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Georgian authorities’ new version: Putin’s involvement in mutiny2009-05-26 16:57
Investigation into the Mukhrovani mutiny which is not over yet is turning into another criminal quest with plenty of unknown participants. One thing is clear: as time goes by more suspects show up. Now it is Alexander Ebralidze, a Georgian businessman from Saint Petersburg who recently announced about his presidential ambitions is accused of funding the rebellion. According to the Georgian authorities Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is behind him.
There were few who believed the Mukhrovani mutiny would be investigated. Experts unanimously stated that even last week's special operation for detention of the initiators would not shed light on the case. No one will find out the truth anyway. The opposition keeps asserting there was no mutiny, and the events in Mukhrovani are Mikheil Nikolaevich's another show. However the authorities have their own point of view. On May 21 chairman of the parliamentary committee for defense and security Givi Targamadze made an unexpected statement accusing businessman Alexander Ebralidze from Saint Petersburg of financing the Mukhrovani coup.
"The investigation of the mutiny case is entering a very interesting phase, - Interfax quotes Targamadze who believes the circle of suspects may get wider. It is noteworthy that according to Targamadze there are 32 persons in the preliminary statement and one is released on bail. Twelve detainees are civilians, twenty are militaries. One of the people suspected of the organization - Giya Krialashvili - was killed during the May 21 special operation and his accomplices - Koba Otanadze and Levan Amiridze - were heavily wounded.
Though official Tbilisi has already changed its opinion on Russia's involvement in the mutiny, now the authorities are accusing it again. The updated version is: ramifications of the plot lead to Saint-Petersburg, not Moscow. Givi Targamadze told the journalists that the failed mutiny in Mukhrovani had been masterminded by a Georgian businessman working in Russia that allegedly had close relations with the Russian authorities. "The objective was to cause disturbances - at a minimum or to get prepared for entrance of Russia's occupational forces to Tbilisi - at a maximum", - the parliamentarian declared. " I kept from naming this person who did all that until the person himself stated that after the failed rebellion he could wait no more and was going to run for president at the next election, - Givi Targamadze said intriguingly. Finally he announced the name of the "suspect": "It's Mr. Ebralidze".
Alexander Ebralidze is a mysterious figure. Lately his name has been constantly discussed. Though earlier he was almost unknown in Georgia. How is it possible to remember everyone who left this blessed land at the time of adversities and revolutions? All the more Ebralidze left Georgia in distant 1971 when the parade of sovereignty of now ex Soviet republics was not envisaged even by the dissidents in their dreams. But times change. Over the last few months Georgian media have been rattling about Ebralidze without stop. At the end of May - in early June 2009 he will allegedly establish a subsidiary of the Worldwide Assembly of Georgian Peoples (WAGP) in Tbilisi and ask Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II for blessing. He also expresses readiness to accept Georgian citizenship, to move to Georgia and turn to politics. Besides he wants to publish a newspaper, open a radio station and a TV channel, New Region writes.
Ebralidze's coming was first taken with skepticism in Georgia: he will hardly get Georgian citizenship and his image is rotten - he has two previous convictions. Alexander Ebralidze himself is quite frank about his emerged presidential ambitions.