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    1 April 1999 NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN Shaimiev Against Russian Military Aid For Yugoslavia Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev spoke sharply against Russia
    Message 1 of 10 , Apr 2, 1999
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      1 April 1999
      NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN


      Shaimiev Against Russian Military Aid For Yugoslavia
      Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev spoke sharply against Russia providing
      military aid to Yugoslavia as was proposed by several senators at a session
      of the Federation Council on 31 March in Moscow. He said Russian involvement
      in the Yugoslav conflict would bring unforeseen consequences.

      The same day, Shaimiev met with the chairman of Russia's Central Bank, Viktor
      Gerashchenko, and the president of the Lukoil oil company, Vagit Alekperov,
      Tatar-inform reported.

      Deputies Want Greater Control Over Activities Of Tatarstan's Representatives
      Gelii Kobelev, the chairman of the State Council's Budget and Finance
      Commission, said deputies should be given greater control over the activities
      of Tatarstan's ambassadors. Kobelev made his comments at a meeting of
      Tatarstan's top representatives from Russian regions, CIS countries, and
      abroad on 31 March. State Council deputies were also present. It was reported
      at the meeting that of all "outside" investment in Tatarstan, just some 10
      percent comes from the countries and regions where Kazan has representatives.
      Deputies suggested that a special law be passed that would regulate the
      activities of Tatarstan's permanent, plenipotentiary, and trade
      representations, Tatar radio and television reported.

      Political Parties Prepare For Duma Elections
      Aleksandr Salii, the leader of Tatarstan's Communist Party, said seven
      candidates were proposed from the republican party for State Duma elections
      to be held in December. Salii said at a press conference on 31 March in Kazan
      that Tatarstan's Communist Party intends to allocate some $200,000 for the
      elections. He said that "the money was earned by the 'red' enterprises at
      which we established our control, our influence." Commenting on the failure
      of a communist candidate to gain election to Tatarstan's State Council during
      the 28 March elections, Salii referred to "infringements" on the law and
      appealed for the Supreme Court to declare the elections invalid. Alla
      Gabutdinova, the leader of Tatarstan's branch of Our Home is Russia (OHR),
      said it is necessary to change the working style of the organization.
      Gabutdinova made her comments at the third conference of Tatarstan's OHR,
      Tatar radio reported on 31 March. The conference discussed the issue of how
      to regain offices lost after former Premier Viktor Chernomyrdin's departure
      from the Russian government. In April, representatives from Tatarstan will
      participate in a nationwide OHR congress.

      State Assembly Heads Elected In Bashkortostan
      Bashkortostan's newly elected State Assembly (elections were held on 14
      March) held its first meeting, Bashinform reported on 31 March. The
      Legislative Chamber consists of 30 deputies working on a permanent basis. The
      parliament's upper body, the Chamber of Representatives, includes 144
      deputies. Deputies elected the heads of the State Assembly, with Konstantin
      Tolkachev named the chairman of the State Assembly and its upper house, the
      Chamber of Representatives. Tolkachev, 46, was head of the Ufa law institute
      in the Russian Interior Ministry. Fanis Amerov, a deputy and former committee
      member of the Legislative Chamber, was elected deputy chairman of the State
      Assembly. He will also chair the Legislative Chamber.

      By Gulnara Khasanova





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    • Haki1jef@aol.com
      Tuesday 6 April 1999 NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN Tatarstan Official Supports NATO Strikes Against Yugoslavia... Rafail Khakimov, the state adviser to Tatar
      Message 2 of 10 , Apr 6, 1999
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        Tuesday
        6 April 1999
        NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN


        Tatarstan Official Supports NATO Strikes Against Yugoslavia...
        Rafail Khakimov, the state adviser to Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev, said
        the flight of some 500,000 Albanian refugees from Kosovo was a humanitarian
        catastrophe. Khakimov said in an interview with Tatar-inform that he "isn't a
        supporter of air strikes but the European Union is trying to defend the
        rights of national minorities, using for this a different means, and this is
        justified." He said the idea of defending the Albanians isn't new, and said
        that all diplomatic measures and even economic sanctions had been tried --
        even when considering that [the Yugoslavs] had earlier pursued a similar
        policy in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Khakimov said the Serbs' actions in Kosovo are
        the consequence of the "fascist" ideology of Yugoslav President Slobodan
        Milosevic, who has used the NATO strikes to strengthen his own power. He
        continued that the "position of Milosevic was rather unstable, and due to the
        war he [has now] obtained the support of the whole country." Khakimov viewed
        Russia's role in the Balkan crisis negatively. He said Russia supported
        Milosevic from the very beginning and created an impression that Russia will
        always be with the Serbs. He added that "it would be better for Russia today
        not to interfere in the events in Yugoslavia."

