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    RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ________________________________________________________ RFE/RL Russian Federation Report Vol. 3, No.
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      RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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      RFE/RL Russian Federation Report
      Vol. 3, No. 28, 10 October 2001

      A Survey of Developments in the Regions Outside Moscow Prepared by
      the Staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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      HEADLINES:
      * TATAR, BASHKIR OFFICIALS CRITICIZE U.S. AIR STRIKES
      * REGIONAL TELEVISION TO PIONEER NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH
      INVESTOR
      * ROSSEL CONTEMPLATES APPEAL TO PUTIN IN SPAT WITH
      URALS ENVOY
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      PAN-REGIONAL ISSUES

      TATAR, BASHKIR OFFICIALS CRITICIZE U.S. AIR STRIKES...
      Despite the supportive tone set by Russian President Vladimir Putin,
      a number of Russian regional leaders in predominantly Muslim regions
      voiced criticism of U.S. air strikes against Afghanistan. Timur
      Akulov, the head of Tatarstan's presidential foreign affairs
      department, said on 8 October that "more efficient measures could be
      taken in order to find and annihilate bin Laden" than the U.S.-led
      military campaign against the ruling Taliban that began on 7 October,
      RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported. Akulov told "Vechernyaya Kazan" on 9
      October that the bombings could create more support for the Taliban
      than that group had dreamed possible. The same day, the press center
      of Tatarstan's Muslim Religious Board issued a statement saying that
      while "terrorist acts against innocent people cannot be justified,"
      the aim of defeating terrorists is not likely to be achieved in the
      manner that the U.S. has selected. The statement continued that
      although it is said that Islam is not an enemy in this war, it is a
      Muslim population that will suffer. The statement added that there is
      a real danger that the current military campaign might become a world
      war against Islam. The leader of the Tatarstan Republican Party,
      Mukhammat Sabirov, and the leader of the Kazan branch of the Tatar
      Pubic Center, Rashit Yagafarov, made similar comments about the fury
      of Muslim people being ignited. In Bashkortostan, the head of the
      local branch of the Eurasia Party, Zahir Hakimov, told RFE/RL's Ufa
      correspondent on 8 October that the U.S.'s recent actions have "given
      Islam the status of some terrorist faith, [and] we cannot ignore
      this." JAC

      TATARSTAN

      TATAR NATIONALIST BEATEN AND THREATENED. A local leader of a
      Tatar nationalist group was beaten last month by unknown assailants
      who threatened his life and the lives of his children if he
      participated in an organizing session for the Milli Mejlis public
      organization scheduled later this month, Tatar-Inform reported on 3
      October. Shakirzyan Zalyaev said he was warned that making a fuss
      would not be in his best interest. Meanwhile, the presidium of Milli
      Mejlis has issued a statement that the attack on Zalyaev is "the
      beginning of a terror against Tatar national movement activists that
      may lead to the most unpredictable consequences." The local Federal
      Security Service directorate has said that it will join the police
      investigation of the incident if a political link is established. JAC

      TATARSTAN'S CONSTITUTION DEEMED IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL
      CONSTITUTION. The Tatarstan Supreme Court ruled on 3 October that
      parts of the republic's constitution violate federal legislation,
      RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported on 4 October. According to the bureau,
      the court accepted major parts of the argument made by Aleksandr
      Zvyagintsev, the deputy prosecutor-general for the Volga federal
      district, but rejected some other elements. According to Interfax-
      Eurasia, Zvyagintsev had charged that some 42 articles of the
      constitution do not comply with federal law. According to Tatarstan
      Supreme Court Deputy Chairman Ilgiz Gilazov, articles concerning
      representative and executive powers, in particular, do not coincide
      with the legal principle of separation of powers, ITAR-TASS reported.
      JAC




      Uli Schamiloglu
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      Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
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