After being propelled into Ukraine over the flimsy resistance of border guards, Georgia’s onetime leader, the stateless politician Mikheil Saakashvili, arrived in Kyiv on September 19 to drum up public support for his fast-escalating battle against Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Greeting waving fans and promising to defeat rampant corruption and plutocracy, Saakashvili was his typical, firebrand self. Speaking at a makeshift press conference, right outside of Poroshenko’s administration building, he said he will be pushing for a series of legislative reforms, including a procedure for impeaching the president.
He also intends to use the courts to restore his Ukrainian citizenship, cancelled by Poroshenko in what his former Georgian ally calls a bid to get rid of him.
“They stripped me of citizenship when I was away,” Saakashvili told the crowd in Kyiv. “It was like getting fired from work when you are away and then they don’t let you back in the office to collect your belongings and your employment record.”
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