Russian propaganda is gaining strength in Gali
The Democracy Research Institute wrote earlier that Russian propaganda and the process of ideologically winning the ethnically Georgian population over had entered a new phase in Abkhazia. Representatives of the Russian Federation offer new projects to the population of Gali in a planned and step-by-step manner. For example:
  • At the beginning of June, on the initiative of the Russian Embassy, children living in the Gali district were taken on excursions; Ritsa Lake, Bichvinta, Bedia and New Athos. For children living in the conflict zone and their families, the transportation, food and other expenses were completely covered by the Russian side as a "gift of friendly Russia". At the second stage, the Russian Embassy again selected villages inhabited by ethnic Georgians; children from 15 villages, which belong to Ochamchire and Tkvarcheli according to the new division, were taken on excursions.
  • On the initiative of the Ministry of Education of Russia, an Open Learning Center was opened at Gali Humanitarian College, with which an exclusive memorandum of "cooperation" was signed earlier. Trainings and retraining courses in Russian language and literature will be provided for philologists in the center. In the future, retraining is planned in all subjects. Specialists will be brought by the Ministry of Education of Russia. At the same time, within the framework of the memorandum, the Russian Ministry of Education undertakes to increase the salaries of the Gali Humanitarian College employees.
  • Alexander Pushkin's birthday was celebrated in Sokhumi on June 6. Public school students of Abkhazia, including those from Gali district, took part in the event. According to the information available to the Democracy Research Institute, the main purpose of the gathering was likely to have an ideological impact on minors, as the event was dominated by statements about the positive aspects of living in the Russian Empire and the USSR.
  • To solve the problem of land cultivation in Gali, Russians brought 120 tractors from Krasnodar and helped the residents of Gali free of charge: "This is Russia's gift to our fraternal Georgians, don't betray Russia and everything will be solved, tell this to whoever you can reach."
The Democracy Research Institute considers that Russia is trying to ideologically win over Abkhazian residents. Against this background, it is not known what the Georgian Government is doing against Russia's strengthened influence in Gali. The Democracy Research Institute believes that the Government should create mechanisms to restrain the intensified ideological campaign in Gali and also develop additional social packages for the Gali population.