Chechen militants are receiving most of their support from Georgia and Azerbaijan, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said. “Terrorists, weapons, ammunition and money get into Chechnya from neighboring countries, most frequently Georgia and Azerbaijan,” Ivanov pointed out at an international conference on eradicating international terrorism.
“Criminal Chechen structures continue to operate in Georgian territory. They were legalized in large cities and are trying to gain control of Georgian companies dealing with international transport. They fully or partially control several companies that they use to ship arms, drugs and militants,” he said. Moreover, “representatives of pro-Chechen associations, including the Muslim Brothers, are operating in Georgia. They coordinate bandit formations and supplies to them from abroad,” he said. “International terrorists involved in producing chemicals located in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge. Amateur labs where ricin had been produced were found there. The chemist terrorists who had been trained there were arrested in France and Britain,” he said.