11.Jun .2020 10:45

US Congressmen: Bidzina Ivanishvili, a close ally of Putin, is involved in destabilizing Georgia

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Bidzina Ivanishvili is a close ally of Putin and is involved in destabilizing Georgia, reads the recently published US Security Strategy entitled “Strengthening America & Countering Global Threats”.

The document addresses the need to impose sanctions on the leaders of Russia's disinformation campaign.

“Sanctions on Russia should be extended to the leaders of its disinformation campaigns. Additionally, current sanctions have not sufficiently addressed Putin’s foreign cronies who undermine the sovereignty of former-Soviet countries.”

“Bidzina Ivanishvili, the richest man in Georgia, is a close ally of Putin and involved in destabilizing Georgia on Russia’s behalf.”

Viktor Medvedchuk is a proRussian oligarch and proxy in Ukraine who has used his media empire to actively assist Russia’s efforts to spread harmful disinformation within the country.282 Furthermore, the Department of State should produce a report listing Kremlin-connected oligarchs who help finance Russian military aggression through proxies and mercenary armies. Such a report would be useful for Congress to determine the necessity of future sanctions and would deter individuals and entities from working with the Kremlin.”

The authors of the document recommend to sanction Russian propaganda chiefs and those undermining U.S. partners from the former Soviet Union and to direct the Department of State to produce a report on Kremlin-connected oligarchs who finance Russian military aggression.

The document is signed by 13 Congressmen.