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Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism Abdulfaz Garayev thanked Russia for supporting the Azerbaijani singers Eldar&Nigar, who won at the Eurovision-2011 in Dusseldorf, he said in an interview with ITAR-TASS in Las Vegas (Nevada).

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An improvised bomb has been found in the sewers on Demchenko Street 32 of the Ordzhonikidzevskaya village in Ingushetia, RIA Novosti cites a police source on Thursday as saying.

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Chechnya has opened an office in the Krasnodar territory, Grozny-Inform reports.Opening of the office was ordered by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on May 18.The office will work on political, economic, science-technical, cultural and humanitarian cooperation, protection of Chechnya's political, legal and economic interests.

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Chairman of the Russian Accounts Chamber Sergey Stepashin has arrived on a visit to Chechnya, where he will discuss the construction of industrial enterprises, Yuga.ru reports. The main problem in Chechnya is jobs, Stepashin said at a press-conference at the Grozny Airport. The official will discuss formation of the Chechen budget for 3 years. All proposals made by the Accounts Chamber have been fulfilled. Stepashin also visited the Ahmad Kadyrov stadium in Grozny, which was opened on May 11.

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Specialists have started taking apart the Beshiktash vessel that sunk in the Black Sea area of the Sochi beach Primorsky in February 2011, RIA Novosti cites the main department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Krasnodar Territory as saying.

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Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin is on a visit to Sochi today. He is taking part in the expert meeting of the International Olympic Committee for transport. It is their third visit to the city hosting the Olympic games 2014, Yuga.ru reports. Levitin will observe construction of Olympic transport facilities. He is expected to inspect construction of the twin road of the Kurortny Avenue, the Adler Ring and the port at the Mzymta river mouth.

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A delegation of the Council of Europe headed by the Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberger is on a visit to Chechnya. He met the Chechen Ombudsman Nurdi Nukhajiyev and discussed human rights in Chechnya, Yuga.ru reports. The ombudsman noted that Chechnya is prospering with the efforts of its leader Ramzan Kadyrov, and living standards are improving. He said that there are no obstacles in realizing protection of the human rights.

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Mironov withdrawn from the Federation Council

Deputies of the legislative assembly of St. Petersburg voted to withdraw the accreditation of the speaker of the Federation Council, Sergey Mironov. 43 deputies voted for this decision. Only five deputies of legislative assembly were against it.The leaders of all the factions, including Just Russia, spoke in favor of withdrawing Mironov’s accreditation.In his speech, Mironov stated that he was sure of his results and promised to come back to the legislative assembly of St. Petersburg in December

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Today sees the opening of the biggest  IMAX hall in Russia in Krasnodar, with a screen of 400 square meters, Yuga.ru reports.IMAX is a format of cinema screens for 3D movies. The agreement between IMAX Corporation (Canada) and the SBS Krasnodar company was signed on May 6th, 2010. A year later the first IMAX hall in the south of Russia was opened in the “Seven Stars” cinema theatre. Its screen is in the top ten biggest cinema screens in the world. 

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Meeting on Azerbaijan held in Kremlin

A special meeting devoted to Azerbaijani culture is being held in Moscow's Kremlin Palace. The meeting was organized by the Azerbaijani first lady, Mehriban Aliyeva.

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Doku Umarov, the militant leader of the so-called Imarat Caucasus, has vowed to avenge Osama bin Laden's death, Gazeta.ru reports.According to Umarov, Islamist terrorism will survive even though bin Laden is dead. The statement by Umarov was published on the Caucasus Center website.

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The Krasnodar territory's authorities are not going to impose a tourist tax, Yuga.ru cites the head of the Tourism Department of the regional administration, Yevgeny Kudelya as saying.

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