TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is to start a center for the study of reforms in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
Saakashvili, who is currently in Kiev, said in an interview with a TV channel there that he wants to share his experiences with this center, which will also be an educational center.
“We will bring students, including Georgians there,” he said and claimed to be in negotiations with several universities about the plans, which also involves a center in Washington.
Saakashvili was one of the leaders of the peaceful coup known as the Rose Revolution in Georgia in 2003. He ruled the country for nearly ten years, forcing through a number of reforms that were hailed by organizations like the World Bank but led to strong resistance among people especially toward the end.
After leaving office in November, 2013, and moving to New York, he reemerged in the international media as a supporter and possible adviser for the opposition in Kiev which seized power in February.
In March, he was asked to come for questioning in his home country to solve ten criminal cases, including the death of his own prime minister, but refused, claiming that the Georgian prosecutor was acting on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a ploy to remove him from international politics. Georgian prosecutors then offered to question him via Skype, but he still refused, saying that he would only answer questions in court.
In the interview with Ukrainian TV, he said the fate of the region is being decided in Ukraine these days.
“Ukraine decides its own, but also Georgia’s, Moldova’s and even Russia’s fate,” he said.
Saakashvili added that Ukraine has large potential in regard to reforms, as it has an educated younger generation.
He claimed to have received several job offers in Kiev.
“Because they know I have many connections in Ukraine,” he added.
Watch the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k56douvAx-k (part 1)