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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 8 September 2003

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report


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      Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive

      8 September 2003


      Tatarstan Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of Oil Extraction

      President Mintimer Shaimiev visited Elmet on 6 September
      to attend celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the
      installation of the first oil well in Tatarstan, RFE/RL's
      Kazan bureau reported today. The president, state
      officials, and representatives of oil companies, viewed
      an exhibition detailing the development of the Tatar oil
      industry. Currently, Tatarstan's annual oil output is
      reportedly 30 million tons, with more than 24 million
      tons extracted by Tatneft and more than 5 million tons by
      minor oil companies. In the 1970s and 1980s, Tatarstan
      annually produced some 100 million tons of oil. In its
      60-year history the Tatar oil industry has produced more
      than 2.7 billion tons of oil. On 6 September, Russian
      President Vladimir Putin sent a message to oil industry
      workers in Tatarstan, outlining the importance of Tatar
      oil to Russia's economic might.

      Tatar Delegation Promotes Tatar TV and Radio In Ivanovo

      A World Tatar Congress delegation, which met with Ivanovo
      Oblast Governor Vladimir Tikhonov on 6 September,
      expressed gratitude for the governor's support of the
      local Tatar community, regions.ru reported the next day.
      The delegation suggested that Ivanovo could become the
      first region in the "golden ring" -- the central part of
      Russia -- to introduce Tatar-language programming on
      local television and radio. Tikhonov explained that his
      oblast did not have its own TV and radio and had to buy
      airtime from the national TV and radio stations. The
      governor also noted that, up until now, he had received
      no reports about violations of Tatar rights in Ivanovo,
      which has a 3,000-strong Tatar community and a newly
      opened mosque.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova


      Former LUKoil Vice President Joins Bashkir Presidential

      Relif Safin, a deputy in the Federation Council
      representing the Altai Republic and former LUKoil vice
      president, said on 5 September that he will run for the
      Bashkir presidency, RosBalt reported the same day. Safin
      told a press conference that he will officially begin his
      campaign as soon as the Bashkir parliament fixes the date
      of the elections. Safin repeated his statement on 7
      September in the Bawly Raion, "Kommersant-Daily" reported
      on 8 September. Safin said neither LUKoil nor any other
      corporations are backing his campaign. He said that he
      enjoys support from seven parties that signed a
      memorandum on fair elections in Bashkortostan, which
      include the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, the Union
      of Rightist Forces, the Communist Party, and Yabloko.
      Safin said that incumbent President Murtaza Rakhimov was
      a person who "has done very much for Bashkortostan." The
      Federation Council deputy also said he does not plan any
      revision of what has been done in the republic and said
      that he does not plan any alliances with either Rakhimov
      or another possible rival in the presidential race,
      former Mezhprombank head Sergei Veremeenko.

      Safin, a 49-year-old ethnic Tatar, was born in
      Bashkortostan's Ilesh Raion and graduated from the Ufa
      Oil Institute in 1975. In 1993, he was elected first vice
      president of LUKoil. In June 2002, Safin was elected to
      the Federation Council.

      The presidential elections are expected to take place on
      7 December (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 5
      September 2003).

      ..As Controversy Around Presidential Election Date

      Ildar Isengulov, Beloretsk city council deputy and a
      member of the local branch of the Yabloko party, appealed
      to the Bashkir Supreme Court against the law by which the
      Bashkir parliament extended President Rakhimov's term in
      office, "Kommersant-Daily" reported on 5 September.
      Isengulov argued that under the Bashkir Constitution, the
      legislature can not extend the presidential term and
      demanded that the election date be brought forward to 2
      November. Rakhimov's term expired in June. The daily
      cited State Assembly deputy Zofer Yenikeev as saying that
      the federal law on electoral rights allows such
      extensions for up to a year in order to hold regional
      elections in parallel with federal ones. The Bashkir
      Electoral Code also allows for the extension of the
      presidential term, Yenikeev added. The appeal hearing is
      to start on 8 September.

      UralSib Targeted In Phony Leaflet Campaign

      Bashinform published on 5 September an appeal by the
      UralSib bank to its clients asking them to ignore
      leaflets, which were spread around the republic that day,
      calling for them to close their accounts with the bank.
      The phony leaflets were made to look as if they were from
      the bank's press service. In the appeal, the bank's
      management said neither the press service nor any other
      department had prepared and distributed any leaflets in
      the republic and the information was a "bare-faced lie."
      UralSib has been the victim of an attack by a Moscow
      oligarchic group that is waging a dirty and slanderous
      war, the appeal read. UralSib is the seventh-largest
      Russian bank with a capital of 7.6 billion rubles ($248
      million). The Bashkir government, which holds a 37.5
      percent stake in the bank, is its major shareholder.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

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