Thousands of supporters of deported former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili march through the streets of Kiev, demanding the impeachment of the Ukrainian President.
Ukrainian security services on Tuesday arrested former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili after he climbed onto the roof of his apartment building and addressed supporters before massive crowds managed to free the detained politician from the police van amid a showdown with officers in central Kiev, AFP correspondents reported. IMAGES of arrest
Former Georgian President and Odessa Governor Mikheil Saakashvili was detained by Ukrainian security forces following a raid on his apartment in Kiev, Tuesday.
Earlier, Saakashvili threatened to jump off his apartment building roof as security services searched his home on Tuesday morning as part of a criminal investigation, before he was eventually brought down and detained.
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Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili tells a rally in Kiev Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko must conduct key anti-corruption reforms or leave power if Ukrainians want to see change. The rally outside the Ukrainian parliament was called by several political parties including Saakashvili’s party who used the opportunity to rally supporters after dramatically returning to Ukraine in September.
Ukraine’s government has found a novel way of trying to deal with corruption. They’ve hired a number of foreigners to head government agencies, ministries and even an entire region, in the hopes that their status as outsiders will make them less susceptible to the temptation to award contracts to their best friends, who presumably are not in Ukraine. In the port of Odessa, Mikheil Saakashvili has been appointed governor of the city and the surrounding region. Saakashvili was once the president of Georgia, but fled the country when a new government pressed charges of corruption against him. VICE News’ Simon Ostrovsky spent a day with with the president-turned-governor to find out how he was handling his new job.
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