Tens of thousands rally in Tbilisi denouncing bill dubbed ‘the Russian law’ by critics

(11 May 2024)

Tbilsi, Georgia – 11 May 2024
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Thousands of people marched through the streets of Tbilisi, Georgia on Saturday to mark Europe Day and denounce the proposed law on the transparency of foreign influence.

If the law is adopted, it will require media and non-commercial organizations that receive more than 20 percent of their annual budget from overseas to be registered as organizations pursuing the interests of a foreign power.

The opposition denounces the bill as “the Russian law” because Moscow uses similar legislation to stigmatize independent news media and organizations critical of the Kremlin. They fear it will become an obstacle to Georgia’s EU aspirations, silence free media, and return Georgia to the Russian orbit.

Georgian Dream, the party in power, argues the bill is necessary to discern what it deems as harmful foreign influence, and to prevent unidentified foreign actors from trying to destabilize the country’s political scene.

The Georgian Parliament is set to discuss the bill in final reading on Monday.


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