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Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive - 1 November 2001

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report

      RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Service

      Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive

      1 November 2001

      DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN

      Turkish Officials, Businessmen Gather In Kazan

      Turkey's State Minister and intergovernment
      Turkish-Russian economic commission co-chairman Yilmaz
      Karakoyunlu, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Nabi Sensoy,
      the co-chairman of the Russian-Turkish Business Council
      Turgut Gür, Iskeseher Mayor Yilmaz Buyukersen, and
      Russian Deputy Property Relations Minister Sergei Kosarev
      arrived in Kazan on 31 October to take part in the ninth
      meeting of the Russian-Turkish Business Council,
      Tatar-inform reported. The Russian-Turkish Business
      Council, uniting some 200 companies, was set up in 1991.
      Some 50 Tatar-Turkish joint ventures exist in Tatarstan.

      Tatarstan's Courts To Work Under Russian State Symbols

      Tatarstan's flags and state emblems will be removed from
      the premises of the republic's supreme and arbitration
      courts at the request of prosecutors, "Vechernyaya Kazan"
      reported on 31 October. Prosecutors also protested
      provisions in Tatarstan's legislation regarding state
      symbols of the republic as "expressing its sovereignty."

      Likhachev Said To Be Among Candidates For Federation
      Council Speaker

      Russia's representative to European communities, Vasilii
      Likhachev, is on a list of contenders for the post of
      Federation Council speaker after Yegor Stroyev's
      re-election as the governor of Orel, "Vremya MN" reported
      on 31 October. A former deputy chairman of the Federation
      Council, Likhachev has "a rich political past" in
      Tatarstan and "does not fully support the policies of
      Mintimer Shaimiev" -- to his credit, the newspaper noted.
      "Vremya MN" predicted that Likhachev's candidacy may be
      supported by the Kremlin.

      TPC Protests Persecution By Prosecutors...

      The Tatar Public Center presidium on 31 October issued a
      statement to express its disagreement with alleged
      persecution by Tatarstan's prosecutors of participants in
      a 14 October commemorative meeting, Tatar-inform reported
      on 31 October. TPC argued that the event has been
      observed for more than 10 years and has always been
      politicized to some extent, especially in recent years as
      federal authorities downplayed the achievements of
      Tatarstan's sovereignty. Tatar leaders said actions of
      civil disobedience are supposed to include only peaceful
      methods, such as a boycott of Russian elections or
      refusal to receive Russian grants and degrees. They said
      that the "shadow" government has existed since 1994 in
      the form of the Milli Mejlis.

      ..And Objects To Bombing Of Afghanistan

      The Tatar Public Center in Chally on 30 October expressed
      fears concerning the U.S.-led bombardment of Afghanistan
      and alleged intentions to expand the attacks to include
      targets in other countries, Tatar-inform reported. TPC
      leaders pointed out the similarity of the current global
      situation with the eves of WWI and WWII, arguing that
      American actions increase the number of terrorists
      instead of eliminating the root causes of terrorism. They
      urged a stop to conflicts in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and
      Palestine and an increasing role for the United Nations
      in promoting national problems, including the right of
      self-determination.

      KamAZ Promotes Joint Projects With Germany, China

      KamAZ and German companies DaimlerChrysler, Babco, and ZF
      plan to produce a new automobile, AK&M reported on 30
      October. KamAZ's acting vice president, Danis Valeev,
      said the companies' representatives are negotiating the
      project on assembly at KamAZ. The vehicle will be
      equipped with a DaimlerChrysler engine, a Babco-made
      controlling system, and a ZF gear-box.

      KamAZ is also negotiating with Chinese auto maker Dung
      Feng on the opening of a KamAZ assembly line in China,
      IMA-press reported on 31 October.

      Parliament To Discuss Shaimiev's Budget Message

      The State Council presidium on 31 October set its next
      plenary session for 21 November to discuss a budget
      message from President Shaimiev, Tatarstan Radio
      reported.

