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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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Oleg Khabalov: “Peoples do not wage war against each other”

Cultural figures do not share their points of view on the complicated Caucasian situation very often. Perhaps this is because they treat these issues in a more cautious and thoughtful manner than politicians. Their opinions may be less competent, but they are definitely more sincere. Oleg Khabalov, People’s Artist of Russia and North Ossetia, director and actor of the Romen Theatre in Moscow, also well known for his appearances in various films, gives an interview to VK.

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Rakhamim Emanuilov: “Inter-civilization dialogue is the foundation for world stability”

Rakhamim Yashaevich Emanuilov, orientalist, founder and president of the Civilizations' Interaction Fund and advisor to the Federation Council chairman for Middle Eastern and Central Asian affairs, studied at Baku State University, graduating in 1972, and during his remarkably successful career served in the USSR's embassies in Iranand Afghanistan, as well as in the foreign Trade Department of the Council of Ministers.

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Gagik Makaryan: The necessity of diversifying GDP

The economic crisis has shown how vulnerable the Armenian economy is. The country is extremely dependent on imports of metals and capital; its GDP is not diversified. The special correspondent of the "VestnikKavkaza" news agency discussed the state of the Armenian economy with the Chairman of the Armenian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Gagik Makaryan. - It is often said in Armenia today that small and medium-sized enterprises should be supported and developed. How is this task being fulfilled?

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Iosif Tsintsinadze: "In a few years Abkhazia will be a Russian region"

The independent Georgian political scientist, Iosif Tsintsinadze, comments on the recent row after the Abkhazian government refused to examine the Russian Foreign Ministry's idea to give back houses to Russian citizens who left Abkhazia for various reasons.- How would you comment on the unexpected misunderstanding (if we do not call it a row) between Moscow and Sukhumi, surrounding the demand by Russian citizens to have their houses on the territory of Abkhazia returned to them?

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Jamil Guliev: Baku was first filmed in 1898

 Jamil Guliev , the director of State Film Fund of Azerbaijan, the secretary of the Azerbaijani Union of Cinema Workers, Honoured Art Worker of the Republic, member of the International Academy of Television and Radio, has spoken to VK about the Fund’s activities.What is the main activity of the State Film Fund?

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