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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 2 January 2003

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report


      RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Service

      Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive

      2 January 2003


      Lawmaker Denies Charges Of Organizing Killing

      In an interview published in "Vechernyaya Kazan" on 28
      December, Tatar State Council Deputy Rustam Zakirov
      denied charges that he organized the killing of Refis
      Seyetov, head of the Egerje Raion administration, who was
      shot dead outside his home on 31 August 2002 (see "RFE/RL
      Tatar-Bashkir Report," 2 and 18 September and 11 November
      2002, "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Weekly Review," 13 September
      2002). Zakirov, 38, who was Seyetov's predecessor as
      administration head, was arrested in late October and is
      still in detention. Zakirov said he has "a 100 percent
      alibi" that he will reveal only during a court hearing,
      and he also labeled all accusations against him as
      slander. Zakirov also denied rumors that $3 million was
      found during a search of his home. Zakirov claimed that
      Seyetov was afraid of his authority in the raion and
      always tried to blacken his reputation.

      Zakirov said that no physical violence had been used
      against him during the investigation, claiming that
      investigators told him that "[Tatar] President [Mintimer
      Shaimiev] had forbidden it." He did say, however, that he
      was pressured to sign a confession saying that he
      organized the killing. He also claimed that investigators
      have told him that they have been ordered to convict him
      and that they will do this in any case, though they know
      he is innocent.

      Federal Commission 'Satisfied' With Work Of Tatar
      Interior Ministry

      Speaking at a meeting of the Tatar Interior Ministry
      administration on 27 December, Russian Deputy Interior
      Minister Aleksandr Chekalin announced the results of an
      inspection of the ministry's work that was carried out in
      December by a commission of the federal Interior Ministry
      headed by the senior inspector of the Main Inspectorate,
      Colonel Valerii Krasnov, "Vechernyaya Kazan" reported on
      28 December. Chekalin noted the ministry's positive
      results in preventing crime in the republic, and in
      particular, he praised Tatarstan's approach to fighting
      organized crime, saying that this begins with fighting
      economic crimes, which, he said, are at the root of all
      crimes. The federal commission concluded that the work of
      the Tatar Interior Ministry is "satisfactory" and that
      the ministry has improved since the time of the previous
      inspection in 1997 in the areas of personnel policy and
      management, among others, and that the ministry enjoyed
      the trust of the republic's residents. The commission
      also noted shortcomings in the ministry's work, including
      in the investigation of property-related crimes.

      Meanwhile, the daily also reported that organs of the
      Interior Ministry in Kazan are facing a possible 65
      percent staff reduction due to a lack of financing.

      Preliminary Census Results Show Increase In Tatar

      The chairman of the Tatar State Statistics Committee,
      Valerii Kandilov, said on 27 December that, in accordance
      with preliminary data from the Russian census held in
      October, Tatarstan's population has increased by 3
      percent since the last census in 1989, which registered
      3,768,000 residents in the republic, intertat.ru reported
      the same day. In addition, Tatar State Council deputy
      Indus Tahirov also claimed that, according to preliminary
      census results, the Tatar population in Moscow and Moscow
      Oblast increased from 250,000 to 1,100,000, and he said
      that a similar increase was seen in other parts of
      Russia, "Shehri Qazan" daily reported on 31 December.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova


      Bashkir Nationalist Speaks Out Against New Constitution

      Marat Qolsheripov, a leading ideologist in the Bashkir
      national movement, told RFE/RL on 1 January that the new
      Bashkir Constitution "represents a step backward from the
      achievements of 1993 constitution, [and it] takes away
      most of our [Bashkir] rights." Qolsheripov said that,
      "not only the definition of Bashkortostan's sovereignty
      but also references to the right to self-determination of
      the republic's peoples [were removed from the new
      constitution]. Knowing that this right was the starting
      point for establishing an autonomous Bashkir republic, it
      is possible to conclude that Moscow is moving toward
      abolishing ethnic republics [in the Russian Federation."

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

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