Politics is politics, but average people still have their interests. These interests do not fit the declaration of the ruling parties quite often. Many Russians still visit Georgia in spite of political disagreements and visa obstacles.
Politics is politics, but average people still have their interests.
The final competitions of the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championshipstook place today in the Olympiysky Stadium of Moscow. Russiansportswomen Evgeniya Kanayeva and Darya Kondakova have won gold andsilver medals. The bronze medal was won by the Azerbaijani gymnastAliya Garayeva. We have discussed the future of the Azerbaijanichampion with Irina Viner, the President of the Russian Federation ofGymnastics.- What do you think about the success of Aliya Garayeva?- She is an experienced gymnast. Her success is quite logical. Before
Cultural figures do not share their points of view on the complicated Caucasian situation very often. Perhaps this is because they treat these issues in a more cautious and thoughtful manner than politicians. Their opinions may be less competent, but they are definitely more sincere. Oleg Khabalov, People’s Artist of Russia and North Ossetia, director and actor of the Romen Theatre in Moscow, also well known for his appearances in various films, gives an interview to VK.
Rakhamim Yashaevich Emanuilov, orientalist, founder and president of the Civilizations' Interaction Fund and advisor to the Federation Council chairman for Middle Eastern and Central Asian affairs, studied at Baku State University, graduating in 1972, and during his remarkably successful career served in the USSR's embassies in Iranand Afghanistan, as well as in the foreign Trade Department of the Council of Ministers.
-How do you value the official visit of the Russian president to Azerbaijan? -When going to Baku we always feel hospitality and a willingness to realize all the possibilities available for our traditionally friendly countries, also at the level of the presidents.
The economic crisis has shown how vulnerable the Armenian economy is. The country is extremely dependent on imports of metals and capital; its GDP is not diversified. The special correspondent of the "VestnikKavkaza" news agency discussed the state of the Armenian economy with the Chairman of the Armenian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Gagik Makaryan. - It is often said in Armenia today that small and medium-sized enterprises should be supported and developed. How is this task being fulfilled?
The independent Georgian political scientist, Iosif Tsintsinadze, comments on the recent row after the Abkhazian government refused to examine the Russian Foreign Ministry's idea to give back houses to Russian citizens who left Abkhazia for various reasons.- How would you comment on the unexpected misunderstanding (if we do not call it a row) between Moscow and Sukhumi, surrounding the demand by Russian citizens to have their houses on the territory of Abkhazia returned to them?
Russian Foreign Minister gives interview to Azerbaijani news agency Trend on the run-up to the Russian President’s visit to Baku this autumn.- What issues are on the agenda of the upcoming visit? What is on the list of priorities in the development of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan?
Jamil Guliev , the director of State Film Fund of Azerbaijan, the secretary of the Azerbaijani Union of Cinema Workers, Honoured Art Worker of the Republic, member of the International Academy of Television and Radio, has spoken to VK about the Fund’s activities.What is the main activity of the State Film Fund?
Magomedsalam Magomedov: "At all times the people of Dagestan were strong in their unity."The second shift at the All-Caucasus Youth Education camp "Mashuk 2010" starts in Pyatigorsk. The president of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov. shared his vision of achieving inter-ethnic unity.-Magomedsalam Magomedalievich, in your opinion can such a place as this camp "Mashuk 2010" strengthen friendship between the republics in the Caucasus?
A row over the First Caucasus Channel (FCC) gathers pace. The Paris court didn't uphold the claim of the Public Georgian television (PGT) against the French company Eutelsat with regards to the broadcasting renewal on the territory of Russia, including (the North Caucasus) via the European satellite.
New political identity has been formed in Georgia after the war with Russia in the August, 2008. The thesis of the Russian occupation of the traditionally Georgian lands has become a main idea of this new conception that, according to the present day Georgian political ideologists, should explain the whole history of Russian-Georgian relations since the time of Alexander the Blessed during whose reign East Georgia entered the Russian Empire. The conception of occupation is intended to become a main instrument of construction of a new political identity.
"Charon" is looking for the remains of soldiers lost in WWII and people lost in local conflicts."Charon" is an organisation founded by Alan Tatarov to look for the remains of WWII soldiers and then to bury them in honour. Alan Tatarov himself is a professional sociologist and graduate of the University of the North Ossetia, who is concerned about the destiny of the heroes."Charon" has found the remains of over 2000 Soviet soldiers and about 400 Nazis. Alan Tatarov said that the remains of the German soldiers were turned over to Germany to be buried.
There was a huge scandal at the beginning of the summer, caused by an incident in the Galsky region. On the 1st of June a group of Abkhazian customs officers was ambushed, resulting in one dead and two injured. On the 4th of June in the village of Dikhazurga (in Galsky region) five houses were set on fire.
Sequel to the interview with the Honoured Art Worker and holder of the “Shokhrat” (Glory) order, one of the most popular writers not only in Azerbaijan, but in the whole of Europe, Natik Rasulzade.-What are your childhood memories?
The latest events in the South Caucasian region, the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the South Caucasian states’ capitals in particular, triggered intense interest among experts. Various issues concerning the state of affairs in the region are widely discussed. One of the most vital questions among these is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Alexandros Petersen: Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Caucasus should be seen in the broader context of US policy
A recent visit of the US Secretary of State to the Caucuses Hillary Clinton once again draw the world attention to the problems of the region. VK interviewed one of the leading experts on these issues Alexandros Petersen, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.Do you think it was done on purpose that Clinton’s visit to the region practically coincided with president Medvedev’s visit to the US?Secretary Clinton’s visit to the region should be seen in a broader context of the US policy both: towards Russia and Eurasia.
Natik Rasulzade: "We've been living in a malformed society for long time" An interview with Natik Rasulzade, one of the most popular poets not only in Azerbaijan, but in the whole of Europe. - Did you decide to take a rest this hot summer or are you currently working on some project? - I do not divide creative work by seasons. I create and this is what matters. No doubt, summer is the time for recreation, but this is not about me. My work follows me even on trips.
An interview with Natik Rasulzade, one of the most popular poets not only in Azerbaijan, but in the whole of Europe.- Did you decide to take a rest this hot summer or are you currently working on some project?- I do not divide creative work by seasons. I create and this is what matters. No doubt, summer is the time for recreation, but this is not about me. My work follows me even on trips. These days are the hottest in Baku, yet I have to complete one work, written in prose.