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Sanction Oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili
We, concerned citizens, hereby raise our voices against the actions of Bidzina Ivanishvili, a Russian oligarch who has effectively hijacked the Georgian government and holds an informal rule over the country. We believe that Bidzina Ivanishvili poses a grave threat not only to Georgia but also to the international community at large.
One of the major concerns is Ivanishvili's role in enabling Russia to evade sanctions. Georgia has become a conduit for sanctioned goods destined for Russia, undermining international efforts to hold Russia accountable. This flagrant disregard for sanctions is deeply troubling and demands immediate attention from the global community.
Moreover, Ivanishvili has compromised the independence of Georgia's judiciary, effectively appropriating the court system for his own gain. The suppression of citizens' right to peaceful protest is another alarming manifestation of his rule. Demonstrators are subjected to violent arrests, and peaceful gatherings are forcefully dispersed, causing activists to flee the country in fear.
We must not overlook the plight of political prisoners under Ivanishvili's regime. Lazare Grigoriadisi, a 21-year-old peaceful demonstrator, stands as an example of the unjust imprisonment that has become all too common. Lazare's arrest was arbitrary, solely based on his appearance, with no substantial evidence against him other than the accusation of throwing a Molotov cocktail. This injustice cannot be ignored.
Furthermore, we are deeply concerned by Georgia's growing proximity to Russia, a state known for its support of terrorist activities. Ivanishvili's actions risk aligning Georgia with this dangerous regime, creating an additional threat to global security and stability.
Despite overwhelming public support for European Union and NATO membership, Ivanishvili's statements indicate a concerning shift away from these alliances. This betrayal of the Georgian people's aspirations undermines their democratic values and national interests.
In light of these troubling developments, we, the undersigned citizens, implore the international community to take decisive action. We call upon governments and organizations worldwide to impose targeted sanctions on Bidzina Ivanishvili, holding him accountable for his undemocratic practices and his role in enabling Russia's sanctions evasion. By doing so, we can safeguard the rights and aspirations of the Georgian people and protect the principles of democracy, freedom, and international cooperation.
Join us by signing this petition to sanction Bidzina Ivanishvili and send a clear message that his actions will not go unnoticed or unchallenged. Together, we can work towards a future where justice and democracy prevail.