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Georgian ex-president Saakashvili arrested in Ukraine

Ex-Georgian citizen, ex-president and ex-governor of Odessa region Michael Saakashvili was arrested by Ukrainian secret police on December 8. It was the second attempt. The first one was not fruitful. Firstly Saakashvili was arrested at the mid of the day while opposition protest took place in the capital of Ukraine. But supporters of a former Georgian politician encircled a car of secret police, broke inside and liberated their leader. It was humiliating for police so next time it prepared better and arrested Saakashvili at night in private flat. His supporters were unable to prevent arrest.

Now Saakashvili is placed to preliminary arrest in state security department. He immediately went on a hunger strike and claimed for mass protest actions.

Saakashvili was arrested after he openly accused Ukrainian president Poroshenko of corruption and called for his dismissal. For that purpose Saakashvili illegally entered Ukraine and organized mass rallies in its capital. Western authorities make it clear they support ex-Georgian president. But Poroshenko and prominent Ukrainian oligarchs pay no attention to numerous signs that western powers are dissatisfied and disappointed with their corruption. The risk of mass opposition movement is more dangerous in their eyes then challenge to western protectors.  Next days will demonstrate have they correctly assessed the situation or were wrong in their view on the US and EU position?

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