Free Russia Foundation Statement on Kremlin’s Interference in Elections in Georgia

Aug 26 2020

We are deeply concerned with information recently distributed by the well-respected authoritative source Center “Dossier.” According to “Dossier,” the Kremlin is using Russian political expert Sergey Mikheev and consulting company “Politsecrets” to manipulate Georgian society, distribute disinformation and anti-democratic narratives, undermine Georgia’s Western aspirations, and interfere in free and fair elections in Georgia scheduled for October 2020.

For many years we’ve been observing the techniques of the Kremlin’s malign influence in many countries. What we see in Georgia is typical behavior of the Kremlin’s influence operators in Russia as well as in Georgia. We call on the expert community, diplomats and Georgian authorities to take a closer look at the reports distributed by “Dossier” in order to protect Georgia from further Kremlin interference in Georgian politics and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. 

We are also concerned that Mr. Egor Kuroptev, director of the Tbilisi office of the Free Russia Foundation who posted the “Dossier” information on his Facebook page, has become the target of a campaign to discredit him from the same sources mentioned in the “Dossier” reports. Other individuals known for their anti-Western and anti-American sentiments have chimed in on social media attacks against Mr. Kuroptev, who represents the foundation in the South Caucasus and is a well-respected expert. Such actions are unacceptable and undermine freedom of speech and the values of a democratic country.

We emphasize that information about the Kremlin’s possible interference in the upcoming Parliamentary Election of Georgia is a question of national security, and Georgian State Security Services must take all necessary actions to protect the country, its democracy, and the people living there.

All Georgians should work together to prevent Kremlin attempts to interfere in the upcoming elections, Georgian politics more broadly, as well as the country’s democratic development and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

For many years we’ve been observing the techniques of the Kremlin’s malign influence in many countries. What we see in Georgia is typical behavior of the Kremlin’s influence operators in Russia as well as in Georgia. We call on the expert community, diplomats and Georgian authorities to take a closer look at the reports distributed by “Dossier” in order to protect Georgia from further Kremlin interference in Georgian politics and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. 

We are also concerned that Mr. Egor Kuroptev, director of the Tbilisi office of the Free Russia Foundation who posted the “Dossier” information on his Facebook page, has become the target of a campaign to discredit him from the same sources mentioned in the “Dossier” reports. Other individuals known for their anti-Western and anti-American sentiments have chimed in on social media attacks against Mr. Kuroptev, who represents the foundation in the South Caucasus and is a well-respected expert. Such actions are unacceptable and undermine freedom of speech and the values of a democratic country.

We emphasize that information about the Kremlin’s possible interference in the upcoming Parliamentary Election of Georgia is a question of national security, and Georgian State Security Services must take all necessary actions to protect the country, its democracy, and the people living there.

All Georgians should work together to prevent Kremlin attempts to interfere in the upcoming elections, Georgian politics more broadly, as well as the country’s democratic development and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

Novichok Use Implicates Putin’s Government in Navalny’s Poisoning

Sep 02 2020

Today, the German government has announced that Russian pro-democracy leader Alexey Navalny was poisoned by Novichok. Novichok is a deadly nerve agent developed by the Soviet government chemical weapons program and used on several occasions by the Russian government to kill its critics in the recent years.

To restate the obvious, Novichok is a poison that can only be accessed with the authority of the Kremlin. Therefore, today’s announcement by German officials  directly implicates the Kremlin and Putin in the high-profile assassination attempt on Navalny.

The choice of Novichok was not just a means  to silence Mr. Navalny, but a loud, brazen and menacing message sent by Putin to the world: dare to criticize me, and you may lose your life.

The announcement by the German government of its intent to formally notify the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (‘OPCW’) of the use of Novichok against Navalny is a meek bureaucratic half-measure that fails to acknowledge the extraordinary threat to human life posed by Putin’s regime everywhere. Taken together with Angela Merkel’s promise earlier this week to help Putin finish his Nord Stream 2 pipeline despite an international outcry amounts to condoning the poisoning and normalizing it into a new modus operandi where Putin’s murders go unpunished. Free Russia Foundation urges the leaders of the EU, its Member States and the U.S. Government to take an urgent and drastic action to punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime not only to serve justice, but to establish a powerful deterrent against new attacks by Putin’s regime globally.

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Jul 17 2020

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