The Deputy Minister for Internal Affairs of Georgia Zurab Chkhaidze has disproved the information that Chechenian and Arabic gorillas, among whom are Ruslan Gelaev's detachment, are currently sitting at the Pankissky Gorge. In an interview on the national television Chkhaidze pointed out that the reports of that sort can be considered just as "true" as the information of the drug-manufacturing plants at the Pankissky Gorge. On the other hand, Chkhaidze doesn't deny that among the Chechenian refugees staying at the Pankissky Gorge there are people who participated in the Chechenian conflict, according to the Black Sea Press News Agency.
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