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Egor Kuroptev

Director of Free Russia Foundation’s office on South Caucasus

Assault on Georgia’s Pride. Western democracy Faces off with Russia’s countryside

It was shocking for Western friends of Georgia, and supporters of Georgia’s bid for membership at NATO and the EU, to learn that an angry mob in Tbilisi stormed LGBTQ activists’ centers, attacking journalists and tourists. Yet, as we saw on July 5, 2021, this is precisely the reality on the ground in the Georgian capital.

More West in Georgia now

Before I start describing Georgia as a country and a reform leader in its region — Georgia is, after all, a country recognized for its success on its path toward inclusion in the Euro- and Euro-Atlantic family — I would like to pose to readers of this material the question whether you personally believe that Georgia is an important country for the West or not?

Georgia at a Crossroads

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