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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 15 March 2003

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report


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      Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive

      15 March 2003


      Shaimiev Calls For Broad Autonomy For Chechnya

      In an interview with Interfax on 12 March, Tatar
      President Mintimer Shaimiev said Moscow should not fear
      granting broad powers to Chechnya in an attempt to
      prevent new separatist trends. Shaimiev said the issue of
      "restricted sovereignty" included in the draft Chechen
      Constitution should not be politicized, as the
      sovereignty issue is a legal one. Shaimiev cited examples
      of constitutions from nine U.S. states that include the
      "sovereignty" concept and of Bavaria's status in Germany.
      He contested the ruling by the Russian Constitutional
      Court, which said that republics cannot possess
      sovereignty, as too politicized, arguing that republics
      recognized by the Russian Constitution as states cannot
      exist without sovereignty.

      Shaimiev said the issue on whether Chechnya will remain
      within Russia or not currently is not on the agenda. "The
      Chechen people have suffered too much. In order to
      restore trust in the federal authorities, on one hand,
      and to show respect to Chechnya's residents, on the
      other, the republic is to be permitted to solve its fate
      on its own," Shaimiev added. He also said Chechnya should
      be allowed to use its natural resources and personnel to
      revive its destroyed economy. Shaimiev backed the idea of
      granting Chechnya broad autonomy adding, in such a case
      Moscow's position would be "more attractive" for
      Chechnya's population. Chechnya's status of broad
      autonomy could be fixed in a corresponding agreement on
      power sharing, and such a solution would stabilize both
      the political and economic situations in Chechnya,
      Shaimiev said.

      Tax Officials Dismissed Following Conflict With KamAZ

      The head of the Russian Tax Ministry's Tatar Directorate,
      Rinat Kheerov, said at a meeting on 10 March that the
      heads of the ministry's Chally Inspectorate, who
      announced the previous week the seizure of $70 million
      worth of KamAZ property (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir
      Report," 4 and 5 March 2003), have been dismissed,
      "Kommersant" reported on 12 March. Kheerov said, "the
      situation in the Inspectorate became uncontrollable by
      January," adding that its head, Nejmetdin Motalimov, was
      replaced by Rawil Geliev, who previously headed a
      department at the ministry's Tatar Directorate. A Tatar
      government commission that considered the controversy
      between KamAZ and the Tax Ministry the previous week
      found numerous violations by the ministry's Chally
      Inspectorate. An investigation revealed that the Chally
      Inspectorate demanded that the concern pay extra taxes,
      the daily reported. Glyuza Imanova, the KamAZ deputy
      general director in charge of economy and finances,
      commented that the Inspectorate not only moved illegal
      demands on payment of taxes but violated legal procedures
      in demanding the payment of legal taxes.

      Government Plans To Privatize Tattelekom

      Tatar Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov said Tatarstan
      plans to reform the state-run electrical communications
      company Tattelekom into a joint-stock company by 1 May in
      order to privatize it, tatnews.ru reported on 12 March,
      citing RBC. Minnikhanov said a corresponding resolution
      was adopted by the Tatar government in February.
      Tattelekom, which unites 931 telephone stations
      throughout the republic, has 450,000 subscribers. In
      2002, the company made 70 million rubles ($2.2 million)
      in profit.

      Antiterrorist Exercise Reveals Low Vigilance Of Security

      An exercise held by Tatarstan's Interior Ministry,
      Federal Security Service, and the Emergency Situations
      Ministry in Tuben Kama and Mendeleevsk to practice
      cooperation in case of a possible terrorist act revealed
      shortcomings in the antiterrorist defense of industrial
      facilities, Tatar-inform reported on 12 March. During the
      action, employees of those bodies penetrated chemical and
      life-support companies and left plaster casts of
      explosive devices. As a result of the event, organizers
      concluded that the republic's residents are not vigilant
      enough, companies' property is not well protected, guards
      often do not coordinate their actions, and some companies
      do not have the necessary documents regulating the
      actions of their directors in emergency situations.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

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