“Part of the Poroshenko-led BPP party says I am a madman and must be treated in hospital. The other half says I engage in anti-Ukrainian propaganda. All this smells strongly of the Soviet rhetoric,” ex-president of Georgia and ex-Odesa governor Mikheil Saakashvili said Aug. 4, speaking on ZIK TV.
Mikheil Saakashvili had his Ukrainian citizenship revoked by Pres Poroshenko after he had become an avid critic of the present Ukrainian regime and Poroshenko.
“When Soviet dissidents had their citizenship stripped, the authorities said they were mentally misbalanced or anti-Soviet. Ukraine’s present regime is saying much the same things today. All this strongly smells of the Soviet-era rhetoric,” Saakashvili said.
His fight in Ukraine is solely against the tycoons, and he is not anti-Ukrainian, Saakashvili stressed.
“For me, Rinat Akhmetov and other sidekicks of Poroshenko are the same enemies of Ukraine as Putin. I will protect Ukraine from Akhmetov, Kononenko, Poroshenko and the rest of the gang now in power,” Mikheil Saakashvili said.