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  • Uli Schamiloglu
    RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ___________________________________________________________ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 57, Part I, 26
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      RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 57, Part I, 26 March 2002

      FOREIGN MINISTRY IRKED OVER KUCHMA'S TREATMENT OF SHAIMIEV. Kazan's
      "Zvezda Povolzhya" recently reported that the Russian Foreign
      Ministry was irked by protocol that put Tatarstan President Mintimer
      Shaimiev side-by-side with Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma at
      Odessa airport, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported on 25 March. Shaimiev
      took part at the recent summit of presidents of Russia, Ukraine, and
      Moldova in that city. Shaimiev was invited to discuss how Tatarstan's
      experience could be used in resolving the Transdniester issue. The
      weekly asserted that Kuchma demonstrated that he considers Shaimiev a
      state president, the paper commented, while the Russian Foreign
      Ministry views Shaimiev as the head of a federation entity. The
      ministry ordered all television channels to cut a scene of Putin's
      arrival at the airport, according to the paper. JAC

      RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 58, Part I, 27 March 2002

      TOP MUSLIM OFFICIAL SAYS RADICAL ISLAM SPREADING IN TATARSTAN... The
      Muslim leader for Kirov Oblast, Mufti Gabdelnur Kamaletdin, told
      reporters that Wahhabism, a radical branch of Islam, is spreading in
      Tatarstan, endangering other regions of Russia including Kirov
      Oblast, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported on 25 March. Kamaletdin is
      subordinate to the Ufa-based Central Muslim Religious Board chaired
      by Talgat Tadzhuddin, who previously made a number of statements
      accusing Tatarstan's Muslim Religious Board of encouraging extremist
      branches of Islam. However, it has been reported that Tadzhuddin
      personally met one of Osama bin Laden's brothers during a visit to
      Russia (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 10 December 2001). JAC

      ...AS WAGE ARREARS RISE BY ALMOST A QUARTER... According to
      Tatarstan's State Statistics Committee on 25 March, wages arrears to
      employees of state-owned and private companies has reached 935.7
      million rubles ($30.2 million), while in January they were owed 761.7
      million rubles in back wages, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported on 26
      March. The major portion of this debt is reportedly owed by companies
      that are not funded by the republican or federal budgets. Also on 26
      March, presidential envoy to the Volga federal district Sergei
      Kirienko said the problem of fully raising budget-sector employees'
      wages in the district has not yet been resolved, and in certain
      regions of the district the backlog of wages to those workers has
      increased, Interfax-Eurasia reported. JAC

      ...AND HOUSING, UTILITY PRICES SET TO JUMP 5-10 PERCENT. Marat
      Khusnullin, Tatarstan's minister for construction and the
      housing/public utilities sector, has announced that as of 1 April the
      prices for housing and public utilities in the republic will rise by
      5-10 percent, Interfax-Eurasia reported. He also noted that a large
      number of enterprises in the sector appear to be bankrupt, and that
      last year the branch lost about 600 million rubles. JAC

      RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 60, Part I, 29 March 2002

      TATAR-LANGUAGE STATION LOSES TENDER. The Tatar-language Dulkin FM
      radio station in Kazan lost a bid for its broadcasting frequency in a
      tender held by the federal Media Ministry on 27 March, RFE/RL's Kazan
      Bureau reported the next day. The station, which attracted the
      interest of Tatars living around the world by maintaining 24-hour
      rebroadcasts via the Internet, had earlier failed to pay the ministry
      1 million rubles ($32,000) to prolong its license (see "RFE/RL
      Newsline," 15 March 2002). A newly organized TVT radio representing
      the influential Tatar-American Investments and Finance group won the
      tender. It pledged to preserve Dulkin's audience by offering
      listeners a wide range of entertainment and news programs in both the
      Tatar and Russian languages. JAC






      Uli Schamiloglu
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      Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
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