Foreign Agents Law: Georgian Democracy at a Crossroads (Again!)

Georgian Studies Seminar
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We are witnessing a decisive moment in Georgian history.  The bill “On the Transparency of Foreign Influence,” better known as the foreign agents bill, was passed in a first reading on April 17 by a count of 83 to zero in a vote boycotted by the opposition. Mass demonstrations against the legislation have taken place in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and other Georgian cities. What does this bill say? What are its implications? Is it fair to describe it, as some do, as a “Russian law?” Is it a danger to Georgia’s EU candidacy, as most European ambassadors, party leaders, and officials contend? We have gathered a group of Georgian scholars and fellows based at Harvard’s Davis Center to discuss these questions. Please join us.


The Program on Georgian Studies is an activity of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and is made possible by a sponsored research award from the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.


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