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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a surprise visit to Moscow'sVnukovo International Airport on Friday and declared himself satisfiedwith the security regime, RIA Novosti reports."At practically any piece of transport infrastructure the number of[security personnel] is insufficient, despite the fact that here [atVnukovo] there is order, in contrast to the situation yesterday [atMoscow's Kievsky railway station]," Medvedev said.Medvedev paid a surprise visit to Kievsky Station on Thursday and

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Georgia will place a 25% share of the North-South gas pipeline at theRoyal Exchange, Kursiv reports.Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri said that there are no plans forsales of the control stock.Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Kazakhstan are interested in theNorth-South gas pipeline.Azerbaijan offered $500 million for the gas pipeline in 2005, Gazprom- $250 million.

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The explosive device that went off while a military truck was passingin Dagestan's Kizlyar District was equivalent to 3 kg of TNT, RIANovosti cites a police source as saying.The explosion was followed by gunshots from nearby bushes. There wereno casualties reported.The bomb was planted on a roadside near a bridge. A crater with 1 m indiameter and 0.5 m deep was left after the bomb.

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A mass fight with the use of air guns and other non-lethal firearmshappened in Dagestan's Yuzhno-Sukhokumsk on Thursday night, RIANovosti cites a Dagestani police spokesman as saying.Some 150 people were involved. The conflict started between thesupporters and opposition of Wahhabism after evening prayers. One manwas injured. Approximately 100 police officers, including SpecialPolice Forces, arrived and stopped the fight.

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According to the villages assistance program, 5 million lari are being given to the rural districts of the Kakheti region of Georgia, the first deputy governor of Kakheti, Giorgi Sibashvilis, announced.According to him, the program aims to address existing problems in rural areas, reports Business Georgia.The municipality of Ahmet will receive 574,267 laris, Telavi -665,796, Kvareli - 433,828, Lagodekhi - 883,574, Gurjaani - 837,208, Sighnagi - 529,539, Sagarejo - 750,600 Dedoplistskaro - 355,552.

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For security purposes, the schedule for passenger trains in Dagestan has been changed: the times of departure, arrival and routes of trains on the territory of the republic was adjusted so that the trains will run only during daylight hours, Yuga.ru reports.According to the Makhachkala office of the North-Caucasian railway, a ban on the movement of passenger trains on the territory of Dagestan during the night was enforced by the first vice-president of the Russian Railways Company, Vadim Morozov.

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Construction of the helicopter carriers Mistral for the Russian Armed Forces will take ten years, said the Chief of General Staff of Russian Armed Forces, Army General Nikolai Makarov,  RIA Novosti reports.  He also clarified that the state program of armaments until 2020 has a budget of 23 trillion rubles. Earlier the official number was said to be 21 trillion rubles.

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Russian Deputy Minister of Transport Oleg Belozerov has arrived in Krasnodar, where he is leading the work on repairing the Dzhubga-Sochi federal highway, which was damaged by a landslide, RIA Novosti reports, quoting the press service of the regional administration. According to recent reports, the landslide destroyed 50 meters of roadbed, while the road subsided nearly six meters. This section of road is now closed and traffic is being redirected via a detour through the Shaumyansky pass.

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By the end of March 2011 three renovated wharfs will be put in operation in Adler, Matsest and Lazarevskoe, YuGA.ru reports, citing the press service of the Krasnodar Region Department on the preparations for the 2014 Olympics.The wharfs are being upgraded as part of the Olympic facilities construction program, which contains a number of concrete measures aimed at creating and modernizing the maritime transport infrastructure.

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Ded Moroz (the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus) is believed to be the best mascot and symbol for the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, the survey of the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) shows, RIA Novosti reports.According to the survey, the results of which were published on Thursday, the respondents believe that the culture of Russia as the host of the Olympic Games will be best reflected by Ded Moroz (24% in February 2011 against 12% in November last year), a dolphin (16% vs 4%, respectively) and a brown bear (16%).

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Medvedev sets three-day ultimatum on railway security

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held a meeting in the Kremlin on the issues of transport security. The meeting, which came after a surprise inspection of security at the Kievsky railway station, was attended by Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, and Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika.

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Dagestani leader Magomedsalam Magomedov has made a set of decisions on social protection and improvement of living standards of veterans of Afghan war, the deceased veterans of the war. He also took into account the proposals of the coordination council of veteran organizations and disabled soldiers of the Afghan war, RIA Dagestan cites the president’s press-service as saying.The republic’s budget in 2011 will provide:

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Terror memorial in Dagestan

Makhachkala is holding a memorial day for victims of terror. Makhachkala held a forum of religious figures of the North Caucasus republics yesterday. The event was organized by the charity fund of Said Muhamad Haji Abubakarov. Relatives of victims of terrorist attacks were also invited.

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The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sees no threat for Russiantourists in Egypt, noting that the local authorities control thesituation in the republic after long-term disorders that left hundredsdead.Advisor of the consulate department of the ministry Gocha Buachidzesaid that he met the governor of the Red Sea Province who assured theRussian official that all measures needed to keep order were taken.Buachidze said that there are few Russian tourists left in Egypt. Only372 people out of tens of thousands are left in Hurghada, according to

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Quarantine over flu and acute respiratory illnesses has been lifted inStavropol on February 10, Interfax reports.Media had earlier reports that the disease incidence level exceededthe admissible level of 6% and reached 10% in Stavropol. 87 educationcenters, where 55,500 children study, were closed. February holidaysstarted in all 40 schools earlier. All the 15 schools in Kislovodskwere closed on February 1.13 of 29 schools in Pyatigorsk were closed.

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