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Inflation in Dagestan has reached 13.9%, exceeding the indicator by2%, compared with 2009, exceeding the average Russian indicator by5.1% and the North Caucasus Federal District indicator by 3.3%, RIADagestan cites the Ministry of Economy.The high inflation rate was caused by higher food prices that rose by19.7%, compared with 7.6% last year, making over 76% of the inflationlevel in 2010. Food prices made the inflation rise by 10.6%, since thestart of this year (3.9% - 2009).

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Russia's Stavropol Territory will see realization of Russian-SouthKorean joint innovation projects, RIA Novosti cites the press-serviceof the Ministry of Economic Development of the region as saying.The Russian-Korean seminar entitled "Energy efficiency: innovationtechnologies in photodiode illumination" was organized by regionalministry. Heads of KAPID and KOPTI and other leaders of the industryfrom South Korea took part in the meeting.

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Two members of illegal armed formations have been arrested in theChechen city of Shali, Yuga.ru reports.The two men arrested were born in 1985 and 1986. They have confessedto being members of Muslim Gakayev's group since mid-2010. The policeare checking their involvement in grave and exceptionally grave crimesin the republic.Muslim Gakayev's group is responsible for bombing and attacks onpolice in Chechnya and Dagestan.

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Peter Semneby, EU Special Representative to the South Caucasus, saysat a news briefing in Tbilisi today that only dialogue will help ironout Russian-Georgian relations, Trend reports.His term of office expires on February 28.Semneby emphasized that EU is ready to provide any necessary supportto Tbilisi. He also underlined that the conflict is within the talkson Sukhumi and Tskhinvali.The EU official believes that the sides need to come to a compromiseto achieve peace and stability in the region.

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Workers are concluding preparations for the reopening of theJugba-Sochi highway, which closed due to a landslide two weeks ago.Traffic is planned to open on February 22 at 16.00, Yuga.ru reports.There will be one-way traffic for cars. Two-line traffic will be openfor construction equipment. The road will fully open in March, whenthe basis of 48 stilts with a length of 35 meters will be set.

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Approximately 1,500 tourists remain in Kabardino-Balkaria, OlegMoseyev, head of the press-service of the Russian Tourism Agency,said.He said that all the hotels, cable cars are operating as normal.Security measures were improved. Moseyev said that the agency will bekept informed by the police.

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The Azeroilservice joint-stock company of the Azerbaijani TransportMinistry will continue construction of a toll road to from Baku toRussia, the head of the company Javid Gurbanov, told Trend.He said that they plan to construct the road from the 132nd km to theRussian border. The road will be 59.5 km long.There will be two local roads along the toll road. It will be thefirst toll road in the country. Gurbanov did not clarify theconstruction terms of the two other roads.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered Prime Minister VladimirPutin and Vice-Premier Victor Zubkov to prepare proposals on improvingthe situation on the wheat market, RIA Novosti reports.He noted that targeted distribution of wheat will prevent the priceson meat and dairy products from rising.He noted that the regional authorities will need to control the pricesin their regions.

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Two people died and two were hospitalized when the roof of a shopcollapsed in he Dagestani capital of Makhachkala.The cause of the collapse of the roof was the excessive amount of snowon it, RIA Novosti reports.

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Four aircraft of the Emergency Situations Ministry of Russia are readyto depart for Libya to evacuate Russian citizens. The first aircraftwill depart on Tuesday morning, RIA Novosti reports.Protests against the ruling regime started Libya on the 15th ofFebruary. According to international organizations, the number of deadis about 500 people, and the number of injured is up to 4,000.Eyewitnesses reported that the Libyan military aviation has launched amassive bomb attack against demonstrators in the country's capital

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Russia may reach the non-deficit budget in 2014 if oil prices remain high - about $ 100 a barrel, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. Russia's budget deficit in 2010 amounted to 1.795 trillion rubles, which corresponds to 3.9% of GDP.The budget deficit in 2011 is expected to be 1.814 trillion rubles (3.6% of GDP), in 2012 - 1.734 trillion rubles (3.1% of GDP), in 2013 - 1.795 trillion rubles (2.9% of GDP). According to the January forecast of IMF, Russia's budget deficit this year could reach 2.9% of GDP.

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Russian police, who on March 1 will change their name from militsia to politsia, will continue to use the old uniform until the beginning of 2012, ITAR-TASS reports, citing Deputy Interior Minister Sergei Bulavin. The exact look of the new uniform is still unknown. Samples of uniform police officers will be approved by the government. The law "On Police" will come into force on March, 1 2011, not January 1 as planned.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has approved the rules forconnections to oil trunk pipelines and for accounting businessentities which are engaged in oil production. A governmental decree onthis issue was published on Monday on the website of the Cabinet, RIANovosti reports."These rules shall govern the non-discriminatory access to oilproduction facilities connecting to the main oil pipelines, as well asthe accounting business entities engaged in the oil production," thedocument says.

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Police across Russia are looking for a native of Ingushetia, HawaFargieva, suspected of preparing to commit a terrorist attack,Interfax reports, citing a source in law enforcement.The source said Moscow police received an order to arrest Fargieva, aswell as a 27-year-old native of Kislovodsk, Timur Sheremetov.

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Russian vice-premier Alexander Khloponin, the presidential envoy tothe North Caucasus Federal District, has demanded that tourists beforbidden to enter the Elbrus ski resort area while acounter-terrorist operation continues in two districts ofKabardino-Balkaria, Itar-Tass reports. Masked gunmen shot dead three skiers from Moscow and the Moscowregion on a road in Kabardino-Balkaria on February 18. In a separateincident, attackers blew up a cable support pole near Mount Elbrus in

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Alexander Khloponin, Russian authorized presidential envoy to the North Caucasian Federal District (NCFD) said that being idleness is a support of militants, RIA Novosti reports.If an administration head is unaware of the events on his territory he is either a bad administrator or fails to work with the population. Such idleness or indifference is often direct support of terrorism.

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Putin meets Ingush leader

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has met with Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov. The sides discussed the social-economic situation in the republic.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev insists on punishing those involvedin illegal gambling in Moscow and demands that guilt be determinedonly after judicial process.Medvedev commented on a case on an illegal casino, supported by theprosecution authorities of Moscow Region.

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