Georgia: Regime adopts Russian-inspired “foreign agents” law

Source: Financial Times [UK]

“The Georgian parliament has adopted a controversial ‘foreign agents’ law despite months of street protests and warnings from Brussels that it could endanger the country’s EU accession bid. The bill, which is expected to enter into force next month, mandates that civil rights groups and media outlets receiving funds from abroad must register with the government as ‘foreign agents’ or face fines. Critics have said the law was inspired by Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on non-governmental organisations and independent media. … Georgian president and critic of the law Salome Zourabichvili vetoed the decision earlier this month, but Georgian Dream mustered the parliamentary majority to override it.” (05/28/24)