Thursday, 27 July 2017

Georgia ex-leader Mikheil Saakashvili stripped of Ukraine's citizenship

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president, has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, Ukraine's migration service has said.

It said a decree was issued by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, without stating the reason.

Mr Saakashvili, a former ally of Mr Poroshenko, is currently abroad. He vowed to fight for his rights.

He was made a Ukrainian citizen in 2015 and appointed governor of the southern Odessa region. He quit last year.

In a statement (in Ukrainian) on Wednesday evening, Ukraine's migration service said that "according to the Constitution of Ukraine, the president takes decisions on who is stripped of Ukrainian citizenship based on the conclusions of the citizenship commission".
It did not provide the exact reason, but stated that this could be done if a Ukrainian national acquired citizenship of another country or submitted false documents.

President Poroshenko has so far made no public comments on the issue.

Meanwhile, Mr Saakashvili posted a video on his Facebook page, saying that he was "being subjected to the same approaches that are used by Ukraine's prosecutors or bureaucrats against regular Ukrainians, whose rights are spat upon".

"I have only one citizenship, that of Ukraine, and I will not be deprived of it! Now there is an attempt under way to force me to become a refugee. This will not happen!

"I will fight for my legal right to return to Ukraine!"

BBC      News.

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