One of the closest associates of field commander Khattab, mercenary Abu Sayakh, detained the other day in a special operation, for a long time stayed in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge where he extorted hard currency from Georgian citizens for Chechen rebels, a spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry said. Russia knows for certain that Abu Sayakh was behind, and took part in, kidnappings of rich Georgian citizens by Chechen rebels, whom they held in the Pankisi Gorge to ransom, the spokesman said. The money, obtained in this criminal way, was used to pay for the organisation of terrorist acts on the territory of Chechnya.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987