Movement of New Forces

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Movement of New Forces
Рух нових сил
Chairman David Sakvarelidze (Acting)
Founder Mikheil Saakashvili
Founded 23 February 2017 (2017-02-23)
Merger of Volia
Headquarters Muzeinyi Ln, 4
01001 Kiev
Membership (February 2018) 3,000[1]
Ideology Liberalism[2]
Political position Centre-right
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
Colours      Blue      White
Verkhovna Rada
1 / 450
Regions (2015)
16 / 158,399

Movement of New Forces (Ukrainian: Рух нових сил, Rukh Novykh Syl) is a Ukrainian political party registered in February 2017 that was formed by Mikheil Saakashvili.[nb 1]


After autumn 2015 attempts and negotiations were launched to form a political party around then Governor of Odessa Oblast Mikheil Saakashvili and members of the parliamentary group Interfactional Union "Eurooptimists", Democratic Alliance and possibly Self Reliance. This project collapsed in June 2016.[3][nb 2]

On 11 November 2016, Saakashvili announced the establishment of a new Ukrainian political party.[8][9] This was done four days after he resigned as Governor of Odessa Oblast, blaming President Petro Poroshenko personally for enabling corruption in Odessa and in Ukraine overall.[10][nb 3] On 27 November 2016 this party (now named Movement of New Forces[14]) held its first rally in Kiev.[15] In August of that same year Saakashvili was allegedly in talks to create another liberal party with ex-deputy general prosecutors Vitaly Kasko, David Sakvarelidze, MP Viktor Chumak, and others.[16] In July 2016, Chumak stated that a future party called Wave would be led by Saakashvili.[17]

In late February 2017, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine registered Movement of New Forces officially as a political party.[18] On 24 December 2016, Saakashvili claimed that the new party had "already registered 25,000 members."[19][nb 4]

In April 2017, the party Volia and Movement of New Forces merged.[9] At the same time, according to Saakashvili, nine Ukrainian mayors joined this new association.[9]

In July 2017, the Movement of New Forces and the political movement Spravedlivost of Valentyn Nalyvaichenko created a "joint action headquarters".[21]

On 26 July 2017, President Poroshenko issued a decree stripping party leader Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship.[22] In Ukraine only Ukrainian citizens can lead political parties or be elected to its parliament.[23] David Sakvarelidze became the acting party leader.[24]

In October 2017, the Committee of Voters of Ukraine prepared an appeal to the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption with a request to check the activities of 21 parties including the Movement of New Forces and Our Ukraine because of the presence of signs of shadow financing. The reason for initiating the verification of the Movement of New Forces was the lack of reporting on the Agency's website for the second quarter of 2017.[25][26]

After Saakashvili (after being first deported to Poland) relocated to the Netherlands in February 2018 he only has an advisory role in the party.[27][28][nb 5]

Political positions[edit]

In April 2017 party leader Saakashvili proposed "building of a large wall" to "temporarily isolate ourselves" from the separatist Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic in order to "concentrate on the rest of Ukraine."[30] Saakashvili is confident in the return under control of the Ukrainian Government of these separatist territories, but only "after we defeat corruption and begin rapid development."[30]


  1. ^ In May 2017 a Ukrainian political party "Mikheil Saakashvili Bloc" was also officially registered; but Saakashvili has no involvement with this party.[5] "Mikheil Saakashvili Bloc" was founded by Dmytro Holubov whom was at the time a member of the Ukrainian parliament for Petro Poroshenko Bloc.[6]
  2. ^ In an April 2016 opinion poll held by Sociological group "RATING", about 10% of those polled were ready to support a party built around Saakashvili.[7]
  3. ^ On 13 February 2015, Saakashvili was appointed by President Petro Poroshenko as head of the International Advisory Council on Reforms – an advisory body whose main task is working out proposals and recommendations for implementation and introduction of reforms in Ukraine based on best international practices.[11] On 30 May 2015 Poroshenko had appointed Saakashvili Governor of Odessa Oblast (region).[12] On the previous day, 29 May 2015, he was granted Ukrainian citizenship by Poroshenko.[12][13]
  4. ^ In a November–December 2016 opinion poll held by SOCIS and Sociological group "RATING" 4.1% of people polled stated that they would vote for the Movement of New Forces in a hypothetical early election although the party had not yet been officially registered.[20]
  5. ^ In a May 2018 opinion poll held by Razumkov Centre and Democratic Initiatives Fund 0.6% of people polled stated that they would vote for the Movement of New Forces in a hypothetical early election.[29]


