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Rasim Musabekov: "Compromise obligatory before OSCE summit in Astana"

Active mediation of Russia in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict gave a new impulse in the negotiations of the conflicting sides. The Russian president Dmitry Medvedev will meet presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia separately on the 17th and 18th of November. The joint meeting of the three presidents will take place at the OSCE summit in Astana on the 1st and 2nd of December. The heads of the countries are preparing to this event, at the same time the analysts and observers wait for a breaking through decision on the most protracted conflict in the post-Soviet area.

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Rasim Musabekov: election in Azerbaijan proceeded in a calm atmosphere

 The parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan last weekend have become widely-discussed event. Our Vestnik Kavkaza news agency correspondent asked Mr. Rasim Musabekov, a political scholar and a newly-elected Member of Parliament, to share his opinions about this campaign.- We congratulate you on becoming a Member of Parliament! How can you comment on the campaign?

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Aram Manukyan: The ruling powers don't believe in their future

The beginning of autumn politics was marked by opposition radicalization in Armenia. The leader of the "Pan-Armenian National Movement", Aram Manukyan, commented on the current political situation in Armenia. The National Congress of Armenia is the only political party demanding that presidential and parliamentary pre-term elections be held. What are the main reasons for that?

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S-300 in Abkhazia

 Georgian experts comment on Russia's decision to place missiles in the former autonomy.

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Nagorno-Karabakh: time is working against everyone

Interview with Tom de Waal, senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the author of “Black Garden - Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War”How important is the South Caucasus region in global affairs?

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Vahagn Khatchatrian: 'Armenian market is under 100% control of the state'

According to experts, the Armenian economy is facing several unresolved problems such as monopolization, a low level of diversification and unilateral dependence on foreign money transfers. Vahagn Khatchatrian, ex-mayor of Yerevan and current member of Armenian National Congress economic commission answers VK's questions.- Recent economic growth is provided for the most part by construction activity and transfers. How has it influenced the economic development of the country?

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Labourites" to litigate against Saakashvili at the Hague

 One of the four most influential political organizations in Georgia, judging by the results of the recent parliamentary elections - the Labour Party – has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court with a demand that the Prosecutor General institute criminal proceedings against President Mikheil Saakashvili.

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Interview with Mirkamil Ragimov

 A VK correspondent discussed the perspectives of sport in Azerbaijan with the head of the Azerbaijani delegation at the Youth Olympic Games, Mirkamil Ragimov, the head of the Sports Department at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Youth and Sports.- You have just come back from Singapore, where the Youth Olympic  Games were held. How did the Azerbaijani team prepare?- These Games were different from the others. The program was reduced. Our team consisted of 12 sportsmen, 8 of them won medals, 5 gold and 3 silver.

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Rasim Musabekov: Peace talks are aimed at keeping the status-quo and that is inacceptable for Baku

The OSCE field assessment mission has started its operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. The co-chairmen of Minsk Group who head the mission - Ambassador Bernard Fassier of France, Ambassador Igor Popov of the Russian Federation and Ambassador Robert Bradtke of the United States and Andjey Kasprshik, representative of current OSCE Chairperson-in-Office – have had meetings with the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents prior to the field mission.

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Tengiz Doguzov: "Drug addiction and terrorism are linked"

 One month ago a terrorist attack took place in Vladikavkaz, in which 18 lives were lost. The chairman of the North Ossetian unit of the all-Russian social movement "Russian National Union", Tengiz Doguzov, talked to VK about security problems and the fight against terrorism. -What is planned to be done to prevent blasts like the one on the 9th of September?

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Interview with Adyl Garibov

Dr. Adyl Garibov is the Director of the Azerbaijani Institute of Radiation Problems and the official representative of Azerbaijan at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).- What is the major occupation of the Institute?

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Magomedsalam Magomedov: “Family ties shouldn't be confused with clannishness”

Locals think that the wonderful nature of Dagestan is none the worsethan the best Swiss resorts: the clear water of the lakes, beautifulmountains and lots of sun. But the image of a "trouble region", thatis associated with Dagestan does not allow to develop the economy.The President of Dagestan Magomedsalam Magomedov told RIA Novosti, howthe authorities try to make the region attractive for investments,when a war on militants is being conducted.

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Tinatin Burdzuliani: "We expect a just and legal decision from the international court"

The UN international court in the Hague will soon publish a decision on the Georgian claim against Russia of violating the 1965 International  Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). According to the Georgian authorities, Russia has been violating this convention since 1990 by helping Abkhazian and Ossetian supporters of independence to organize ethnic purges against the Georgian populations of the former autonomies. Russia considers these accusations to be farfetched.

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Alexander Iskanderyan: Armenia has no right to demand recognition of Karabakh

Even if Armenia recognized the independence of Karabakh, it wouldn'tchange the situation for the better. The recognition of the Republicof Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia doesn't mean automatic recognition bythe entire international community, and Armenia has no right to demandrecognition of Karabakh by the USA, Russia, France or otherinfluential countries of the world.There can be no discussion of the recognition of the independence ofNagorno-Karabakh, as the talks have not yet finished. The official

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Interview with Irina Viner

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

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