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Compiled by Mzia Kupunia
Tuesday, October 7
“South Ossetia has already joined Russia” – Moscow Mayor

Moscow Mayor Yurii Luzhkov has started building a settlement in the South Ossetian village of Tamarasheni, Kviris Palitra writes. The settlement will include a school, a kindergarten and a trade centre. The Moscow Mayor is expending his own finances on this project.

Luzhkov says that the new settlement is a gift for those damaged by the aggression of the Saakashvili regime. Luzhkov has proposed to use Georgian military buildings in the northern part of Tskhinvali as warehouses for construction materials in order to save on the budget.

At a meeting in the central square of Tskhinvali, Mayor Luzhkov said that a new era had begun for the Ossetian people, and that the new micro region being built by Moscow and Ossetian leaders is designed to show the Georgian President that Tbilisi will not be able to control South Ossetia any more. Luzhkov gifted his cap to separatist leader Eduard Kokoity after his speech. Before the August conflict a modern movie theatre and a trade centre built by the Georgian Government stood in the villages of Tamarasheni and Achabeti respectively.

During a closed session the Moscow Mayor and separatist leader discussed a new railway project. It is intended to construct a new line linking South Ossetia with Russia as an alternative to the Roki Tunnel.

Luzhkov also said that de facto South Ossetia has already joined Russia, and that all that remains to be done is to judicially register this process.

Putin Avenue in Grozny

The main avenue in the Chechen capital of Grozny, which has been recently reconstructed, has a new name – instead of “Victory Avenue” it will be named after Vladimir Putin, 24 Saati reports.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadirov signed the order renaming the street on Sunday and the relevant signs appeared on building facades the same day. “We mark Putin’s significance in the fight against terrorism and his contribution to the economic and social development of the Chechen Republic,” the Mayor of Grozny, Muslim Khuchiev, told Interfax news agency.

On the same day tens of thousands of people gathered on Ahmad Kadirov Square in Grozny to adorn his monument with flowers. The leaders of the Chechen Republic, South Federal District Regions and North Caucasus regions participated in this event. Later they walked to the concert hall to attend a concert commemorating the 420th anniversary of Russian-Chechen relations.