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Will Europeans figure out the Mukhrovani riot puzzle?2009-05-07 13:00
50 officers and 13 civilians were detained following the incident in Mukhrovani. The names of the detainees are kept secret except for General Koba Kobaladze and expert Vakhtang Maisaya. The opposition accuses the authorities of a new provocation calling for international investigation. Foreign diplomats accredited in Georgia state they are waiting for the Georgian Interior Ministry to present investigation results.
Apart from Georgian Interior Ministry's accusations against Russia for mutiny organization there are no details that could shed light on the strange revolt. According to Civil.ge the statement disseminated by the Interior Ministry on May 5 has no information on the detainees. At the same time there are dozens of militaries arrested together with civilians, Georgian media report. Imedi TV informed of 50 detained officers. The Interior Ministry also reports on detention of 7 military police officers. 50-thousand lari remuneration (USD 30 thousand) is offered for any information about initiators of the riot at Mukhrovani military base - Levan Amiridze, Koba Otanadze and Giya Krialashvili, GHN reports.
If the arrests, interrogations and persecution of militaries has a reasonable ground - after all the Mukhrovani battalion refused to obey the Commander-in-Chief, Mikheil Saakashvili - the detention of Vakhtang Maisaya, a military expert is hard to explain. He was captured at the university he works at, Rosbalt reports. Maisaya's wife told the journalists the power officers had taken the PC and CDs from their house. According to one of the versions Maisaya is accused of espionage. Georgian Interior Ministry does not specify the reason for his detention.
Vakhtang Maisaya's arrest arouses lots of questions. Considering that the country leaders are accusing Russia of financing and supporting the revolt, the detained expert is 100-percent pro-Western. Earlier he was Georgia mission attaché to NATO, worked as an expert at the military department and NATO department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. He often condemned Russia's actions against Georgia and Russian policy in the Caucasian region. Both inside Georgia and in the western expert community Vakhtang Maisaya is believed one of the ardent advocates of Georgia's integration into NATO and Russia's weakening in the Caucasus.