Materials on South Caucasus lack in Russia: Vesti Kavkaza portal chief editor

Society Materials 12 February 2009 16:50 (UTC +04:00)
Materials on South Caucasus lack in Russia: Vesti Kavkaza portal chief editor

Russia, Moscow, Feb. 12 / Trend , R.Agayev/

Lack of materials on the South Caucasus countries' life is obvious in the Russian news space, Vesti Kavkaza Portal Chief Editor Aleksey Vlasov said.

"I mean ordinary people's life, problems of humanitarian and socio-cultural interaction," Vlasov told Trend .

New Internet-project Vesti Kavkaza news and analytical portal was launched in mid-January.

"The current version of the Web site is only a pilot project," Vlasov said. "If everything is successful, we will launch the expanded version of the portal with opportunity to air audio- and video-production early March," he said.

Some conflict situations in South Caucasus are created artificially, Vasilov said. "Therefore, it is possible to change the situation only through forming the Caucasus counties' new mode."

"This mode should be built on positive perception as part of cultural, spiritual and humanitarian space about which our leaders speak so much," Vlasov said. "But forming interior part of this space is under only initial stage," Vlasov said.

There are chairs studying history of the post-Soviet countries at the Moscow State University (MSU) and Russian State Humanitarian University, he said.

These universities teach young staff which study the Kazakh, Azerbaijani, Armenian and Georgian languages and deeply know history of these countries, especially not only modern, but also the most ancient period, Vlasov said.

"At present we have enough information and it is necessary not only to process it, but also air through accessible channels," he said.

Printing production is for academic circles, but internet-resource - for much larger public, he said. Vlasov said that information-analytical centre at the MSU's history faculty decided gradually to launch three big projects, including on South and North Caucasus, Central Asia and Ukraine.

"Temporary and financial priorities were given to the Caucasus direction. And I want specially to emphasize that we mean both North and South Caucasus," Vlasov said. "Thus, the project is unifying efforts of scholars and political scientists, specialists of Russia, the South Caucasus countries and Kazakhstan."

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