28 September 2001-Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report on Latinization
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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report
RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Service
Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive
28 September 2001
DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN
Mukhametshin Says Duma Unlikely to Adopt
State Council Chairman Farid Mukhametshin told Tatarstan
Television on 27 September that he had met with Duma
deputies who had initiated the draft law prohibiting
introduction of non-Cyrillic alphabets and that he is
convinced this draft will not go forward. At the same
time, he said, the deputies involved had asked Kazan to
lengthen the period over which the new script will be
Tatar Intelligentsia Backs Latinization...
Representatives of the Tatar intelligentsia on 27
September held a forum to discuss switching to Latin
script, Tatar Television reported. Linguists, literary
figures, and representatives of Tatar public
organizations being in attendance spoke out against those
trying to slow down the shift in alphabets. Tatar Public
Center head Rashid Yagfarov said that the forum was
intended to unite intelligentsia on latinization.
Meanwhile, Tatar language professor Flera Safiullina told
Tatar Television that schoolchildren learn that script
within 2-3 weeks.
..And TPC In Chally Calls For This
The Tatar Public Center in Chally appealed to Tatar
organizations and intelligentsia to promote latinization
of the Tatar language saying that it will help Tatars to
survive and resist assimilation, RFE/RL's Chally
correspondent reported on 26 September.
Duma Deputy Opposes Idea of Referendum on Latin Script
Duma Deputy Fandas Safiullin said on 27 September that
attempts to prevent the introduction of Tatar Latin
script violate rights of the Tatar people and the Russian
constitution, Rosbalt reported. He said that the issue is
"an internal affair of the Tatar people." He also spoke
against a referendum on the issue being related only to
Tatars as ethnic Russians "may feel insulted by not being
able to take part in it."
Abdulatipov Defends Tatarstan's Right to Choose Alphabet
Ramazan Abdulatipov, a Federation Council member from
Saratov Oblast, said on 27 September that introduction of
Latin Tatar script may be "inexpedient" but he defended
the right of Tatarstan to make that choice. He suggested
that Tatars might wish to revisit the question now that
integration rather than disintegration is the order of
State Council Secretary Valentina Lipuzhina said on 26
September that Tatarstan has successfully defended before
the Russian Supreme Court its laws on local
self-governance bodies, on emergency situations, and on
elections of local council deputies and that 40 legal
acts were harmonized by the court decisions. She said
that seven more laws may be harmonized only after
amending the republic constitution.
Milli Mejlis Says Census May Divide Tatars
The Milli Mejlis said that Moscow may exploit the
forthcoming census to reduce the number of Tatars in the
country by dividing them into four ethnic groups
including Kazan, Astrakhan, Siberian, and Christian
Tatars, RFE/RL's Chally correspondent reported on 26
Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova
DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN
Chechen Official Thanks Rakhimov
Chechnya's Urus-Martan administration head Gebertaev sent
a message of thanks to Bashkortostan President Murtaza
Rakhimov for the help provided by republic's interior
bodies in Chechnya, Bashinform reported on 26 September.
Gebertaev said that after units from Bashkortostan had
begun working in his district, the number of complaints
from local residents about bad behavior of servicemen had
Government Discusses 2002 Budget...
The cabinet on 27 September discussed the draft 2002
budget, Bashinform reported. Deputy Prime Minister Foat
Khantimerov said that budget revenues next year are
supposed to total 57.6 billion rubles ($2 billion) and
that 48 percent of them are to be transferred to Moscow.
He said that the rate of income tax will be reduced from
current 35 to 24 percent.
..And Sets Limits on Housing of Administration Head
The cabinet also issued a resolution governing the amount
of housing space provided for the heads of regions and
cities, RFE/RL's Ufa correspondent reported on 26
September. According to the ruling, free apartments or
houses provided to administrations heads will remain
state-owned property and cannot exceed 150 square
Number Of Bashkir Children in Tatar Villages Increases
Dürtile raion education department official Rimma
Sharipova told RFE/RL on 26 September that about 20
percent of students at Tatar schools in the raion's Tatar
villages are Bashkirs, and that in a few the percentage
is as high as 35 percent. Moreover, Bashkir classes have
been opened this year in eight Tatar schools there. The
region has a special three-year program to transition
from Tatar to Bashkir as the language of instruction.
Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova
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