Rostislav Ishchenko Explained Why Saakashvili Stages Protest Actions in Ukrainian Regions

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The political scientist Rostislav Ishchenko, the President of the Center for System Analysis and Forecasting, in a conversation with RT commented on the meeting that took place in Odessa, during which the former city governor Mikheil Saakashvili urged his supporters to come on October 17th to Kiev in order to participate in another meeting there. According to Ishchenko, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko should indeed be afraid of impeachment.

“Judging by everything, on October 17th this creeping coup, which started the moment Saakashvili was propelled across the border, will pass into an active phase. But it doesn’t mean that on the 17th Poroshenko will surely be overthrown. The coup against Yanukovych passed into an active phase on December 1st-2nd, and ended only on February 18th. In any case, there will be an attempt to transfer it to an active phase, i.e. the beginning of some actions in Kiev. By then, Saakashvili needs to lure support and to prepare them so that in Kiev Poroshenko’s opponents could rely on the support of regional elites,” said the political scientist.

Ishchenko also noted that after achieving the aim the players behind the curtain who control Saakashvili’s actions will try to get rid of him.

“He, one may say, was forced to absorb a blow, to act as a point of assembly of opposition forces that demand Poroshenko’s removal, so that he becomes the nominal face of the opposition. And then Saakashvili needs to fight for his future. He understands that while there is a need to displace Poroshenko, of course, he will be fed by a little spoon and carried on a little pillow. But as soon as this issue will be solved, he will be thrown out in the nearest garbage container, because he won’t be needed anymore,” concluded the political scientist.

Earlier the former governor of the Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili expressed his intention to replace the authorities in Kiev and urged his supporters to come on October 17th to the capital of Ukraine in order to participate in a meeting.

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