GENERICO.ruRussiaIn Georgia, a Russian citizen was detained due to participation in protests against the law on “foreign agents.”

In Georgia, a Russian citizen was detained due to participation in protests against the law on “foreign agents.”

In Georgia, Russian citizen Andrei Rautberg was detained in a criminal case due to participation in local protests against the law on “foreign agents.” This is reported by local blogger Nikolai Levshits.

IMEDI TV channel also wrote about Rautberg’s arrest on Facebook, without mentioning his citizenship. Later, the publication with the name of the detainee was deleted.

According to Levshits, the Russian is accused of assaulting a police officer and damaging CCTV cameras. His home was searched, after which local security forces confiscated equipment and clothes. In the near future, a preventive measure should be chosen for Rautberg. Levshits added that, according to preliminary information, the detainee moved to Georgia from Belgorod in 2022 after the announcement of mobilization in Russia.

Previously, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported the detention of six people in connection with protests in Tbilisi against the law on “foreign agents” Georgia. According to investigators, the detainees were involved in attacks on police officers and damage to other people's property (Articles 353 and 187 of the Criminal Code of Georgia).

As stated in the press release, the protesters threw bottles and stones at the security forces and their cars. As a result, seven police officers were injured. Three of the six detainees were involved in damaging CCTV cameras, the Ministry of Internal Affairs claims.

Protests against the bill on “foreign agents” have been taking place in Tbilisi since April 16. On April 17, the document was adopted in the first reading, and on May 1 – in the second reading. The country's president, Salome Zarubashvili, called this document a copy of the “Putin law” on “foreign agents” in force in Russia. During the protests, Georgian police used water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets and other special equipment. Rallies against the initiative are still taking place in Tbilisi today.

The bill on “foreign agents” is being considered in Georgia for the second time. The amendments were first introduced to parliament at the beginning of 2023, but in March of the same year they were rejected in the second reading amid mass protests. Then, at rallies against the initiative, Georgian security forces also used water cannons and tear gas against the protesters.

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