  1. ^ Anastasia Vaslova (18 March 2018). "«Марш за майбутнє»: як у столиці мітингували прихильники Саакашвілі (ФОТОРЕПОРТАЖ)". Hromadske.TV (in Ukrainian).
  2. ^ Mikhail Minakov; Isaac Webb (15 August 2016). openDemocracy, ed. "A new party for Ukraine's euro-optimists?".
  3. ^ a b "Difficulties of ambition. Why young politicians can not agree on a single party". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 4 July 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  4. ^ Deutsche Welle, ed. (11 November 2016). "Ex-Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili plans new party in Ukraine, wants early elections".
  5. ^ (in Ukrainian) In Ukraine, a party Saakashvili without Saakashvili, Ukrayinska Pravda (23 May 2017)
  6. ^ (in Ukrainian) Saakashvili met with the same Petrenko, Ukrayinska Pravda (30 May 2017)
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference built around Saakashvili 4616 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  8. ^ Saakashvili Announces New Political Force, Calls For Early Ukraine Elections, Radio Free Europe (11 November 2016)
  9. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) Saakashvili has teamed up with the party "Freedom", Espreso TV (19 April 2017)
  10. ^ Georgian Saakashvili quits as Ukraine Odessa governor, BBC News (7 November 2016)
  11. ^ "Saakashvili Appointed as Head of Ukraine's Int'l Advisory Council on Reforms". Civil Georgia. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Saakashvili Confirmed As Governor Of Ukraine's Odesa Region". RFE/RL. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  13. ^ "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ № 301/2015 - Офiцiйне представництво Президента України". Archived from the original on 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
  14. ^ Saakashvili announced the title of his party – the “Movement of new forces”, Ukrop News 24 (19 November 2016)
  15. ^ Saakashvili Holds Rally In Support Of New Political Movement In Ukraine, Radio Free Europe (28 November 2016)
  16. ^ A new party for Ukraine’s euro-optimists?, openDemocracy (15 August 2016)
  17. ^ (in Ukrainian) Saakashvili's allies create a new party “Wave", Deutsche Welle (July 18, 2016)
  18. ^ (in Ukrainian) Saakashvili officially registered party, BBC Ukrainian (28 February 2017)
  19. ^ (in Ukrainian) Saakashvili names the number of people in his Union of New Forces, Ukrayinska Pravda (24 December 2016)
  20. ^ Poll shows seven parties would qualify for Ukrainian Rada if elections were held early, KyivPost (14 December 2016)
  21. ^ Week’s milestones. Calculated escalation, overhaul by Groysman, and imitation of mobilization, UNIAN (25 July 2017)
    Nalyvaichenko and Saakashvili's political strength will create the joint platform, Booktable (24 July 2017)
  22. ^ "Ukraine strips citizenship of ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili". Associated Press. ABC News. 26 July 2017. Archived from the original on 26 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
    "Georgia ex-leader Saakashvili stripped of Ukraine's citizenship". BBC News. BBC News. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
    "Saakashvili May Be Forced To Seek Asylum In United States, Legislator Says". The Financial. The Financial. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  23. ^ Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship, Reuters (26 July 2017)
  24. ^ Would-Be Reformer Saakashvili Cast Out of Ukraine, Spiegel Online (18 August 2017)
  25. ^ "KIU calls on Nazka to check the activities of the 21st party-VOU "Voter Committee of Ukraine"".
  26. ^ "NAPC is asked to check "shadow revenues" 21 lots" (in Ukrainian).
  27. ^ Bennetts, Marc (12 February 2018). "Georgia's former president deported from Ukraine to Poland". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
    Former Georgian president arrives in Netherlands after Ukraine deportation, Xinhua, 14 February 2018
  28. ^ (in Ukrainian) Without Miho. What is happening in the Saakashvili party after its deportation, Ukrayinska Pravda (June 22, 2018)
  29. ^ (in Ukrainian) The two parties are on the verge of passing barriers, Ukrayinska Pravda (June 14, 2018)
  30. ^ a b Saakashvili proposes new "wall project' for Donbas, Interfax-Ukraine (12 April 2017)

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