Ukraine deports ex-Georgian President Saakashvili to Poland

Mikhail Saakashvili detained and about to be deported from Ukraine

Poroshenko offered Saakashvili a job in his post-revolution administration and eventually settled on granting his former university classmate Ukrainian citizenship and the governorship of Odessa, the country's most important economic region.

In September, Saakashvili, who was stripped of Ukrainian citizenship in July while away from the country, forced his entry to Ukraine from Poland, helped by a crowd of his supporters.

Saakashvili still faces criminal charges in Ukraine.

The deportation to Poland came a week after the Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeals rejected Saakashvili's appeal against the State Migration Service, which had refused to grant him refugee status.

He is accused of trying to stage a coup sponsored by Russian Federation in Ukraine, where he has led rallies calling for Poroshenko's ousting, accusing him of failing to fight corruption.

Saakashvili during a press conference in Warsaw on 13 February.

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He returned to Ukraine via Poland in September, pledging to confront Poroshenko.

Several hours after Sunday's rally, about 150 people in camouflage and balaclava masks blocked the entrance to the only Ukrainian television station that covered Saakashvili's rally.

Poland's border guards said on the agency's website that Saakashvili was admitted to Polish territory Monday at the request of Ukrainian immigration authorities.

The Ukrainian government refrained from arresting Saakashvili to avoid turning the former Georgian politician into a cause celebre, and to avoid global condemnation for holding a political prisoner.

He also alleged that his Georgian bodyguards, friends and supporters had been kidnapped by Ukrainian security services, tortured and deported to Georgia in recent months.

But he told Current Time that "Georgian authorities absolutely do not want me [to be extradited to Georgia], because as soon as I am back to Georgia they will be toppled".

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