        At the same time, Khakimov said that air strikes against Yugoslavia are
        unlikely to result in the desired effect, and the genocide against the
        Albanians in Kosovo is not likely to end without the use of NATO ground
        troops. Khakimov added that "the Serbs have large and well-trained military
        forces, and how NATO troops would fare if confronted by them is still an
        unknown question." In his opinion, the greatest factor to consider in the
        entire crisis is the genocide against the ethnic Albanians, and he said
        neither Europe nor the world can remain indifferent to it.

        ... And So Does Nationalist Opposition
        Leaders of the Tatar Public Center's Kazan branch said they support NATO air
        strikes against Yugoslavia, Tatar-inform reported. The presidium of this
        nationalist opposition group adopted a statement saying that NATO's action is
        being taken to "curb Milosevic's bloody regime and is aimed at the defense of
        the rights of all the ethnic minorities in Yugoslavia."

        Former Pension Fund Chief Is Sought
        The prosecutor-general of Kazan, Fler Bagautdinov, issued a warrant for the
        arrest of Valerii Alekseyev, the former head of Tatarstan's affiliate of the
        Russian Pension Fund. Alekseyev is accused of corruption and misuse of Fund
        assets resulting in losses of 18.5 million rubles ($740,000). Alekseyev was
        relieved of his chief duties with the Fund in June 1998. Tatar-inform
        reported that Alekseyev currently is in hiding but that his son, who is also
        accused of corruption, has been arrested.

        Tatar Youth Group Forms
        A Tatar Youth Information and Culture Center has been founded in Kazan by the
        Tatar State Committee for Youth Affairs and the Executive Committee of the
        Tatars' World Congress, Tatar-inform reported. The Center will be involved in
        the coordination and cooperation of youth from the Tatar diaspora, and ethnic
        cultural associations in Russia and abroad to promote the strengthening of
        cultural, scientific, and educational ties between Tatar young people.

        By Gulnara Khasanova





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      • Haki1jef@aol.com
        Wednesday 7 April 1999 NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN Georgian Ambassador In Kazan The Georgian ambassador to Russia, Malkhaz Kakabadze, arrived in Kazan on 7
        Message 3 of 10 , Apr 8, 1999
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          Wednesday
          7 April 1999
          NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN


          Georgian Ambassador In Kazan
          The Georgian ambassador to Russia, Malkhaz Kakabadze, arrived in Kazan on 7
          April. During a two-day visit Kakabadze is scheduled to meet with Tatarstan's
          First Deputy Prime Minister Ravil Muratov, Economics Minister Khafiz
          Salikhov, and officials from the alcohol company Tatspirtprom. The ambassador
          will be received by the general counsel of Turkey in Kazan, Akhmed Reza
          Demirer, and the deputy head of Tatarstan's Muslim Spiritual Board, Valiulla
          xazrat Yakupov. Kakabadze will also visit an ethnic Georgian community in
          Tatarstan, Tatar-inform reported.

          KamAZ Production Increases Threefold
          Tatarstan's KamAZ truck concern almost trebled production in the first
          quarter of 1999 compared to the same period last year, Tatar-inform reported.
          Last month, a thousand KamAZ trucks and more than 2,000 small cars were made.
          Every fifth truck was exported abroad and the total cost of production was
          380 million rubles (more than $15 million). KamAZ's general director, Ivan
          Kostin, said this is the best result of the enterprise since June 1997.
          Kostin said that of KamAZ's ten plants, eight were profitable in the first
          quarter of this year. He said that this year KamAZ has orders for 14,000
          trucks and some 29,000 Oka cars. Tatarstan's first deputy prime minister and
          the chairman of KamAZ's board of directors, Ravil Muratov, said in a press
          conference on 6 April that the prospects of cooperation with Swedish
          automaker Volvo are being considered. Muratov said that during his recent
          visit to southeastern Asia, the prospect of opening a KamAZ truck assembly
          plant in China was discussed.

