United National Movement leader Nika Melia addresses an electoral protest in Tbilisi, Georgia on Nov. 14, 2020 / Photo by K. Samurkas via Shutterstock Europe, New in Lobbying Georgia opposition leader hired US lobby firm days before arrest by Mikayla Easley on February 25, 2021 Mikayla Easley Author More in Europe: Ukraine gas industry’s $1.7 million rearguard fight against Russian pipeline led new lobbying in July August 11, 2021 Ukraine gas lobby hires PR help to press Biden on Russian pipeline to Europe July 14, 2021 Belarus-tied oligarchs hire lobbying help as US steps up sanctions June 21, 2021 The opposition leader in Georgia hired a bipartisan US lobby firm just days before his arrest this week. Nikanor "Nika" Melia signed a six-month, $150,000 contract with Washington lobbying fiForeign Lobby Report provides comprehensive coverage of the latest foreign lobbying news—who’s hired whom, and why—that you won’t get anywhere else. Purchase this article for $5.00 or subscribe for unlimited access. Already a subscriber? Sign in here.