and Peace Movement (presentations and photo exhibition) – Jarema Dubiel/ Dariusz Zalewski/Jarosław Kapsa / Roland Kruk

13.00 – 14.00 Soft-resistance – Non-conformism in the USSR (case of Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Russia, Georgia) Alexander Milinkevich, Viktor Shalkevich and others (tbc)     

14.00- 16.00 Lunch and discussion