One and a half years held the position of Governor of the Odessa region, ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili wrote a column for the authoritative Western edition of The New York Times, in which he spoke about the reasons for his departure and future plans.
In column Saakashvili said that “few politicians in the world have had similar experiences”, building a political career in different countries. “It was very unusual for a former President of another state to serve as Governor in another country, but the fate of the Ukrainian state was at stake in Odessa”, – says Saakashvili.
The ex-Governor noted that he had brought with him “a group of professionals from your former government, which began the “overhaul” of the police forces of Ukraine and helped to lead the first Agency to combat corruption in the country.” Saakashvili also spoke about bringing in his team of “known activists of Maidan” is Yulia Marushevskaya, who headed the Odessa customs, “is known for its bribery and kickbacks.”
However, according to Saakashvili, his team are suddenly faced with the resistance “in the least expected place – from people in high positions in the government in the capital.”
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“The last straw for me was the moment when the campaign online Declaration revealed his personal wealth of Ukrainian officials. Among them were many civil servants, with whom I had to work on a daily basis, shamelessly declaring the millions of dollars hidden under their mattresses,” – said Saakashvili.
“While the Ukrainian soldiers are at the front, heroically defending their country from Russian aggression, Ukraine’s elite continued to plunder the country of all that is still left. Their way of life and mentality of the Ukrainian kleptocracy is identical to the same class in Russia. Final freedom for Ukraine would be the liberation not only of Russian aggression, but also from the likes of the Russian political class that does not realized the European ambitions of Ukrainians”, – says the former Governor.
“I was very disappointed in the apparent inability of Mr. Poroshenko to see what the current situation is unsustainable. Ukraine needs real change, not their imitation” – he stressed.
Saakashvili also said that he decided to resign to start a new political party in Ukraine. “This is an amazing country full of hardworking, educated and talented people who deserve a much better future,” he said.
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