Mikheil Saakashvili

Ukrainian and Georgian politician

Mikheil Saakashvili (born 21 December 1967) is a former Georgian politician. He was the third President of Georgia for two consecutive terms from 25 January 2004 to 17 November 2013.

If they want my head, for me it’s more funny than troubling.

QuotesEdit

  • A united Georgia needs our unity now, to work together towards our many common goals.
  • We must create the Georgia that our ancestors dreamed of, the Georgia that we dream of.

Inaugural address (2004)Edit

  • Georgia is the country of unique culture. We are not only old Europeans, we are the very first Europeans, and therefore Georgia holds special place in European civilization. Georgia should serve as a paragon for democracy where all citizens are equal before the law, where every citizen will have an equal opportunity for the pursuit of success and realization of his or her possibilities. Georgia should become and will become a homeland for independent, educated and proud people.
  • It is time we Georgians did not depend only on others, it is time we asked what Georgia will do for the world.
  • Our steady course is towards European integration. It is time Europe finally saw and valued Georgia and took steps towards us.
  • Standing at David's tomb, we must say Georgia will unite, Georgia will become strong and will restore its integrity... I want all of us to do it together and I promise not to become a source of shame for you.

Remarks to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2005)Edit

Interview with the New York Times (2008)Edit

  • Look, the rift with Russia is not connected to Georgia. It is connected to values. Russia has become very authoritarian. It doesn’t accept free speech or real elections anymore.
  • Well, killing me makes no sense because Georgia already has a Western-educated political class.
  • Putin told several Western leaders, “I want Saakashvili’s head.” If they want my head, for me it’s more funny than troubling.

Tbilisi Courtroom Address (2021)Edit

  • I do not recognise the Prosecutor’s Office and the Georgian judiciary, I am not here to be part of a pre-written comedy
    (before adress)
  • I am Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgia did not have a criminal president [talks about himself]. I want every Georgian to know this. The founder of the Georgian state could not have been a criminal, because criminals do not establish states, they instead destroy them and you are [now] witnessing a classic example of that, as Georgia has fallen into the hands of bandits.
  • Of course, I was in a hurry to develop Georgia and anyone who is in a rush makes mistakes. I knew that we had little time, I know that many things needed to be done. But I was speaking with my doctor, who was able to arrive from a village and enroll in the medical university, only because there were national exams. Otherwise, there were no chances to enroll, and when they were coming [to Tbilisi in the past] people used to question them if they knew how much [the bribe for] enrolling would cost. [My doctor] arrived, believed in me and enrolled. The program of American teachers – many of the young generation can speak English, because we used to bring over 2,500 teachers a year. Not only my or Bidzina Ivanishvili’s son were able to study, but any Georgian, from Lesichini village to Khulo and Zemo and Kveda Machkhaani. This was my concept.
  • While I have told about my successes, did I make mistakes? [I made] more than enough; many mistakes that I bitterly regret. First of all, my mistake was the court.

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