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Russian senator comments on Saakashvili's arrest

December 05, 16:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Mikhail Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odessa, was detained in Kiev on December 5

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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. Ukraine’s authorities, who came to power after a coup d’etat, punish themselves by accusing former Georgian leader and ex-governor of the southern Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili of trying to topple the country’s authorities, senior Russian legislator Frantz Klintsevich said on Tuesday.

"The current Ukrainian authorities, born by Maidan (protests named after the square they took place), who suspect Mikhail Saakashvili of attempting to stage a coup d’etat, have whipped themselves with a birch," said Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security.

"In the future, they will sit next to each other on the dock," the senator said.

On Tuesday morning, Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) agents from its Alpha unit barged into the opposition figure’s apartment in Kiev. The politician was accused of complicity with a criminal group. His lawyer Pavel Bogomazov told reporters that Saakashvili had been charged with attempting to topple the Ukrainian authorities.

Later, some 200 demonstrators managed to free the leader of the New Forces Movement Saakashvili by pulling him out of a car of the intelligence agency SBU.

Now the crowd of Saakashvili’s supporters is heading to the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, to demand passing a law on impeaching Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko. "I want to call on all citizens of Kiev to take to streets today and start the process to rid Ukraine of Poroshenko and his gang. People don’t like them, police don’t like them and the army is on our side," the opposition figure told the crowd.

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