Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze denies that in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge there are drug producing plants. Shevardnadze said at a news briefing Monday that "according to available reports, there are no drug producing plants in the Pankisi Gorge." "It is true that there are drug producers and traffickers of all kinds in Georgia," said Shevardnadze. However, he qualified assertions about drug producing plants as "an obvious exaggeration." At a news conference in the Georgian embassy in Moscow on Friday, Shevardnadze confirmed that drugs were coming from the Pankisi Gorge, but Georgian law enforcers were combating this illicit business.
After it turned out that Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov included the Fonbet betting company in the list of backbone enterprises that can count on state support, everyone started talking about these bookmakers.