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Iran concludes test at Bushehr nuclear plant

Equipment testing at the nuclear plant constructed by Russian specialists in southern Iran's Bushehr has been completed, and the energy block will go into operation between August 23 and September 22, ITAR-TASS reports, citing the head of the Iranian nuclear energy organization.Ali Akbar Salekhi emphasized that with the start of the A4 stage, which involves inspecting reactor equipment at high temperatures, there are no more obstacles to launching the power plant.

Tbilisi approves sale of gas pipeline for Russian transit to Armenia

The Georgian parliament has overwhelmingly approved the sale of the gas pipeline used for Russian gas transport through the territory of Georgia to Armenia, RBC reports. The opposition believes that the government should keep the rights for the pipeline because the purchasers may turn out to be Russian companies ‘constituting an energy and economic threat to Georgia’. The opposition proposed making Georgia the holder of 51% of the pipeline's share. Parliament dismissed the opposition's concerns.

At least one dead at children’s camp in south Russia

One child drowned and three others and their tutor went missing at the ‘Azov’ children’s camp in south Russia's Kuban on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports, citing emergency officials. One more child is in intensive care after the group were caught up in strong underwater currents near the Doljan Cossack village.

Construction starts on memorial at Beslan school

The construction of a memorial complex at Beslan's school No1, destroyed in a terrorist attack in September 2004, has begun. The complex is dedicated to 335 victims of the attack, and preserves the shell of the building, Interfax reports, citing regional administration. German company Knauf Kassel is constructing the memorial. It was earlier reported that the building where the tragedy took place had become dangerous, making it necessary to build a new roof and strengthen the ceilings.

Chechnya to spend $2.7 billion on hydro plant construction

Approximately 86 billion rubles (some $2.7 billion) of investment will be required for the realization of the largest energy project in Chechnya – the construction of 10 hydro plants on Argun River in the next 10-12 years, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Chechen minister of industry and energy. Olguruz Abdulkerimov said that the first project involved the onstruction of only two hydro plants – Duba-yute and Chiri-yurte. Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has approved the project.

Armenia to receive $600 million loan from EurAsEC

Armenia will receive a $600-million beneficial loan from the anti-crisis fund of EurAsEC as a loan, Armenia Today reports. The decision was made at the session of the Interstate council of EurAsEC on july 5th in Astana Armenia has the status of an observer in EurAsEC.

Olimpstroy specialists move from Moscow to Sochi

The president of Olimpstroy, Taymuraz Bolloyev, has ordered a large number of specialists to move from the company's office in Moscow to Sochi to work on the construction of facilities for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games . The vice-president of Olimpstroy, Gennadiy Gubin, told Interfax that this step will help solve many construction issues faster because the specialists that make decisions on complicated issues will be in a single office.

Unhealthy Chechen childhood

Unhealthy Chechen childhood

The number of children born disabled is increasing in Chechnya annually

Four terrorist acts hit Kabardino-Balkaria in 24 hours

Policein Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria havefound an improvised explosive device in a vehicle belonging to apoliceman in the city of Tyrnyauz. The device has an explosive powerequivalent to 1.5 kg of TNT, Interfax reports.

President of Ingushetia appreciates the results of the latest special operations

The President of the Ingush Republic, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, claimed that the latest special operations aimed at exterminating leaders of armed bands, such as Said al-Buryati, has raised a good response among the population, RIA Novosti reports. The President said that the crime level in the Republic had decreased.

Azerbaijan to double gas exports to Russia next year

The amount of natural gas exported from Azerbaijan to Russia is going to be increased 100% in the next year, announced the president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) Rovnag Abdullaev, APA reports.He said that SOCAR has already made an offer to "Gazprom" to double gas exports.

The head of "Memorial" is charged with libel

The investigative authorities have charged the head of the Council of the Human Rights Center "Memorial" with libel against the President of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, RIA Novosty reports. A legal action has begun after Oleg Orlov, the head of "Memorial", publicly claimed Kadyrov's personal or indirect participation in Natalya Estemirova's assassination. Natalya Estemirova was a human rights activist and a member of "Memorial", who was kidnapped on July 15th and then found dead.

Ferry service between Novorossisk and Sochi to launch in August

The "Bazovy Element" holding company is going to launch a ferry service between the ports of Novorossisk and Sochi this August, reports. "We are already selecting the ferry boat. This variant was not included in the business plan, so it's a new resolution", said Executive Officer of Bazovy Element's port business, Yuri Tyamushkin.

Azerbaijan increases delivery of gas to Russia

The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) is going to increase delivery of gas to Russia. President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullaev told journalists that they had offered the Russian Corporation "Gazprom" delivery of 2 billion cubic meters of gas in 2011, reports. Several days ago, addressing the annual meeting of "Gazprom" shareholders, CEO Alexey Miller announced that the Corporation is ready to buy as much gas as Azerbaijan can offer.

Putin spells out Russia#039s new strategy in the North Caucasus

Putin spells out Russia's new strategy in the North Caucasus

The most acute social and psychological problem of the North Caucasus is severe unemployment, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed today, addressing a meeting of "United Russia" regional branches in the North Caucasus Federal District, Interfax reports. The Prime Minister stressed that no less than 400 thousand work places are to be created in the next few years. He said that the way the government solves the problem of unemployment will show how effective its policy is in the North Caucasus.

Bulgaria and Russia come to agreement on South Stream

Bulgaria and Russia have come to an agreement on a road map for the construction of the gas pipeline project "South Stream". The deal was reached during today's talks between Russian vice-premier Victor Zubkov and the prime minister of Bulgari,a Boyko Borisov, ITAR-TASS reports. "The talks were constructive and the parties are satisfied with their results", Zubkov said.

Putin says North Caucasus extremism finished

Extremists still carry out terrorist acts in the North Caucasus, but their time is nearly up, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday,

Russia to donate $8 million for Armenian school meals

The Russian government has decided to allocate $8 million for the UN International Nourishment Fund

High-speed train to connect Moscow and Sochi

The high-speed "Lastochka" (Swallow) train will connect Moscow and Sochi on the eve of 2014 Olympics,

Kadyrov will not insist on trial for Memorial head

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has no interest in seeing the head of Memorial go to trial on libel charges,