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Grigor Arutjunyan: Resignation of the authorities because of public pressure enables the holding of fair elections

The secretary of the Armenian National Party and member of the Armenian National Congress, Grigor Arutjunyan, told VK about the parliamentary elections of 2012. He believes that the resignation of the authorities due to public pressure is the best opportunity for holding fair elections in Armenia.- Will the Armenian National Party participate in the parliamentary elections 2012? If yes, in what format?

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Interview with Belkis Bakharsiyeva

The second part of the interview with Belkis Bakharsiyeva, a Chechen designer currently working in Germany under the trademark "Zabbari" - What does "Zabbari" mean? Why didn't you use your own name as a trademark like all designers do?

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Leila Unus: "Azerbaijanis are tolerant, but we cannot forget the lesson of January 20"

On January 20, Azerbaijan remembers the tragedy of 1990. On January 19-20 the Soviet Army occupied Baku. As a result, 133 people were killed, 744 - injured, 841 - arrested and 5 - missing. Since then January 20 has been the Day of National Grief in Azerbaijan. Leila Unus, human rights defender, head of the Peace and Freedom Institute in Azerbaijan was a member of executive body of the National Front in those dark days.- What were the reasons for events of January 20, 1990?

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Vladimir Dorokhin: "Border unites us, not separates"

Ambassador of Russia to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin tallies up 2010 .- How do you characterize 2010 in terms of the development of relations between Baku and Moscow? What niche is occupied by Azerbaijan in Russian foreign policy?

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Sharmazanov: "We will not allow a color revolution in Armenia"

An interview by the press-secretary of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, deputy of the National Assembly, Eduard Sharmazanov. - How does the Republican Party explain the reasons for the Armenian President's refusal to go to the NATO summit in Lisbon?

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European integration remains an Armenian foreign policy priority, as well as development of relations with the USA and Russia. Primeminister Tigran Sarkisyan has recently said that eurointegration has no alternatives. Director of the Institute for Caucasian studies, Alexander Iskandaryan, answers questions concerning relations between the EU and Armenia and prospects of Armenian integration into Europe.

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Stepan Safaryan: “US-Russia-EU matrix is purely temporary for the South Caucasus”

European integration is one of the top priorities of Armenian foreign policy, along with the development of relations with the USA and Russia. The Armenian PM stated recently that there is no alternative to the process of "euro-integration". Stepan Safaryan, the leader of the ‘Heritage’ parliamentary group, comments on the prospects for Armenian integration into Europe.- Stefan Fule, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, stated that EU-Armenian relations are developing rapidly. Do you agree with this assessment?

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Stepan Gregoryan: “Azerbaijan sends positive impulses to Armenia”

The Armenian Parliament has declined to ratify the bill on the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic's independence proposed by the opposition ‘Heritage’ group, seeing it as an inappropriate one for the moment. Only 13 MPs voted for the bill and none of the coalition parliamentary groups took part in the vote at all. Stepan Gregoryan, the chairman of the board of administration of the Analytical Center, shares his opinion on the matter with VK Media agency.- How could you comment on the recent vote in the Armenian Parliament on the Karabakh issue?

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Oktay Hagverdiev: “No problems with economic growth”

Oktay Hagverdiev, ex-Head of the Economics and Finance Department under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers and distinguished statesman sums up Azerbaijan’s financial year for VK.- What was the 2010 economic year like for Azerbaijan?- All in all, it was a successful one. We didn’t experience any of the consequences of the crisis; we have economic growth and financial stability. People’s incomes are rising faster than inflation. Compared to many other countries, our situation is much better; government policies are aimed at social and economic stability.

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David Petrosyan: "Recognition of independence of Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia is untimely"

The parliamentary vote on recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, which took place on the 9th of December, failed due to the lack of a quorum. The supporters of the bill, initiated by the “Heritage” faction, comprised only 13 deputies. The reasons for the failure of the bill and the situation around the settlement of the conflict is explained by a political analyst of the news agency ‘Noyan Tapan’, David Petrosyan.

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 Mikhail Berger: Tragedy similar to Kolka avalanche might only take place in the late 21st century

  Eight years ago in Genaldon pass the five km ice-flow Kolka took 125 lives. Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, professor, honoured worker of science and technology of South Ossetia, chief scientist of the Institute of geology and rational natural resources, Mikhail Berger commented on the tragedy and its consequences. Mr. Berger, was the tragedy of 2002 expected? Was it possible if not prevent to smooth its consequences? The tragedy of 2002 was absolutely unexpected.

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Ashot Manucharyan: Integration of the Caucasus will be advantageous for everyone

Interview with the member of "Karabakh" committee, ex-minister for foreign affairs, councillor on national security under the first president of Armenia, Ashot Manucharyan.After the five-day war in South Ossetia the USA are seemed to leave the South Caucasus and Russia is building up its presence in the region. Does it correlate with the real status quo, especially concerning Armenia? Today Armenia experiences a hectic period of development. Various powers try to treat Armenian problems.

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Arutyun Mesropyan: “FBI traces illegal capital transactions in Armenia”

Interview with independArutyun Mesropyan: “FBI traces illegal capital transactions in Armenia”ent management expert, Candidate of engineering sciences Artyun Mesropyan.- FBI agents arrived in Armenia to track down $165 million stolen by an Armenian criminal syndicate in the USA. There are rumours of some sort of connection between this case and the case ex-mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov and ex-MP Ashot Yegisaryan. To what degree is Armenia open to these kinds of illegal operations?

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Interview with Chingiz Guseinov "Only the barber knew the truth..."

Chingiz Guseinov was born in Baku and lives in Moscow. He writes in Azerbaijani and Russian. He is an Honoured Art Worker of Azerbaijan and a member of the Russian Writers' Union. Giving a course of literature at Lomonosov Moscow State University, he remains a classic of Azerbaijani literature. When he speaks, two understandings, two experiences come from his mouth.

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