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Ragif Abbasov: "There is already global interest in the first European Summer Olympic Games in Baku"

Interviewed by Ramin Naziev, Baku. Specially for "Vestnik Kavkaza."On December 8, the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee (EOC) at its 41st meeting in Rome decided to hold the first European Summer Olympic Games in 2015 in Baku. The candidature of the Azerbaijani capital was supported by 28 members of the General Assembly. The Head of the Main Administration of Youth and Sport of Baku, Ragif Abbasov, told "Vestnik Kavkaza" about the structure of the Games and preparations for them.

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Khazar Isayev: "The Olympic movement in the region should become widespread"

Interview by Ramin Naziev, Baku, exclusively to Vestnik KavkazaIn Azerbaijan the year 2012 was declared the Year of Sport. There were international sporting events, new training facilities, the Olympic team of Azerbaijan brought 10 Olympic medals from London. Twenty years ago the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Azerbaijan was created. Vice-president of the NOC and world champion in freestyle wrestling Khazar Isayev told VK about the history of its creation, the challenges of the Olympic movement and about himself.

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Khazar Isayev: "Successful performances of famous athletes are an example to young people"

  Interview by Ramin Naziev, Baku, exclusive to VK In Azerbaijan the year 2012 was declared the Year of Sport. There were international sporting events, new training facilities, the Olympic team of Azerbaijan brought 10 Olympic medals from London. Twenty years ago the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Azerbaijan was created. Vice-president of the NOC and world champion in freestyle wrestling Khazar Isayev told VK about the history of its creation, the challenges of the Olympic movement and about himself. 

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Irma Ratiani: "The intellectual part of the society defines the political course of the country"

Interview by Dzhamilya Alekperova exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza  St. Petersburg has marked the 175th birthday of Ilya Chavchavadze who used to study in St. Petersburg State University. One of participants of Chavchavadze Days Pr. Irma Ratiani, the head of Shota Rustaveli Georgian Literature Institute of the Georgian Academy of Sciences, told Vestnik Kavkaza about her impressions.  

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Artsvik Minasyan: “Armenia's foreign debt is growing because of IMF and WB “recommendations”

Interview by David Stepanyan, Yerevan. Exclusively to Vestnik KavkazaArmenia is preparing a budget for 2013. The member of the Armenian parliament from Dashnaktsutyun, the member of the committee on financial and credit and fiscal issues, Artsvil Minasyan, told Vestnik Kavkaza on prospects of the budget project 2013.-          Does the presented project of budget for 2013 reflect settlement of real problems and social challenges of the Armenian society?

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Aydyn Adnan Sezgin: “Turkey and Russia coming closer together is beneficial for the region”

Interview by Faud Safarov. Exclusively to Vestnik KavkazaThe extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Turkey in Russia, Aydyn Adnan Sezgin, told Vestnik Kavkaza about Ankara’s view on the current level of Turkish-Russian cooperation, the position on Syria, the missile defense system and the Karabakh settlement.-          How would you characterize current relations between Turkey and Russia?

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Nadezhda Babkina: “In the Caucasus you would think that the surrounding mountains keep everything together, and yet each nation has its own traditions”

By Vestnik KavkazaRecently Nadezhda Babkina, Soviet and Russian folk singer, founder and leader of the Ensemble "Russian Song", has become a People’s Artist of Ingushetia. She was awarded for contribution to organization of the concert devoted to the 20th anniversary of the republic.-    You are firmly associated with Russian songs. What was participation in the concert devoted to Ingushetia for you?

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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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