Mutiny in Batumi

by Nathan Hamm on 4/19/2004

This is just plain not good.

Sean-Paul emailed me (and his since posted the same) today to let me know that the recently dismissed commander of the 25th Armored-Mechanized Brigade, based in Batumi, has openly mutinied, proclaiming his allegiance to Ajaria’s President Aslan Abashidze.

Maj. Gen. Roman Dumbadze, who was dismissed as a commander of the 25th Armored-Mechanized Brigade, deployed in Adjarian capital Batumi, has officially announced his insubordination to the Defense Ministry orders. Maj.Gen. Dumbadze says “the 25th brigade is subordinated only to the [Adjarian leader] Aslan Abashidze.”

Gen. Dumbadze was relieved of his command on 3 April by the direct orders of Defense Minister Gela Bezhuashvili. He was accused of insubordination during a standoff between Tbilisi and Batumi in March, a claim that was confirmed by the internal investigation of the Ministry of Defense. Later on, President Saakashvili used his authority as supreme commander of the armed forces to dismiss Gen. Dumbadze from the military service.

The pessimist in me expects that Saakashvili will not let this stand. I wonder how, and if, the Russians will react.

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