Mikhail Saakashvili has spent the better part of the day attempting to go back to Ukraine after Petro Poroshenko the leader of the Kiev regime stripped him of his Ukrainian citizenship in a power-play against the former Georgian leader who has incidentally also been stripped of his Georgian citizenship after numerous fraud allegations.
Saakashvili is probably best remembered for instigating a war of aggression against the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in 2008. Both Russia and the European Union found that Saakashvili was an aggressor in the short conflict.
After fleeing prosecutors in Georgia, the weakened strongman was appointed the Governor of the multi-cultural and traditionally Russian city of Odessa in 2015. This however did not last long as he left office in 2016, before being stripped of Ukrainian citizenship in the summer of 2017.
At the time, I described the power-play between Saakashvili and Poroshenko in the following way,
“If the Ukrainian regime was not engaged in a war of aggression that has included the use of chemical weapons against civilians , there would in fact be much to laugh at in respect of the situation in the country. Instead, the regime is a human tragedy but one that is solidly built atop a shaky farce. One of the more farsical elements of the Ukrainian regime has been the fact that its leader Petro Poroshenko recently stripped former Georgian President turned former Odessa Governor of his recently acquired Ukrainian citizenship.
In may of 2015, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appointed disgraced former Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili Governor of Odessa Obslat. The appointment was immediately viewed as an insult to the people of the multi-cultural though overall historically and spiritually Russian city and region of Odessa, not least because this was the place where on 2 May 2014, young people were massacred by an armed mod while peacefully demonstrating against fascism.
It was doubly an insult because Saakashvili was a foreigner with no connection to the region. Finally, the fact that Saakashvili is wanted in Georgia on charges of high corruption including embezzlement, actions he was alleged to have committed after he started a war of aggression against the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, ought to make Saakashvili disqualified for any political position, anywhere.When it comes to war criminality and domestic corruption, Poroshenko and Saakashvilli would both be competing for the gold if such things were Olympic events. That hasn’t stopped both men from accusing one another of being corrupt, a rare instance of both being correct, albeit it for the wrong reasons.
But one should not rely on habitual liars like Saakashvili and Poroshenko as reliable sources for the true nature of events. For this one is best understood by the fact that Poroshenko recently visited Georgia while Saakashvili would likely be arrested the minute he set foot in Georgia again.
On the 17th of July Poroshenko visited Georgia for talks with the country’s current political leaders. Georgia is currently governed by the Georgian Dream party, a kind of catch-all political movement that has somewhat toned down the Russophobic fanaticism of the Saakashvili years while still marching the country in a direction that sees it striving to join both NATO and the EU, in spite of being located closer to Iran than to the EU.
Poroshanko was clearly looking for an ally in Tbilisi, but as Georgia under its current leadership can barely save itself, he largely came back with nothing tangible. That being said, as Saakashvilli already resigned from his position in Odessa in November of 2016, stripping a wanted man in Georgia of Ukrainian citizenship, thus technically leaving him stateless, can be seen as a concession to the current Georgian authorities. Prior to this Georgia viewed Poroshenko as the Ecuador to the would-be Assange that was Saakashvilli, only whereas Assange filled the world with much needed truth, Saakashvilli filled his pockets with much sought after state cash.
Furthermore, shortly after leaving his post in Odessa, Saakashvilli registered a new party in Ukraine. While it is difficult to see how such a party could be a real political threat to Poroshenko’s power base which is already under threat from Ukrainian parties with an even more far-right ideology than Poroshenko’s, it seemed that Poroshenko did not want to take any chances. Thus, Poroshenko stripped Saakashvilli of his Ukrainian citizenship shortly after returning from Saakashvilli’s native country.
In short, Saakashvilli is a corrupt opportunist who ran to the power base of a second corrupt opportunist, Poroshenko. Then that second corrupt opportunist fired and deprived citizenship of the first corrupt opportunist under the guise that the first corrupt opportunist was a corrupt opportunist, who then took to calling the second corrupt opportunist a corrupt opportunist.
This literally is the farce that is post-coup Ukrainian politics”.
Initially, Saakashvili planned to enter Ukraine via train from Poland, but his train was stopped by the authorities, thought it is not clear if it was stopped by the Polish or Ukrainian authorities.
While forced to exit his train, Saakashvili was comically hounded by a protester in the midst of a striptease.
Now, Saakashvili has reportedly pushed through the Ukrainian border with his entourage in an open mockery of the waning power of the corrupt Kiev regime.
Reports indicate that while Polish authorities were happy to let him leave, Ukrainian regime authorities attempted to block his entry unsuccessfully.
The lawless nature of modern Ukraine, combined with Saakashvili’s famous persistence now means that a man who was once barely on the radar in Ukrainian ‘politics’ may now be able to attempted to rally support against the unpopular far-right leader Poroshenko. Already, the far-right former Prime Minister in Kiev, Yulia Tymoshenko has thrown her weight behind Saakashvili, ostensibly because Poroshenko has not offered her any position in the ruling elite of post-2014 Kiev.
While Saakashvili’s politics are not entirely different from that of Poroshenko, in a regime where power is built more on blackmail, bribes and undulating personal loyalties than on ideas or experience, Saakashvili may now be a threat, assuming he can find someone in the regime to reinstate his citizenship, something which is now entirely possible.
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