More than 20 non-governmental organizations of Georgia signed a joint statement demanding the introduction of a visa regime for Russians.
The authors of the statement believe that control over the entry of Russian citizens and enterprises into Georgia is a matter of the country’s national security.
They refer to the latest data, according to which from March to July, about 350,000 Russians came to Georgia not only as tourists, but also with the intention of settling in the country. They bought about four thousand apartments and houses in Tbilisi and Batumi, opened more than six and a half thousand enterprises. About 14,000 Russians received residence permits in Georgia.
NPO representatives are convinced that Moscow can take advantage of the large number of Russians who have settled in the country to send troops under the pretext of protecting compatriots and taking control of part of Georgian territory.
Georgia is one of the countries where Belarusians and Russians most often flee, since here they do not need a visa. Citizens of most countries of the world can stay in Georgia without a break for a whole year. In early August, the parliamentary oppositional liberal party “Lelo for Georgia” came up with the initiative to introduce a visa regime for Russians. She was supported by other opposition forces in the country. The government is not yet considering the introduction of visas.
In Georgia, the opposition proposes to introduce visas for Russians and Belarusians. And some bars in the country have already introduced “restrictions” for citizens of the Russian Federation: