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The Horsemen aka Mkhedrioni (Georgia)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 160
Country: Georgia
Date formed: Jan. 6, 1992
Details of Formation: founded in 1989 to countervail formation of Ossetian militias. The group became pro-government with overthrow of President Gamsakhurdia on 6 Jan 1992. Members take oath to defend Georgia, Orthodox Church
Date dissolved: Sept. 1, 1995
Details of Termination: Ordered disarmed in May 1995. 16 Nov 1995, Ioseliani arrested for bomb attack on President Shevardnadze in Aug 1995,
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): person/minister
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations no information
Shared personnel yes
Types of Material Support: no information
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: religious
Location: Kutaisi
Force Strength: [unknown, 1000]
Target(s): rebels, insurgents, or other armed group
Purpose(s): protect state, national or religious institutions; protect national borders and integrity
Other Information: also known as Mkhedrioni (the Horsemen, Knights of Georgia), leader Dzaba Ioseliani (playwright), avowedly christian, state council deputy chairman,Franco admirer, 15 yrs for armed robbery.