Saakashvili is fighting the generals06.05.2009 | 23:06
The mutiny in Mukhrovani is not suppressed but ceased. The Georgian President managed to persuade the servicemen to lay down arms. General Koba Kobaladze is declared to be the initiator of the mutiny. Saakashvili stated that it is Russia who is actually provoking disorders and demagogically called upon the Russian government to refrain from "any provocative actions". The Kremlin suggested that Mikhail Nikolaevitch should "consult a doctor". Gocha Dzasokhov and Gia Melitauri give their comments on the events.
According to the version of the Georgian MIA, the minimum purpose of the mutineers' plan was to disrupt NATO's military exercises, while the maximum purpose was to arrange a military coup. The authorities announce their victory and are liberal of slogans. "The government will make every possible effort to ensure security in the country and protect democracy", - Georgian radio station Commersant is quoting Mikhail Saakashvili.
The journalists are anticipating a wave of detentions for the leaders of the non-governmental organization called "Georgian Military Forces Club". Head of the Club, Koba Kobaladze, has been already put under arrest. His detention was broadcasted by Georgian TV-channels. According to IA Novosti-Georgia, Kobaladze was taken in charge not far from his house when the Imedi camera crew was going to interview him. Kobaladze had time to tell the journalists that these events are only theatre of the absurd. It is assumed that other Club members, whose names were mentioned in the "revelatory" MIA's video with regard to the preparation of the mutiny, will also be put under arrest. Specifically, it is the former Ministers of Defense of Georgia David Tevzadze and Gia Karkarashvili who are meant.
The latter has held an urgent press-conference. Karkarashvili stated to the journalists that the representatives of the Georgian MIA tried to use him for their personal advantage and recruit him. He even promised to present the relevant video records. "We are living in an epoch of lies, when only desperate people do what they want. Right from here I am going to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and let them detain me if they are truly men", - Commersant is quoting Karkarashvili.
No one knows exactly what happened at the Mukhrovani military base. Newsreels are full of versions and guesses. For instance, according to Day.Az, Eduard Shevardnadze stated that Russia has got nothing to do with the Mukhrovani mutiny. Leader of Democratic Movement - United Georgia Nino Burjanadze pointed out that she does not believe the video records spread by MIA to be authentic. She also eliminated the possibility of the Georgian Army acting according to a scenario designed by Russia. One of the conservatives' leaders, Zviad Dzidziguri supposed that the government might be seeking a pretext to announce national emergency.
In his speech broadcasted by Utsnobi ("The unknown"), Georgian expert Irakli Sesiashvili declared to be in possession of certain information proving that right after the opposition's statement of its intention to picket the cross-town roads the military units received an order to break the action. That was the reason for protest on the part of some servicemen. Sesiashvili does not name the source of information, but he assures of its reliability. As to David Tevzadze and Gia Karkarashvili appearing in the MIA's video record, Sesiashvili notes that this might be a purposeful attempt to discredit those having authority with the country, whose words, if necessary, will be taken seriously by the public.
The GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked Gocha Dzasokhov, a Georgian businessman, who had to leave the country after the August events, to comment on the current situation. He has no doubt that the story with the mutiny is framed up by government to compromise the opposition. As to "Russia being involved in the mutiny", Lieutenant General of the Georgian MIA advised the directors "not to pollute the airwaves" (a quotation from the legendary Mimino movie). "Saakashvili has so often blamed Russia for his sins and has done it so many times that no one believes it anymore, - our interlocutor says. - The more he blames the Russians, the more the Georgians turn to them, for no one can ruin the historical connections".
As to the fate of the "mutinuous generals", whether there will be others to be detained after Kobaladze, Dzasokhov said: "It is hard to say what the authorities are going to do. Anyway, this will be the end of Saakashvili, because the people accused of provocative actions are, in fact, the examples of courage and integrity for most people. As Georgi Saakadze used to say, the warrior, whose heart is beating for his motherland, is happy and he will never act against his people. The generals, against whom Saakashvili has opened his campaign, are just that kind of people". In Dzasokhov's opinion, this will only contribute to the protests.
Military expert Gia Melitauri also thinks that this is another scenario worked out by Mikhail Saakashvili and Head of the Georgian MIA Vano Merabishvili. "There is no mutiny at all, - he supposes. - The servicemen have just refused to conduct an operation against the oppositionists. One of the roads that was planned to be blocked is located not far from the Mukhrovani base". The expert also underlined that some people accused by the authorities of cooperation with Russia have been absent from Georgia for several years.