On April 12, Mikheil Saakashvili received one of the highest awards in Poland - the Lech Kaczyński Prometheus Award for his contribution to the fight for freedom. In his absence, the award was presented to his mother, mother Giuli Alasania in Poland.
The award was presented by the niezalezna.pl portal through the media patronage of Radio Poland. The awards ceremony was attended by delegations from Ukraine, Georgia and France, as well as members of the Polish government.
Mikheil Saakashvili in a post on social networks wrote that Lech Kaczyński was his political role model, "He was my teacher and kindred spirit, more than just a friend. He sacrificed his life for Georgia and I know for sure that Smolensk was revenge for Tbilisi in 2008. He once told me, "The difference between you and me is that thanks to the fact that Poland is in the EU, I will stay alive after my presidency, and you can die."
"Well, Putin killed him, and now he's killing me," Saakashvili wrote, adding that he "had many friends on that plane."
On April 7, Mikheil Saakashvili through Politico appealed to the international community for help, "I am a political prisoner in Georgia… I am now dying. It is also increasingly apparent that I will die soon if I don’t receive proper medical care outside of the country. I continue to call on the U.S. and the international community to do what they can to save my life by applying diplomatic pressure on the Georgian government, and imposing economic sanctions against Ivanishvili and his associates."
On April 2, experts who visited Mikheil in the hospital published a report on his state of health. According to the doctors' conclusions, the patient's condition is serious.
"After February 19, he lost 4 kg, it is difficult for him to move due to weakness. When standing up, there occurs a drop in pressure and loss of balance. Mental functions are impaired. The patient entered the phase of active catabolism. Because of further weight loss, he will become bedridden, as the muscles of his lower limbs will be completely atrophied, and he will not be able to move due to weakness. The critical weight for the patient is 52-53 kg, after which irreversible changes in the body will begin," the report says.
"Peripheral and autoimmune neuropathy appears again, causing a critical drop in blood pressure when standing up. Currently, it is dangerous for the patient to move without supervision, as the risk of falling, injuries/fractures is very high. In the case of the latter (fracture), the resources of the body at the stage of cachexia for wound or fracture healing are very low, which with a high probability will lead to the cascading development of other critical complications (hemorrhages, infection, deep vein thrombosis, etc.) that could result in a fatal outcome," it reads.
On February 10, Poland took offered to receive Mikheil Saakashvili for treatment. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced this at a press conference following the European Council meeting in Brussels.
President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili, in turn, said that even with her pardon, Saakashvili would not be released from prison.
As reported, Mikheil Saakashvili, who is now a Ukrainian citizen, was detained in Georgia on October 1, 2021, when he came to his homeland after an eight-year absence. He was charged with illegal border crossing, which, according to the investigation, he committed on September 28, secretly arriving at the port of Poti from Ukraine on a vessel carrying a truckload of dairy products. The former president and his supporters consider the punishment politically motivated.
On February 6, the city court of Tbilisi did not accept the petition of the lawyers of the imprisoned former president for early release due to the state of his health.
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