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November 2022
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Countering Russian Influence in Georgia

Countering Russian Influence in Georgia

Past Event
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November 23, 2022
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Demonstrators hold placards and wave flags during a rally in support of Ukraine in Tbilisi, Georgia, on March 1, 2022. (Vano Shlamov/AFP via Getty Images)
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November 2022
Past Event
Speakers:
Khatia Dekanoidze

Member of the Parliament of Georgia

Eka Gigauri

Executive Director, Transparency International Georgia

Joshua Rudolph

Senior Fellow for Malign Finance, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund

Olena Halushka

Board Member, Anti-Corruption Action Center and Co-founder, International Center for Ukrainian Victory

Moderator:
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Nate Sibley

Fellow and Director, Kleptocracy Initiative

In 2008, Russia invaded and illegally occupied one-fifth of the Republic of Georgia. Now Moscow’s authoritarian influence again threatens the country.

Georgia’s wealthiest oligarch, Bidzina Ivanishvili, made his fortune in Russia and reportedly maintains business interests there. Meanwhile, anti-Western elements have sought to influence Georgia’s state institutions and civil society in recent years, and relations with the United States and European Union have become increasingly strained.

Russian influence within Georgia has significant implications for Ukraine’s fight for freedom. Tbilisi’s stance toward Kyiv has been lukewarm despite strong public support for helping Ukraine. Georgia’s strategic location and economic dependence on Russia raise concerns that it could become a hub for sanctions evasion. And the recent influx of Russian émigrés has prompted fears that the Kremlin could use their presence as a pretext for further interference or aggression.

Please join leading Georgian and US experts at Hudson Institute for a discussion on countering Russia’s influence in Georgia.

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