On March 10, 2022, representatives of the Institute for the Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held an informational meeting at the Millennium School on "The Soviet Era and the Information War as Its Legacy."
Russian malign influence still defines the post-Soviet region’s most pressing political, economic and social challenges. While Russian hybrid strategies in the cyber warand information sphere have been much discussed and analysed, there is often a lack of up-to-date empirical evidence documenting Russian influences in different Georgian business sectors. The Kremlin has long been weaponizing corruption and money flows in both its foreign and domestic politics. Corrupt practices are being deliberately exported as a tool to weaken and destabilize democratic institutions, most especially in post-Soviet countries. Counter-disinformation efforts are increasingly moving beyond the narrow media lens and are recognizing money and business as vectors of malign influence and as key tools of nonlinear warfare.
Spring semester of academic program: Disinformation and Propaganda Studies: History, Theories and Ways of Debunking has started. The educational program is jointly organised by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and the University of Georgia (UG).
The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held meetings with students and teachers of Gori, within the framework of the project - Overcoming disinformation and nostalgia surrounding Stalin: A new identity for the city of Gori. On February 18, meeting was held in the exhibition centre of the Photographers' Club of Gori and on February 21, in the Verkhvebi IDP Settlement with the youth living there.
On February 9, 2022, Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) completed the process of exhumation in Adjara and the mass grave №6 of the victims of the Great Terror of 1937-1938, discovered in Khelvachauri, near Batumi, was fully examined.
On February 10, 2022, the students of Disinformation and Propaganda Studies, the joint program of IDFI and the University of Georgia, as well as to the students of the School of Social Sciences, UG had a chance to attend the workshop.
On February 11, 2022, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held an information meeting with Gori Mayor Vladimer Khinchegashvili on the project "Overcoming Disinformation and Nostalgia around Stalin: A New Identity for the City of Gori".
From January 4, delegation from the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) invited by the Eparchy of Batumi and Lazeti and Institute for the Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), is examining and excavating human remains discovered in Adjara from the sixth mass terror.
On January 22, 2022, representatives of the scientists of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), Deputy Head of the Department of Archeology Tomasz Borkowski and his 6-person team, arrived in Batumi. For the next two weeks, the team, which includes 4 archaeologists and 2 anthropologists, will carry out the work of exhuming and examining the remains from the graves of the repressed people during the Mass Terror 1937-1938 in Adjara.
The 30s of the XX century turned out to be one of the darkest spots in Georgian history. It was a period of impunity, when completely innocent people were shot or deported to remote, uninhabited places without trial or convictionby the Soviet State. Their family members, the elderly, women and children were evicted into the open, their homes confiscated, and, most importantly, their dignity violated with the labels of as a “traitor’s” relatives.