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First VicePresident Mehriban Aliyeva visited Gymnastics Center in Luzhniki Olympic Complex

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As part of her official visit to Russia, First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has visited the Gymnastics Center of President of the All-Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation Irina Viner-Usmanova in the Luzhniki Olympic Complex.

Irina Viner-Usmanova welcomed First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, according to Trend.

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva toured the Gymnastics Center of Irina Viner-Usmanova.

The Gymnastics Center opened this June. The center has training halls, rooms for coaches and referees, a multimedia museum, canteen, press-bar, and workshops. The five-storey Gymnastics Center occupies a total area of 25,700 square meters. The center seats 4,000 and features partially transformable tribunes and VIP boxes. Its appearance conveys a unique roof shape resembling the wave of a gymnastic ribbon.

First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva and President of the All-Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation Irina Viner-Usmanova had a conversation at the tea-table.

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva wished Irina Viner-Usmanova new successes in her future activities.

Mehriban Aliyeva was presented with a keepsake.

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Switzerland puts Einstein on worlds smallest gold coin

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Switzerland has minted the smallest gold coin the world has ever seen, state-owned Swissmint announced Thursday, DW reports.

The 2.96-millimeter (0.12-inch) gold coin, weighing only 0.063 grams (1/500th of an ounce), is so small the viewer needs to squint closely to see world-famous physicist Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out.

The coin has a nominal value of 1/4 of a Swiss franc ($0.26, €0.23) and can be ordered online.

According to Swissmint, 999 of the coins have been made, and a single coin will be sold for 199 francs and accompanied with a special magnifying glass so owners can see Einstein.

The gold coin represents Swissmint's official 2020 commemorative coin and celebrates the works of Einstein.

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Procter Gamble Europe to invest in Azerbaijan to establish centre in Baku

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Procter & Gamble Europe is to create a regional centre in Baku.

ABC.AZ reports that discussions were conducted during the Davos meeting of President Ilham Aliyev with Loic Tassel, the president of Procter & Gamble Europe.

During the conversation, it was noted that Procter & Gamble Europe intends to expand its activities to Central Asia and the Far East and the city of Baku was chosen as a regional center. It was emphasized that reforms implemented by President Ilham Aliyev and the business environment created in Azerbaijan will provide an opportunity for Procter & Gamble Europe to expand towards the east through the company’s office in the country.

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Bulgaria charges three Russians over poisoning possibly linked to Skripal case

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Bulgarian prosecutors have charged three Russians with the attempted murder of three men whose poisoning is being investigated by Sofia for possible links with the 2018 nerve-agent attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, Reuters reports.

The prosecutors did not name the three Russians but said European arrest warrants had been issued and that they would seek their extradition to Bulgaria.

The three are accused of trying to kill arms factory owner and trader Emilian Gebrev and two other Bulgarians in Sofia between April 28 and May 4, 2015, by “intoxication with an unidentified organophosphorus substance,” the prosecutors said in a statement.

They said the method used was “dangerous to the lives of many”.

Gebrev and the two other victims fell ill but survived.

The investigation into the poisoning was reopened in 2018 after Gebrev told prosecutors he had reason to believe the substance used on him might have been similar to Novichok, the nerve agent used against Skripal in Salisbury in England.

In February last year, Bulgaria said it was investigating a possible link between their poisoning and the attack on Skripal and his daughter, both of whom survived.

At the time, prosecutors said a Russian man by the name of Sergei Fedotov visited Bulgaria three times in 2015 and was there in April when Gebrev was poisoned.

In October 2018, the Russian news website Fontanka named Fedotov, who it said worked for the country’s GRU military intelligence service, as a suspect in the Skripal case.

Moscow never comments on the identity of GRU staff but has denied involvement in the poisoning of Skripal.

A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman declined to give detailed comments on Thursday but said the Russian embassy in Bulgaria was probably following developments.

Investigative website Bellingcat has said Fedotov was an alias for a GRU officer called Denis Sergeev.

In December, Sotir Tsatsarov, at the time Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor, said he saw a close link between the people involved in the crimes in Bulgaria and England as a suspect in the Skripal case was in Sofia when Gebrev was poisoned.

The Bulgarian prosecutors have said they are cooperating with the FBI and Britain on the investigation.

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