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In Prison Note, Georgian Ex-President Says U.S. Must Step In

  • Saakashvili temporarily passed out 48 days into hunger strike
  • Georgia offers to move Saakashvili to military hospital
Mikheil Saakashvili

Mikheil Saakashvili

Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg
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Imprisoned and on hunger strike, Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili called on the U.S. for help as he warned the former Soviet republic was turning away from the pro-Western path he set it on 18 years ago.

Saakashvili sent scrawled, handwritten responses to questions through his lawyers Wednesday, and is 49 days into a hunger strike in which he drinks but does not eat. A doctor told reporters outside the hospital Thursday the 53-year-old temporarily lost consciousness during the day but was now stable.