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The amount of small and medium-sized enterprises in Dagestan has risenby 2% from 2008, and by 7% compared to 2008, reports RIA Dagestan. Thesmall and medium business sector of the Gross Regional Product in 2008amounted to 20% and is constantly growing.

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A group of militants have barricaded themselves in a house inMagistralnaya street in Dagestan's capital of Makhachkala, RIADagestan reports.

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VK is publishing a series of articles devoted to the creation, approval and perspectives of the Development Strategy of the North Caucasus Federal District up to 2025.

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Strategic Caucasus

VK is publishing a series of articles devoted to the creation, approval and perspectives of the Development Strategy of the North Caucasus Federal District up to 2025.

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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is leading a special operation againstmilitants in the republic's remote mountainous districts, the NorthCaucasus republic said on Friday, reports RIA Novosti.

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The Russian ombudsmen earlier sent a request to the GeneralProsecutor's Office to investigate reports of cases of the oppressionof women who do not cover their heads in Chechnya. Several reportsabout unknown persons that shot with rubber bullets women withouthijabs in the streets of Grozny have occurred. On the 19th ofSeptember a Women's Day festival took place in Grozny, women wereasked to wear traditional clothes that includes the hijab and thechador. The Chechen ombudsman Nurdi Nukhajiev denied that some womenwere attacked that day in Grozny.

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Most of the candidates at the upcoming local elections in Dagestan donot belong to any party, reports RIA Novosti. 6,132 candidates areindependent, comparing to 5,215 nominated by United Russia, 1,112 byPravoe Delo, 819 by the Communist Party, 417 from the LDPR and 52 fromYabloko.

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The Moscow mayor's spokesperson denied reports that Yury Luzhkov wouldnot restart work on Monday after his vacation, reports Interfax.Luzhkov has rescheduled his meeting with deputies, as he has to attendthe opening ceremony of the International UNESCO conference in Moscow.

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The government of Kabardino-Balkaria has received a parliamentary billdetermining a minimum pension in Kabardino-Balkaria in 2011 of 4,155rubles a month, Yuga.ru reports.All pensioners receiving less than the minimum pension, of whom thereare 29,000 of such in the republic, will receive an average additionalpayment of 800 rubles, the Minister of Labor and Social Development ofKabardino-Balkaria, Albert Tyubeyev, said.

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The police have killed militants in the village of Kirovaul, includingShakhban Aliyev, who was to become the new leader of the Kizilyurtresistance groups. The former leader was killed in September, RIANovosti reports, citing the Information Center of the NationalCounter-Terrorism Committee (NCTC).

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Nagorno-Karabakh cannot take part in negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan as an individual side, because Azerbaijan considers it to be its own territory, the head of the fourth department for CIS countries of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andrey Kelin said. He said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is more complicated than the Abkhaz and South Ossetian conflicts.

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Armenian government has decided to increase the state's share in thecharter capital of ‘ArmRosgazprom’ by $15.4 million, ‘ARKA’ reports.Armenian Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources LevonShakhverdyan said that the share will be increased using 76 gasdistribution networks worth $15.4 million, purchased and restored bythe Ministry of Agriculture in 2008-2010. The purchase and restorationwere held within the credit programs, ‘ArmRosgazprom’ is able toexploit the facilities for free.

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The Russian State Duma has discussed anti-crisis measures taken in thefirst half of 2010, the head of the Central Bank Sergey Ignatyev toldthe session that inflation in Russia may reach 10% this year,ITAR-TASS reports.

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Gennady Yanayev, Soviet politician, former Vice-President of the USSRand participant in the August Coup of 1991, died this Friday in aMoscow hospital, a family friend told RIA Novosti.Yanayev was born in 1937 and became the USSR's vice-president in 1990.He had political differences with Mikhail Gorbachov and joined thecoup, which attempted to take power in 1991.

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A militant killed himself with a self-made explosive device inKabardino-Balkaria this morning, ITAR-TASS reports, citing theInvestigation Department of the Investigation Committee of the RussianProsecution Service in the republic.The militant opened fire at the building of the Federal SecurityService in the city of Nartala in Urvan Region at 04:00 (Moscow time).His explosive device went off as he was trying to escape FSB pursuit.The police found an AK with 3 magazines and a PM pistol with 5magazines.

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A second explosion in Makhachkala occurred last night on the route ofa police vehicle at 22.00 (Moscow time) on Imam Shamil Avenue. Theexplosive device went off after the vehicle passed through the avenue.No one was injured, RIA Novosti reports.The first explosion on Thursday happened in the center of Makhachkala.The explosive device went off as a police vehicle was passing alongAkushinskiy Avenue. No one was injured.

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A group of militants has been surrounded in a house in the village ofKirovaul in the Kizilyurt district of Dagestan. They refused tosurrender and opened fire. A counter-terrorism operation regime wasintroduced, the police told RIA Novosti.A counter-terrorism operation regime involves limitations and measuressuch as increased security, control over telephone conversations andeven movement of individuals from their place of living, in placeswhere the operation is held. The regime includes limiting traffic.

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