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  • Uli Schamiloglu
    Nov 1, 2005
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      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 9, No. 205, Part I, 1 November 2005

      TRIAL OF SCIENTIST OPENS IN BASHKORTOSTAN. The Supreme Court of
      Bashkortostan began preliminary hearings in the trial of Oskar
      Kaibyshev, a scientist charged with the illegal export of technology,
      "Kommersant" reported on 1 November. The trial is examining contracts
      between Kaibyshev, the head of the Ufa Institute of Metal
      Superplasticity, and the South Korean-based ASA to supply
      titanium-alloy cylinders. According to the contracts, the cylinders
      were to be used to manufacture disc brakes, but the Federal Security
      Service (FSB) suspects that their real destination would have been
      the South Korean space program. Kaibyshev told "Kommersant" that the
      contracts were concluded under the supervision of the FSB. BW

      TATARSTAN LEGISLATORS APPROVE NEW POWER-SHARING AGREEMENT.
      Tatarstan's legislature approved on 28 October a new draft
      power-sharing treaty between Kazan and Moscow, "Kommersant-Daily"
      reported on 31 October. According to the daily, the new treaty was
      drafted in line with the 2003 law on the general principles for
      organizing legislative and executive organs in the state bodies of
      the Russian Federation subjects. The 2003 law nullified previous such
      agreements, and provided for a two-year period to amend existing
      agreements. In contrast to the previous power-sharing treaty, which
      defined the different competences of Russia and Tatarstan, the new
      agreement limits only the powers of the republic. According to
      "Izvestiya," work on drafting the new agreement was conducted in
      great secrecy. A source close to the working group that prepared the
      treaty told the daily that Tatar officials wanted recognition that
      the republic is a "sovereign state," although the language it sought
      would have reflected limited sovereignty within the Russian
      Federation. However, the presidential administration, according to
      the anonymous source, opposed this. JAC


      Uli Schamiloglu
      Professor of Turkic & Central Eurasian Studies
      Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
      1254 Van Hise, 1220 Linden Drive
      Madison, WI 53706 USA
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