          Tatarstan Starts Producing Benzine
          Tatarstan's petrochemical company Nizhnekamskneftekhim has begun making
          benzine, Tatar-inform reported. The company's director, Vladimir Busygin,
          said 450 tons of benzine a day are currently being produced, and a planned
          capacity of 600 tons a day will be reached later this month. Until now,
          Tatarstan, one of Russia's largest oil extracters, did not produce its own
          benzine. Only a low-grade fuel is currently being produced, but a wider
          variety is planned. The benzine is expected to fully satisfy the fuel needs
          of the republic's agricultural sector.

          Busygin said a big oil-processing plant with a refining capacity of 7 million
          tons annually is being built by Nizhnekamskneftekhim and will be operating at
          the beginning of 2000.

          Bashkortostan Has Oil Reserves For 25 Years
          The measured stocks of oil so far discovered in Bashkortostan are large
          enough, at current rate of extraction, to last the republic for some 25
          years, Bashinform reported. At the same time, the amount of oil reserves is
          falling relative to production. Last year, some 13 million tons of oil were
          extracted, but oil stocks increased by just 5.5 million tons.

          Five Die In Road Accident
          Five people died and several were injured in a multicar accident on 6 April
          on the Kazan-Chally highway, Tatar radio and television reported. Among those
          injured were a correspondent and cameraman from Russian Public Television
          (ORT), Eduard Khairullin and Vitalii Bezmenov, respectively. Both were
          hospitalized, and Bezmenov's condition is listed as critical.

          By Gulnara Khasanova

          <A HREF="http://206.241.72.7/bd/tb/tatar/index.html"> Tatar-Bashkir Service
          Kazan Bureau(In Tatar Language)
          </A> Kazan'dan Heberler
          Latin Hareflere bilen Tatarcha yazila,





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        • Haki1jef@aol.com
          Thursday 8 April 1999 NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN State Council Chairman Against Sending Volunteers To Yugoslavia... Tatarstan s State Council chairman, Farit
          Message 4 of 10 , Apr 8, 1999
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            8 April 1999
            NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN


            State Council Chairman Against Sending Volunteers To Yugoslavia...
            Tatarstan's State Council chairman, Farit Mukhametshin, said in an interview
            with Interfax that it was his understanding that the nationalist Tatar Public
            Center (TPC) has not sent anyone to Yugoslavia. The media has been full of
            reports that the organization has been signing up volunteers to assist
            Kosovar Albanians. He assessed the TPC campaign as "propaganda," stressing
            that the republican government was "against sending volunteers from Russia
            and Tatarstan for duty in Yugoslavia."

            ...And Tatar Public Center Refutes Enlistment Allegations
            The Tatar Public Center said on 7 April that it did not sign up volunteers
            for duty in Yugoslavia, it only was commenting on Russia's passiveness on the
            Kosovo issue, Tatarinform agency reported. Tatarinform quoted nationalist TPC
            leaders as saying they only supported the providing of temporary shelter for
            Kosovar Albanians in Tatarstan. Tatarinform said a report by Variant TV on
            the TPC's alleged involvement in signing up volunteers to fight against
            Yugoslav forces was the source for the "wave of indignation" at TPC
            headquarters. An RFE\RL correspondent in Kazan reports that during the recent
            TPC congress in Kazan, representatives from the the TPC's Chally branch
            stated that they had signed up about 15 volunteers to join the Kosovo
            Liberation Army.

            Georgian Ambassador Wants To Revive Trade
            Tatarstan's first deputy prime minister, Ravil Muratov, met with the Georgian
            ambassador to Russia, Malkhaz Kakabadze, on 7 April, the Cabinet of
            Minister's press service reported. During the meeting, Kakabadze acknowledged
            that his country has experienced difficulties reviving the trade ties from
            the former common market of the Soviet Union. The two discussed the prospects
            of trading agricultural and alcoholic products. Ravil Muratov suggested that
            republic's major automotive plant, KamAZ, could launch a "strategic
            cooperation project" with the Georgian Kolkhida automotive works to produce
            smallish Oka vehicles. Kakabadze said he would consider possible bilateral
            cooperation projects in the oil and chemical industries. In an interview with
            Tatar state TV, Muratov said Tatarstan would be able to develop economic ties
            with other CIS countries via its new ties with Georgia.

