Mikheil Saakashvili

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

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.


  • 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.

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