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A monument to the heroes of the most popular Soviet movie will be unveiled in the Olympic City of Sochi. The monument's composition is comprised of characters Semen Semenovich Gorbunkov, his wife and twochildren and of course two comic criminals, played by Andrei Mironov and Anatolii Papanov. It is expected that the monument will be completed by August and unveiled at the square by the city's Sea Port, ITAR-TASS reports.

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A memorial to Joseph Stalin was dismantled last night at the centralsquare in Gori. According to Interfax, the memorial will be built atthe house-museum of Stalin several hundreds of meters away from thesquare. The city mayor’s representative said that the square will benamed after the ‘heroes that died in the war with Russia in August2008’.

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The Georgian parliament started talks on the initiative of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili on a tax amnesty for all TV channels, News Georgia reports.The parliamentary secretary, Giya Khuroshvili, said that the total debt is estimated at $19 million. He said that the channels will be absolved for the period from 2004 to March 2010. It will be a one-off amnesty. Mikhail Saakashvili announced his initiatives in February this year during the annual report to the Georgian parliament.

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The TV channel 'Ertsulovneba' (Unanimity) of the Patriarchate of Georgia has resumed broadcasting as a result of negotiations, Trend reports. One of the main conditions was recovery of debts to the TV company 'Evrika', on whose frequency 'Ertsulovneba' broadcasts.

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Georgian culture festival in Azerbaijan

The Central Exhibition of Sattar Bukhlulzade has opened the Georgian culture festival. According to APA, the festival started with an exhibition of a well-known Georgian artist Rusudan Petviashvili. The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Adalyat Veliyev, appreciated the event.The festival will end on June 24th. The Georgian Deputy Minister of Culture, Memorial Protection and Sport, Marine Chogoshvili, expressed satisfaction with the cooperation with Azerbaijan.

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The union of Azerbaijani composers held a press-conference with theparticipation of the union’s chairman, Frangiz Alizade, where it wasannounced that the First International Music Festival ‘Silkroad’ willbe held in the Azerbaijani city of Sheki from June 27th to July 1st,1news.az reports.

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Azerbaijani minister for Culture Abulfas Karaev has met with a Georgian delegation, which has arrived in Baku in order to participate in Georgian cultural events in Azerbaijan, 1news.az reports.The meeting saw discussion of bilateral cooperation in the sphere of culture. The minister noted that, within the framework of the festival, representatives of different confessions will have the opportunity to establish ties and reach mutual understanding.

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The festive events are starting today in Tbilisi, after which they will take place in Rustavi, Kutaisi, Poti, Batumi and Kobuleti until June 29th, RIA Novosti reports, with reference to the chairman of the International Federation of Russian-speaking writers Oleg Volovik.More than 60 participants from 27 countries will take part in the festival, the main theme of which is the 65th anniversary of victory in World War II, so the motto of the festival is "A world of poetry is a world without war".

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The State Film Fund Of Azerbaijan and the Russian State Fund of Video and Poto Documents have signed an agreement on mutual cooperation, the director of the Azerbaijano State Film Fund Dzamil Guliyev said, TV channel ANS reports.The cooperation provides for advice on and monitoring of archive documentation searches and the restoration and preservation of various films.

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The program for next year, which has been declared a year of history and cultural heritage in the CIS states, has been discussed in Minsk, Novosti Armenia reports.The meeting discussed implementation of events devoted to the year of Science in the Commonwealth, preparation for the 5th Forum of artistic and scientific communities and the forthcoming CIS 20th anniversary celebrations.

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a law introducing amendments to the law on television and radio, Panorama reports, citing the presidential press-service.On June 10th Armenia passed a law in the second reading switching television and radio to digital broadcasting. Yerevan will have 18 TV channels and 12 radio stations broadcasting in digital format, the regions will have 9 TV channels and 4 radio stations. Switching to digital broadcasting is necessary to meet EU directives.

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The Georgian TV company ‘Maestro’ concluded an agreement with theRussian company ‘Mir’ on broadcasting using a Russian satellite. Thehead of ‘Maestro’, Kakhi Bekauri, said that the company did not thinkabout politics, News Georgia reports.Bekauri said that they would have liked to broadcast using Turksat,because all the Georgian TV channels use it. But all the Georgianchannels said that if ‘Maestro’ starts using Turksat they will findthemselves a different satellite.

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Within the framework of celebrating the 90th anniversary of Azerbaijani State Museum of History, the museum opened an exhibition ‘Karabakh – ancient center of Azerbaijan’, Trend reports.The exhibition will demonstrate ancient items from of Karabakh, its culture. There will also be a conference on ‘The role of museum in studying Azerbaijani history’, participated by heads of Azerbaijani museums from various regions.

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An Austrian library will be opened in the Azerbaijani University ofLanguages, Trend reports.For this purpose, the University and the Austrian Embassy inAzerbaijan will sign an agreement on June 17. According to thedocument, the new library will receive about 3,000 books.

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Russian Channel One will show a new documentary about an actor anddirector Mger Mkrtchan (Frunzik Mkrtchan) on July 4, News Armeniareports, citing Armenian Minister of Culture Asmik Pogosyan.Mkrtchan became famous after the film 'Mimino' which was filmed on theterritory of Armenia and Moscow with the participation of manywell-known actors.The minister noted that the documentary lasts for 30-40 minutes.

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In a couple of days the general public will have an opportunity to seethe most ancient known shoe in the world, exhibited in the ArmenianHistory Museum, the director of the Archeological and EthnographicResearch Center of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, Pavel Avetisyan,said, Armenia Today reports.According to him the well-preserved shoe was found during a jointArmenian-Irish archeological expedition on the banks of the Arfa Riverin 2008. The time of the shoe's make dates back to 3600-3500 B.C. The

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A festival of the cultures of the Caucasus has taken place in the Turkish city of Bursa. Representatives of the Caucasian diasporas participated in the event, TRT reports.Exhibitions of souvenirs, traditional dress and artwork were organized, films screened and theatre performances held.

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