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Russia rejects Georgia mutiny claim
May 05 | 2009

Russia has dismissed as "insane" claims that it was behind a mutiny at a military base in Georgia on the eve of Nato war games planned in the former Soviet state.
Moscow's response on Tuesday came hours after dozens of Georgian tanks and armoured vehicles surrounded the Mukhrovani base in the Gori region, bringing a mutiny among 500 soldiers to an end.

The commander of the tank base had been arrested and other soldiers were being questioned, Georgia's interior ministry said.

"It's over. Most of the people have surrendered. A few people have escaped," Shota Utiashvili, an interior ministry spokesman, said.

'Coup plot'

Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's president, had suggested Russia was behind the mutiny, saying those involved had "connections with special forces in a specific country known to us".

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"I am asking and demanding from our northern neighbour to refrain from provocations," he said.

Georgia's interior ministry earlier said it had uncovered a plot, ordered and financed by Russia, to overthrow the government.

But Grigory Karasin, Russia's deputy foreign ministry, said Saakashvili's government was "trying to shift their domestic problems onto Russia".

"Instead of dialogue inside the country, the Georgian leadership is trying to accuse Russia of totally insane things," he said.


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