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Adyl Garibov: “Export of radioactive products is impossible”

On the eve of the 25th commemoration day of Chernobyl tragedy Dr Adyl Garibov, the executive director of the Azerbaijani Institute for Radiation Problems, and official representative of his country towards IAEA tells VK about the situation on ‘Fukushima’ plant and the status of the world nuclear energy production.- How did the ‘Fukushima’ accidents influence radioactive background in Azerbaijan?

Farah Aliyeva: "Interest in mugham is due to its depth and philosophical orientation"

The second International Mugam Music Festival has finished in Baku. Mugam is believed to be an ancient eastern tradition, which requires a performer of exceptional musical memory and hearing, with the ability to improvise and compositional talent. Doctor of Arts and deputy head of the Arts Department at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Habil Aliyev Farah, talks to VK` about the peculiarities of the musical arts festival in Baku.- Can we say that mugham is now having its second birth?

Tigran Khzmalyan: "We should not be outposts, we should be a bridge"

The representative of the initiative group of the opposition political movement Sardarapat and film director, Tigran Khzmalyan talks about confrontation within and outside Armenia, the Diaspora, and the mission of the Armenians in the world in an interview to VK.- What are the most important challenges and threats with regard to Armenia that you see today?

Galust Saakyan: Civilized talks are possible only without ultimatums

The head of the parliamentary fraction, and deputy chairman of the Republican Party of Armenia Galust Saakyan commented on the steps taken by the authorities to prevent social protest. -On March 17, at a meeting, the leader of Armenian National Assembly Levon Ter-Petrosyan voiced questions which can be discussed with the authorities: freedom for political prisoners, right to hold meetings at the Freedom Square and establishing an independent committee on investigation of people death on March 1, 2008. What do you think about talks with the opposition?

Any achievement in the negotiation process is positive

  News.Az interviews Alexey Vlasov, general director of Moscow State University's Post-Soviet Research Centre. What are your impressions from the Sochi summit on Karabakh? I think the very fact of holding regular meetings at such a level is already a positive moment. For this reason, while no one has increased expectations, it is possible to believe that any breakthrough in the negotiation process is already a positive sign. This relates especially to the topic of war prisoners.

Education reform: Georgian experience

The high and higher school reform was, no doubt, the most contradictory and sensible for the population among the reforms introduced by Saakashvili and his team in 2004. The intent of the reform was commendable but it faced the resistance of traditionalists, and that was to be expected. The sphere of education is the most sensible area for reforms in all countries as it literally touches upon the nation’s future as well as its traditions.

Larisa Alaverdyan: Mass migration from Armenia is a result of government policy

Interview with Larisa Alaverdyan, secretary of the “Heritage” parliamentary faction.- On March 1 the opposition held a demonstration commemorating the tragedy of 2008. How do such demonstrations resemble people’s attitude to the political situation in the country?- Our elite are corrupt and demoralized. The national wealth is being used inappropriately. The elite are afraid of any social movement. This explains why the mass media repeatedly reports about conspiracies, spy scandals and so on.

Hovhannes Igityan: "Armenia is moving in the opposite direction from the European Union"

Board member of the Armenian National Movement Party, the chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations in 1995-1999, Hovhannes Igityan, told VK about some tendencies in the perception of Armenians abroad, and described recent developments in relations between Armenia and the EU. - By the nature of your work you spend most of the year abroad. Arethere any changes in the perception of Armenia abroad and, if so, whatare they?

Ruben Safrastyan: 'Russian military base increases geopolitical weight of Armenia'

The Constitutional Court of Armenia declared that the treaty on Russian military base presence in Armenia has legal power. Amendments introduced into the treaty in 2010 implicate the extension of the treaty terms for 49 years. Expert  Ruben Safrastyan tells VK about significance and  prospects of this treaty. - How would you comment on the prolongation of the treaty? - I think it is a positive factor if we take current geo-political status of the South Caucasus into consideration.