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New commander of Russia's 58th 'mountain' army appointed

The new commander of the 58th army, located in the North Caucasus, isMajor-General Andrey Valeryevich Kartopolov, replacingLieutenant-General Anatoliy Khruliov, who has retired, RIA Novostireports, citing a source in the 58th army.The order was signed several days ago. In April 2006 Khruliov wasappointed the commander of the army in Vladikavkaz.

Former Russneft head Gutsiriev returns to Russia

The former head of Russneft Mikhail Gutsiriev, who left Russia in 2007for London, arrived in Ingushetia today, RIA Novosti reports citing asource in the Ingush presidential administration."A charter plane landed in the Ingush airport of Magas," the source said.At the end of April, the Investigative Committee at Russia's InteriorMinistry lifted the last accusation against Gutsiriev- illegalbusiness.

Dagestani president accounts for income and property

Dagestani President Magomedsalam Magomedov has revealed information onhis and family members' income and property, as well as otherfinancial information.In 2009, the president's salary (educational work) was 150308.8rubles, the region's press-service said.The president's wife Tamara Magomedova and his children Idris andAminat have no incomes. The family has an apartment in Moscow with anarea of 123.3 sq. m.

Delimitation issue between Azerbaijan and Russia resolved

The issue of the delimitation of state borders between Azerbaijan andRussia has been fully resolved, Trend reports, citing the head of theState Committee on land and mapping of Azerbaijan Garib Mamedov.According to Mamedov, Russia and Azerbaijan came to an agreement onexploiting the border bridge over Samur river, forests and otherdisputed territories.The head of State Committee said that they are currently working onmaps, and the work will be completed in the near future.

Chechen president urges doubling of farmland area

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has met the Minister of AgricultureAbubakar Edelgeriyev to discuss the doubling of farmland area in therepublic, reports.

Adygeya and Lugansk Territory in Ukraine sign cooperation agreement

Within the visit of the Adygeya delegation to Ukraine, the sidessigned an agreement on friendship and cooperation between theAntratsitov region and the Lugansk Territory, reports, citingthe president of the Republic of Adygeya, Aslan Tkhakushinov.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's schedule in Turkey

An intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Turkey on annullingthe bilateral visa regime for tourists planning to stay for less thana month will be signed within the framework of Medvedev's visit toAnkara 11-12 May, Turkish media report.Media reports also mention that a top-level council will beestablished. This will be the start of the three-stage road map ofAnkara-Moscow ties, involving political and trade aspects andcooperation between NGOs.

Police officer killed in Dagestan - 1

A police officer in the Kizliar region of Dagestan was killed in theearly hours of Thursday near his house. Police captain MagomedSaigidov was found dead with bullet wounds near his house in thevillage of Tsvetkov, law-enforcment reports say.

Borovtsev government holds the fort.

Borovtsev government "holds the fort".

Russian personnel reserve in South Ossetia tries to prove its competence.

Russian Black Sea fleet is no threat to Turkey - Davutoglu

Turkey does not consider the agreement between Ukraine and Russia toprolong the lease on Russia's Black Sea Fleet in the Crimea to 2042 athreat, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, RIANovosti reports.Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on April 21 prolonging thefleet's presence in the Black Sea by 25 years with the possibility ofa further prolongation. Ukraine received a 30% discount on Russian gasin exchange.

We must sacrifice our ambitions for rapprochement - Yevkurov

A round-table in Ingushetia featuring government figures, NGOs andreligious organizations of Ingushetia and North Ossetia discussed therapprochement of good-neighbourly relations and measures on the returnand development of refuges.The participants discussed ways of eliminating the consequence of theOssetian-Ingush conflict, mainly concerning refugees, their return andintegration, Rosbalt reports.

Russian tourist dies in Iranian rafting accident

A Russian tourist died during a rafting accident near the westernIranian city city of Eluguderz.Another person was badly injured, reports.

Terrorist attack planned in Ingushetia for Victory Day

Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has said that he has informationindicating that a terrorist act is planned for the republic on May 9,the 65th anniversary of victory in World War Two, RIA Novosti reports.He added that law-enforcement agencies are taking all necessary stepsto prevent terrorist attacks on Victory Day.

Customs point in Adygeya to be closed

According to the order of the Federal Customs Service of Russia customs point in Adygeya will be closed on June 1, 2010. This will be done according to the implementation of a new Customs plan in Russia’s South Federal District,reports The duties of the closed custom point will be transferred to Customs points in Belorechensk and Karasun.

The fountains in Pyatigorsk were designed by Italians

The fountains in Pyatigorsk were designed by Italians

In any southern Caucasus city there is nothing more pleasant than the fountains.

VK editor-in-chief answering readers#039 questions

VK editor-in-chief answering readers' questions

Alexei Vlasov on recent terrorist attacks in the North Caucasus and the meeting of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan at the Victory anniversary festivities.

Two militants killed in Ingushetia

During a special force operation, which takes place near the village Kantishevo, Nazran region of Ingushetia, a group of militants was surrounded in one of the residential houses. The militants opened fire and two of them were shot dead. The operation continues, reports ITAR-TASS, citing local police.

Russian, Turkish intergovernmental commission discusses partnership issues

Ankara hosts tenth cession of Russian-Turkish intergovernmental commission on issues of cooperation, reports RIA Novosti. The joint commission on Russian-Turkish trade and economic cooperation will discuss realization of two energy projects and other issues of bilateral economic cooperation on May 5th – 6th.

A woman killed in Nazran was an accomplice of Gardanov

One woman was killed and another wounded in Nazran on Wednesday during the arrest of Magomed Gardanov, RIA Novosti reports, citing a spokesman for the FSB division in Ingushetia.A 28 year-old woman was hospitalized with a bullet wound to the chest and later died. The second woman, Maki Bogatiriova, a surgery nurse in the IRKB, was wounded in the leg and in the arm. A 14 year-old boy was also wounded, after which he received medical help and went home, ITAR-TASS reports.

Underground resistance leader killed in Nazrani

A special operation carried out by FSB and Interior Ministry officers resulted in the elimination of an Ingush underground resistance leader, Magomed Gardanov, who was killed in Nazran in an attempt at armed resistance.Speaking to Echo of Moscow radio station, Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said Magomed Gardanov was probably planning terrorist attacks for May 9th.