54-year-old Mikheil Saakashvili, who is also the leader of the opposition in the Caucasus country, was taken to hospital last year after a 50-day hunger strike in protest against his imprisonment for abuse of power, which he denounces as being political. The Georgian authorities have assured that he is receiving all the necessary care, with President Salomé Zurabishvili declaring that it is up to the courts to decide whether he should be released for health reasons.
Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia from 2004 to 2013, who came to power after the “Rose Revolution”, the first upheaval in a series of popular uprisings in the former USSR, has always been very close to the pro-Western authorities of the ‘Ukraine. In 2008, his country lost to Russia a lightning war for control of the pro-Russian separatist territory of South Ossetia, whose “independence” was later recognized by Moscow, as well as that of the other Georgian republic. pro-Russian of Abkhazia. He had been imprisoned in October 2021, a few days after returning from an exile of several years, while he was wanted by the Georgian justice.