      Loss-Making Companies To Face Stricter Measures

      Aleksei Semin, the head of the republican committee on
      bankruptcy, said that bankruptcy is unavoidable for
      enterprises facing losses, tatnews.ru reported. He said
      his committee in the past 30 months has initiated
      bankruptcy proceedings at just one in 30 companies that
      are effectively insolvent, noting that the rate of
      unprofitable enterprises in Tatarstan is 7 percent lower
      than the Russian average; two years ago, it exceeded the
      Russian average by 5 percent. He said in the past two
      years, 76 percent of companies have restructured their
      debts and became profitable. He stressed that loss-making
      companies can appeal to restructure their debts until 1
      December, after which "strict measures" will be taken
      against them.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

      DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN

      Bashkortostan Remains Seventh On List Of Donor Regions

      Galiya Lukmanova, the deputy head of the Tax Ministry's
      board in Bashkortostan, said her ministry has collected
      37.3 billion rubles in revenues in the first nine months
      of the year, aromi.ru reported on 31 October. Under the
      new regime of budget relations between Moscow and Ufa, 49
      percent of that sum -- 220 percent more than in the year
      2000 -- was transferred to Moscow. Bashkortostan's budget
      revenues rose 18.3 percent compared to the same period a
      year ago.

      Tatenergo Delegation Joins Uralenergo Exhibition In Ufa

      Representatives of Tatenergo and the Bogelme electricity
      networks took part in the international trade fair
      Uralenergo-2001 in Ufa, tatnews.ru reported on 31
      October. Tatenergo executives held talks with their
      counterparts from Bashkirenergo to coordinate their work
      under an existing agreement between Bashkirenergo and
      Tatenergo.

      Rakhimov Promotes Small Businesses

      President Murtaza Rakhimov signed a decree on
      establishing industrial-technological centers for small
      businesses, Bashinform reported on 31 October. The
      document aims to encourage the use of idle premises by
      small businesses and introduces tax breaks.

      Bashkortostan, Austria To Cooperate In Paper Production,
      Energy Conservation

      A Russian-Austrian inter-governmental commission on
      technical and economic cooperation on 31 October approved
      two joint projects to be realized in Bashkortostan,
      strana.ru reported. Valentina Matvienko, Russia's deputy
      prime minister and the commission's co-chair, said the
      first venture will manufacture offset paper while the
      other will foster energy conservation efforts at
      Bashteploenergo.

      Government, Soros Fund Sign Cooperation Accord

      Prime Minister Rafael Baidavletov and the president of
      George Soros-backed Open Society fund in Russia signed a
      cooperation agreement on 31 October in Ufa, RIA-Novosti
      reported. Baidavletov said the thrust of the effort will
      be promotion of legal reform and penal reform. Open
      Society's Russia President Yekaterina Genieva said the
      fund will help create libraries in the republic's prisons
      and penal institutions.

      Bashkortostan's libraries are included in the program,
      "The Pushkin Library," under which they will receive 55
      million rubles' worth of books, journals, videos, and
      compact discs. Genieva said the fund has already opened
      an Internet center at Bashkir University.

      Ufa Administration Promotes Patriotic Youth Education

      A joint meeting of the Ufa administration and the city
      council of war, labor, and armed forces veterans adopted
      a five-year program for the patriotic education of youths
      and training draftees, Bashinform reported on 31
      October.

      Novgorod Governor Calls For Regions' Economic Freedom

      Novgorod Governor Mikhail Prusak called for amending the
      Russian Constitution at a press conference with reporters
      in Bashkortostan on 31 October. He said it is impossible
      to form a true civil society in Russia under the existing
      constitution. Prusak sharply criticized the current
      system, which he said deprives regions of economic
      freedom. He called for governors to be appointed rather
      than elected, but added that the leaders of national
      republics should be elected.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

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