Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

IMF's Lagarde tells Ukraine president to speed up reforms

IMF's Lagarde tells Ukraine president to speed up reforms

Around 100 supporters of Saakashvili, the man who pulled Georgia out of Russia's orbit in a 2003 revolution before becoming a governor in Ukraine, gathered outside a police detention centre shouting "shame".

The former president of Georgia led the political opposition to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and campaigned against the president's failure to halt corruption in the country. "From the very beginning they refused to register my party, then stripped me of my citizenship, then lied".

Saakashvili's recapture follows a surreal game of hide-and-seek that saw him clamber on a roof to avoid law enforcement, before being broken out of a police van by protesters amid clashes with hundreds of riot police on Tuesday.

"They burst into the tent and started beating everyone with their hands and batons", said Ognyov, whose head was bandaged and his face covered with blood. A dozen members of the anti-corruption committee on December 6 voted to recommend that the parliament dismiss Sobolev from his post as they were unsatisfied with his work in the committee.

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The group had already spent an hour and a half trying to free the YouTuber before deciding to call the emergency services. Firefighters eventually managed to free him after an hour.

"Prosecutors will ask the court to put the detained Saakashvili under house arrest and have him wear an electronic bracelet as a preventative measure", spokeswoman Larisa Sargan said on Facebook.

Saakashvili rejected the accusations and said there has always been hostility between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday the global lender was "deeply concerned by recent events in Ukraine that could roll back progress that has been made in setting up independent institutions to tackle high-level corruption".

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