“Dmitry Gordon is the most famous and titled journalist in the entire post-Soviet space, in the Russian-speaking and Ukrainian-speaking environment. He is a great supporter and friend of Georgia. His wife Alesya [Бацман] – is also a very famous journalist and our supporter. Personal enemies of Gordon – [президент РФ Владимир] Putin and [называющий себя президентом Беларуси Александр] Lukashenko, – wrote Saakashvili. “And today hundreds of millions of their fans sadly saw that Georgia, once a beacon of democracy, is becoming worse than Russia. A big international scandal has broken out, and this is a black spot for Georgia. “
Saakashvili, who is in prison and hungry for the 28th day, thanked Gordon and the chief editor of the publication “GORDON” Batsman for trying to enter Georgia and apologized “on behalf of all normal Georgians” for how they were treated.
Gordon arrived in Tbilisi on October 27 in the afternoon, but he was not allowed to enter the country… According to the journalist, at the airport his documents were taken away and asked to wait. The check lasted for about an hour, after which the journalist was told that he was not allowed to enter Georgia. The reasons for the incident were not explained to him.
The journalist noted that he wanted to meet with Saakashvili in prison, which the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had warned about.
Gordon has repeatedly made statements in support of Saakashvili. On October 1, the journalist recorded a video message regarding the detention of Saakashvili. In it, he called on the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky seek the release of the ex-president of Georgiawho has Ukrainian citizenship.
Reporters Without Borders calls on the Georgian government explainwhy Gordon was not allowed into the country.
In addition to Gordon, the head of Saakashvili’s office in Ukraine, Maria Barabash, was also not allowed into Georgia.
The day before, October 26, Ukrainian lawyer was not allowed into Georgia Saakashvili Evgeniya Grushovets.
Saakashvili served as President of Georgia for two consecutive terms – in 2004-2013. Shortly after leaving the presidency, he left the country.
In 2015-2016, Saakashvili headed the Odessa Regional State Administration. He received Ukrainian citizenship in May 2015, and in July 2017 lost it… In May 2019, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky returned Ukrainian citizenship to Saakashvili… Since June 2020, Saakashvili has been in office Head of the Executive Committee of Reforms of Ukraine.
In Georgia, Saakashvili was sentenced to three years in prison for pardoning former Interior Ministry officers convicted of the murder of Sandro Girgvliani, an employee of the United Bank of Georgia. He received another six years in the case of beating up politician Valery Gelashvili. Several more cases are being investigated against Saakashvili in Georgia, including the dispersal of a protest in November 2007.
In September 2021 Saakashvili told about the intention come to Georgia on October 2, the day of local elections. On the morning of October 1, the politician reported returning to Georgia… On the same day, Saakashvili was detained and arrested, now he is in the penitentiary institution No. 12 in Rustavi.
Ukrainian authorities stated that will seek the return of Saakashvili to Ukraine.