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Renewed protests against ‘Russian law’ in Georgia-Telangana Today

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Tbilisi, May 12 (IANS/DPA) Tens of thousands of people protested again in the Georgian capital Tbilisi against a planned law to control foreign influence. They expressed their dissatisfaction with the plans of their pro-Moscow government. In the eyes of the demonstrators, the law jeopardizes their country’s prospects for the European Union. In addition to Georgian flags, (…)

Updated – May 12, 2024 9:23 am


Renewed protests against 'Russian law' in Georgia


Tbilisi, May 12 (IANS/DPA) Tens of thousands of people protested again in the Georgian capital Tbilisi against a planned law to control foreign influence.

They expressed their dissatisfaction with the plans of their pro-Moscow government.


In the eyes of the demonstrators, the law jeopardizes their country’s prospects for the European Union.

In addition to Georgian flags, many therefore also waved EU flags.

According to media reports, the protests against the controversial ‘Russian law’ initially proceeded without major incidents.

Thousands of people wanted to hold a vigil in front of the parliament building until Sunday morning.

The law, which will be read for the third time in parliament early next week despite weeks of mass protests, is called ‘On the Transparency of Foreign Influence’ and stipulates that non-governmental organizations that receive more than 20 percent of their funding from the received abroad must take its origin into account.

Many observers accuse the government of the former Soviet republic of modeling the planned law on a Russian “agent law” to hinder the work of critical associations and media.

In Russia, numerous organizations and individuals are branded as ‘foreign agents’, often causing major problems for those affected. The measure is seen as a means of political repression to silence critics.

There are fears in Georgia that the new law could pave the way for an authoritarian approach in the country, which has been a candidate for EU accession for several months.