The former head of the Odessa regional state administration Mikhail Saakashvili said that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko allegedly instructed his associates to engage in the preparation of the issue of deprivation of citizenship of the country by the court.
“My very well-informed source told me that President Poroshenko instructed (first Deputy head of the faction “Block of Petro Poroshenko”), Igor Kononenko and his accomplice (Alexander) Granovsky, informal supervisor of court cases in the corruption pyramid of the presidential administration, to prepare the issue of depriving me of citizenship by court decision”, – Saakashvili wrote in his Facebook.
“International law and Ukrainian legislation prohibits the deprivation of nationality of citizens of Ukraine, if they have no other citizenship,” he reminded Saakashvili. “It is unfortunate that the President not only enjoys the services of these frankly gang of crooks, but also listens to their advice,” he complained.
“In any case, this decision will have nothing to do with law and will only strengthen my resolve and determination to all already thousands of teams to fight to the bitter end” – has assured eks-the Governor of Odessa region.
On the eve of the Verkhovna Rada from the “Opposition bloc” Vadim Rabinovich offered to extradite Saakashvili in Georgia.
Mikheil Saakashvili, on 7 November announced resignation as head of the Odessa region. He explained his decision by the impossibility of combating corruption on the background of the involvement of the first persons of the state.
On 9 November the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the decree about release of Saakashvili from the post of Chairman of the Odessa regional state administration.
Two days later, Saakashvili said that he was going to create a new political force and wants to make an early election to the Verkhovna Rada.
Saakashvili in the 2004-2013 period was the President of Georgia. After leaving this post, he lived in the United States and Ukraine, was engaged in teaching. In 2014 at home, Saakashvili was charged with the organization of massacre of participants of the peaceful rally on 7 November 2007, the illegal invasion of the building of the TV channel Imedi, misappropriation of property of businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, the organization of an armed attack on Deputy Valery Gelashvili in 2005 and of embezzling state funds in 2009-2012. Saakashvili has been in absentia arrested.
Head of the Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili was appointed may 30, 2015. Before that, he received Ukrainian citizenship. In December of the same year, the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili signed a decree on the termination of Georgian citizenship Saakashvili in connection with the adoption of citizenship of another state.