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Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive - 8 February 2002

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report


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      Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive

      8 February 2002


      Russia Adopts Tatarstan's Experience In Housing

      President Vladimir Putin highly evaluated Tatarstan's
      experience in clearing slums and housing construction,
      tatnews.ru reported on 7 February. Speaking at a joint
      meeting of the commission charged with preparations for
      the celebration of the jubilees of Kazan and St.
      Petersburg the previous day, Putin said Kazan's example
      is to be recognized at the statewide level and
      distributed throughout Russia. It was reported that 4,000
      families received free apartments in Tatarstan in 2001,
      the third largest volume after Moscow and Moscow Oblast.
      Since 1995, when the program of clearing slums was
      launched by the Tatarstan president, over 22,000 families
      have received new apartments. Putin said the Russian
      government last month passed a similar program to move by
      2010 some 421,000 residents throughout Russia from slums
      to new apartments. Some 60 percent of the 32 billion
      rubles needed for the program will be allocated from
      budgets of all levels.

      Constitutional Commission Continues Its Work

      Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev on 7 February chaired a
      meeting of the Constitutional Commission to discuss
      amendments to the document, Tatar-inform reported.
      "Vremya i dengi" on 7 February quoted commission member
      Marat Galeev as saying the number of paragraphs was
      reduced in the constitution's new version from 167 to
      122. Commission members presented 325 amendments to 122
      paragraphs of the document. The draft will be passed to
      the State Council next week, Tatar-inform said.

      Shaimiev told a press conference on 6 February that key
      paragraphs of the republican constitution, including
      those concerning Tatarstan's sovereignty, powers of its
      president, and the power-sharing treaty, have already
      been agreed with Russian President Putin, and called for
      minimizing as much possible the number of amendments to

      Kazan To Receive 1.1 Billion Rubles From Moscow in 2002
      For Preparations For Millennium

      Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Aleksei Kudrin
      said on 6 February that the federal budget will allocate
      13 billion rubles ($426 million) this year for
      preparations for the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg
      in 2003 and the Kazan millennium in 2005, ITAR-TASS
      reported. Some 1.1 billion rubles ($36 million) of that
      sum will be spent on preparations for the Kazan jubilee,
      including for the reconstruction of the historical part
      of the city and subway construction. Kudrin said the
      state commission that gathered in Moscow the same day to
      discuss the issue paid special attention to providing
      safety during the jubilee events, especially for famous

      Tatarstan's Main Religious Leaders Hold Meeting

      Leaders of Tatarstan's main religious communities met in
      the Muslim Religious Board to discuss problems of
      cooperation in the moral education of the republic's
      people and joint efforts to fight drug addiction and
      implement educational projects. Archbishop Anastasii of
      Kazan and Tatarstan, Jewish community executive director
      David Tokar, the deputy head of the Catholic community
      Father Toma, and the representative of the
      Evangelical-Lutheran community Viktor Dits were in
      attendance. The participants greeted Tatarstan Mufti
      Gusman Iskhakov on his re-election and expressed their
      hope such meetings will be held more often.

      Kazan Mayor Says Vatican Ready To Change Terms Of Holy
      Icon Return

      Kazan Mayor Kamil Iskhakov told a press conference on 7
      February that Tatarstan's leadership hopes for the return
      of the Kazan Divine Mother icon to Kazan before the
      city's millennium in August 2005. Iskhakov said the
      Vatican's press service informed him about possibly
      changing the terms for the icon to be returned. Iskhakov
      assumed that the pope will not necessarily insist on
      handing over the icon personally to Patriarch Aleksii II
      during a visit to Russia as he previously did.

      Killed Policemen To Be Commemorated

      The Buinsk administration decided to erect a monument and
      to name streets in the urban area after the militiamen
      killed on 4 February in the capture of two army
      deserters, Tatar-inform reported on 7 February. The widow
      and three children of one of the policemen, Gamil
      Zagrutdinov, were given authorization for a new apartment
      the same day, and all other victims' families will also
      be given new apartments, the agency said. The Interior
      Affairs Ministry also promised to employ all the widows
      and train all the children in higher institutions.

      Chally To Introduce Curfew For Minors

      The Chally administration developed a resolution to
      impose a curfew for minors, "Vecherniye Chelny" reported
      on 7 February. Under the draft, children under 14 years
      old will be permitted to stay outside till 8 p.m. and
      teenagers under 17 years old until 10 p.m., otherwise
      their parents will be fined. Currently the document is
      being agreed with prosecutors. A similar measure was
      already introduced in the city, but was then abolished as
      contradicting federal legislation. Now, Moscow itself
      uses such legislation.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova


      One In 10 People Have Received New Passports

      Roughly 12 percent of Bashkortostan's population, or
      554,000 residents, have received new Russian passports,
      strana.ru reported on 7 February based on information
      from the chief federal inspector's office in
      Bashkortostan. The agency cited Federal Inspector Ivan
      Ognev saying identity documents both with and without
      local insert pages are issued in the republic. Some
      15,500 residents received passports without the local
      inserts, he said.

      Authorities Promise Premiums For Best Arranging Of

      Bashkortostan President Murtaza Rakhimov issued a
      resolution urging additional measures in preparation for
      the Russia-wide 2002 census in the republic, Bashinform
      reported on 7 February. The document recognized "the
      great state importance" of the census and announced a
      competition among republic's cities and raions to provide
      the best conditions for the event. Those residential
      areas that arrange the best media campaign devoted to the
      census will also be granted premiums.

      Bashkir Congress Organizers Warn Of 'Alien'

      RFE/RL's Ufa correspondent on 7 February cited World
      Bashkir Congress Chairman Niyaz Mazhitov and Deputy Prime
      Minister and Culture and Ethnic Policies Minister Khalyaf
      Ishmuratov as urging strict criteria in the selection of
      delegates to the upcoming second forum of the congress.
      They say the participation of "alien people" could harm
      the congress' work. The forum must contribute to growing
      the Bashkir people and its language, history, spirit, and
      traditions, the leaders said.

      Organizers said the forum is an ideological means to help
      people who have forgotten their origin return to their
      roots. They called on Bashkirs in the republic and
      neighboring oblasts and republics to hold explanatory

      ..And Outline Forum's Agenda

      Zinnur Uraksin, the director of the History, Language,
      and Literature Institute of the Russian Academy of
      Sciences, told RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service that
      describing the current social and economic state of the
      Bashkir people and preserving and developing its
      sovereignty are among the main issues to be discussed at
      the World Bashkir Congress. He said another is promoting
      the interests of Bashkirs in conditions for the sale and
      purchase of land. Strengthening the unity of the Bashkir
      people -- primarily its language and culture -- and
      preventing the people's assimilation are also to be on
      the agenda. Demographic issues should also be paid
      significant attention, Uraksin added.

      Bashkortostan Residents Are Taking Up Sports

      State Sports and Tourism Committee Chairman Vladimir
      Samorodov told his committee's board on 7 February that
      the number of Bashkortostan residents going in for
      sports, tourism, and physical culture increased in 2001
      to some 1.7 million, representing 26 percent of the
      population. The figure is 0.5 percent higher than the
      previous year's rate, Bashinform reported. At a meeting
      last week of the Russian State Council, President
      Vladimir Putin called Bashkortostan "one of the most
      sportful regions" in the federation.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

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