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On Saturday the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Grigory Karasin, has discussed with the EU Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Pierre Morelle, several issues concerning the upcoming round of Geneva negotiations on security and stabilization in Transcaucasia and the current situation in Kirgizia, reports Interfax.

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A plaque commemorating the White Army and civilians who had to leave Russia during the Civil War of 1918-1920, was unveiled today on the territory of the Russian ambassador’s residence in Turkey,

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The chief of the State Property Protection department of the Interior Ministry, Vladimir Savichev, after the explosion at the Baskan Hydroelectric Plant, has ordered the introduction of emergency measures in three days to protect vital facilities in the republic,

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Russia will not change position on Kosovo

 Russia will not change its decision not to recognize Kosovo, despite an UN International Court of Justice ruling that its declaration of independence from Serbia was legal, RBK reports.

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People's artist Natalia Gastasheva, “the silver voice of Kabardino-Balkaria”, was robbed and beaten in south Russia's Nalchik on July 21, reports ITAR-TASS, citing police.The robber gained entrance to her apartment by pretending to be an electrician. He then beat Gastasheva until she showed him where she kept her money and other valuables. The robber has been identified and police are searching for him.

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The Russian government has approved rules for acceptable retail prices on several “socially important” food products of prime necessity. Retail prices will be set by the government for these items if they have risen in price by 30% in the previous 30 days. There are 24 products on the list, published on the government website, including bread, tea, milk and beef.

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An AN-2 sprayer-plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the Petrovsky region of Russia''s Stavropol Territory on Friday afternoon, reports RIA Novosti, citing emergency officials. Engine failure was the cause of the incident. The pilot was unharmed.

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The Russian president's envoy in the North Caucasus, Alexander Khloponin, plans to hold the first session of the Caucasus economic forum in 2011 in Pyatigorsk to discuss tourist prospects for the region, reports RIA Novosti. However, he also noted there were currently no suitable venues for such a conference in the city.

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The Department of the Federal Migration Service in Krasnodar has proposed obligatory fingerprinting for all foreign visitors, reports the news site Yuga.ru. It was proposed to amend the federal law due to the attractiveness of the region, where the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place, for work migrants.

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Rail travel between Azerbaijan and Russia, disrupted by an explosion on the Inchkhe-Izbirbash line in Dagestan, has been resumed, a top Azerbaijan Railways official said on Friday. The explosion occurred earlier on Friday and damaged some 2 km of the line. There were no casualties.

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The financing of the “Sober-Bash” ski resort project in the Seversky region of Russia's Krasnodar Territory has been approved, reports Rosbalt. The project will cost about 4 million euro. Raiffeisen Landesbank AG and the Austrian company Wintertechnik will finance it, reported the Kuban Administration's press office. The foundation stone ceremony will take place on Tuesday during the visit of the president of Raffeisen Landesbank AG, Ludwig Scharinger.

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An emergency regime has been introduced in North Ossetia by request of the Ministry of Agriculture due a cotton budworm threat, the head of the press-service of the Emergency Ministry of North Ossetia, Yulia Starchenko, told RIA Novosti.

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The Caspian fleet will remain as an independent military unit of the Russian Armed Forces, a high-ranking official of the Main Staff of the Russian Navy told RIA Novosti in Moscow on Friday.Some media reported earlier that the process of reforming the Russian military may take away the independence of the Caspian fleet and merge it with the Black Sea fleet. The source still did not exclude the possibility of the Caspian fleet becoming part of the Black Sea fleet in the future.

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The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 will cost 185 billion rubles, 80 billion from state funds, the rest from private investment, the deputy chairman of Russian government Dmitry Kozak told journalists on Friday as part of his visit to Sochi, RIA Novosti reports. He said that he sees positive progress in Sochi. People that have moved to new houses are happy. Independent experts of the Olympic Committee give very high rating of the work, Kozak said.

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At 10.00 Moscow time the railroad workers of the North Caucasus restored the section of track damaged by the explosion on Friday in Dagestan, not far from Inchkhe station, RIA Novosti reports, citing the head of the North Caucasian Railroad press-service, Vladimir Svershevskiy. The explosion took place at 8.50 Moscow time, when an unknown explosive device went off as non-departmental security guards were passing. No one was injured.

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