Coup in Georgia?

While a bunch of Tony Blair supporters have been hyperventilating about a ‘coup’ against Britain’s Prime Minister, the government of a far less stable country is claiming that it has foiled a proper coup attempt.

Georgian police arrested 30 members of a Russian backed political party yesterday, claiming that they were plotting a coup.

Registan.net has news and analysis of the arrests.  To be honest, like Nathan and Joshua, I tend to the view that it’s more of a ‘housecleaning’ exercise by a Georgian government feeling the strain. 

If so then, on the face of it, it’s not a particularly positive development for democratic politics in Georgia.