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Saakashvili Says His Arrest Was A Gift To Putin


Hours after his release from detention in Ukraine, opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili said that his arrest on suspicion of abetting an alleged "criminal group" was instead a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former Georgian president, who moved to Ukraine and has become a fierce critic of Ukraine's current President Petro Poroshenko, calls himself Putin's "biggest enemy in the post-Soviet space."Saakashvili was arrested last week for what Ukrainian authorities said were his ties to a group led by Ukraine's former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. A court in Kyiv released him on December 11, although the case remains open. In an interview with Current Time TV, the Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA, Saakashvili said the main enemy in Ukraine was corruption. (Current Time TV)

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