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The choir of the Saint Echmiadzin Cathedral and the Serbian choir ofthe Saint Stefan Dechansky (from Novi-Sad) will perform in Moscow atthe Old New Year on January 14, RIA Novosti cites the foreign churchlinks department of the Moscow patriarchy.The first performances will be held within the first Christmasfestival of spiritual music at the Moscow International Music Center.

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Russian Deputy Minister for Communication Dmitry Severov has resigned,RIA Novosti reports.Severov was appointed in August 2008. He was supervising the digitalTV and radio broadcasting project. Before his appointment at theministry, he was the vice-president of the 'Otkrytye Tekhnologii'(Open Technologies) IT-company. Severov also supervised the'Vympelcom' and 'Transneft' companies.Severov decided to resign in mid 2010.

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Proof of ancient wine production has come from a cave near a remote Armenian village situated within 60 miles of Mount Ararat, in the vicinity of which the biblical patriarch Noah is said to have made the first wine in history, The Washington Post reports. A wine press and a vat were found by archaelogists during excavations in a cave near an Armenian village. The equipment dates back 6,000 years, scientists say.

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In response to the restoration of Georgian historical monuments inTurkey, the Georgian side may begin the restoration of Turkishhistorical monuments on its territory, News.am reports.It is reported that in return for the restoration of Georgianmonuments in Turkey, the Turkish side requests the restoration of amosque in Batumi.

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A museum will be founded in the Oguz district of Azerbaijan. Theexhibition will present the remains of a state unknown to history,theHead of the Sheki, Gakh and Oguz expedition of the Institute ofArchaeology and Ethnography of the Azerbaijani National Academy ofSciences, Nasib Mukhtarov, told Trend.The remains of a previously unknown ancient state dating back to theII millennium BC were found at the end of 2010 in Azerbaijan. Thefindings of archaeological excavations in the village of Kerimli in

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The Georgian TV channel ‘Maestro’ will start broadcasting on January10, founder of the company Mamuka Glonti told ‘Palytry’ radio station.He said that they have not found funds for the broadcasting yet,Georgia Online reports.Glonti said that he will offer his crew to work without payment atfirst. He said that Kakha Bekauri remains the director general of theTV company.

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Today is the Christmas Eve in Armenia, NewsArmenia reports. A special solemn service called Chrakaluytsa ('Firing of lamps') is held this day. The light of the laps symbolizes the light of the Bethlehem star that led the kings to newborn Christ.Armenian Christmas is held on Jan. 6 to commemorate both the birth and baptism of Jesus Christ.

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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that many Chechen singers singsongs that do not meet standards of the national mentality in theirstriving for money. He also spoke out against using pre-recorded tapesat concerts, RIA Novosti reports.Kadyrov says that using tapes means tricking people, who come for live singing.He proposed the establishment of an expert council at the Ministry ofCulture to analyse the creativity and works of authors and singers.

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The official web-site of the Russian government published a list of people awarded the Governmental Prize in the sphere of culture, signed by the head of the government, Vladimir Putin. Among them is the head of the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts, Ramazan Abdulatipov. He was awarded for his series of works "Nations of my Russia."

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The press spokeswoman of the Georgian president, Manana Mandzhgaladze,has talked about the country's sporting and cultural achievements in2010, Georgia Online reports.She said that the Georgian National Rugby Team, basketball players andfootball players saw great victories.Mandzhgaladze believes that the youth festival in 2015 will be animportant event.The tragic death of Nodar Kumaritashvili is a big loss for the countryand Georgian sport, she said.

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Armenia will open 4 new centers for the renovation of cultural andhistorical monuments in 2011, the Minister of Culture, Asmik Pogosyan,said, News Armenia reports. The renovation centers will be built based on the history museum ofArmenia, the Erebuni museum, the National Gallery of Armenia and thecenter to invite specialists for monument restoration. The minister said that their goal is not just providing the centerwith staff, but also providing the necessary technical basis.

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Armenia archeologist have found remains of ancient settlements in the riverbed of the Vedi, in the southeast of the eponymous town in the Ararat region, according to a researcher from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of

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The Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, has congratulated thecreative team of Russian State Drama Theater named after Samad Vurgunon the 90th anniversary of the cultural center, the state news agencyreports.Ilham Aliyev noted the special role of the actors of the Russian DramaTheatre in the reflection of life in Azerbaijan, located at thecrossroads of East and West, fine examples of world dramatic heritage.

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The 'First Caucasus' channel will be launched in January, under adifferent name. The head of the PR service of the channel, IngaNikagosoyan, said that the channel will be called 'First informationCaucasus', FIC for short, Georgia Online reports.It will be broadcast from 18.00 to 24.00 daily.The channel will have talk-shows, and polling. It will haveinformation agencies in Caucasian countries, Russia, USA, Iran, Turkeyand other countries. The broadcasting will be in Russian using asatellite.

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