There are four candidates for the post of mayor of the Dagestani capital, Makhachkala: members of three political parties and an independent candidate, Interfax reports.The candidates' identification documents were handed to the current mayor, comprising the secretary of the local branch of the ‘United Russia’ party Said Amirov, candidate of ‘Just Russia’ Mader Kanberov, candidate of the KPRF (Communist Party) Sapiyulle Bamatov and independent candidate Ali Abdulbekov.
Azerbaijani military personnel will be trained in the military schools of Turkey and Russia, Trend reports.According to the plan of bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey, Azerbaijani military personnel will be trained at the High Military School of Land Forces, the Military Medical Academy in Gulnakh, the High Military Summer School, the Military Naval Lyceum, the Air Lyceum of Ishiglar and the High Military-Naval School, the press-service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reports.
The Interior Ministers of North Ossetia and Ingushetia signed a protocol on joint search and preventative measures at an operative meeting in Vladikavkaz, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press-service of the Interior Ministry of North Ossetia. The topic of the meeting was security and stability of the operative state in the zone of the administrative border. Heads of mobile groups of the Russian Interior Ministry assigned to North Ossetia and Ingushetia were also at the meeting.
The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has sent humanitarian aid to South Ossetia. According to ITAR-TASS, citing the Information Department of the ministry, at 11.06 Moscow time an Il-76 plane carrying humanitarian cargo lifted off heading to Tskhinvali. The plane carries food, utensils and mattresses. The overall weight is 30 tons. The ministry noted that humanitarian aid is provided as part of an inter-departmental humanitarian aid program.
According to Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, there will be no war in the North Caucasus because the militants lack support among the population, Yuga.ru reports, citing the newspaper ‘Komsomolskaya Pravda’. Putin said that the militants are only capable of isolated terrorist attacks. The premier explained that the events in the region are more a matter of clans than terrorism. They are redistributing spheres of influence. However, Vladimir Putin said that destructive processes are still at an extremely high level in the region.
The coming visit of President Dmitry Medvedev to Baku tends to be a crucial point in the history of Azerbaijani-Russian relations. The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is still a menace to the security of the whole region and the role of Russia, who continues its peace-keeping policy, is today extremely significant.
An unidentified explosive device went off in the yard of school No1 in the village of Chontaul in the Kiziliurt region of Dagestan at 02:00 hours local time. No one was injured. A monument near to where the explosion took place was destroyed, RIA Novosti reports.
Azerbaijani and Russian deputy foreign ministers Khalaf Khalafov and Grigoriy Karasin discussed preparations for the official visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Azerbaijan, a message of the Department of Information and Press of the Russian Foreign Ministry says, Trend reports.
The Greek First Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas is to arrive in Ankara to visit on Tuesday a basketball game between Greek and Turkish teams with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, reports RIA-Novosti. During his visit he is also to meet with the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew.
A monument to Alexander Pushkin was unveiled today in south Russia's Nalchik. The Minister of Culture of Kabardino-Balkaria Ruslan Firov pointed out the significance of the event. The chairman of the Russian Writers Union, Valery Ganichev, noted the Caucasus themes in Pushkin's verse. Alexander Voytov, director of the IBC Promstroy, financed the monument.
The 14 teachers from various schools in Dagestan's capital of Makhachkala have received presidental rewards of 200,000 roubles (some $6,500) as part of the national project “Education”, reports Yuga.ru.
The Russian oil company Lukoil claims that neither the company nor its affiliate companies will supply oil to Iran. Information was given out in the media that Lukoil's affiliate, Litasco, had been supplying oil to Iran, but Lukoil has withdrawn from the Anaran project due to the international sanctions.
The Russian company “Vertolet Rossii” will soon transport four new helicopters to Baku, Vesti.Az reports.According to the company the Ka-32 helicopters are for search and rescue operations. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations has already bought two Ka-32 helicopters.