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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 31 October 2003

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report

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      31 October 2003

      DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN

      Pope's Representative Visits Kazan

      Pope John Paul II's representative in Russia, Antonio
      Mennini, arrived on 30 October in Kazan for a two-day
      visit, Tatarinform reported the same day. Mennini met
      with Archbishop Anastasii of Kazan and Tatarstan and
      Tatarstan's First Deputy Mufti Weliulla Yaqupov. On 31
      October, Mennini is scheduled to consecrate the site of a
      Catholic church under construction in Kazan and meet with
      Kazan Mayor Kamil Iskhaqov and presidential adviser
      Rafael Khekimov. The return to Kazan of the Holy Mother
      of God icon is supposed to be on the agenda, according to
      the reports.

      Offshore Company Contests Formation Of
      Svyazinvestneftekhim

      Tatarstan's Supreme Arbitration Court on 28 October
      postponed a hearing on a lawsuit by Kolomna-based Newport
      Capital Ltd. contesting the establishment by the Tatar
      government of Svyazinvestneftekhim holding, to which
      state-owned stakes in 18 leading republican companies
      were passed (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 21 May
      2003), "Vremya i dengi" reported on 29 October. Newport
      Capital, which owns 0.57 percent of Kazanorgsintez and
      less than 0.1 percent of Tatneft and is registered in the
      Caribbean, claims that the federal law on privatization
      was violated during the formation of
      Svyazinvestneftekhim. Specifically, it said the
      information on the planned sale of state property was not
      published 30 days before the event and information about
      the results of privatization deals was not published
      within a month as is required by the law. At the 28
      October hearing, the court satisfied a request by the
      plaintiff to provide access to more documents related to
      the case, including the resolution by the Tatar Property
      Ministry on privatization of state property and the
      report about the estimation of the state's stakes in the
      18 companies.

      Privatization through the establishment of
      Svyazinvestneftekhim has also been questioned by State
      Duma Deputy Security Committee Chairman Viktor Ilyukhin
      (Communist Party) (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report," 24
      July 2003).

      Green Cross International Praises Tatneft For
      Environmental-Protection Technologies

      Tatneft is a pioneer in developing several progressive
      technologies that could be used everywhere in Russia,
      Green Cross International (GCI) President Aleksandr
      Likhotal told a press conference in Elmet on 29 October.
      Likhotal, who visited Tatneft's facilities and met with
      Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov and Tatneft General
      Director Shefeget Takhawetdinov during his visit to
      Elmet, praised the oil company for its know-how on
      processing old automobile tires. Likhotal said dealing
      with used tires is a colossal problem for the entire
      world and nothing has yet been proposed to radically
      resolve it. Likhotal said Tatneft's know-how on
      processing tires without waste could be used in many
      countries, adding that GCI will publish information about
      it in its magazine, which is distributed in 100 countries
      in eight languages.

      KamAZ Top Manager Accused Of Hiding 5.4 Million Rubles

      The Chally Interior Ministry directorate has begun a
      criminal investigation of KamAZ-Dizel General Director
      Yevgenii Fedulov, intertat.ru and RosBalt reported on 30
      October, citing the Tatar Interior Ministry's press
      service. Fedulov, 48, is alleged to have hid 5.4 million
      rubles ($175,000) in insurance payments he was supposed
      to transfer to the Pension Fund from June to December
      2002.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

      DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN

      Daily: Veremeenko Punished For High Political Ratings

      "Komsomolskaya Pravda" wrote on 30 October that the
      recent refusal of Bashkortostan's Central Election
      Commission (TsIK) to register Sergei Veremeenko as a
      presidential candidate (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir
      Report," 28 October 2003) "was an usual thing for
      elections" in the republic. The paper assumed that the
      "real reason" for the TsIK ruling was not violations in
      Veremeenko's campaign, "but his unacceptably high
      ratings." Veremeenko's lawyers are reportedly preparing
      appeals to Russia's Central Election Commission and the
      Supreme Court to demand his official reinstatement as a
      candidate. Meanwhile, the TsIK is due to finish
      registering candidates on 2 November.

      Bashkortostan Has Three Presidential Candidates
      Registered

      In addition to Federation Council representative for
      Altai and former LUKoil Vice President Relif Safin,
      Bashkortostan's TsIK on 30 October registered local
      farmer Khesen Idiyatullin and Igor Izmetiev,
      Bashkortostan's representative in the Federation Council
      and former director of the Corus-Holding company, as
      candidates for the December presidential elections.
      Corus-Holding is a subsidiary of the Corus Group, which
      is controlled by the son of Bashkir President Murtaza
      Rakhimov, Ural. Both candidates obtained registration by
      submitting $325,000, while there is also the option of
      collecting the signatures of 5 percent of the voters.

      Independent Observers Group To Monitor Elections In
      Bashkortostan

      Following the recent statement of the Russian Fund for
      Free Elections in Ufa on illegal election-related
      activities of local authorities (see "RFE/RL
      Tatar-Bashkir Report," 30 October 2003), a special group
      of observers for the State Duma and presidential
      elections in Bashkortostan will be organized by the
      group. The Russian Fund for Free Elections oversees the
      fulfillment of the "Elections-2003" agreement on
      upholding clean election campaigning, which was signed by
      Russia's major political parties. The group of observers
      will include representatives of Yabloko, Russia's True
      Patriots Party, the Union of Rightist Forces, the
      Agrarian Party, and the People's Party.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

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