The Ministry of Culture responds to the events surrounding the competition "Litera," saying they do not interfere with the competition.
"Litera competition is fully organized and conducted by the Writers' House of Georgia. The Writers' House independently names other representatives. In addition, the Ministry has fully transferred GEL 50 000 to the Writers' House, which is the amount to be spent on the competition, and this amount will also be managed by the Writers' House independently," the Ministry of Culture stated.
Three other members of the jury left before the competition, writer Rezo Tabukashvili, translator Oktay Kazumov and critic and writer Lela Kodalashvili.
Prior to that, part of the contestants was excluded from the competition "Litera" due to the protest against Tea Tsulukiani.