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Rosneft to build oil refinery in Chechnya

Rosneft to build oil refinery in Chechnya

Construction of an oil refinery by Rosneft in Chechnya will begin next month.

World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (April 2-4, 2011)

  The Guardian published an article on the current oil price situation, which states that oil prices have hit their highest level since the financial crisis, amid continuing supply fears over the conflict in Libya and renewed optimism about global economic growth. US crude rose to $108.74 on Monday morning, its highest level since September 2008.

Russian, Chinese presidents congratulate Nazarbayev on poll win

Russian, Chinese presidents congratulate Nazarbayev on poll win

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to congratulate him on winning the presidential polls.

Alexei Vlasov: Staff reshuffles in the economic as well as political structures of Kazakhstan are to be expected

Alexei Vlasov: "Staff reshuffles in the economic as well as political structures of Kazakhstan are to be expected"

Alexei Vlasov, VK’s chief editor and political expert on Kazakhstan's prospects after the elections - Presidential elections were held in Kazakhstan

Armenian traditions of humor and satire

Armenian traditions of humor and satire

The Day of Satire and Humor is celebrated in Armenia on April 1

Russia and Abkhazia are dividing land

Russia and Abkhazia are dividing land

Tensions in relations between Moscow and Sukhumi around a small section of the border, which became Russian-Abkhaz in 2008

Image of Armenian winemaking

Image of Armenian winemaking

 Avag Arutyunyan : “Image is the heart of wine-industry competition between Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey”

Nazarbayev receives 95.5% of vote in Kazakhstan polls

Nazarbayev receives 95.5% of vote in Kazakhstan polls

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev received 95.5% of the vote in the presidential election on Sunday, the CEC said on Monday.

Almost 77 percent voter turnout in Kazakhstan

Voter turnout hit 76.9 percent in Kazakhstan by 16:00 local time, thus exceeding the total voter turnover in the 2005 presidential elections, a member of the Central Election Commission, Tatyana Okhlopkova, told a press-briefing on Sunday

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.