Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon reported that he was not allowed to enter Georgia. He planned to interview the detained ex-president of the country, Mikhail Saakashvili, reports the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
Gordon said that upon arrival in Tbilisi, he was held for more than an hour at passport control. After that, the journalist was told that it was impossible for him to enter Georgia. He was asked to fly back to Kiev on the same flight on which he arrived.
Gordon added that the Georgian authorities did not provide any explanations. They must send them in writing to the Ukrainian embassy in Georgia. Gordon believes that he was banned from entering so that he would not communicate with the ex-president. The journalist also said that the executive director of the “Office of Simple Decisions and Results” organization, created on the initiative of Saakashvili, Maria Barabash, was not allowed into Georgia.
Earlier it was reported that Mikhail Saakashvili’s Ukrainian lawyer could not enter the country. Yevgeniy Grushovets’ passport was seized. The lawyer was sent back to Kiev.