ArticleNov 18, 2019
The Kremlin augments its digital tools for cracking down on protesters
By Givi Gigitashvili
Violent police crackdowns are not the only tactic protesters in Russia can expect, as they have also been subject to an increasing use of digital technologies as tools for intimidation.
Givi Gigitashvili is a research assistant for the Caucasus at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in Georgia.
Givi has gathered versatile professional and research experience through engaging with various think tanks in Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Germany, and Poland. Most recently he held the International Development Consultant’s position, providing research and consultancy services to a wide range of public and private clients in Eastern European countries. Givi’s professional interests include, but are not limited to the politics of ex-Soviet countries, the EU-Russia relations, and the Eastern Partnership programme.
Givi was born in Kvareli, Georgia on 16 October 1992. He graduated from High School in June 2010, and from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences in May 2014. Givi continued his studies at the University of Tartu in Estonia, where he obtained MA degree in the EU-Russia studies in 2016. After receiving his education, Givi did two internships in Berlin and Warsaw. In September 2017, Givi joined an International Research and Consulting Company Ecorys Poland as an International Development Consultant and stayed in the company until June 2019. In August 2019, Givi joined the Atlantic Council as a Research Assistant based in Tbilisi, Georgia.