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Landslide disrupts Russian gas supply to Armenia

A mountain landslide has damaged the North-South gas pipeline, Trend reports, citing head of Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation Zurab Janjgava.Repair works will take 2-3 days. Gas supply to Georgia has not been effected, by using an Azerbaijani pipeline, Janjgava said.Three working teams are currently repairing the pipeline. Armenia still has enough gas stored to supply the country for 10 days.

Azov oil exploration continues

Rosneft and Lukoil plan to continue exploring the Sea of Azov , RIA Novosti reports, citing head of Rosneft Sergey Bogdanchikov.On the Temriuk-Akhtarsk field in Krasnodar Territory of the Azov shelf they plan to take seismic measurements.The license belongs to Oil Company Priazovneft, a joint venture of Rosneft (42.5%), Lukoil (42.5%) and the administration of Krasnodar Territory (15%).

Russian patrol boats in Ochamchir will double

The number of Russian patrol boats in the Abkhaz city of Ochanchir will double in the near future, RIA Novosti reports, citing a head of the coastguard service of the border division of the Russian FSS in the republic, Captain Alexander Tudakov.Russian coastguards are located in Abkhazia according to an April agreement aimed at joint efforts to protect the border. According to Tudakov, there are currently four coastal boats, which will rise to eight soon.

First Olympic energy facility launched in Sochi

The first Olympic energy facility (the 110-kilowatt substationRodnikovaya) was opened in Sochi today, RIA Novosti reports.The Rodnikovaya substation is one of Sochi’s main energy distributing complexes.

Russian-Iranian co-operation to develop

The fifteenth International Exhibition “Oil, gas and oil-chemistry ofIran” in Tehran, with the participation of the Russian Ministry ofEnergy, has ended. Zarubezhneft, Sibur Holding and the Pipe Metallurgycompany presented their exhibits, Iran News reports.

Russia starts oil extraction in the Caspian

Russia starts oil extraction in the Caspian

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin visited the stationary oil platform named after Yuri Korchagin, located in the Caspian Sea, which is starting oil extraction, RIA Novosti reports.The Korchagin oil field is located 180 km from Astrakhan and 200 km from Makhachkala. It is being developed by Lukoil-Nizhnevolzhskneft, a branch of the private oil company Lukoil.

Dagestan: Economic review

Dagestan: Economic review

Lukoil launches development of oil field in Caspian region.

Igor Popov visits Armenia

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has welcomed Russian co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group on a settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh, Igor Popov, News Armenia reports, citing state press-service.The sides discussed the current state of the Karabakh settlement process.

Sochi-2014 project goes according to schedule

Construction of Olympic facilities in Sochi will be completed on time,Vice-Premier Dmitry Kozak has told the Federation Council. He noted,that it is important that the facilities be used in the future,ITAR-TASS reports.According to state estimates, the facilities in Sochi will need 100thousand staff, half of them working on a permanent basis.However, Kozak admitted that adjustments are needed in the budget. Sofar he can’t give exact figures for future expenses in 2010.

Putin on tour around Astrakhan region

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has arrived in the Astrakhan region, which is in top five biggest gas producing regions of the country, reports RIA Novosti. The head of the government will visit the ice-resistant stationary sea platform at the Korchagin oil-field. He will also host a meeting on the problems of developing hydrocarbonic deposits in the Russian zone of the Caspian Sea.

100 000 people to service Sochi-2014 winter Olympics - Kozak

More than 100 000 people will be employed to service the Sochi-2014 winter Olympics, reports RBK, citing Russian vice-premier Mikhail Kozak. He said that half of the service staff will be volunteers employed on a short-term basis, others will be personnel of hotels and Olympic facilities and infrastructure, including security personnel. He added that these people need special training and accommodation.

Azerbaijan, Stavropol sign cooperation agreement

Azerbaijan and Russia's Stavropol Territory signed an agreement on Wednesday on economic, scientific and cultural cooperation, Trend reports.Foreign turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia totalled $1.8 billion in 2009, which is some 60% higher than the average turnover between CIS countries, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Gasanov said.

Georgia launched war against South Ossecia in 2008 - EU commision

Georgia was the country that has launched aggression against South Ossecia in August 2008. This was announced today in PACE the head of the EU mission, which has investigated the circumstances of the war outbreak in South Caucasus Haidi Tatiavini, reports ITAR-TASS. "From our point of view it was Georgia, who has launched hostility against South Ossecia. We have not received any explanations the Georgia's actions from its side. Before the outbreak of the conflicts Russia's armed forced were inactive," - Tatiavini said.

Armenia to join Customs Union despite lack of common borders

Armenia is going to join Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in a Customs Union, even though it has no common borders with them, the RBK-Daily newspaper reports. Armenia is going to create a special economic zone, with transit and customs procedures similar to those in Kaliningrad region of Russia, the paper said. The issues of Armenia's entry into the Customs Union were discussed at the Yerevan meeting of the Armenian Premier Tigran Sargsyan and Russian First Deputy Premier Igor Shuvalov.

Soldier-compatriots honoured in Grozny

Soldier-compatriots honoured in Grozny

Since the death of Ahmat Kadyrov, traditional parades of participants in WW2 have not been taking place.

Dagestani pipeline repairs completed

The Dagestani emergency services have completed repairs on a pipeline in the republic's Kayakentsk region, reports Rosbalt, citing an Emergencies Ministry spokesman. An accident occurred on the 530km point of the Mazdok-Kazimagomed pipeline on April 27. More than 6 residential areas were left without gas, including 6 schools, 1 kindergarten and the central regional hospital. Gas supplies will be fully restored by 2.00 pm (10:00 GMT)

Russian president to visit Turkey on May 11

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Turkey on May 11, reports, citing Turkish Energy Minister Taner Ildiz. The minister also added that he would hold a number of meetings in Moscow to discuss energy projects ahead of the Russian leader's visit to Turkey.

One police officer dead, another injured in Kabardino-Balkaria attack

One police officer died and another was injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a traffic control post in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, reports ITAR-TASS.

Sochi puts first Olympic energy facility into operation

The first energy facility for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games has gone into operation in the host city of Sochi, reports ITAR-TASS, citing a Kubanenergo spokesman. He also noted that although the Rodnikovskaya electric substation was still technically under reconstruction, the amount of work conducted meant that it could be classified as having already been reopened. Reconstruction was started in 2008 and was completed three months in advance in schedule.

Putin to discus Caspian oil field development in Astrakhan

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin will discuss issues of developing oilfields in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea in Astrakhan on April28, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press-service of Russiangovernment.Putin will also visit the Korchagin stationary platform. The CaspianSea oil-field is developed by Lukoil-Nizhnevolzhskneft - an affiliatedsubsidiary of Lukoil.Oil deposits are estimated at 28.8 million tons of and gas reserves at63.3 billion cubic meters. The maximum level of extraction per year