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Journalism masterclass to be held in Abkhazia

A journalism masterclass is going to be held in the Abkhaz capital Sukhumi on April 21-24. The event will be held at the initiative of the Russian North-South political research centre and the local Aynar media-club.

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Artesian well on fire in Stavropol Territory

 A 5-meter flame started during drilling of an artesian well in Podluzhnoye in the Izobilnensky District near the Stavropol-Bataysk road of the Stavropol Territory today, RIA Novosti reports.A gas field was found during the drills. 8 rescuers and two units of equipment are operating in the area to stop the gas flow. 

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Investigators search through Moscow office Northern Caucasus Resorts

 Investigators are searching through the Moscow office of the Northern Caucasus Resorts, Interfax reports.A criminal case was initiated against Ahmed Bilalov, former chairman of the board of directors of the Northern Caucasus Resorts and former Vice President of the Russian Olympic Committee, for abuse of authority. 

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Video camera recorded murder of Dagestani official

 Cameras recorded the murder of Saygidguseyn Omargajiyev, deputy head of the Dagestani committee for forest economy, RIA Novosti reports.The official has been working at the committee as its deputy head of 2 years. Investigators believe that he was killed due to his professional activities. 

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 Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a message to an international conference entitled “CIS Muslims for peace and sustainable development” in Baku and urged attendants to form an atmosphere of charity, mutual support and tolerance.Active dialogue of Muslim organizations and interaction with other religions boost socio-economic development and social consolidation, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin read in Putin’s message.

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Power cut in Anapa

 Over 7,000 people in 1850 houses experienced a power cut in Blagoveshchenskaya Su-Psekh, Tsybanobalka, Voskresensky, Krasny on the outskirts of Anapa at 8.25 today, RIA Novosti reports.Specialists are trying to restore power for 17 people. Kubanenergo said that six power lines were broken in the south-western area of Kuban as a result of severe wind.Wind speed reached 30m/s. More power cuts may happen on the Black Sea coast. Wind speed may reach 35-38m/s in the Novorossiysk District. 

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Baku hosts session of CIS Consultative Muslim Council

 Baku has held the second session of the CIS Consultative Muslim Council where head of the Caucasus Muslim Administration Sheikh-ul-Islam Allakhshukur Pashazadeh was re-elected as the chairman of the council for 5 years.An international conference entitled “CIS Muslims for peace and sustainable development” was held in Baku. It was attended by Azerbaijani religious confessions, members of government and parliament, scientists, artists and members of diplomatic missions. 

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Oil worth 200 million rubles stolen in Russia’s south

 Over 15,000 tons of oil worth over 200 million rubles was stolen from pipelines and storage facilities in Kalmykia and the Astrakhan Region. About 30 people are suspected of the theft, RIA Novosti reports.29 people have been detained. They were processing the oil at illegal facilities, producing fuel worth over 20 million rubles every month and selling it at their network of petroleum stations.About 20 searches were organized in their apartments. Containers with 550 tons of oil and five containers with petroleum were found. 

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 A jet of the Turkish Airlines flying from Istanbul to Kabul was forced to return. The pilot found a cellphone in the cabin, suspecting that it may be a radio-controlled bomb.No explosives were found by specialists at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. 

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Woman caught selling baby in Grozny

 A woman was caught selling a baby for 250,000 rubles near a café on the Street of Lorsanov in Grozny at 5.00 pm, Interfax reports.The police acted as clients to catch the woman red-handed. The police will initiate a criminal case. 

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Three killed at Boston Marathon

 Three people were killed at the finish line of the Boston Marathon at Copley Square at 2.50 pm local EST yesterday. Over 140 people were injured.

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Russian MPs scrap article on violation of believers’ feelings

 Russian legislators have scrapped the idea of adding an article on violation of believers’ feelings, Interfax cites Yaroslav Nilov, head of the committee for public associations and religious organizations.The punishment for such violations would have been fined with 300,000 rubles, or a violator’s wage of 2 years, or sentenced to compulsory community service for 240 hours, or compulsory community service for up to a year or a year in prison. 

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 Deputy head of Forestry Committee killed in Dagestan

Saigidgusein Omargadzhiev, the deputy head of the Forestry Committee of Dagestan, was shot on Monday night, a source in the law enforcement forces of the republic said."Omargadzhiev was shot right in front of the Committee building in Makhachkala. Unidentified gunmen shot out of a car and fled the scene,"  the source said. 

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Second World War veteran killed in Nalchik

A Second World War veteran, Georgi Mogilko, born 1923, has been found dead and bound up in his home, where he lived alone, the press service of the Ministry for Interior Affairs of Kabardino-Balkaria reported today. The criminals did not touch ten thousand rubles in a bedside table or a coat with full military honours hanging in a closet. However, the investigators believe the murder was committed for the purpose of robbery.

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