Interviews

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 Interview by RIA NovostiUnknown perpetrators fired upon Abkhazian President’s cortege on February, 22. The head of the Republic wasn’t hurt, but one of his bodyguards was seriously injured. RIA Novosti correspondent asked the head of the Politological Center ‘North-South”, Alexei Vlasov, to comment on possible culprits and on the general situation in Abkhazia.- Who would benefit today from the Abkhaz President’s death?

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Eduard Sharmazanov: “There’s no guarantee that all fraud would be eradicated if Armenia turns to proportional election system”

In his interview to VK, the vice-speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov, commented on the party’s preparations for the upcoming presidential elections that are due to take place this May.- Does the RPA expect to win a parliamentary majority once again? How is the party preparing for the campaign? What are the main points of its pre-election program?

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Nino Abesadze: “26 centuries connect Georgia and Israel”

In the early 1990s Nino Abesadze was one of the most popular journalists of Georgia. Later he moved to Israel and worked in various Russian-speaking media institutes. Today Abesadze is a deputy of the parliament of Israel, a member of the party Kadima and the parliamentary lobby on ties with Georgia. VK talked to her about the prospects for Israeli-Georgian relations. This interview was made several days before a terrorist attack attempt in Georgia. However, these events wouldn’t influence the position of Abesadze.

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Sergey Mikheev: “Attacking Iran, the US attacks Russia”

The head of the Political Situation Center, the head of the Caspian Cooperation Institute, Sergey Mikheev, comments on the situation around Iran.-    The Middle East cannot be called a stable region. It is obvious that if the USA or Israel starts military campaign against Iran, the political vector of many neighboring countries will change; latent conflicts might turn to regional wars. What should we be prepared for?

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Andrey Kazantsev: “There is discussion between the authorities and the population; the authorities react to new social demands”

The next, fourth, program article “Democracy and quality of the state” by the candidate to presidency of Russia, Premier Vladimir Putin, drew the attention of experts. Here Putin formulated new proposals on a liberalization of the political system of the country, including providing citizens with the right of direct initiatives for obligatory discussion in the parliament.

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Aslambek Aslakhanov: "The word of my mother and father was like a law to me "

 Deputy head of the Federation Council Committee for International affairs, ex-adviser of President Putin for North Caucasus-related problems, the chairman of All-Russian Association of Law Enforcement Agencies employees Aslambek Aslakhanov met with an VK correspondent on the eve of his 70th birthday and answered questions about Chechnya.

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Andrei Ryabov: «Armed conflict may lead to irreparable consequences for Russia's South Caucasus policies”

Andrei Ryabov, expert from Moscow Karnega Research Center, told VK about the main threats that might undermine Russian influence on the South Caucasus, as well as about Moscow’s choice of opportunities to maintain peace in the region and about the role of the US in creation of the ‘regulated chaos’ atmosphere. He also touched upon the issue of OSCE Minsk Group efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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Bakhruz Abdolvand: “Iran might be second Vietnam for the US”

A doctor of the Free University of Berlin, expert in the Caspian Region and the Central Asian states, Bakhruz Abdolvand, told VK about the situation around Iran. - Mr. Abdolvan, what is the possible development of the situation around Iran? Do you think escalation of the conflict is possible?

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Father Grigory: “Interethnic conflicts are a game, intrigues”

Author: Interviewed by Timur Utsayev, Grozny. Exclusively for VKTalking about inter-confessional consent, the Chechen cleric says that the Grozny Temple of Archangel Mikhail sees more visitors every year. There used to be many older people, but now a lot of young people attend it. The temple authorities plan to build a religious complex on its territory and gather a community of Chechen Christians. Father Grigory, prior of the temple, told VK what clerics call for.

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Stepan Grigoryan: “The Karabakh conflict cannot be resolved without trust”

The head of the analysis Center of Globalization and Regional Development, Stepan Grigoryan, sums up the results of 2011 in the sphere of internal and foreign policy and appraises the negotiation process on settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for VK.-          What was the most important event of the internal political life in 2011?-          The most important event for me was the release all people who are connected with politics from jails and the new demonstration on Freedom Square.

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