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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
      Anti-Latinization Law

      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
      introduced.

      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
      the day.

      Harmonization Continues

      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
      September.

      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
      declined.

      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
      meters.

      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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