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BERLIN — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has become a winner of the German Quadriga Prize, annually awarded on the Day of German Unity – October 3, reports the Zuddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
ASHGABAT — Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has made changes in the government. More than 20 dismissing and appointing decrees and the same number of reprimands mostly to heads of regional administrations were signed after Friday’s government meeting that discussed the results of the first half of this year, the presidential press service reported.
YEKATERINBURG — About 30 European real estate developers will be exhibitors of the Innoprom 2011 international show due in Yekaterinburg on July 14-17, a source at the Sverdlovsk regional governor’s office told Itar-Tass.
MOSCOW — Present Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated Russian fishermen on the professional holiday, the Fisherman’s Day. “Fishing is a traditional occupation in this country; it has promoted prosperity of many Russian regions,” the president said in a congratulatory message posted on the Kremlin website.
MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian fishermen on the professional holiday, the Fisherman’s Day.
MOSCOW — Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov, at the rally opening ceremony on Red Square in Moscow on Saturday, wished success to the Silk Way Rally 2011 participants. “The participants will have 4,000 kilometres to go from the capital of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games to the capital of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The entire world will watch the rally. We wish a happy way to all the sportsmen and a victory to the Russian racers,” Zhukov said.
KYZYL — The construction of a major Buddhist temple and an Orthodox church in Tuva will be completed with financial support of Chinese and Russian investors. The agreements were concluded during the trips of the Tuva head to China and Moscow, government head Sholban Kara-ool told local media editors in chief on Saturday.
ST. PETERSBURG — Polar researchers at the drifting North Pole-38 station use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to control the ice situation in the area, the chief controller of the Arctic expedition, Vladimir Sokolov of the Arctic and Antarctic Scientific Research Institute in St. Petersburg, told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
SUKHUM — The Krasnoyarsk song and dance company named after M.S. Godenko and the State Abkhazian song and dance ensemble staged joint concerts in Abkhazia with great success. The first concert was held in Sukhum on July 8 and the second – in the Hero City Tkuarchal on July 9.
MOSCOW — All disputable land questions were settled after the approval of borders of Moscow and the Moscow Region, said on Sunday Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, speaking in an interview with the “Week in the city” TV program.
MOSCOW — Actors of the Taganka Theatre request the Moscow city authorities to come to their general meeting so as to resolve jointly the question on a new art director of the company, Itar-Tass learnt this week from head of the theatre’s literature section Yelena Solovyeva.
MOSCOW — President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Investigation Committee head Alexander Bastrykin to form a group for investigating the MS Bulgaria wreck in the Volga River in Tatarstan and told Tatarstan head Rustam Minnikhanov to give assistance to the wreck victims and families of the dead, the Kremlin press office said.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD— The MS Arabella cruise ship is carrying 85 rescued passengers and crewmembers of the MS Bulgaria, which sank in the Volga River on Sunday, to Kazan. The arrival is due at 9:00 p.m. Moscow time, the Tatarstan Health Ministry told Itar-Tass.
MOSCOW — The MS Bulgaria ship, which sank in the Volga River in Tatarstan, was in order, Director of the Agrorechtur ship owner Svetlana Imyakina told NTV. The ship met the economy class requirements. “It was repaired and put on the register. All was normal,” she said, adding that she could not say what caused the wreck.
MOSCOW — The Russian Defense Ministry has signed over 80% of contracts with defense plants for this year’s orders, while the rest of contracts will be signed when the sides settle their disagreements over pricing, head of the Armed Forces’ armaments department Anatoly Gulyayev said. “Claims that state defense orders 2011 have been thwarted and will be delayed until 2012 are unfounded,” he said.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD — Two people are regarded as drowned on the M/S Bulgaria that sank on Sunday in the Volga River on the territory of the Tatarstan Republic, Itar-Tass learnt from press service head of the Volga regional centre of the Ministry for Emergencies Oleg Zugeyev. According to the press service head, these are preliminary data. The spokesman also said that there were 140 passengers and 33 crewmen aboard the double-deck Bulgaria pleasure boat at the time of the emergency. A following ship rescued 55 people.
MOSCOW — Federal Marine and River Transport Agency head Alexander Davydenko and deputy head of the Federal Transport Supervisory Service Vladimir Popov will visit the Bulgaria vessel’s wreck site to hold the investigation, a source at the Transport Ministry told Itar-Tass.
MOSCOW — The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is sending rescuers to the MS Bulgaria wreck site, ministry spokesperson Irina Andrianova told Itar-Tass. “The ministry is sending an Ilyushin Il-76 jet with rescuers and divers of the Leader Center and the Centrospas Unit to Tatarstan,” she said, adding that the plane would depart at 7:30 p.m. Moscow time.
MOSCOW— Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu has informed President Dmitry Medvedev about rescue works on the site of the MS Bulgaria wreck in the Volga River, the Kremlin press office said. “Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu reported on rescue works on the site of the MS Bulgaria wreck by phone,” the press office said.