Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 31 May 2002
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31 May 2002
DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN
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
structures [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
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
DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN
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
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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