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  • Uli Schamiloglu
    RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ___________________________________________________________ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 170, Part I, 8
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      RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
      ___________________________________________________________
      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 170, Part I, 8 September 2003

      PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN BASHKORTOSTAN TURNING INTO FREE-FOR-ALL?
      Federation Council representative (Altai Republic) Ralif Safin told
      TatarInform on 5 September that he intends to run in the 7 December
      presidential election in Bashkortostan. Safin is a former vice
      president of LUKoil and his daughter, Alsou, is a well-known pop
      singer. Safin is scheduled to appear at a celebration of oil-industry
      worker's day in the city of Oktyabrskii in Bashkortostan on 7
      September, RosBalt reported on 3 September. Meanwhile, two other
      candidates, State Duma Deputy Aleksei Mitrofanov (Liberal Democratic
      Party of Russia) and Sergei Vereemenko, a former Mezhprombank
      executive, have not yet decided whether they are going to run.
      Vereemenko told RosBalt on 4 September that "the situation is
      changing" and he might run for the State Duma on the Unified Russia
      party list. He added that incumbent President Murtaza Rakhimov will
      face many competitors, and the technology that will be used to keep
      track of the voting will not allow the results to be falsified. JAC


      Uli Schamiloglu
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