Russia-backed military coup in Georgia averted

Georgia’s President Saakashvili has given a televised address to the nation in which he announced that the mutinying servicemen at the Mukhrovani military base some 20 miles east of Tbilisi have been given a deadline to surrender. The coup plot was apparently aimed at disrupting month-long NATO military exercises that begin in Georgia tomorrow. The Georgian government has accused the organizers of the planned rebellion of receiving money and support from Russia.


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