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  • Ukraine's anti-corruption agency faces strong resistance

    KIEV, Ukraine - (AP) -- An anti-corruption agency established in Ukraine two years ago was expected to be the driving force that would uproot the endemic graft that depleted the nation's resources and worried its Western allies. But the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine instead has come under fire from allies of President Petro Poroshenko who are trying to curtail its operations and authority. NABU chief Artem Sytnik told The Associated Press in a weekend interview that fear is behind the recent attempts by political and business elites to weaken the agency that was supposed to be a visible symbol...
  • Putin, ahead of election, says opposition would destabilise Russia

    12/14/2017 5:14:34 AM PST · by NorseViking · 3 replies
    MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that some of his opponents would destabilise Russia and usher in chaos if they were elected in a presidential election next year, but promised genuine political competition. Putin, who is running for re-election in March, was answering a question at his annual news conference about opposition leader Alexei Navalny who looks unlikely to be allowed to contest the election due to what Navalny says is a trumped up criminal case. The question was put to him to Ksenia Sobchak, a television personality who has said she plans to run...
  • Saakashvili Vows To March To Kyiv's Maidan

    12/08/2017 8:03:06 AM PST · by mac_truck · 21 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 11/08/2017 | staff
    Mikheil Saakashvili, who was freed from police custody shortly after law enforcement authorities raided his apartment in Kyiv last week, is calling on Ukrainians to demonstrate in the center of the capital on December 10. In a Facebook post late on December 7, Saakashvili told supporters he had lost his voice and was running a temperature but would "be by your side again" at a midday march to Kyiv's Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, on Sunday. Saakashvili -- the former Georgian president who became governor of Ukraine's Odesa region in 2015 but quit a year later and is now a...
  • Fiddling on the Roof? Saakashvili’s Never-Say-Die Rabble Rousing Leads to Wild Scenes in Kiev

    MOSCOW—Those who do not know the character of former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili may have been shocked at the scene in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Passionate and charismatic by nature, Saakashvili always felt in his element leading crowds of supporters to quick and colorful victories. On Tuesday, Saakashvili, 49, climbed up the rooftop of his apartment building just off Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the famous square that was the epicenter of Ukraine’s revolution in the winter of 2013-2014. “Poroshenko is a thief!” shouted Saakashvili from the rooftop, denouncing his former ally, the billionaire president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. “He is a...
  • Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili 'forces entry' to Ukraine

    09/11/2017 7:20:11 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    BBC (Being Better Commies) ^ | September 10, 2017
    Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's ex-president and one-time regional governor in Ukraine, has crossed into the country, helped by hundreds of his supporters. Mr Saakashvili said he was unexpectedly swept over the border by a crowd, angry that the crossing was closed.Ukrainian officials say he entered illegally, and 16 border guards and National guardsmen were injured.
  • Saakashvili: 20 Years Needed to Reach Social Level of Yanukovych's Ukraine

    06/16/2015 6:49:30 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 7 replies
    Sputniknews.com ^ | June 15, 2015
    We know not what is good until we have lost it: Mikheil Saakashvili, who actively supported the Euromaidan turmoil that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych, now asserted that it will take 20 years to reach the social level of Yanukovych's Ukraine. Ukraine has slid into such poverty that it will take 20 years to reach the level of 2013, if the country develops in favorable conditions, Odessa region governor Mikheil Saaksshvili said, local Timer reported Sunday. "Now Ukraine is the poorest country in Europe. If the collapse of the economy suddenly stops, and Ukraine develops by four percent annually, we will...
  • Former Georgian (Reaganite) Leader Saakashvili Gets Another Crack at the Russians...

