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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 3 July 2002

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report

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      3 July 2002

      DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN

      Parliamentary Speaker Discusses Amendments To
      Power-Sharing Treaty

      Chairman of the Tatarstan-New Century political movement
      Farit Mukhametshin, who is also chairman of the Tatar
      State Council, told a meeting of the group's presidium on
      2 July about the ongoing revision of the 1994
      power-sharing treaty between Kazan and Moscow, RFE/RL's
      Kazan bureau reported today. Mukhametshin heads a special
      republican committee that is currently negotiating with
      federal authorities on amendments to the treaty, which
      contradicts federal legislation and the Tatar
      Constitution. Meanwhile, the term of the treaty, which
      was extended for four years in 1998, is set to expire on
      28 July.

      Mukhametshin said his committee will present its proposed
      amendments to Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev today. He
      said that the committee will recommend that the new
      treaty list Tatarstan's powers in fields outside Moscow's
      jurisdiction, and also that it should include the
      requirement that republican presidential candidates speak
      both Russian and Tatar.

      Agency Official Claims Administrative Barriers Slowing
      Development Of Small Business

      Aleksandr Sergeev, general director of Tatarstan's Agency
      for the Development of Entrepreneurship and the owner of
      the Aleksandr household-appliances chain of stores, told
      a press conference on 2 July that difficulties in
      obtaining loans and real estate, as well as other
      "administrative barriers," were the major problems that
      small businesses faced in Tatarstan, RFE/RL's Kazan
      bureau reported today.

      During a recent visit by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail
      Kasyanov to the republic, Sergeev's agency reportedly
      gave Kasyanov a number of proposals for possible measures
      to boost the development of private business in the
      republic, such as the creation of a single tender center
      to replace the 60 local tender centers across Tatarstan.

      In order to protect small businesses in the republic, the
      agency also prepared a draft Tatar presidential decree
      saying that state monitoring bodies are to present a list
      of enterprises that are to be inspected to the organs of
      local self-government 10 days before the beginning of
      each quarter, informing local governments and enterprises
      of what business activities are to be inspected.

      Sergeev said the biggest problem in obtaining commercial
      real estate in Kazan was "the Kazan city administration,
      because it is virtually impossible to buy real estate
      directly from the city and one has to deal with
      middlemen."

      Duma Deputies Inspect Tatar Industries

      Viktor Grishin, head of the Russian State Duma Committee
      on Federation Affairs and Regional Policy; Martin
      Shakkum, head of the Duma Committee on Industrial Policy;
      Oleg Kovalev, head of the Duma Committee on Regulations;
      and Vladimir Dubov, head of the Duma Subcommittee on
      Taxes and the Budget, arrived in Kazan on 2 July at the
      request of Oleg Morozov, leader of the Russian Regions
      faction of the State Duma, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported
      today.

      Morozov led his colleagues on an inspection tour of the
      production premises of the Kazanskoe Aviatsionnoe
      Proizvodstvennoe Obedinenie (Kazan Aviation Plant) and
      the Kazanskoe Motorostroitelnoe Proizvodstvennoe
      Obedinenie (Kazan Motor Plant). Morozov said that,
      "Although I'm quite a strong lobbyist [for
      Tatarstan-based businesses] myself, it's important to let
      the Duma's decision makers know what we have in Kazan in
      order to ensure [the Duma's] support of our industrial
      projects."

      The State Duma deputies were accompanied by Tatar Prime
      Minister Rustam Minnikhanov, Deputy Prime Minister and
      Minister of Economy and Industry Aleksei Pakhomov, and
      Finance Minister Radik Gizatullin.

      Tatar President Sends Condolences To Bashkortostan

      President Shaimiev sent a telegram expressing his
      condolences to Bashkir President Murtaza Rakhimov on 2
      July, saying that citizens of Tatarstan shared in the
      grief being felt by the "brotherly people" of
      Bashkortostan as a result of the 1 July crash of a
      Bashkir Airlines plane in Germany that claimed the lives
      of 71 people (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 2 July
      2002).

      KamAZ To Renew Production Of Modified Vehicles

      The KamAZ automotive concern announced on 2 July that it
      is about to renew production of modified heavy trucks and
      Oka-model small vehicles for export to countries where
      driving is done on the left side of the road, intertat.ru
      reported the same day, citing the company's press
      service. The company had undertaken plans to produce such
      modified vehicles to Pakistan in 1999, but the project
      was halted because of the political situation in that
      country.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

      DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN

      Bashkir Airlines Places Blame For Crash On Air-Traffic
      Controllers

      Nikolai Odegov, general director of Bashkir Airlines,
      told a press conference at Moscow's Domodedovo airport on
      2 July that the airline blames the Swiss air-traffic
      controllers for the midair collision between a Bashkir
      Airlines Tupolev 154 and a Boeing 757 operated by the
      package-delivery service DHL the previous day (see
      "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 2 July 2002). He added
      that the airline planned to sue the air-traffic
      controllers, RIA-Novosti reported the same day.

      Moscow, Ufa Prosecutors Begin Investigating Possible
      Criminal Charges In Relation To Crash

      The Moscow Oblast Prosecutor's Office began investigating
      the possibility of filing criminal charges with respect
      to the 1 July air crash that led to the deaths of 71
      people, strana.ru reported on 2 July, citing Valerii
      Konin, the oblast's prosecutor in charge of cases related
      to transport. Investigators will determine whether there
      were any violations of the provisions of the Russian
      Criminal Code regarding air-traffic rules or negligence
      with respect to the state of repair of the Bashkir
      Airlines Tu-154. Konin added that such violations could
      result in prison sentences of up to four to 10 years.

      Bashkortostan's chief prosecutor, Florid Baikov, told
      Interfax-Eurasia on 2 July that his office will cooperate
      with Moscow Oblast prosecutors by order of the Russian
      Prosecutor-General's Office.

      Relatives Preparing For Trip To Germany

      Bashkir Interior Minister Rafael Divaev said on 2 July
      that in accordance with a resolution of the Bashkir
      government, the relatives of the victims of the 1 July
      plane crash will not go to Germany until initial
      investigative work is completed at the crash site,
      Interfax-Eurasia reported the same day.

      About 70 relatives of crash victims have already received
      foreign passports in order to be allowed to leave Russia,
      but they are still waiting for the German embassy in
      Moscow to issue them visas, ORT Russian state television
      reported today.

      Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Yakovenko
      said on 2 July that the German embassy had agreed to
      waive the usual visa fee for relatives of crash victims
      who want to go to Germany, ITAR-TASS reported the same
      day.

      Bashkortostan, Germany Declare Mourning Periods

      Bashkir President Murtaza Rakhimov declared 2-4 July an
      official period of mourning in Bashkortostan, RFE/RL's
      Ufa correspondent reported yesterday. The government has
      also reportedly agreed to cover the expense of
      transporting the bodies of crash victims back to
      Bashkortostan, as well as funeral expenses.

      ITAR-TASS reported on 2 July that the German region of
      Baden-Wuerttemberg has also declared an official mourning
      period until 4 July.

      Kasyanov Pledges Assistance To Families Of Victims

      Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov told a press
      conference in Paris on 2 July that his government is
      ready to undertake all necessary measures to lend
      assistance to the families of crash victims, ITAR-TASS
      reported the same day.

      Putin, Schroeder Discuss Crash Investigation

      Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with
      German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on 2 July, Prime-TASS
      reported the same day. The two leaders discussed the need
      for close cooperation between German and Russian
      officials investigating the crash.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

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