Military Mutiny Near Tbilisi

Some news about the mutiny at the Mukhrovani army base near Tbilisi; this is a statement of the MIA:

On the Failed Military Mutiny

At present, the situation in Tbilisi and the rest of Georgia, including the Mukhrovani military base where a failed mutiny was planned is calm and under full governmental control.

According to the organizers of the failed mutiny, their primary intent was to disrupt planned NATO-PfP exercises scheduled to begin in Georgia on May 6, 2009.  Other claims made by the organizers cannot be confirmed and are the subject of an on-going investigation.

On 4 May 2009 at approximately 23:00 the Constitutional Security Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Georgia detained a Georgian citizen, Mr. Gia Ghvaladze on charges of organizing a military mutiny.  Mr. Gvaladze previously served as a Major in the Special Forces Department at the now disbanded Ministry of State Security.

The Constitutional Security Department of the MIA is continuing its investigation into the case including the whereabouts of Mr. Koba Otanadze (born in 1967), who is at present wanted by Georgian authorities.  Mr. Otanadze is under investigation for his role in organizing the mutiny.  Mr. Otanadze was previously associated with leading a military mutiny at the Mukrovani military base in May 2001.

Another suspect in the case, Mr. Zaza Mushkudiani, the Head of the Ranger Battalion of Georgian Ministry of Defense, and close associate of Mr. Ghvaladze is also under investigation.

For further information please contact the Head of the Information and Analytical Department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Shota Utiashvili at +995-77-506056  or

Some links to news stories:, “MoD Says Military Unit Mutinies”, Interior Minister: Mutiny Over, Commander Arrested”

NYT, “Georgia Alleges Russian Role in a Coup Plot”


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