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In Nalchik one of the terrorist leaders of Kabardino-Balkaria has been detained, ITAR-TASS reports.The press service of the Chief Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the North Caucasus Federal District stated that the militant resisted violently during the arrest and launched a grenade at police officers. However, there are no victims among the civilian population. The criminal cannot be named for legal reasons.

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The Dubai Court of Appeal has overturned the life sentences of convicted murderers Makhdi Lornia and Maksudjon Ismatov for the murder of the Hero of Russia, Sulim Yamadayev, to 27 months imprisonment, RIA Novosti reports.Lornia's defense counsel stated that the verdict is fair and that they expected it.In March 2009, an attempt on the life of Sulim Yamadayev was commited in the UAE. In April 2010 the court in Dubai sentenced Lornia and Ismatov to life sentences.The grounds for changing the verdict haven't been announced yet.

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In the Caucasus national biosphere park more than 624 km of roads and preserved paths will be reconstructed in 2011, Yuga.ru reports.The main goal is to reconstruct fire-protection roads, comprising 67.5 km. The southern and western forest districts are most in danger of fire due to high summer temperatures.Moreover, 3 new bridges are to be built in 2011.

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The "RusHydro" company expects to purchase assets owned by the "Inter RAO" international energy corporation (a cascade of hydroelectric power stations on the Razdan river in Armenia). The investment will amount to 40 million euros. RIA Novosti reports that the negotiations are continuing, but no agreements have yet been made. The press service of "RusHydro" stated that purchasing 100% of the assets on the cascade is beneficial for both companies.

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The head of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO),Nikolai Bordyuzha, told the upper chamber of the Russian parliamentthat he is concerned about the increasing military activity inAzerbaijan, News.am reports. He said that the Georgian authorities are not helping to stabilize thesituation by promoting anti-Russia attitudes and increasing thepotential for military conflict. Bordyuzha said that extremism in Dagestan, Ingushetia,Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia and Chechnya have a negativeeffect

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The Russian State Duma has passed a law on control over civilfirearms. The amendments were initiated by Russian President DmitryMedvedev, ITAR-TASS reports. The law forbids carrying or transport of airguns and their use, exceptin special rooms and fields. Only civilians over the age of 18 will have the right to purchaseself-defense firearms. This will require a special license from policestations.

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The Russian Investigation Committee has solved 11 grave crimes andexceptionally grave crimes in the Kushevskaya Cossack village inKrasnodar Territory. The cases were reopened after the murders of 12people, the head of the Investigation Committee department inKrasnodar Territory Vitaly Tkachyov said, RIA Novosti reports.The 12 stabbed bodies were found at a farmers house in Kushevskaya onNovember 5. The assailants attempted to burn down the house. Mediareport that the village was under criminal oppression for many years.

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Russia and the UK deported one diplomat each in mid-December, a messagepublished today by the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague announces,RIA Novosti reports.The message says that on December 10 they requested a Russian diplomatbe deported in reply to unclear activities on the part of the Russianspecial services against Britain.On December 16, Russia requested a UK diplomat be deported.

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Georgia expresses its readiness to start a full-fledged dialogue withRussia on any topic, the press secretary of the Georgian president,Manana Mandzhgaladze, said in Tbilisi today, Georgia Online reports.“Although Russia inadequately reacted to the peaceful initiatives ofGeorgia, announced by Mikheil Saakashvili in Strasbourg and Astana,the Georgian side is devoted to them and again expresses readiness fora dialogue with Russia on any topic,” she said.

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The Russian State Duma has passed the law on naming the title of theheads of the executive authorities of the Russian regions in thethird, final, reading, Interfax reports.The law says that the title of the regional head cannot contain thewords used in the term of the head of the state – President of theRussian Federation.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has laid flowers at the grave ofSpartak football club fan Yegor Sviridov, who was killed in a fightwith natives of the North Caucasus on December 6, RIA Novosti reports.Putin visited the cemetery after a meeting with football fans at theMinistry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy today. Football fans ofNorth Caucasus football clubs also attended.Yegor Sviridov was buried at the Lyublinskoye cemetery. Putin calledhis murder an attack on the whole football fan community of Russia.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says that the local laws andtraditions in major cities may be adjusted if migrants violate them,RIA Novosti reports.The premier said that the power of Russia is its multinationality.Misuse of power may result in damage.Putin believes that officials from national communities should preventviolations and crime in their areas, Interfax reports.He said that this statement concerns Russian communities living in theCaucasus as well.

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  Aaccording to expert estimates, there are up to 3.5 million illegal migrants in Russia at the moment, the first deputy director of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) of Russia, Mikhail Tyurkin, told journalists, Prime-Tass reports. "In comparison with 2001 it is three times less - then it was about 10 million; this trend is good news," he added.

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  Security forces in Ingushetia have detained a suspect in a triple murder committed on Monday in the Nazran region, the Republican Department of Investigation Insurance Federation said today. On Monday evening three women were murdered near the village of Ali-Yurt: 42-year Madina Ozdoeva and her 18 and 20 year-old daughters. The suspect was detained soon after the discovery of the bodies.    

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