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Mikheil Saakashvili (Photo by European Parliament under Creative Commons license)

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Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, ended up being the catalyst for a train from Poland to Ukraine being held up by Ukrainian guards at a checkpoint. After the incident had already gained significant international media attention, Saakashvili and his allies broke through the guards, reports The Associated Press reports.

An announcement on the train had made it clear to the other passengers that the train was being held unless Saakashvili left:

According to France 24, he quit as governor of Odessa in November after he and current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a falling out, which led to Poroshenko revoking his citizenship in July. Saakashvili maintains that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva says he has the right to be in the country to appeal.

The Ukrainian government alleges that he put “inaccurate information” on his citizenship application, justifying the revocation. Georgia, meanwhile, has tried to get Ukraine to extradite Saakashvili to face charges that include misappropriation of property and abuse of office. He maintains his innocence.

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