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Time puts Mikheil Saakashvili on the list of 5 most wanted geopolitical fugitives of 2018
31 January, 2018
The Time magazine has put former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on the list of 5 most wanted geopolitical fugitives of 2018. According to the magazine, in a time of heightened geopolitical drama, the “most wanted” characters that have captivated the world’s attention are Carles Puigdemont, Fethullah Gulen, Julian Assange, Ramush Haradinaj and Mikheil Saakashvili.
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"Educated in the West, Saakashvili was one of the leaders of Georgia’s (nonviolent) “Rose Revolution” in 2003; he then served as Georgia’s president from 2004 to
2013. Having left office with allegations of embezzlement and human rights violations hanging over him, Saakashvili exiled himself to the U.S. But in 2015 he accepted an offer from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to become governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region and to introduce much needed reforms. He gave up Georgian citizenship, to become a citizen of Ukraine.
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By November 2016, he had resigned his post, holding an angry press conference in which he accused Poroshenko of personally supporting corruption in Ukraine and “supporting local Odessa gangs.” Needless to say, that did not win him many fans among Ukraine’s governing elite, who have since accused Saakashvili of helping a criminal organization led by ex-Ukrainian (and pro-Moscow) president Viktor Yanukovych. Poroshenko stripped him of his Ukrainian citizenship in July last year, making him a stateless person.
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Footage went viral of Saakashvili trying to evade police on the rooftops of Kiev

This past December, footage went viral of Saakashvili trying to evade police on the rooftops of Kiev. When police did finally manage to apprehend him, throngs of his supporters surrounded the service van that was supposed to take him to a detention center, and he escaped.
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Mikheil Saakashvili freed by his supporters

Sometimes, as with Assange, Puigdemont, Gulen, and Haradinaj, outlaws can become heroes for those who oppose their would-be jailers”, says the magazine.

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