Interviews

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Viktor Krivopuskov: The majority of Armenian parents want their children to be fluent in Russian

The head of the Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo and counselor of the Russian embassy in Armenia, Victor Krivopuskov, tells VK about Russian-Armenian cooperation in the spheres of economics, science and education.- How do matters with the “Property in Exchange for Debt” deal stand?For some reason, many people claim that these enterprises aren't functioning. This is a lie. All these enterprises are functioning. However, it is difficult to keep them functioning efficiently in a period of crisis. The “Mars” factory has been profitable for three years already.

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Interview with Togrul Ismail on elections in Turkey

 - Mr. Ismail, what are distinctive features of the upcoming elections, as compared, for example, with the last elections in 2007?- A distinctive feature of these elections is that almost all the experts, …

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The situation in Tbilisi, where on Saturday mass rivals began, is worsening every day. A radical major political force Georgian Party joined the coalition of the Pan-national Meeting and the United Georgia movements. Notwithstanding the Georgian Party’s head Irakly Okruashvili the actual leader of another Georgian revolution is Nino Burdzhandze. She gave an interview to VK and told about the developments. -          What can you say about the events which are taking place in Georgia at the moment?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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