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Festival of Armenian culture opens in Tuapsinskiy region

Atwo week festival of Armenian culture ‘The Black Sea dances and sings’ opens on July 30th in the Tuapsinskiy region of Russia's Krasnodar Territory, reports. The event is dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the 90th anniversary of the Tuapsinskiy region. It was organized by a charity cultural society ‘Amshen’. On July 30th the celebration events will start in the Cultural House of Tuapsa. There will be forums and exhibitions of national dance, among other events..

Caucasian youth forum greets guests

Caucasian youth forum greets guests

The last preparations for presentations of works are being made and adjustments are being implemented. The head of the North Caucasian Federal District, authorized presidential envoy Alexander Khloponin will arrive on July 30th.

Two Germans die in car accident in Rostov Region

AVolkswagen Passat crashed into a concrete barrier wall on the Novoshakhtinsk-Gukovo highway of Rostov Region on Thursday night, RIA Novosti reports, citing emergency officials. One German national died at the scene, while another died later in hospital. A third is in hospital where his condition is described as satisfactory

Explosion on beach in Makhachkala

A bomb has gone off on the city beach in Dagestan's Makhachkala. One woman received a leg injury and was hospitalized. According to ITAR-TASS, citing local law-enforcers, the explosion happened at 06.30 Moscow time when the woman stepped on a plastic bag. The explosive device was not powerful and had no projectiles.

Geneva talks demonstrate Georgia's unconstructive position

Another round of the Geneva discussion on stability issues in the Caucasus have demonstrated the unconstructive character of Georgia's position, the Russian foreign ministry said.The Geneva talks on security in the South Caucasus were first held in October 2008, following a five-day war between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia in August that year. The war began when Georgia attacked the republic in an attempt to bring it back under central control.

Ingush Interior Ministry speaks up for Ingush police officers detained in Sochi

The interior ministry of Ingushetia claims the Ingush police officers and civilians detained on July 28th in Sochi at the "Kurazh" restaurant are victims of the conflict, RIA Novosti reports.

Moscow city government grants Tskhinvali 14 units of equipment

The mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has ordered the allocation to Tskhinvali of 14 units of special equipment, including an ambulance vehicle, within the framework of a humanitarian aid program.The Tskhinvali administration had earlier appealed to Moscow for help.

Kazakh citizen hijacks plane

Russian media reports say special forces today detained a man who had taken control of an aircraft which landed in Moscow. The hijacker was a citizen of Kazakhstan. The plane was said to be coming from the Caucasus city of Mineralnye Vody. All the passengers were freed safely after special forces boarded the aircraft at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.The hijacker had made demands to speak with the media and law enforcement agencies.

Rosoboroneksport denies rumors of S-300 supplies to Azerbaijan

Rosoboroneksport has denied information regarding supplies of S-300 air defense missile systems?to Azerbaijan, RIA Novosti reports. The official said the sides have never negotiated on this issue.

Discussion of issues of diasporas held in Ingushetia

The president of Ingushetia, Unus-Bek Yevkurov, has held a meeting devoted to problems of the diasporas in the republic, reports. The republic's top officials, as well as representatives of various diasporas resident in Ingushetia took part in the session.The participants touched upon issues of interethnic relations and discussed a proposal of entrance quotas to universities for representatives of minority groups.

Russian-Azerbaijani S-300 supply deal is under consideration

Russia will supply two batteries of the S-300 PMU2 Favorit air-defense system to Azerbaijan, reports, referring to sources in the Russian defense industry. A Rosoboronexport representative made no comment.

Russia adopts 2011 state-budget

The federal state budget of Russia for 2011 was adopted today at a government session, Interfax reports.The budget income for next year will reach 8.5 trillion roubles and increase in 2012-2013. The budget expenditures will amount 10.385 trillion roubles (20.9% GDP) for the next year.

Remake of famous Soviet film completed

The filming of the remake of the famous Soviet movie "Sluzhebnii Roman" has been completed in Turky, reports.The film took 45 days to complete. Neither the names of the actors nor the director have yet been released so as not to attract snap judgements of a remake of a much-loved Soviet film

RusHydro purchases hydro electric plants in North Caucasus

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of Russia approved plans by of the hydro electric company RusHydro to purchase a set of small hydro electric plants, RIA Novosti reports. The company is planning to buy the small Ossetian Fiagdonskaya hydro plant, the Verkhnebalkarskaya small hydro plant in Kabardino-Balkaria, and small hydro plants in Karachay-Cherkessia and in Dagestan’.

Russia to open abuse phone line for children

A single trust line for children will start working in August within the framework of the national information campaign against child abuse, RIA Novosti reports, citing the statement of the head of the communication department of children’s support fund, Yelena Selyanchikova, on all-Russian children’s forum in ‘Orlionok’.

Terrorist attack prevented in Kabardino-Balkaria

Police have prevented a terrorist attack in the Elbrus region of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Explosive experts defused a bomb in a residential area in the city of Tyrnyauz, RIA Novosti reports, citing local police. The bomb was packed with projectiles and was equal to 1.5 kg of TNT. It was to be detonated by remote control and was aimed against civilians, experts say.

Armenia and Russia to cooperate in nuclear construction

The government of Armenia agreed to conclude a deal with Russia on Thursday to cooperate in constructing new nuclear energy blocks in Armenia, News Armenia reports. The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia Armen Movsisyan said that the new water cooled reactor, which meets EU standards, will produce 1060 megawatts and will operate for 60 years. Armenia has only one nuclear power plant, in the city of Metsamor. It was launched in 1976 and only its second block is functioning, producing 407.5 megawatts.

Kadyrov sees no ethnic aspect to ‘Don’ camp conflict

Afight that occurred in the health camp ‘Don’ in Russia's Krasnodar Territory between Chechens and locals was not of an ethnic nature, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said, RIA Novosti reports. Russia's child ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has not ruled out an ethnic to the conflict, which left 9 people injured.

Dagestani economic growth rate falls

Makhachkala hosted a meeting on Thursday of the Dagestani government under the chairmanship of the Dagestani president, RIA Dagestan reports. Magomedsalam Magomedov noted that the main concern is falling economic growth rate.

First Russian solar power plant to be built in 2011

Construction of the first Russian solar power plant may start in 2011 in Kislovodsk, the leading specialist of the institute of ‘Rostovteploelectroproyekt’ Adolf Chernyavskiy said, RIA Novosti-South reports.