Interviews

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Sergey Markov: Obama encouraged improvement of Russian-Georgian relations

Interview by Maria Sidelnikova. Exclusively to Vestnik KavkazaLess than a week is left ahead of the presidential elections in the US. At the moment, none of candidates has a significant advantage. According to the last data by YouGov, Barack Obama is supported by 48% registered American voters, Mitt Romney – 46%.

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Rene de Boer: "City Challenge is a great opportunity for Baku to make a good advertisement"

Author: Interview by Orkhan Sattarov, head of European office of VKToday in Baku street racing ended; it was won by team McLaren Mp4, consisting of Frederick Makovitsky and Stephen Dyusseldorp. Team BMW Z4, with Jacques Villeneuve, Jos Verstappen, Yelmera Buurman and Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof, was silver and bronze winner. Spokesman for City Challenge Rene de Boer told VK about the racing. - Mr de Boer, what are your impressions of Baku?

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Israfil Ashurly: “We need young champions”

Interview by Yeugeny Krishtalyev and Kirill Popov, exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza The head of the Alpinism Federation of Azerbaijan, Israfil Ashurly, was elected the president of the Youth Commission in the UIAA. A representative of Azerbaijan has been appointed to such an important position in a major international sporting organization for the first time. Israfil Ashurly told Vestnik Kavkaza what a new appointment means to him, what duties he has to fulfill and what opportunities he gains. 

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Felix Stanevski: “Europe would like to change Saakashvili"

 Interview by Timur Islamov, exclusively to VK Head of the Caucasus Department of the CIS Institute, Russian Ambassador to Georgia 1996-2000, Felix Stanevski comments on the results of the parliamentary elections in Georgia. - How, in your opinion, will work line up within the opposition bloc after the victory of the "Georgian Dream” coalition in the parliamentary elections? Can there be constructive interaction between the UNM and "Georgian Dream"? 

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Alexander Rahr: “Russia is wrong thinking that Ivanishvili is a ‘cater-cousin’ just because ‘Ivan’ is a part of his surname”

Interview by Orkhan Sattarov, exclusively to VKThe head of the Russian-German Forum, Alexander Rahr, comments on the results of the parliamentary elections in Georgia.-          Mr. Rahr, what will be the political future of Mikhail Saakashvili and his party after the parliamentary elections? Can we state  the end of Saakashvili’s epoch?

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Berti Vogts: “You have to tell the truth on the pitch”

Kicker A correspondent of Kicker met the former coach of the national football team of Germany, the current head coach of the Azerbaijani national team, Berti Vogts, in Baku. This time Vogts came to Baku for the opening of the World Football Championship for Girls U-17. In his interview he spoke about the achievements and difficulties of Azerbaijani football, the German national team, and his Borussia. - What changes were contributed to Azerbaijani football thanks to you? 

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Christoph Horstel: "Western governments have become an obstacle for peace settlement of Syrian crisis"

Author: Transcript and translation by Orkhan Sattarov, head of the European Bureau of VKMiddle East expert Christoph Horstel explains the mission of Lakhdar Brahimi in Syria to German Radio- The new UN envoy to Syria, Arab diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has started work. In many interviews, he admitted that it is quite a difficult mission, but it is doomed to failure. How would you comment on his statements?

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Guido Steinberg: “The West needs to reconsider”

by Orkhan Sattarov, head of the European Bureau of VKGuido Steinberg, a well-known specialist of Islamic and an expert of the Science and Politics Foundation, has commented on the repercussions of the “Innocence of Muslims” film and attacks on embassies in Arab states.- Mr. Steinberg, what is your forecast for the anti-western protests in Arab states?

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Michael Lotem: "Three years in Azerbaijan were the most exciting and interesting in my life"

Pyotr Lyukimson, Israel, exclusively for VKIsraeli diplomat Michael Lotem recently stopped being the Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan and returned to his home country. What are his impressions of Azerbaijan and how in his view will the relations between the two countries develop? These questions will be answered in an interview by Michael Lotem to VK-       Mr Lotem, how did you feel when you were appointed to Azerbaijan? Was it something like an "honorable exile"?

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Haidar Alkhanov: “Chechnya's revival due to sport”

Interview by Timur Utsoyev, Grozny. Exclusively to VKChechen athletes performed exciting wrestles at the London Olympics, but local experts say that next time Chechnya has to show even higher results. The minister of sport of Chechnya Haidar Alkhanov spoke VK about sport’s role in the current situation in Chechnya.-          How did Chechen athletes perform at the Olympic Games? In which kinds of sport did they manage to gain medals?

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Arsen Dzhulfalakian: “How can you win Olympic gold thanks to good contacts?!”

Interview by Vadim Mkrtchian, Yerevan. Exclusively to VKThe best result at the Olympic Games in London was shown by Greco-Roman wrestler, Arsen Dzhulfalakian, among Armenian athletes, who became a silver medal winner in the 74 kg category.-          Arsen, at first you didn’t hide that you were disappointed with the defeat in the final and were not happy with silver. How do you feel now?

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Tigran Khzmalyan: “Armenia has changed and will never be the same”

Interview by David Stepanyan, Yerevan. Exclusively to VKThe representative of the initiative group of the opposition political movement Sardarapat, the well-known movie director Tigran Khzmalyan, spoke to VK about social attitudes in Armenia, establishing a new political elite and the coming presidential elections.

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Gabriel Mirelashvili: "Israel to invest in Georgia"

Interview by Petr Lyukimson, Tel Aviv, exclusively to VKGabriel (Constantine) Mirelashvili, the president of the World Congress of Georgian Jews, the vice president of Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC), a businessman, spoke about the Jews living in Georgia to VK. - Mr. Mirelashvili, how do you see the task of the World Congress of Georgian Jews?

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