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A tank battalion has mutinied at a military base near Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, the government has said.
Tanks and armoured personnel carriers are being sent to quell the rebellion at the Mukhrovani base, reports say.
The authorities say the mutiny is part of an attempted coup - linked to Russia and aimed at assassinating President Mikhail Saakashvili.
Russia's envoy to Nato described the charges as "mad". The trouble comes a day before Nato exercises in Georgia.
Russia’s ambassador at the United Nations vitally Churkin has accused Georgia of provocations in the areas that are adjacent to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Georgian Interior Ministry says Russia had planned to organize a military uprising in various military divisions of Georgia. Shota Utiashvili, the head of the PR department of the ministry reported the details of the uprising plans to media today.
According to their scheme, it had to be a large-scale uprising aiming at disruption of the NATO-Georgia exercises and the overthrowing the government.
Georgia has accused Russia of plotting a military coup in the former Soviet republic only a day before NATO exercises.
Georgia's Interior Ministry said Tuesday that the alleged military coup, which was centered around the Mukhrovani Military Base in the Gori region, was aimed at destabilizing the country and "overthrowing the authorities militarily".
According to the BBC, the alleged plotters also wanted to assassinate President Mikhail Saakashvili.
One organizer of the coup is Giya Gvaladze, head of the special task unit Delta in the 1990s, while another leader Koba Otaradze is still at large, according to Interfax.
The arrested officers will be charged with planning a coup and involvement in the Russian special services, Utiashvili said.
"The Russians will come to help us, a total of 5,000 people, who intend to liquidate such leaders as Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili," Gvaladze said in the video, according to Interfax.
"If the coup is a success, Georgia will reunite with Russia," Gvaladze said in the video, adding that elections would be held in Georgia if the coup succeeds.
Georgia trying to blame Russia for its internal political problems -Russian Foreign Ministry official
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Doesn't matter that the people of Georgia want Saakasvilli out of there...
Let's hope we don't have another war over this.
What we don't need too is a russian invasion of georgia to support the coup. That would create a lot of tensions, if not all out war.
Military uprising over
The military uprising at Mukhrovani military base is over - the rebels have dropped the arms and surrendered to the police. The soldiers have been taken away from the base with the buses. Part of the organizers of the coup have escaped and the police is searching for them now.
As I'm not up on all of the politics of this area, where do you get this information? I wasn't aware of that.
Russia is massing up naval forces off Georgian shores -- president says
Military and Security
5/5/2009 4:34:00 PM
MOSCOW, May 5 (KUNA) -- Georgia accused Russia on Tuesday of massing up naval forces off its Black Sea shores.
President Mikheil Saakashvili said in a televised statement that Russia has declared a state of alert for its naval forces and massed up warships in the sea off the Georgian coast.
Russia is trying to foment disturbances in the country but conditions have remained under control, he said.
The Russians have reinforced their military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and are trying to encourage riots in Georgia, he added.
Meanwhile, Russian military officials denied the Georgian charges. (pickup previous) as.rk KUNA 051634 May 09NNNN
TBILISI, May 4 (RIA Novosti) - The Georgian opposition continued its peaceful protests against the president on Monday and said it intended to set up new wooden jail cells with volunteers inside near Tbilisi's City Hall. Protesters have been on the streets in the Georgian capital since April 9 demanding the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Update: Might be real or not... if real... HOLY JEBUS.
For Georgia, which has been promised eventual Nato membership, the exercises are a sign that, despite doubts over its candidate status after last year's war with Russia, it has not been forgotten.