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Participant of the overthrow of Gamsakhurdia is going back to Georgia

2012-10-12 11:42

Former Georgian Defense Minister Tengiz Kitovani, one of the participants of the overthrow of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, intends to return to homeland, the News-Georgia reported. Currently Kitovani lives in Moscow.


"I express my full support for the new leadership of the country", said the former minister in the interview to the TV-channel "Imedi".

However, he stated that he has no personal contacts with representatives of the "Georgian Dream".

As recalled by the Rosbalt, in 1990 Tengiz Kitovani headed the National Guard created in Georgia. However, a year later, the then president of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia disbanded the Guard. Kitovani refused to obey this decision. Together with the leader of the paramilitary unit "Mkhedrioni" ("Riders") Jaba Ioseliani he organized a coup that resulted in the overthrow of Gamsakhurdia and his escape from the country.

Under the new president Eduard Shevardnadze Tengiz Kitovani was appointed Minister of Defense. Soon after, he sent troops into Abkhazia (which became the beginning of the Georgian-Abkhazian war of 1992-1993). Later, as the leader of the "Front for the Liberation of Abkhazia", Kitovani almost unleashed a new conflict, having organized a campaign of armed volunteers to Abkhazia in 1995.

In 1996, former minister was sentenced on charges of organization of illegal armed groups. A few years later he was released early.


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