The Georgian opposition party "European Democrats" demands the introduction of a visa regime in Russia because of the mass entry of Russians after the start of a full-scale war in Ukraine. This is reported by Novosti-Georgia.
According to the head of the "European Democrats" Nikoloz Vashakidze, the government does not talk about the problem and does not try to stop and control "the process of influx of citizens from a hostile occupation state."
"I believe that in the current situation it is necessary for the opposition and society to firmly demand from the authorities to make public their vision of the dynamics and management of the problem. One of the first and most urgent measures should be the introduction of a visa regime with the Russian Federation and a radical restriction on the flow of people coming to Georgia," Vashakidze said. Vashakidze stated.
The exact number of Russians who moved to Georgia after the war in Ukraine is unknown. Among them are oppositionists and activists who feared persecution in their homeland, those who simply disagreed with the policies of the Russian leadership, young people who avoided the draft, and those who feared that Russia was closing down.
At the beginning of May independent research companies estimated the number of Russians who moved to Georgia at 40 thousand people. In June, according to the Greek Tourism Authority, 90,000 Russians entered the country, but it is unknown how many of them were just tourists and how many stayed.
At the same time, in April in Georgia began booming in the real estate market, prices for apartments for sale and rent skyrocketed. Remittances from Russia, which had not exceeded $30 million a month until spring, quadrupled in April and peaked in May, exceeding $300 million.