Mikheil Saakashvili, the former governor of Odessa, leader of the "Rukh novyh syl" or “Movement of New Forces” party said that his brother David was denied a residence permit in Ukraine.
"Very, very low move! Businessmen who support us experience pressure exerted by the authorities but no one touches the oligarchs. I also learned [on April 13] that on the basis of the letter from the Security Service of Ukraine, my brother David’s residence permit was revoked and he must leave Ukraine," Saakashvili posted on Facebook.
Mikhail Saakashvili is his mother’s only son but he has half-brothers on his father's side. He has Ukrainian citizenship that cannot be taken away from him, according to the Constitution.
Last year, after resigning from the post of the head of the Odessa regional administration in November 2016, Saakashvili began to heavily criticize President Petro Poroshenko. In February 2017, he founded his own political party called "Rukh novyh syl."