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Eberhard Sandschneider: Russia and China turn into very important partners for each other

The West attentively followed the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to China in early June. The fact that this is the first official visit that Putin has undertaken to Beijing made many Western observers speak about a strengthening of the eastern vector in Russian policy. The other reason for the close attention to the visit concerns Syria: the Russian-Chinese tandem is the main opponent of the Western coalition in the Syrian issue.

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Interview by VK with Azerbaijani gymnast Aliya Garaeva, the bronze medal winner at the 28th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship VK: Aliya, our warmest congratulations! This competition was wonderful. You gave us lots of impressions. Actually, the possibility of standing on a podium is not for everyone. Tell us, what is it like? What did you feel there? Aliya Garaeva: Of course, it is great, because we worked hard and finally got this medal. We worked side by side: coaches, doctors, massage

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Dani Ayalon: “Development of Israeli-Georgian relations shouldn’t harm relations with Russia”

Interview by Petr Lukimson, Israel. Exclusively to VK.The deputy foreign minister of Israel, Dani Ayalon, is one of the most interesting figures of Israeli politics and diplomacy. The experienced diplomat, the deputy of the party Our Home – Israel, Ayalon, has attracted the attention of mass media on many occasions. Recently Ayalon officially visited Georgia. VK interviewed him after his coming back to Israel.-    Mr. Ayalon, why do Israeli top officials and politicians visit the Caucasus, including Georgia, frequently?

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 On October, 20-21 Moscow will host the Muslim Magomayev international vocalist contest, dedicated to the 70th years since the birth of the legendary singer. The contest will be held in two rounds – opera and variety performance. 207 performers from 18 countries have already applied to participate in this event. However, according to Dmitry Bertman, art director of the Helikon Opera musical theatre, after careful selection, there are only 10 states left: Germany, USA, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Iran, Uzbekistan, and, of course, Azerbaijan among them.

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Dmitry Zhuravlev: “Khloponin thinks in terms of big projects”

 By VKThe new composition of the Russian government has been revealed recently. Alexander Khloponin retained his post as a vice-PM and the Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President to the North Caucasus Federal District. The head of the Regional Problems Institute Dmitry Zhuravlev shared his opinion on this topic with VK. 

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Aleksander Rahr: “Russia is always ready to resolve the Karabakh conflict, if it meets its geopolitical interests”

Interview by Orkhan Sattarov. Exclusively to VKThe German political analyst, expert of the German Council on Foreign Policy, Alexander Rahr, told VK about prospects of the Russian policy in the Caucasus.-       Alexander Glebovich, could you comment on the inauguration of Vladimir Putin? First of all, on its influence on the Caucasus policy. Will Russia play more active role in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under Putin?

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Eurovision Organizer Defends Azerbaijan Song Contest

 Ingrid Deltenre heads the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the Eurovision Song Contest being held in Azerbaijan, a country widely criticized for human rights violations, at the end of May. In a SPEIGEL interview she defends the choice of the controversial location and warns that politicizing the contest could kill it.

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Bakhan Muzakayev: “The revival of the Russian Theatre is very important for Chechnya”

 Interview by Timur Utsayev, exclusively to VK The Russian school forms the foundation of all contemporary genres of Chechen art. On May9 the Lermontov State Russian Theatre of Drama is due to be re-opened in Grozny. It was first created in 1938, but in the last 30 years the troupe of the Theatre didn’t have its own stage. The creative director of the theatre, Bakhan Muzakayev, told ‘VK’s’ correspondent about the new era that is about to open for his troupe. 

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Oleg Kusov: “When the Azerbaijani President deals with something, it is successfully settled”

Foreign journalists are becoming more active in light of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Baku is a dynamic, developing city where eastern exotica and western modernism are mingled. It is interesting that the character of publications differs depending on the policy of the mass media. The material prepared by Radio Svoboda is worthy of mention in this context. An observer of Radio Svoboda, Oleg Kusov, has recently visited Baku and described his impressions.

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Interview by Oleg Kushaty. Moscow-Baku. Exclusively for VKThe VK is presenting the next text by Oleg Kushaty as part of the "Unknown Caucasus" project. He has recently visited Azerbaijan and has seen not only Baku, but also the mountainous regions of the country. In the coming days, the VK will publish the texts of Kushaty on Gabala and Ismailli rayons of Azerbaijan.

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Manvel Sarkisyan: “Armenia is facing a legal precedent based on the crisis of lawfulness”

 Interview by David Strpanyan, exclusively to VKThe head of the Armenian Center for National and Strategic Research Manvel Manvel Sarkisyan, who is also a member of the ‘brigade’ for the takedown of the illegally constructed boutiques in the Mashtots Park, told ‘VK’ correspondent about the goals and the prospects of the Armenian public movement against the "illegitimate" actions of the government.- Officials say that your ‘brigade’ is sponsored by some ‘external forces’. Whom are they implying?

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Azad Ragimov: “We will be able to introduce our region to Olympic values”

Azerbaijan presented its application for holding the Summer Olympic Games 2020. The executive director of the ‘Baku-2020’ Organizing Committee Kenyul Nurulayeva and Azerbaijan’s Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Azad Ragimov predicted prospects of Baku in interview to VK.- Could you point out the strong and the weak aspects of this candidature?

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Galas Taimaskhanov: “Chechen industry is at a starting point”

Speaking about recovery of Chechen economy, experts mention necessity of industrial potential development and establishing of working places in this sphere. In prewar years two thirds of domestic product of the republic referred to industry. The minister of industry and energy of Chechnya Galas Taimashanov told VK about the ministry’s activity.-    Galas Sultanovich, what are the republic’s chances to recover industrial potential?

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David Petrosyan: “Foreign political concept should be co-subdued the concept of NationalSecurity”

Interview by Susanna Petrosyan, Yerevan. Exclusively to VKThe project of Foreign-political Concept (PFC) is being intensively discussed in Armenia today. It concerns some political circles. For example, the chairman of the party Dashnaktsyutun Armen Rustamyan expressed his concerns on some articles in the project. The political observer of the information and analysis center Noyan Tapan, David Petrosyan, comments on the discussed project.

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