            Nizhnekamskneftekhim-BASF Partnership To Explore Russian Markets
            The Nizhnekamskneftekhim company and BASF AG signed a contract on 8 April on
            strategic cooperation in polyurethane and polyesterol production and sales.
            The same day, the BASF delegation met with Kazan Mayor Kamil Iskhakov, the
            directors of the Orgsintez and Khiton chemical plants to discuss further
            partnership in the oil chemical industry. BASF has been working with
            Tatarstan's chemical plants since the early 1990s. Commenting on the
            Nizhnekamskneftekhim-BASF partnership, the general director of the
            Nizhnekamskneftekhiminvestholding company, Rafit Yarullin, told reporters
            that the "neighboring markets were open for a new polyesterol producer from
            Tatarstan."

            By Iskender Nurmi





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          • Haki1jef@aol.com
            9 April 1999 NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN State Council Urges Political Settlement Of Kosovo Crisis Tatarstan s State Council discussed the events in Yugoslavia
            Message 5 of 10 , Apr 12, 1999
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              9 April 1999
              NEWS BRIEFS FROM TATARSTAN


              State Council Urges Political Settlement Of Kosovo Crisis
              Tatarstan's State Council discussed the events in Yugoslavia and passed an
              appeal stating that the conflict should be resolved only through
              negotiations, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported on 8 April. Deputies spoke in
              favor of prohibiting the enlistment of volunteers for duty in Yugoslavia, a
              practice that has been initiated by some extreme movements both in Tatarstan
              and Russia. Several deputies said the State Council should have "expressed
              its objections [to the situation in Yugoslavia] much earlier when Kosovo was
              being deprived of its statehood." The appeal will be sent to Russian
              President Boris Yeltsin, Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, and the State Duma.
              State Council chairman Farit Mukhametshin told reporters he was against
              "escalating the conflict by supplying arms to Serbs and sending Russian
              warships" to the Mediterranean "as proposed by some Russian politicians."
              Mukhametshin said Tatarstan was ready to provide necessary aid to the victims
              of in the "humanitarian catastrophe."

              Tatarstan's Chemical Industry Leader To Cooperate With BASF AG
              The Nizhnekamskneftekhim company and BASF AG signed a treaty on long-term
              strategic partnership in oil chemistry on 8 April. Production of polyurethane
              and polyesterol at the Nizhnekamsk chemical plant will be the first project
              launched under the partnership. According to BASF representatives, it is
              ready to supply its technology and know-how as well as assist
              Nizhnekamskneftekhim in promoting its products in foreign markets. Tatar
              President Mintimer Shaimiev and Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov attended
              the treaty-signing ceremony. According to the Cabinet of Ministers, the
              treaty is one of the key parts of the republican government's plan to develop
              the oil and gas industry.

              Chally Mayor To Run For State Duma Seat
              Commenting on the expected resignation of Chally Mayor Rafgat Altinbayev,
              President Shaimiev told republican television on 8 April that he "wouldn't
              rule out Altinbayev's intention to become a deputy in the Russian State
              Duma." He said Altinbayev "would receive support from the republic,"
              stressing that "in the next elections the republic will not remain
              indifferent to the kind of candidates representing it in the Russian Duma."
              Tatar state television reported the same day that Altinbayev would submit his
              resignation on 12 April. He is expected to remain chairman of the Chally City
              Council and "actively get involved in the [mayoral] election campaign."

              Tatarstan And Georgia To Revive Bilateral Trade
              President Mintimer Shaimiev met with the Georgian ambassador to Russia,
              Malkhaz Kakabadze, on 8 April. Shaimiev confirmed during the meeting that he
              "positively" assessed the revival of previous, more lucrative, bilateral
              trade ties with Georgia. Tatarstan and Georgia will reportedly boost
              cooperation in the production of oil, agricultural, and alcoholic products.
              Kakabadze assured Shaimiev that Tatarstan could "rely on Georgia as an
              intermediate for trade with European countries." He informed Shaimiev that
              his country is soon to become a member of the Council of Europe.

              By Iskender Nurmi





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