    06/02/2015 5:10:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 June 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Takes Ukrainian citizenship, appointed Governor of Odessa region While it was pretty painful to watch the US-and-Israeli equipped and trained Georgian Armed Forces get their asses kicked by the Russians in 2008, the truth is that the greatly-outnumbered Georgians never stood a chance once the Kremlin decided to get militarily involved, due to the fact that loyal US ally Tbilisi had all their best troops still in Iraq... The Georgian army was reduced to five brigades, nearly all light infantry, ditching practically all its armor and artillery in favor of a counterterrorism and counterinsurgency approach to warfare, which of course was what...
  • Georgia Expresses Sympathy to Ukrainian People Over Saakashvili Appointment

    05/30/2015 11:13:06 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 5-30-2015 | Sputnik
    Davit Saganelidze, the leader of the parliamentary majority the Georgia's parliament, has expressed his sympathy to the people of Ukraine over Mikhail Saakashvili's appointment as governor of Odessa, calling the appointment a "serious mistake" by Ukrainian authorities. Speaking to journalists on Saturday, Saganelidze noted that "this is a very serious mistake on the part of Ukrainian authorities." "I sympathize with the Ukrainian people, who are very near and dear to my heart, and especially to the people of Odessa," Saganelidze added, commenting on Saturday's announcement by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that he had appointed Saakashvili governor of the southern region....
  • Ukraine President appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili (as Odessa) Governor

    05/30/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 5-30-2015 | Maria Tymoshchuk
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region. Poroshenko made the announcement at a televised event in the Black Sea port alongside the reformist Saakashvili, calling the ex-Georgian president a "great friend of Ukraine". "There remain a large number of problems in Odessa: preserving sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and peace," Poroshenko said. SNIP---- Saakashvili is replacing millionaire Igor Palitsa in the post, a close ally of banking magnate Igor Kolomoisky who has been at loggerheads with Poroshenko over control of...
  • REPORT ACCUSES HILLARY ADVISER WHO RAN INTEL SERVICE OF ILLEGALLY LOBBYING FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN ALLY

    04/01/2015 8:25:03 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    The Hillary Clinton confidant who was caught running a clandestine intelligence service for her may have also illegally lobbied for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally in the nation of Georgia. According to a Gawker report, Sidney Blumenthal, the top Clinton confidant, and “another former official from Bill Clinton’s administration were secretly lobbying the secretary of state on behalf of a billionaire in the former Soviet state of Georgia who was seeking closer ties with Putin’s Russia—seemingly in violation of a federal law designed to prevent foreign powers from covertly wielding influence within the United States.” Blumenthal “passed along a note...
  • Court Orders Pre-Trial Detention for Saakashvili in Absentia

    08/01/2014 11:42:34 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    Civil.Ge ^ | August 2, 2014
    Tbilisi City Court accepted prosecution’s motion and ordered pre-trial detention of former President Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia. Preliminary court hearing – the stage when a presiding judge, among other issues, decides on the admissibility of evidence submitted by the parties – has been set for September 22. Prosecutor’s office has charged Saakashvili with exceeding official powers in connection to break up of the anti-government protest rallies on November 7, 2007, and raid on and “seizure” of Imedi TV station. “Ahead of the August war [six-year] anniversary Putin could not have imagined more desirable present than Georgian authorities ordering my arrest,”...
  • Putin plans to reinforce terrorists to strike decisive blow - Saakashvili

    06/24/2014 3:27:19 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 24.06.2014 10:55 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 24 /Ukrinform/. Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said he believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly declares a truce to reinforce militants in eastern Ukraine to strike a decisive blow.
  • U.S. Believes Russian Forces Land in Ukraine (Fmr. Georgia Pres says Bush stopped Putin in 2008)

    03/01/2014 10:11:38 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 13 replies
    Out Front w/Erin Burnett CNN Transcripts ^ | February 28, 2014 | Mikheil Saakashvili
    MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA: No, I'm not surprised. Actually, Georgia was invaded by a large-scale Russian army. I was warning prior to the invasion. Georgia will come and then the new Ukraine will come. Putin is following his blueprint all the way through and actually coincidentally it happened both times during the times of the Olympic. SAAKASHVILI: One thing should be known. In Georgia in 2008 after the reaction was quite late, Putin was stopped at the entrance of our capital by a huge unit who showed, but the international community outcry. George Bush sent...
  • As Georgia's President Leaves, What Is Left Of the West's Victory In the Cold War

