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“Our concern continues to be whether these provisions are used in a way that restricts, curbs or suppresses political speech and legitimate political activity, and the manner in which they are implemented serves to have a chilling [effect] on political organizations,” he told the Atlantic Council on a visit to Washington this week.

Most recently, the government of President Mikheil Saakashvili stripped Bidzina Ivanishvili of his citizenship after he attempted to form a political party. Mr. Ivanishvili is Georgia’ richest man, with an estimated worth of $6.4 billion.

Mr. Bass also called on Russia to respect Georgia’s territory. Moscow sent in forces four years ago to support the breakaway Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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