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The situation in Georgia is clearly moving into the “Maidan” phase. The demonstrations and propaganda are no longer mainly focused on the ostensibly Russia-inspired law that requires NGOs to disclose foreign funding. More and more, the themes are demands for sanctions against the Georgian government and “integration” into European institutions, along with vague, generalized Russophobia and the vapid sloganeering that is the hallmark of color revolutions. On cue, American neocons are endorsing the process on social media. Some critical commentary has also appeared—Jacobin magazine reprinted an analysis from a leftist academic platform called “LeftEast,” that charges: “Foreign aid agencies and their local NGO contractors have long colonized most areas of public policy and services—education, healthcare, court reform, rural development, infrastructure, etc....

“For some five years, they have been denying the government’s legitimacy and calling for its ouster, and not just by supporting the opposition in elections, which already crosses ethical red lines for non-governmental organizations (and even more so when they’re funded by foreign states). They agitate for a revolutionary change of power outside democratic, constitutional processes. Previously, they demanded to be put in power as a technical government, but since no one (certainly not the Georgian electorate) picked them up on that offer, they have been venturing into street protests and storming parliament and government buildings.”

On May 3, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze posted on his X platform his disgust with State Department lying, as he expressed to State Counselor Derek Chollet: “Spoke to

Derek Chollet [@CounselorDOS] and expressed my sincere disappointment with the two revolution attempts of 2020-2023 supported by the former US Ambassador and those carried out through NGOs financed from external sources. Had these attempts been successful, the second front line would have been opened in Georgia.

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