    11/06/2013 10:16:20 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 3 replies
    Why does it matter to the rest of us what happens in Georgia and environs? Answer: if the West cannot help an aspiring ally with dreams of joining Nato and the EU, cannot even protect it from Russian hegemony, what are we doing meddling in the Middle East or anywhere else? And if we can’t help Georgia, then what is left of the West’s victory in the Cold War? I reported on the national elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, last October. On one occasion, I was shown a text from a politician of the party that won the election to a...
  • Saakashvili's UN Speech

    09/29/2013 2:42:38 PM PDT · by annalex · 49 replies
    Civil Georgia ^ | 26 Sep.'13
    President Saakashvili addresses UN General Assembly, September 25, 2013. In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 25, Georgia’s outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili lashed out at Russia for mounting “constant pressures and threats” on neighbors and said that “the last authoritarian empire in the world” will fail and its leader Vladimir Putin will vanish from the Russian politics in “few years from now.”In his speech Saakashvili, whose second and final presidential term nears its end, also mentioned his tenure saying that “many good things” have been done under his leadership, but also added that “some of these...
  • Georgia acknowledged launching war in 2008

    04/15/2013 12:51:46 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Pravda ^ | 15.04.2013 | Anton Krivenyuk
    Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili admitted responsibility of Georgia for the outbreak of the war in August of 2008. He stated that the actions of the authorities of the country before crossing the border of Georgia by Russian forces were inadequate. This statement will have tangible consequences, first of all, for President Mikhail Saakashvili. "The political noose" around the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's neck is getting tighter. He is not yet being investigated, but the new authorities have already talked about the possibility of his interrogation about the events of 2008. The country may begin a new investigation into...
  • Dead Billionaire Had Feared Enemy Plot (Georgian Opposition Leader Victim of Kremlin-a-cide?)

    02/13/2008 11:47:49 AM PST · by Squidpup · 15 replies · 180+ views
    Sky News ^ | February 13, 2008 | Sky News
    The sudden death of an exiled Georgian billionaire may have been another "Alexander Litvinenko-style" murder, it is feared. A major crime squad is investigating the death of 52-year-old Badri Patarkatsishvili, whose body was found at his country mansion in Surrey at about 11pm last night. His family said he suffered a heart attack - but Surrey Police have launched an investigation to confirm the exact cause of death after reports of a plot to kill him. Sky News' home affairs correspondent Mark White said: "The police want to leave no stone uncovered. "In the light of Litvinenko's death in 2006...
  • At nuclear summit, Obama snubs an ally

    04/13/2010 8:04:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 726+ views
    Wapo ^ | 4/13/10 | Jackson Diehl
    Forty-seven world leaders are Barack Obama’s guests in Washington Tuesday at the nuclear security summit. Obama is holding bilateral meetings with just 12 of them. That’s led to some awkward exclusions -- and some unfortunate appearances, as well. One of those left out was Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, who got a phone call from Obama last week instead of a meeting in Washington. His exclusion must have prompted broad smiles in Moscow, where Saakashvili is considered public enemy no. 1 -- a leader whom Russia tried to topple by force in the summer of 2008. After all, Obama met...
  • Georgia outrage over fake 'invasion' TV report

    03/14/2010 3:51:18 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 556+ views
    Nine News ^ | March 15, 2010
    Outraged Georgians have slammed a local television channel that sparked panic by broadcasting a faked report announcing that Russia had launched an invasion and the country's president was dead. The Georgian opposition condemned the newscast as a state-sponsored stunt aimed at smearing President Mikheil Saakashvili's critics while the president himself added to the furore by appearing to defend the broadcast. The report, aired Saturday night on privately owned Imedi television, said Russian tanks were headed for the capital Tbilisi, Saakashvili had been killed and that some opposition leaders had sided with invading forces. "It was indeed a very unpleasant program...
  • Readout of Vice President Biden's Call to Georgian President Saakashvili

    11/21/2009 2:29:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,101+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | November 19, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/readout-vice-president-biden-s-call-georgian-president-saakashvili Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release November 19, 2009 Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call to Georgian President Saakashvili Vice President Biden called Georgian President Saakashvili on November 18, 2009, to discuss democratic reform in Georgia and to reiterate the United States’ strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Vice President underscored the importance of sustaining the commitment to democratic reform to fulfill the promise of the Rose Revolution. He also emphasized that all parties should live...