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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 10 October 2003

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report

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      Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive

      10 October 2003

      DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN

      TAIF Plans Said To Compromise The Tuben Kama Oil Refinery
      Project

      The management of the Tatneft oil concern is deeply
      unhappy with the plans of the Tatar-American Investments
      and Finance (TAIF) group to build a refinery, which will
      produce gasoline and other oil products, "Vremya i Dengi"
      wrote on 9 October. Tatneft is the major investor in the
      Tuben Kama Oil Refinery (NNPZ) project, in which TAIF
      also participates. The daily cited an unnamed Tatneft
      representative as saying that TAIF's new project
      "compromises the construction of NNPZ and makes it
      useless." In a recent public statement, Tatneft's press
      service confirmed that TAIF's actions were not discussed
      with the NNPZ management; TAIF's press release said that
      the new refinery "is to meet the demand for high-quality
      oil products in Tatarstan, Russia, and abroad." Recently
      TAIF obtained an $60 million loan from Russia's Sberbank
      for launching the construction of the gasoline factory,
      (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 9 October 2003).

      Prosecutor Confirms That Detained Gang Leader Is In Good
      Health

      Tatar Prosecutor Kafil Amirov told reporters on 9 October
      in Chally that rumors about the death of Eduard
      Tagiryanov, head of the "Tagiryanovskie gang," are false,
      Intertat reported the same day. Members of the gang,
      which is suspected of involvement in the kidnappings and
      murders of Chally businessmen, were recently detained by
      Tatar police (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 9
      October 2003). The Prosecutor's Office is also looking
      into possible connections between gang members and
      high-ranking police officers. The arrested criminals
      reportedly had a number of police uniforms in their
      possession.

      Bad Roads A Factor In Many Tatar Traffic Accidents

      Tatar Traffic Police Chief Rifget Minnikhanov told a
      press conference on 9 October that more than 4,300
      traffic accidents have been registered in the republic so
      far in 2003, with 606 people dead and more that 5,400
      injured, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported the same day.
      Minnikhanov said that the bad condition of roads caused
      some 17 percent of car accidents.

      Saudi Arabia Limits The Number Of Pilgrims From

      On returning from Saudi Arabia, Gosman Khezret Iskaqov,
      chairman of Tatarstan's Muslim Religious Board, told
      Intertat on 9 October that 5,500 pilgrims from Russia
      will be allowed to visit that country in 2003. Saudi
      Arabia has also introduced extra requirements for
      pilgrims, including vaccinations and prearranged
      accommodation.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

      DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN

      Rakhimov Enters Presidential Race...

      President Murtaza Rakhimov announced on 9 October his
      intention to run for re-election to a third term in
      office, Russian and Bashkir news agencies reported.
      Rakhimov was speaking at a meeting devoted to the 13th
      anniversary of the Bashkir "Declaration on State
      Sovereignty." Rakhimov said he has concerns about the
      interest in Bashkortostan expressed by "some financial
      circles" and their intention to destabilize the situation
      in the republic. He further said that the "responsibility
      for the republic's fate is very great." "I have thought
      the situation over and have come to the firm conclusion
      that it is thus far too soon to divest myself of that
      greatest responsibility." But the final decision will be
      made exclusively by Bashkortostan's people, he added.

      Long before the campaign officially started, those
      financial circles "brought down an avalanche of deceitful
      information on the republic," Rakhimov claimed. He quoted
      President Vladimir Putin as saying: "There is a category
      of people who have become billionaires in no time. Those
      so-called oligarchs...have perfectly understood how they
      can manipulate public opinion. The same way they dealt
      with natural resources, they began dealing with mass
      media and nationwide television channels and overriding
      nationwide interests with their group interests."
      Rakhimov added that if he left politics under these
      conditions, it would nullify what has been achieved and
      betray the people's trust and hopes.

      ..Receives Backing From Famous Bashkir Writer...

      Speaking at the same gathering, Bashkir poet Mostai Kerim
      backed Rakhimov's decision to run for a third term,
      Bashinform reported. Kerim said some mass media are
      attacking Bashkortostan, but "the people know that the
      course is true and the man at the wheel is wise." He
      added: "The republic needs you. I am in full confidence
      that Bashkortostan will reach new heights in its
      development in the near future."

      ..And Russian Industrialists Union Leader

      Russian Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Union President
      Arkadii Volskii on 9 October awarded Rakhimov the Peter
      the Great Order "for services before the Fatherland that
      promote the flourishing, greatness, and glory of Russia,"
      Bashinform reported the same day. The ceremony took place
      at the same meeting where Rakhimov announced his
      re-election bid. Volskii praised Rakhimov's decision to
      run, saying he came to Bashkortostan to "persuade"
      Rakhimov to run, "but the president beat me to it." He
      expressed his confidence that the Bashkir public will
      help Rakhimov to be re-elected to another term and said
      Rakhimov should "run to the election commission to
      present his appeal."

      The Peter the Great Order has previously been awarded to
      Noble Prize winner Zhores Alferov, UN Secretary-General
      Kofi Annan, and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

      Polief Signs 9 Million-Euro Contract With U.S. Company

      The American UOP Sinco company has signed a contract with
      Bashkortostan's Polief polyethylene facility on delivery
      of 9 million euros ($10.6 million) in equipment,
      Bashinform and RosBalt reported on 9 October. The
      contract is to be fulfilled within a year. The Bashkir
      government has so far invested 4 billion rubles ($134
      million) in the facility, under construction since 2001.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

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