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.
US military analysts are concerned about the appearance of a new Russian sniper rifle known as T-5000
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign