The background of Mukhrovani mutiny
The Mukhrovani mutiny was a mutiny by a Georgian Army tank battalion based in Mukhrovani, Georgia, 30 kilometers east of the capital Tbilisi on 5 May 2009. The reports on organized mutiny at military base were made early on that day.
Later, the Georgian Ministry of Interior announced that the mutiny was organized former senior military officers under the instructions received from Russia, which aimed at disrupting NATO military exercises and cause of instability in the country. MIA also released a video, which said that the mutiny was organized by the former commander of unit Delta (special task unit of the ministry of defense in 90-ies) Gia Ghvaladze. That-time ministers of internal affairs, defense and justice were at the site then. Former president Mikheil Saakashvili also went to the military base and proposed the insurgents to surrender. It was reported by that evening that the mutiny was over, the insurgents surrendered and the following persons were arrested with the charges of organizing the riot: Mamuka Gorgiashvili, Koba Kobaladze (former commander of national army), Gia Ghvaladze. Several others were declared wanted.
On Mukhrovani case, the law enforcers conducted a special operation on Tianeti section of the highway, where Gia Krialashvili was shot dead in the skirmish, as MIA reported. Koba Otanadze and Levan Amiridze were seriously wounded. According to official report, the mutineers had planned to flee Georgia for Russia, when they were attacked by riot police.