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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 31 May 2002

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      31 May 2002


      TIU Says Attack On Leader 'Politically Motivated'

      In response to the 29 May attack on activists of the
      Tatar Public Center (TIU) in Chally, the TIU issued a
      statement yesterday claiming that, "the [attack] was
      carried out under political orders from certain state
      structuresÂ…[and] the criminals who savagely beat the
      leader of the TIU in Chally, Rafis Kashapov, should be
      punished," RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported the same day
      (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 30 May 2002).

      Six members of the TIU in Chally were injured in the
      attack, which was carried out by eight unknown
      assailants. Four of those injured, Kashapov, Gabdulla
      Shaisultanov, Rashit Khafizov, and Saniya Vakhitova, have
      been hospitalized. Kashapov is listed in stable
      condition, whereas Shaisultanov is in extremely serious
      condition, RFE/RL's Chally correspondent reported

      According to a report by Tatar-inform yesterday,
      Tatarstan Deputy Interior Minister Rafil Nagumanov said
      he believes the incident was not politically motivated
      but a "settling of scores between groups that control
      local markets."

      Meanwhile, Nafis Kashapov, Rafis Kashapov's twin brother,
      told a press conference in Chally yesterday that the
      attack could have been provoked by the TIU's recent
      competition for the best publication in Russia about
      human-rights violations and the lack of democracy in the
      country. He said that during the competition, the
      organization had received numerous descriptions of
      "monstrous events" throughout the country.

      KamAZ Denies Rumors Of Layoffs...

      Sergei Kogogin, general director of the KamAZ automotive
      concern, denied yesterday reports that the company plans
      to cut as many as 15,000 jobs. Kogogin said that he
      didn't order any layoffs and that such plans are not on
      the company's agenda, intertat.ru reported yesterday.
      KamAZ issued a press release yesterday to the same
      effect, saying that the company has never considered
      taking such measures.

      The company witnessed production growth beginning in
      1998, which resulted in the hiring of new workers. By
      this year, however, production and sales were down,
      leaving KamAZ with more than enough employees to meet its
      production needs. In response to this discrepancy,
      Kogogin said that the company needs to increase its
      production and that it will find ways of using its extra
      staff, intertat.ru reported.

      ..As Government Official Insists Layoffs Inevitable

      If KamAZ wants to find investments and become a
      European-level automotive company, then it should be
      prepared to lay off a significant number of employees,
      and Tatarstan authorities should be ready to find new
      jobs for the laid-off employees, Tatarstan First Deputy
      Prime Minister Ravil Muratov told strana.ru yesterday.
      Muratov said the figure of 15,000 layoffs is the result
      of research done by the Swedish company Scania, which is
      currently preparing for a joint project with KamAZ.
      Muratov said the Swedish company concluded that KamAZ
      currently has too many employees, especially engineers
      and technicians. This information was passed on to
      Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiev during his recent
      visit to Sweden.

      Muratov stressed that authorities at all levels --
      republican, city, and within the company itself -- should
      take all necessary measures to prepare for layoffs in
      order to prevent an increase in unemployment and
      resulting social tensions.

      Tatarstan Muslim Board Plans To Refuse Foreign
      Sponsorship Of Hajj

      The Tatarstan Muslim Religious Board plans to introduce a
      new procedure for sending Russia's Muslim pilgrims to
      Mecca, intertat.ru reported yesterday. The board said
      that "doubtful foreign sponsors" will be forbidden from
      sponsoring the Hajj, since these often represent
      fundamentalist religious organizations and intelligence
      services. The board's new program, which is called
      Idel-Hajj, includes fund-raising to secure financing for
      travel costs, the training of groups of pilgrims at the
      Russian Islamic University, and the provision of a full
      range of services to organize trips.

      The Nasko-Tatarstan insurance company and the Bolshaya
      Volga insurance association have agreed to take part in
      the project, which meets the requirements of both Russian
      legislation and Islamic traditions.

      Tatarstan Mufti Gusman Iskhakov informed Russian Security
      Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo of the proposal
      during the latter's recent trip to Kazan. Rushailo
      approved of the idea, intertat.ru reported.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova


      Rakhimov Wants Draft Constitution Ready By Fall

      Bashkortostan President Murtaza Rakhimov charged members
      of the republic's Constitutional Assembly with working
      out a draft constitution by September, Bashinform
      reported yesterday. The president said the situation
      regarding the harmonization of the constitution with
      federal legislation was "critical." He stressed that the
      fundamental principles of the republic's current
      constitution, in particular, the republic's treaty-based
      relations with Moscow, should be maintained and developed
      in the course of constitutional reform and that the 1994
      power-sharing treaty should be considered as a basis for
      reforms. He also said, however, that the treaty will be
      changed and that an additional protocol to the treaty
      will likely be signed with Moscow.

      Rakhimov said the new constitution should increase the
      powers of the Bashkortostan State Assembly to include
      responsibility for determining the strategy for political
      and economic development and overseeing the
      implementation of the republican budget.

      The members of the Constitutional Assembly have been
      divided into six groups to work on six different parts of
      the constitution.

      EES Loses One Seat On Bashkirenergo Board...

      Four representatives of Russia's power monopoly Unified
      Energy Systems (EES), along with nine other members, were
      elected to the board of directors of Bashkirenergo at the
      Bashkortostan company's shareholders meeting on 27 May,
      "Kommersant" daily reported on 29 May.

      In 2001, five representatives of EES, which owns 21.7
      percent of Bashkirenergo, were on Baskirenergo's board of
      directors, while there were six in 2000. The Bashkirskaya
      Toplivnaya Kompaniya, which is loyal to the Bashkortostan
      government and owns 32 percent of Bashkirenergo's shares,
      received the majority of places on the board.

      ..But Court Rules Bashkirenergo Must Repay Debts

      The Yekaterinburg Arbitration Court ruled on 28 May that
      Bashkirenergo must pay EES 182 million rubles ($5.8
      million) in customer fees for 1998, "Kommersant" daily
      reported the next day. The court was ruling on a suit
      brought by EES, which demanded that these fees be paid by

      EES originally made a claim in the Bashkortostan
      Arbitration Court that Bashkirenergo owed 370 million
      rubles ($11.8 million) in customer fees and fines, but
      that court ruled that the amount owed was actually 182
      million rubles. Bashkirenergo appealed and had the ruling

      It is not known whether Bashkirenergo plans to appeal the
      ruling of the Yekaterinburg Arbitration Court as well.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

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