Governing a Ukrainian region: The tough new job of Georgia’s former president

One of the more interesting social experiments that has been conducted within international politics is celebrating its’ first year anniversary. Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, is currently the governor of a region in another country: in Ukraine. While still in office in Georgia, Saakashvili was praised for his corruption-cutting reforms, but by the time he left, his popularity had plummeted and he stood accused of authoritarianism. But when Ukraine's President Petro Porosh


Following the 2014 “Maidan” revolution, Saakashvili brought in a team of young, foreign, and educated reformers and promised to make Odessa a showcase for Ukraine's transformation. Above all, he vowed to tame the rampant corruption that was plaguing Ukraine's main port city. But a year on, and his main projects are - at best - still “works-in-progress”. Saakashvili has also become embroiled in bitter conflicts with the local political elite, but now, also with the same Ukrainian president who once employed him. Gulliver Cragg reports.

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