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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 1 July 2003

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report

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      1 July 2003

      DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN

      Shaimiev Says Party Membership Is Essential For
      Officials

      Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev told reporters on 28
      June in Moscow that "the time of parties has come" and
      "officials of any level cannot now avoid party
      membership." Shaimiev made his comment following a
      meeting of Unified Russia supporters the same day in
      Moscow. Shaimiev, who is co-chairman of the Unified
      Russia Supreme Council, said that in Tatarstan, Unified
      Russia dominates and enjoys support from the people.
      Shaimiev said that in order to obtain superiority over
      the Communist Party in elections, Unified Russia must
      promote a policy attractive for all segments of the
      population together with market reforms.

      Ak Bars Bank Plans To Join EBRD Project

      Robert Musin, the chairman of the Observation Council of
      Ak Bars Bank, told a shareholders' meeting on 30 June
      that shareholders will consider selling off all of the
      state's shares in the bank and allowing the republic's
      leading companies to become shareholders, intertat.ru
      reported the same day. The measures are required for the
      bank to take part in a program of the European Bank for
      Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Musin said. The
      bank plans to establish a finance group uniting nonstate
      pension funds and an insurance company and to open some
      20-30 affiliates outside the republic, including Moscow
      and St. Petersburg. The chairman of the bank's board,
      Robert Minnegaliev, told the meeting that the bank's
      assets grew in 2002 by 2.7 billion rubles ($89 million)
      to 15 billion rubles, while its credit portfolio reached
      8.6 billion rubles. The Ak Bars holding company possesses
      20 percent of the bank's shares; the Tatar Land and
      Property Relations Ministry, 16 percent; the Kazan
      Committee on Managing Municipal Property, 6 percent; the
      Tatneft oil company, 18 percent; the
      Tatar-AmericanInvestments and Finances company, 5
      percent, and Nizhnekamskneftekhim, 5 percent.

      Unemployment Growing In Tatarstan

      The unemployment rate in Tatarstan, which totaled 27,000
      in early May, is expected to reach 32,000 by the end of
      the year, "Parlamentskaya gazeta" reported on 1 July.
      Some 10,000 employees -- around one in five -- are to be
      dismissed this current year in the republic's oil sector,
      up to 5,000 in the engineering sector, and more than
      7,000 at the KamAZ automotive concern. In 2002, the
      republic's large companies dismissed 12,000 workers,
      while this current year that figure is to double, the
      publication reported and explained the trend by the
      recession in industrial production. Meanwhile, 400
      million rubles ($13.2 million) were set aside in 2002
      from the federal and republican budgets for employment
      programs and welfare benefits.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

      DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN

      Bashkir Authorities Accuse Tatar Public Center Of
      Extremist Activity

      The Russian Justice Ministry's Chief Bashkir Directorate
      has issued a warning to Bashkortostan's Tatar Public
      Center (TIU) referring to the federal law on
      counteracting extremist activity, RosBalt reported on 30
      June. TIU Chairman Airat Gyinietullin told the news
      agency the same day that the warning came in response to
      the organization's 1 June appeal to Bashkir residents,
      which referred to the "pro-Bashkir nature of national
      policy" in the republic and called for the introduction
      of proportional quotas in governing bodies for
      representatives of different nationalities. The
      directorate commented that "the document is aimed at
      destabilizing the social and political situation" in
      Bashkortostan and "could rouse interethnic discord." The
      directorate said that if the TIU again violates the law,
      it could be disbanded by a court ruling.

      Rakhimov Discusses Business Projects With UNIDO Head,
      Austrian Companies

      During his visit to Austria on 25-28 June, Bashkir
      President Murtaza Rakhimov met with the heads of the
      United Nations Industrial Development Organization
      (UNIDO), Bashinform reported on 30 June. Officials
      discussed the prospects of the republic's cooperation
      with UNIDO and the role of Bashkir-Austrian relations in
      the development of Russian-Austrian relations. Rakhimov
      met with UNIDO Director General Carlos Magarinos and
      discussed a UNIDO project on increasing Bashkortostan's
      industrial potential and competitiveness on the world
      market. They also signed amendments to the cooperation
      agreement between UNIDO and Bashkortostan for the period
      of 2003-2005. Magarinos said that Bashkortostan was "a
      reliable business partner" and that the cooperation had
      been fruitful. Rakhimov also held discussions with the
      senior management of the Siemens Austria company about
      the possibility of a joint communications project with
      Bashinformsvyaz, the republic's major communications
      company.

      Relatives Of Midair Collision Victims Dissatisfied With
      Slow Pace Of Investigation

      Relatives of the victims of the 1 July 2002 midair
      collision over southern Germany appealed recently to
      Russian President Vladimir Putin to complain that those
      responsible for the collision had still not been named,
      the "Trud" newspaper reported on 1 July. Parents of the
      Bashkir children that lost their lives in the collision
      wrote that the refusal of the Swiss and German
      governments to hold negotiations with lawyers of the
      victims' relatives is a direct insult to the victims'
      memory. Relatives of the victims said nobody had
      consulted them on the question of compensation and that
      they only knew about the establishment of a $50 million
      fund only from media reports. The newspaper cited
      unofficial reports that only 130,000 rubles ($4,300) have
      been paid so far for each victim of the crash. Meanwhile,
      a delegation of relatives, headed by Bashkir Prime
      Minister Rafael Baidavletov, left on 30 June for Germany
      at the invitation of Baden-Wuerttemberg Prime Minister
      Erwin Teufel to take part in ceremonies marking the
      one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

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