Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine strips Saakashvili of his citizenship, leaving the hero of the Rose Revolution without a country

Ukraine strips Saakashvili of his citizenship, leaving the hero of the Rose Revolution without a country

There was a time when Mikheil Saakashvili was seen as the West’s great hope for reform in the former Soviet Union.

But since Thursday, he has had a more pressing problem: He is a man without a country.

He was in New York when he learned that Ukraine, his adoptive home, had stripped him of his citizenship. He had already lost his citizenship in his native Georgia, where he was once president.

"I have only one citizenship, that of Ukraine, and I will not be deprived of it," he said Friday, vowing to return to the country — where until last year he had been the governor of the southern port city of Odessa — and mobilize his supporters.

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