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Armenians And Azerbaijanis Clash In Moscow

Azerbaijanis and Armenians have engaged in fights and violent rampages in Moscow following recent cross-border clashes between the two Caucasus nations.
Moscow police said on July 25 that they had arrested more than 30 people on charges of involvement in fights and disturbances.

On the same day, in St. Petersburg, police detained dozens in a bid to prevent another outbreak in clashes between members of the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities.
The spate of violent incidents apparently began when groups of Azerbaijanis beat up Armenians in Moscow early on July 24 and later attacked Armenian-owned stores.
An amateur video posted on the Internet showed several men smashing a car with Armenian license plates and beating up its driver.
Russia's state-run TASS news agency quoted law enforcement as saying on July 24 that a group of Azerbaijanis had attacked a store selling construction materials belonging to Armenians in Moscow's Salaryevo district.
On the same day, seven Armenians attacked an Azerbaijani restaurant on Bratislava Street.
Armenians and Azerbaijanis then engaged in fights and attacked each other's shops and restaurants across the Russian capital.

Calls For Restraint
Calls for restraint from Armenian and Azerbaijani diplomats and other officials didn't seem to have any effect and the brawls have continued.
The Armenians' Union in Russia said that officials from the country's Federal Security Service, the top KGB successor agency, held a meeting on July 24 with representatives of the Armenian community to discuss the street clashes and promised that the instigators of violence would be punished.
The incidents in Moscow follow renewed fighting on the border between the two South Caucasus neighbors earlier this month.
Fighting broke out on July 12, and at least 12 Azerbaijani soldiers, including a general, and four Armenian servicemen died before the clashes involving artillery fire and drone attacks largely stopped several days later.
Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a war over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the late 1980s and early 1990s as they transitioned into independent countries amid the dissolution of the Soviet Union. About 30,000 people were killed.
Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan but is controlled by Christian Armenian separatists.
Russia, the United States, and France are the co-chairs of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which acts as a mediator in resolving the crisis. The group has been struggling for years to mediate a solution.

With reporting by the RFE/RL's Armenian and Azerbaijani services and AP

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Russia expects significant growth in gas production by 2035

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The Russian Ministry of Energy expects gas production to grow to 0.85-1.05 trillion cubic meters in the draft general scheme for the development of the Russian gas market until 2035, Director of Oil Refining and Gas Processing Department at the Ministry of Energy Anton Rubtsov said at the State Duma Committee meeting on energy issues, Report informs referring to Prime agency.

‘Gas production under different scenarios may vary from 850 billion cubic meters to 1.5 trillion cubic meters,’ Rubtsov noted.

He said that the Russian Federation’s resource base is ready to fully satisfy the growing domestic demand and those niches that will be available for Russia in the world markets.

‘From the point of view of gas supplies, the current estimates according to the general scheme show that gas consumption in the domestic market can amount 490-550 billion cubic meters. At the same time, the share of LNG in gas supplies from Russia to foreign markets can be estimated at 26-32 percent. We are undergoing a serious shift,’ Rubtsov added.

At the end of last year, Russian Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov reported that gas production in Russia by the end of 2020 is expected to reach 700 billion cubic meters.

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Russia: Five servicemen injured after roof collapses in military unit

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Five contract servicemen were injured after the roof of a military unit in Russia's Moscow region collapsed.

Report informs citing the RIA Novosti; the local emergency service spread the information.

It was reported that the incident took place on January 27 in one of the military units in Mozhaysk, Moscow region.

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Indonesia’s most active volcano rumbles

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Indonesia's most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters down its slopes, Report states,citing TASS.

It was Mount Merapi's most extended lava flow since authorities raised the volatile volcano's danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center.

The alert level was being maintained for now at the second-highest level. People should stay out of the existing 5-kilometer danger zone around the crater as the local administrations in Central Java Yogyakarta provinces closely monitor the situation.

The 2,968-metre volcano is on the densely populated island of Java and near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted with lava and gas clouds recently.

Merapi's last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people.

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