Saakashvili urged the US to impose sanctions against the Georgian authorities

Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Tbilisi July 23, 2009 - Photo:

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has sent an open letter to the Joe Biden administration, urging them to condemn the Georgian authorities and put pressure on Tbilisi to stop Georgia's retreat from democracy.

Saakashvili's letter was published in the American edition of Politico on November 20. The former president writes that he considers the charges on which he was previously convicted in absentia as politically motivated.

Mikheil Saakashvili was detained in Georgia on October 1. He went on a hunger strike almost immediately from the moment of his arrest. The ex-president of Georgia ended his hunger strike the day before after he was taken from a prison hospital in Tbilisi to a military hospital in Gori. He was in hunger strike for 50 days.