3 thoughts on “Ex-dictator of Georgia now expelled from Ukraine

  1. Friday 28th July 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    FUGITIVE Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili vowed yesterday to fight for his short-lived Ukrainian citizenship after it was revoked on Wednesday.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko personally stripped Mr Saakashvili of his citizenship by special decree after receiving unspecified documents from Georgia.

    He is wanted in his home country for ordering excessive use of force to break up protests against his rule in 2007.

    But Ukraine’s State Migration Service said he provided false information in his 2015 citizenship application.

    Mr Saakashvili, who is currently in the US, posted a video on Facebook yesterday. Calling himself “a simple Ukrainian,” he said he was “being subjected to the same approaches that are used by Ukraine’s prosecutors or bureaucrats against regular Ukrainians, whose rights are spat upon.

    “I have only one citizenship, that of Ukraine, and I will not be deprived of it,” he declared.

    “Now there is an attempt under way to force me to become a refugee. This will not happen!”

    As president of Georgia, Mr Saakashvili launched the disastrous August 2008 attack on the tiny breakaway republic of South Ossetia.

    Russian peacekeepers were killed in the initial artillery barrage, prompting a swift and overwhelming military response that ended with Moscow’s troops in sight of the capital Tbilisi and the president chewing his tie on live TV.

    In February 2015 he was appointed governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region — site of the 2014 Trade Union House massacre perpetrated by neonazi militias who supported that year’s Maidan Square coup.


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