As RIA Novosti knows from lawenforcement sources, four gunmen kidnapped, for ransom, ethnic Azeri Fizul Khalilov, resident of Eastern Georgia, taking him towards the Pankisi Gorge which is currently home to Chechen resettlers. The police rushed after the kidnappers one of whom was wounded in a skirmish that followed. The criminals, nevertheless, managed to escape in a nearby wood. A team of policemen under command of Georgia's deputy interior minister Zurab Chkhaidze are carrying out an operation in the Pankisi Gorge aiming to release the hostage.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.