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Presidential elections being held in Kazakhstan

Presidential elections being held in Kazakhstan

Presidential elections started today in Kazakhstan. The polling stations were opened at 7:00 a.m. local time. Polling stations will stay open until 20:00 p.m. The Kazakh authorities promise the most transparent elections in history.

Social and economic development strategy presented in Dagestan

Social and economic development strategy presented in Dagestan

The Ministry of Economy of the Dagestani Republic presented its strategy for social and economic development to 2025. High-ranking officials, including the head of the republic, Magamedsalam Magomedov, attended the presentation

Pre-election #039Silence Day#039 in Kazakhstan

Pre-election 'Silence Day' in Kazakhstan

The presidential election campaign in Kazakhstan has drawn to a end and the country will observe "a day of silence" before the vote, due on April 3. At midnight a ban on any campaigning took effect. Alongside the incumbent president, Nursultan Nazarbayev (leader of the ruling party Nur Otan), taking part in the race are three other candidates: leader of the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan Zhambyl Ahmetbekov, leader of the Party of Patriots, Senator Gani Kasimov, and self-promoted Mels Yeleusizov, who leads the Environmental Union Tabigat (Nature, the Green Party)

World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (April 1, 2011)

On April 1st The Guardian published an article by Israeli President Shimon Peres headlined “We in Israel welcome the Arab spring”. According to President Peres, the Middle East has to make a historic choice: to join the new global age of democracy, or to stay clinging to its history of closed societies and autocracy. The recent revolt in Arab countries shows that people of the Arab world are eager to establish democracy. “Israel welcomes the wind of change, and sees a window of opportunity. Democratic and science-based economies by nature desire peace.

Ingushetia staking on investments

Ingushetia staking on investments

At a press conference organized today by RIA-Novosti the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Evkurov, talked about the active pursuits of the Ingush authorities in reducing the unemployment rate in Ingushetia. According to Yevkurov, in the past year the authorities managed to reduce the unemployment rate only by 4%. In the current year this figure is expected to reach 10%.

Moscow to host concert of legendary jazz players

Moscow to host concert of legendary jazz players

Legendary musicians, winners of 22 Grammy awards, Chick Corea (composer, pianist) and Gary Burton (composer, vibraphonist) will perform at the Svetlanovsky Hall of the Moscow International Music House on April 4-5.

Alexander Khloponin to establish legislative council in North Caucasus

Alexander Khloponin to establish legislative council in North Caucasus

Alexander Khloponin, Russian plenipotentiary presidential envoy to the North Caucasian Federal District, expressed discontent with the work of parliament members.

James Nixey: It just so happens that the Abkhaz are more pro-Russian and the Georgians are more anti-Russian.

James Nixey: It just so happens that the Abkhaz are more pro-Russian and the Georgians are more anti-Russian.

  James Nixey, Manager and Research Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, the London-based think-tank.

Russian president dismisses police generals

Russian president dismisses police generals

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed 10 police generals, including the heads of police departments in a set of regions.

Controversial Olympiad. Sochi – 2014

Controversial Olympiad. Sochi – 2014

Public figures advertise the Olympiad while environmentalists and local population protest

Interpol searching for Russian officer

Interpol is looking for Russian officer Major Evgeny Borisov, who used to serve in Abkhazia.

ICAO concerned about Armenia#039s attempts to start using Khankendi airport

ICAO concerned about Armenia's attempts to start using Khankendi airport

Armenia has received a letter from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) referring to concerns of  Azerbaijan in connection with the operation of the airport in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (March 31, 2011)

The Washington Post published an article headlined “Are sanctions really ‘working’?” devoted to the situation surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. While the administration consistently points to the international and unilateral Iran sanctions as proof of its effectiveness in thwarting the regime’s nuclear program, the program hasn’t slowed and now it’s obvious how ineffective the sanctions legislation may be, thinks the author.

Magomed-Sultan Magomedov re-elected as Dagestani parliamentary speaker

Magomed-Sultan Magomedov re-elected as Dagestani parliamentary speaker

Dagestani members of parliament have re-elected Magomed-Sultan Magomedov as their speaker on Thursday.

20 years without the USSR: the views of another generation

20 years without the USSR: the views of another generation

According to the latest poll of the Public Opinion Foundation, 59% of Russian citizens regret the break-up of the USSR.

Oil painting on velvet

Oil painting on velvet

Lost Chinese technology revived in Caucasus

Georgia: vouchers instead of card system?

Georgia: vouchers instead of card system?

Economists and right-wing politicians accuse Saakashvili of populism and a violation of liberal economic principles

President demands provision of all conditions for investments in Russia

President demands provision of all conditions for investments in Russia

The investment climate in Russia remains “very bad” and is a result of corruption and higher taxes, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said at the Commission for Modernizing Economy.

World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (March 30, 2011)

The world famous economist, author of three books on the economy and a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States Daron Acemoğlu, a Turkish citizen of Armenian descent was offered the post of Turkey’s permanent representative at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, in Paris, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Tuesday. No other Turkish-Armenian has held such a high diplomatic post in the past.

Kazakhstan and Russia promote nuclear cooperation

Kazakhstan and Russia promote nuclear cooperation

Kazakhstan declared its intentions to buy stocks in Russian Novouralsk uranium enrichment enterprise, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov said