Recent high-profile political currents around Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili, including his detention in Ukraine and deportation to Poland have put him in the international media spotlight again. The role he played in Georgia’s transformation of the state, democracy and economy between 2004-2013 and then his short political career in Odessa and Kiev have made him one of the more prominent, yet also controversial figures of 21st century post-Soviet politics. He is out of the game since February 2018 but his name still raises emotions both in his country and abroad - wrote Robert Steenland (CIR associate and analyst) and Givi Gigitashili (consulatant at Ecorys Poland) in analysis Georgia’s post-soviet transformation.