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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report
RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Service
Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive
8 August 2002
DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN
Shaimiev To Take Part In Naval Exercises In Caspian Sea
Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev is to leave on 8 August
for the Caspian Sea where he will review naval exercises
on board the flagship of the Caspian Fleet, the
"Tatarstan," which was constructed in Yeshel Uzen,
intertat.ru reported on 7 August, citing the presidential
press service (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 15 July
2002). The Russian military will be carrying out
exercises involving 10,000 servicemen, 60 ships, and 30
warplanes until 15 August.
Paper Comments On Tensions Between Moscow, Kazan
The Russian weekly "Argumenty i fakty" ran a comment on 7
August about a brewing battle between Kazan and Moscow.
The paper said that relations between the federal
government and Tatarstan have been aggravated mainly by
Moscow's desire to abandon its 1994 power-sharing treaty
with the republic. Its reasoning, the paper said, is
based largely on its disagreement with provisions in the
treaty regarding Tatar sovereignty and citizenship. The
head of the Tatar legislature, Farid Mukhametshin, went
to Moscow to try to resolve the debate, but was unable to
alter Moscow's position, essentially slamming the door on
the issue, the paper wrote.
The paper commented that the current hostility is similar
to the tensions that existed between Moscow and Kazan in
1993. While under pressure from separatists, the Tatar
government in 1993 refused to hold elections to the
Federation Council or the State Duma, and also refused to
let its residents vote in a referendum on the adoption of
the Russian Constitution. Federal authorities even
considered solving the issue militarily, the paper wrote,
adding that the sides in the current dispute have likely
accepted that a confrontation is inevitable.
As evidence of an impending confrontation, the paper
pointed out that President Shaimiev recently held a
meeting with Tatar nationalists from the Tatar Public
Center and that people in the republic are not happy with
a recent court decision ruling that Muslim women are not
permitted to cover their faces in their passport
photographs (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 5 August
2002). The paper then hinted that the republic's 1.5
million Russians could find themselves under some
pressure in the near future.
For its part, federal authorities are putting pressure on
Tatarstan through a planned "oil-quality bank," an idea
that Tatarstan has vigorously opposed, the paper wrote.
The Russian State Duma is preparing a draft law on the
bank that calls for a prohibition on using Russian
pipelines to export oil that is high in sulphur, which is
exactly the type of oil that is produced in Tatarstan.
KamAZ Appoints Senior Managers
KamAZ general director Sergei Kogogin appointed as his
deputies on 1 August Pavel Poltirykhin, Viktor Faber,
Ildar Khalikov, Anatolii Samarenkin, Ilshat Khaziev, and
Irek Gumerov, intertat.ru reported on 7 August. All six
men had been serving as Kogogin's acting deputies.
Kogogin also appointed a new deputy in charge of car
production, Vasil Kayumov, general director of the Zavod
Mikrolitrazhnykh Avomobilei (Compact-Vehicles Plant).
Danis Valeev and Anton Trayanov remain Kogogin's acting
TV Directors Present Development Plans
The heads of Tatarstan's two television companies, Ilshat
Aminov of the Television and Radio Company Novyi Vek (TRK
Novyi Vek) and Irek Murtazin of the State Tevelvision and
Radio Company of Tatarstan (GTRK Tatarstan), held a joint
briefing on 7 August to outline their companies'
development plans, intertat.ru reported the same day.
TRK Novyi Vek was established in 2001 as an independent
channel. Its programs are seen in 90 percent of
Tatarstan, as well as in the European part of Russia.
Aminov said the station plans to increase its broadcasts
to 12 hours per day in September and to 24 hours a day by
GTRK Tatarstan is in the process of joining Russia's
VGTRK holding, which should be completed by 2003, the
company's director said. The station plans to continue
its television broadcasts of 2 1/2 hours per day and
radio broadcasts of 3 1/2 hours per day. The company also
intends, however, to reduce its staff from 652 employees
GTRK Tatarstan and TRK Novyi Vek have budgets of 65
million rubles ($2.06 million) and 40 million rubles
($1.27 million), respectively.
Clergy Asked To Preach On Fire Prevention
The Tatar State Fire Service and the republic's Orthodox
and Muslim clergy signed a cooperation agreement in Kazan
in 6 August in accordance with which clergy members will
discuss the dangers of fire during their services,
"Izvestiya" reported on 7 August. The State Fire Service,
in its turn, agreed to install smoke detectors and fire
alarms in churches and mosques. Meanwhile, the Raifa
monastery near Kazan established its own team of
fire-fighting monks two years ago, and Tatar Interior
Minister Asgat Safarov gave the monastery a fire truck.
The monks also provide fire-fighting services for the
monastery's neighboring villages.
The daily also said that Tatarstan's Traffic Police
recently asked Muslim priests to preach to their
congregations about traffic safety.
Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova
DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN
Tatar Rights Movement Organizations Prepare For The
Elfir Sakaev, chairman of the committee preparing an
alternative congress for Bashkortostan's Tatars (see
"RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 5 August 2002), told
RFE/RL's Ufa correspondent on 7 August that the event
called Tatar Public Organizations Congress in
Bashkortostan "will be held on 10 August at any cost." He
added that the congress delegates are being elected in
the republic's regions.
The 10 August event is to discuss the current situation
of Tatars' rights in Bashkortostan, preparations for the
October 2002 census, and electing delegates for the third
World Tatar Congress. Sakaev said that the alternative
Tatar congress is sponsored by the Bashkortostan branches
of the Tatar Public Center (TIU), National Assembly
(Milli Mejlis) organizations, the Tatar National-Cultural
Autonomy in Bashkortostan, Ufa Tatar Culture Center,
Miras, Aq Qalfaq, and the Azatliq Tatar Youth Union.
Sakaev noted with regret that during the 2 August Tatar
forum "the Bashkir government's pocket organization of
the Tatar Congress in Bashkortostan distributed the seats
of delegates for the third World Tatar Congress among
pro-[Bashkir President Murtaza] Rakhimov figures."
Registration Suit Won By Tatar Culture Center's Fate
The Ufa-based Tatar Culture Center won its lawsuit
demanding it be registered against the Bashkir branch of
the Russian Justice Ministry in Ufa's Oktyabrskii
district court on 7 August, RFE/RL's Ufa correspondent
reported on 8 August. The Justice Ministry branch stated
its intention to appeal against the court ruling. The
Tatar National-Cultural Autonomy in Bashkortostan is
another Tatar public organization seeking official
registration in the republic by taking the local office
of the federal Justice Ministry to court.
Compiled by Iskender Nurmi
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