The leader of yet another radical-extremist grouping with close ties to Russia and Russian Church is businessman Levan Vasadze. Vasadze, who established a political party “Unity, Essence, Hope” in 2021, is one of the organizers of the violent demonstration against “Tbilisi Pride.”
Vasadze is a representative of Christian-Evangelical organization, the World Congress of Families (WCF), in Georgia, which opposes LGBT rights on the premise of defending “natural family.” The World Congress of Families has ties with a Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeev, who is under U.S. and European Union sanctions for the events in Crimea, also to Alexey Komov, the official representative of the World Congress of Families in Russia, who has close ties with the leader of the Eurasia Movement, Aleksandr Dugin. Levan Vasadze also has close ties with Aleksandr Dugin who is often hosted by the TV channel Alt-Info.
On May 15-17, 2016, the tenth jubilee congress entitled “At the Crossroads of Civilization: Family – Bastion of Freedom and Universal Values” was held in Tbilisi. The organizer and host of the event was Levan Vasadze, who delivered a speech at the congress containing homophobic, anti-Western and pro-Russian sentiments.
Georgian Patriarch Ilia II, clergy and Nino Burjanadze, leader of a pro-Russian political party United Democratic Movement, also attended the event.
Vasadze often attends events with Patriarch Ilia II and patriarchal locum tenen Shio Mujiri, who is a childhood friend of his.In 2021, groups linked with Vasadze and the hosts of the TV channel “Alt-Info” were actively involved in the violent demonstration against “Tbilisi Pride.” The demonstration resulted in physical violence against 53 journalists. In 2019, ahead of Pride, Vasadze came up with the initiative to form “people’s legion” in order to carry out patrolling during the period of events planned by Tbilisi Pride.