Russia’s New Aggression in Georgia

Russia’s New Aggression in Georgia

A series of interesting developments in Georgia points to a subtle but persistent attempt by Moscow to take complete control of that nation’s political processes.

The decision to allow Russian parliamentarian and defender of Abkhazia and South Ossetia’s independence to sit in the Speaker of Parliament’s chair on July 20 enraged much of the population and triggered protests that were aggressively confronted by Georgian security forces, creating the surreal picture of Georgian militiamen defending a representative of an occupying force from their own citizens. The picture became clearer when Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing russophobia in Georgia, announced a suspension of flights to Tbilisi, however.

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