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Heroin route runs through Georgia2009-12-03 09:52
Parliamentary deputy Paata Davitaya has recently spoken against the construction of a road from Russia to Abkhazia. He said that the road is going to be used for drug trafficking and other organized crime affairs. Well, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones: the ruling circles of Georgia should better keep silent in this case. According to the UN data, about 7 tons of Afghan heroin are annually transited through Georgia and about 4 tons are consumed by the South Caucasus.
Georgia has already prepared a traditional protest statement for today's visit paid to Abkhazia by Deputy Head of the Russian Government Sergey Ivanov and Minister of Transport Igor Levitin. Vice Speaker of Parliament Paata Davitaya rebelled against Russia's plans as to the construction of the new road from Kabardino-Balkaria to Abkhazia, which are to be discussed by Moscow guests in Sukhum.
"The construction of the road means a great risk. This road gives Russia an opportunity to transport the weapons in the direction of the Black Sea. At the same time, the road will be used for drug trafficking and other illegal actions, which Russia wishes to carry out secretly", - the deputy said.
Georgia has been blaming Russia for many years for its assistance to drug trafficking through the breakaway regions. In particular, when Deputy Chief of Militia of the Galskiy region of Abkhazia Otar Turnanba was killed in 2006, the Georgian agency of Pirveli stated with reference to a certain source that this was allegedly connected with the division of territories between drugs dealers.
"Turnanba was removed by the Abkhazians with the help of a Russian killer. He held control over drugs trafficking from Psou to Zugdidi and became the victim of his business", - the sources reported. Russia accused the Georgian party then.
After the two republics were recognized, the situation changed a bit. Now Russia may hold better control over Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which borders are guarded by the Russian border guards.
At the beginning of the year, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia Zakan Dzhugelia fell victim to the fight with drug dealers. According to newspaper Vzglyad, he was threatened by the Georgian criminal authorities whose drug trafficking route to Russia through Abkhazia was shut off.
However, drugs bring an income that can hardly be compared to the income brought by any type of legal business. That is why, despite the efforts of the best drug control agencies, whether they are American, European or Russian, drugs turnover throughout the world keeps growing steadily, in Russia as well.