Joe Biden is behind the protests in Georgia

Summary

Joe Biden, the US presidential candidate, is behind the latest protests in Georgia, in which he has financial interests. Biden’s commercial interests are linked to the deep-sea port project in Anaklia which will be accomplished only in one case – if Mikheil Saakashvili returns to Georgia.

Disproof

No proof is given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that public protests (also known as colour revolutions) in various countries are organised/ financed by the US, and bringing into the mix two other narratives relevant for Georgia.

This is not the first time Biden is linked to Georgia. Previously Russian TV spread disinformation as if Joe Biden is behind the human organ trading organised by Mikheil Saakashvili and his wife.

The Anaklia deep sea port has been a target of Kremlin propaganda for a long time. Over the past months, Russian and pro-Russian actors have been continuously raising the issue of construction of deep sea ports in Georgia. These actors exploit 3 main narratives against the port:

  • The Anaklia port is unacceptable for Russia and it will not allow their construction;
  • The Anaklia port is actually designed for U.S. and NATO military bases;
  • From economic point of view, Georgia does not need deep sea ports; they only have military-political importance.

See disinformation narratives on the Anaklia deep sea port here and here.

Background of the protests:

The protests in Georgia started spontaneously in the morning on June 20th, when a Russian MP from the Communist Party, Sergei Gavrilov, addressed delegates from the Georgian Parliament Speaker's seat during an annual meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO).

The opposition boycotted the presence of the Russian delegation in Tbilisi, later developing into the protests in front of the Parliament. As a response, Vladimir Putin has temporarily banned Georgian airlines from flying to Russia and called on Russian citizens in Georgia to leave the country.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Georgia
  • Keywords: Protest, Joe Biden, Mikheil Saakashvili
  • Outlet: Sputnik Georgia
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Disproof

No evidence given. A recurring narrative on the suppression of the Russian language in the former Soviet republics which are independent states at the present time.

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