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Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive - 10 October 2001

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report

      RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Service

      Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive

      10 October 2001

      DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN

      Federal Envoy Admits Tatarstan's Authority To Decide On
      Script Reform

      Russia's presidential envoy to the Volga federal district
      said during an Internet conference on 6 October that he
      "personally was against the transition of Tatar language
      to Latin script from Cyrillic" but added that it was
      "important to distinguish between my own point of view
      and legal[ity] or illegal[ity]." Kiriyenko said: "Not all
      Tatars of the Russian Federation live in the Republic of
      Tatarstan, which is home to only half of them. The
      preservation of cultural traditions, cultural roots of a
      rich Tatar history -- which is one of the oldest in
      Russia -- is a very important issue. If Tatarstan begins
      publishing books in Latin script and Tatars [are] living
      outside TR, that would be a problem." Nevertheless
      Kiriyenko stressed that, "According to existing
      legislation, the parliament and the government of
      Tatarstan have a right to make their own decision on
      which script to use. We shouldn't interfere in this
      affair from the position of federal authorities, that
      would be incorrect. But no one has prohibited us from
      expressing our own viewpoint. I think that it is more
      important that experts in Tatar culture speak their minds
      on this issue, which is rather cultural but still very
      important."

      Duma Deputies From Tatarstan Oppose Transition To Latin
      Script

      The weekly "Zvezda Povolzhya" quoted two Russian State
      Duma deputies representing Tatarstan, Farida Gaynullina
      and Oleg Morozov, as saying, "It is premature to switch
      from Cyrillic-based to Latin Tatar script, because that
      would cause many problems for school students and Tatars
      living outside TR."

      Tatar Muslims Condemn Air Strikes In Afghanistan

      Tatarstan's Muslim Religious Board (MRB) has responded to
      U.S.-led strikes against targets in Afghanistan by
      condemning the war, which it says has destroyed the
      country's infrastructure and caused the death of
      civilians, Islam.ru reported on 9 October. The board says
      the current bombardment "only contributes to long-running
      civil war in Afghanistan, creating conditions for
      humanitarian catastrophe there." The MRB also condemned
      international terrorism, noting that "there is no excuse
      for barbaric acts against innocent people," presumably in
      reference to the 11 September terrorist attacks on
      America, and expressed regret that Osama bin Laden and
      Taliban leaders have not been defeated. A statement said:
      "These political figures emerged with the help of U.S.
      and Pakistani special services. History shows that the
      Afghan problem has no military solution. Only the
      citizens of that country can bring order to their lives
      and begin living in peace. And the world community must
      help them."

      Prime Minister Highlights Importance Of Future Census

      Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov, who is also chairman
      of the State Commission for Census Preparations, on 9
      October outlined for Tatarstan residents the importance
      of a national census taking place on 9-16 October 2002.
      He stressed the gravity of the republic's effort by
      saying, "For the next millennium historians will be using
      the data obtained by this census, just as their modern
      counterparts rely on the figures of censuses in 1897 and
      1989." Minnikhanov said the census "will show Tatarstan's
      achievements and problems of the last decade. Its results
      will serve in the adoption of the budget and laws of our
      republic so that the real situation of social and ethnic
      groups are taken into consideration." The prime minister
      urged residents to take part in the event and provide
      officials with "comprehensive and truthful information"
      for more solid forecasts of Tatarstan's development and
      state programs.

      Iran Interested In Tatarstan's Assistance In Oil
      Prospecting

      The National Oil Company of Iran intends to sign a
      contract for oil prospecting with Tatarstan's
      Tatneftegeofizika, based in Bogelme, Tatarinform reported
      on 9 October. Iranian officials are currently visiting
      Bogelme to study the technical opportunities of their
      possible Tatar partners.

      Volga District Tax Officials Gather In Kazan

      Top officials of tax bodies operating in regions within
      the Volga federal district are gathering in Kazan on 10
      October for a seminar devoted to new software for their
      professional needs. The seminar is expected to focus on a
      new information system for individuals' taxes which was
      improved and is currently being used in the republic.

      World Heritage Organization To Open Branch In Kazan

      The World Heritage Organization will open its Eurasian
      representative office in Kazan, regions.ru reported on 9
      October. Kazan Mayor Kamil Iskhakov recently returned
      from the World Heritage General Assembly in Pueblo,
      Mexico, where he was notified of the decision.

      Kazan Militia, Emergency Services Given A False Alert

      The Kazan militia was put on alert following an anonymous
      call claiming that there were bombs in the city's railway
      station, central department store, circus, and main
      sports hall on 9 October. Checks involving special
      militia, emergency services, fire brigades, and medics
      revealed no explosives in the mentioned buildings.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

      DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN

      Ufa Said To Have No Major Discrepancies With Moscow

      Albert Kharisov, Bashkortostan's newly appointed
      plenipotentiary envoy to the Russian president, said that
      there were no "principal discrepancies between Moscow and
      Ufa, because they are united by the common goal of
      building the Russian Federation," aromi.ru reported. He
      advocated maintaining the delicate balance between the
      federal center and the regions by allowing regions to
      retain some of their freedoms -- otherwise regional
      officials will not maintain responsibility for anything
      at all, he said. Kharisov recalled the times when even
      the issue of buying new curtains for Ufa's theater house
      was solved by officials of the cultural department at the
      Communist Party's Central Committee in Moscow.

      Fatherland Branch Leader Upbeat About Merger With Unity

      The leader of the Fatherland Party branch in
      Bashkortostan, Rim Bakiev, said that that the future
      congress of his party and Unity party in Moscow "will
      form a powerful party called United Fatherland," the
      daily "Respublika Bashkorotstan" reported on 10 October.

      Kiriyenko Says Bashkortostan’s Residents 'Inactive'

      Russian presidential representative to the Volga federal
      district Sergey Kiriyenko said the Bashkortostan public
      "is not active enough to let the republic host the social
      and cultural projects fair," Bashinform reported on 9
      October.

      Jobless Figure Tops 26,000 In Bashkir Capital

      Some 26,000 Ufa residents are officially looking for
      jobs, City Employment Center Director Vasilii Sorokin
      said on 9 October. More than 5,000 people are formally
      unemployed, 78% of them women.

      Russian Official To Join Celebrations Of Bashkortostan
      Sovereignty Declaration

      Russian Deputy PM Valentina Matviyenko arrived in Ufa to
      join the opening ceremony at a Republican national center
      for heart surgery on 10 October and to participate in the
      Republic Day celebrations on 11 October.

      Medics Urged To Prevent Spread of Drug Addiction In Rural
      Areas

      One-quarter of Bashkortostan's officially registered drug
      users live in rural areas, Health Minister Rais Khasanov
      said on 9 October. The minister called for intensifying
      antidrug education in villages. Drug addicts reportedly
      constitute only 2.8 percent of the republic's rural
      population.

      HIV Statistics Rise

      Forty-six additional individuals tested positive for the
      HIV virus in Bashkortostan last week, Bashinform reported
      on 9 October, bringing the number of people infected with
      the virus that can lead to AIDS to about 2,100.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi


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