How everyday Americans who are struggling to make ends meat, searching for a living wage and some dignity in the exceptional nation put up with the their government throwing away of good money into a criminal infested, neo-nazi black hole of theft that is Ukraine is beyond me.
Is destroying Russia more important that providing jobs to your own citizens…apparently, yes it is.
Wanted criminal, (who is literally on the run from prosecution in his native Georgia) posted on his Facebook page, after a meeting with Geoffrey Pyatt the US Ambassador to Ukraine and its defacto President….
“Within the framework of Odessa’s anti-corruption pressure, the US government agreed to provide funds for the salaries of the new team of [Mikhail] Saakashvili.”
Saakashvili also said American police officers from California “will train new Odessa police.”
In other words more US money will be spent to pay for the training of neo-nazi “enforcers” in Odessa. You can be sure that a large part of the budget allocated to Saakashvili’s Odessa “police training” project will make him a very very rich man.
Pyatt has repeatedly voiced his support for Saakashvili. Earlier in July he said that Washington “fully supports Mikheil Saakashvili and his team, and we will do everything so that they can succeed.”
Saakashvili became governor of Odessa Region back in May. He was personally appointed by President Petro Poroshenko.
He was also given Ukrainian citizenship under Poroshenko’s personal decree, published on his website, as the Ukrainian constitution says that only a citizen can become an official at governor level.
Saakashvili left Georgia in autumn 2013, days before his presidential term expired. He has been living abroad ever since.
In spring 2014, Georgia’s new ruling coalition accused Saakashvili of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state budget. Georgia’s prosecutors have started an investigation into the case. However, Saakashvili denies the charges against him, saying the funds went towards attracting foreign investors to the country.
Apart from embezzlement, Saakashvili has several other cases ongoing against him. He is accused of abuse of power during the crackdown on anti-government protests in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, on November 7, 2007. He was also allegedly involved in the attack on the opposition TV station Imedi, which was seized by Georgian special forces on the same day, and the appropriation of the founder’s assets.
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