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The conception of occupation

 New political identity has been formed in Georgia after the war with Russia in the August, 2008. The thesis of the Russian occupation of the traditionally Georgian lands has become a main idea of this new conception that, according to the present day Georgian political ideologists, should explain   the whole history of Russian-Georgian relations since the time of Alexander the Blessed during whose reign East Georgia entered the Russian Empire. The conception of occupation is intended to become a main instrument of construction of a new political identity. 

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"Charon" is looking  for the remains of soldiers lost in WWII and people lost in local conflicts."Charon" is an organisation founded by Alan Tatarov to look for the remains of WWII soldiers and then to bury them in honour. Alan Tatarov himself is a professional sociologist and graduate of the University of the North Ossetia, who is concerned about the destiny of the heroes."Charon" has found the remains of over 2000 Soviet soldiers and about 400 Nazis. Alan Tatarov said that the remains of the German soldiers were turned over to Germany to be buried.

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Rasim Musabekov: «Armenia is impelled to leave the occupied Azerbaijani territories»

The latest events in the South Caucasian region, the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the South Caucasian states’ capitals in particular, triggered intense interest among experts. Various issues concerning the state of affairs in the region are widely discussed. One of the most vital questions among these is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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Alexandros Petersen: Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Caucasus should be seen in the broader context of US policy

A recent visit of the US Secretary of State to the Caucuses Hillary Clinton once again draw the world attention to the problems of the region. VK interviewed one of the leading experts on these issues Alexandros Petersen, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.Do you think it was done on purpose that Clinton’s visit to the region practically coincided with president Medvedev’s visit to the US?Secretary Clinton’s visit to the region should be seen in a broader context of the US policy both: towards Russia and Eurasia.

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Natik Rasulzade: "We've been living in a malformed society for long time" An interview with Natik Rasulzade, one of the most popular poets not only in Azerbaijan, but in the whole of Europe. - Did you decide to take a rest this hot summer or are you currently working on some project? - I do not divide creative work by seasons. I create and this is what matters. No doubt, summer is the time for recreation, but this is not about me. My work follows me even on trips.

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 Natik Rasulzade:  We've been living in malformed society for long time"

An interview with Natik Rasulzade, one of the most popular poets not only in Azerbaijan, but in the whole of Europe.-       Did you decide to take a rest this hot summer or are you currently working on some project?-       I do not divide creative work by seasons. I create and this is what matters. No doubt, summer is the time for recreation, but this is not about me. My work follows me even on trips. These days are the hottest in Baku, yet I have to complete one work, written in prose.

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Zurab Abashidze: "The bigger the state, the bigger its responsibility.Mistakes are proportional to the size of the country."

Zurab Abashidze is a professional diplomat, Ph.D. in political science. Abashidze was an attache in the USSR consulate-general in Bombay in 1978-1980, later in 1984-1988 he was an aide of the Soviet embassy in Madrid, and during the period 1993-2000 he was Georgian ambassador to the Benelux states, NATO and the EU. In 2000 Zarab Abashizde was appointed ambassador to Russia. He is also an author of studies: "NATO and Georgia: From utopia to reality", "The Cold War Past and Present". Currently he is a prominent public figure.- Zarab Iraklievich.

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Leonid Keselbrener: “The benefits of virtual communication are obvious, it is only a matter of practice”

The computer is gradually leaving the list of luxuries and activelytaking root in the life of the average North Ossetian resident . Therepublic will have an electronic government in the near future. Thedeputy chairman of the North Ossetian government, Leonid Keselbrener,told a VK correspondent whether the switch to state and municipalservices with the max use of IT-technologies will eliminate red tapefor businesses and the population .

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History: modernization through integration

"Our task is not to seek out enemies or to forget what happened, but to find out the real history, describe it and remember it, to make our children know it", Nursultan Nazarbayev noted, addressing historians and descendants of victims of political repression participating in the international project "Remembrance for the Future". The Day of Victims of Political Repressions will see forums and meetings taking place in the Kazakh capital.

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Many experts agree that Armenia’s current problems, including social, economic and judicial ones are linked with the two-year old post-election processes. The spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and secretary of the parliamentary group of the same name, Eduard Sharmazanov, answers the VK’s questions.- There are different opinions on the political crisis in the country. Do you think this crisis has been overcome?

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Ilkham Ragimov: “Putin’s visits to Baku as a student promoted the formation of a positive attitude towards Azerbaijanis”.

Ilkham Ragimov – an authoritative Russian businessman and skilledlegal advisor – was born in the village of Jilovdarly in Azerbaijan’sTovuzskiy region. He graduated from Leningrad State University, with apostgraduate diploma from the criminal law department. He defended hisPh. D thesis aged 36 at Leningrad State University, becoming a youngDoctor of criminal science, and member of the Russian Academy ofSecurity, Defence and Law. Ilkham Ragimov is the second Azerbaijani toreceive this academician title and the first to be awarded Peter the

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Rahim Chahkiev: "Did you ever want to hang up your gloves"

Our VK correspondent had a conversation with the Beijing Olympic Champion in boxing, Rahim Chahkiev, who recently arrived in Ingushetia to have some rest between hard matches.- Rahim, recently you won your fifth prize-fight against professional Slovak boxer Slavomir Selitskii, scoring a knockout in the second minute of the first round. Do you know that Ingushetia roots for you?- Thank you. The support of my compatriots is very important to me.

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