In the evening of April 21, special forces of Georgia’s Ministry of Interior left the Pankisi Gorge after clashes with ethnic Chechens living there. The clashes erupted over the Hadori-3 hydro-electric power station project, which is set to be build on River Alazani.
At least 27 people, including 15 service members, were injured as a result of the clashes. According to Georgian media, the government is sending police reinforcements to the area.
The main reason of the protests is that people “fear” that that the Hadori-3 project would impact negatively the environment in the area and the would be forced to leave their homes.
The Pankisi Gorge is the notorious valley region in Georgia. Since the 1990s the area has been widely known for hosting training camps for terrorists preparing to particilate in military actions in the North Caucasus in the 1990s and the early 2000s. Then, Georgia was fiercely resisting to attempts of Russia and the international authorities to presecute persons residing there.
Various funds and organizations were financing actions of illegal armed groups, which were hiding behind various brands/masks. Later, the persons, which were hiding or passed training in the Pankisi Gorge became the core of the intelligence and counter-intelligence of ISIS as well as formed the most capable task forces of the terrorist group.