By empty (2/6/2007 issue of the CACI Analyst)Leader of the Imedi opposition political association Irina Sarishvili, detained on Monday evening by officers of the Georgian Interior Ministry for â€œthe import of great quantities of undeclared gold and cash from Armenia into Georgiaâ€, was released last night. The release was preceded by hours-long interrogation, conducted at the Georgian Sadakhlo passage point (Georgian-Armenian border). Sarishvili told reporters on Tuesday that â€œthe investigation has no claims to her any moreâ€.
By empty (2/6/2007 issue of the CACI Analyst)The Azerbaijanian Airlines State Concern has signed a contract with the US Boeing company on Tuesday. Under the contract Azerbaijan is to buy five Boeing planes of two modifications worth 401 million dollars. This is the biggest contract Azerbaijan signed in the non-oil sector of economy since the country proclaimed independence in 1991, said Director General of the Azerbaijanian concern Dzhangir Askerov.
By empty (2/6/2007 issue of the CACI Analyst)Two former senior executives of Nurbank, one of Kazakhstan\'s largest banks, have gone missing and are presumed kidnapped, the men\'s wives said Monday. In an open letter to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Armangul Kapasheva, the wife of Nurbank ex-deputy chairman Zholdas Timraliyev, said he had gone missing Jan. 31 after being summoned to a meeting with deputy foreign minister Rakhat Aliyev.
By empty (2/4/2007 issue of the CACI Analyst)Georgia said Sunday a Georgian village was shelled by its breakaway province of South Ossetia. Fire at the Georgian village of Nikozi was opened Saturday evening from Tskhinvali, the capital of the separatist region, Georgia said. South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia following a bloody conflict in 1991-1992 that killed hundreds of people.
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