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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 1 December 2003

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      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report


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      Tatar-Bashkir Report Archive

      1 December 2003


      Tatarstan Resumes Tire Contract With Iraq

      Tatneft will resume its suspended deliveries of car tires
      to Iraq, the company's press service announced on 29
      November. Tatarstan's biggest producer has negotiated
      with UN agencies on extending the tire contracts signed
      between Tuben Kama Tire Company (Nizhnekamskshina) and
      the former Iraqi government. Before the war in Iraq,
      contracts worth more than 4 million euros were authorized
      by the UN's oil-for-food program, but combat put the deal
      in peril. Under the most recent agreement with the UN,
      Tatneft will begin implementing the contracts in 2004.

      Omsk-Avia To Buy Four Tu-214s From Kazan

      Omsk-Avia airlines General Director Yevgenii Romanyuk,
      visiting Kazan on 28 November, confirmed that in 2005-07
      his company will buy four Tu-214 medium-capacity
      airliners from the Kazan Gorbunov Aircraft Plant (KAPO),
      RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported the same day. The
      Kazan-made aircraft will be used on Omsk-Avia's flights
      to Europe, Egypt, and Thailand.

      This year KAPO has already signed a contract for
      assembling four of its planes for Moscow's Aviast
      airlines, something that will allow the plant's
      management to boost annual production up to 10 aircraft.

      Federal Official Praises Tatar Press For 'Healthy

      The chief executive of the national "Pressa-2004"
      exhibition, Mikhail Nenashev, told Intertat on 29
      November that in his opinion, Tatarstan's press
      "practices healthy and progressive conservatism, based on
      continuity, tradition, and traditional development. Tatar
      journalists regard a kindhearted and attentive attitude
      to the people as their priority, something that many
      modern newspapers and magazines lack."

      Chally Still Leads Tatarstan's HIV Blacklist

      According the Chally health-care department, there are
      currently 6,315 HIV carriers in Tatarstan, about 1,000 of
      them in that city, Kama-press reported on 28 November. In
      most cases, carriers in Chally were infected by sexual
      intercourse and use of drugs from infected syringes.
      Also, 30 HIV-positive mothers have given birth and passed
      the infection to their babies in the last two years. In
      general, there are about 120 new cases of HIV infection
      in Chally every year.

      Also on 28 November, the local anti-AIDS and HIV Center
      celebrated its 10th anniversary. The center, along with
      municipal health-care and law-enforcement departments,
      says that in Chally some 5,000 drug addicts and
      prostitutes are threatened by infection.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi


      Swiss Air Traffic Control Service Agrees On Compensation

      Relatives of the 12 crew members of a Bashkir Airline's
      Tu-154 that collided in July 2002 with a DHL Boeing-757
      cargo jet over southern Germany (see "RFE/RL
      Tatar-Bashkir Report," 2 July 2002) will be paid between
      $100,000 and $300,000 each in compensation, ITAR-TASS
      reported on 28 November. An agreement was signed the
      previous day in Zurich by lawyers of the Swiss Skyguide
      air traffic control service that controlled the jets
      during the collision and those representing the crew
      members' relatives. The compensation payments are
      determined according to the crew member's income and
      family status. For their part, the relatives of the
      victims agreed that they will not bring new financial
      claims against Skyguide. Yulia Fedotova, who is
      coordinating the defense of the passengers' families,
      told RosBalt on 28 November that no agreement has yet
      been reached. Fedotova said the Swiss and German
      governments have suggested that the relatives be paid
      "trifling" sums in compensation for psychological damage,
      while they do not intend to compensate for material
      damage at all.

      Ballot Papers To Be Reprinted In Bashkortostan

      Russian Central Election Commission (TsIK) Chairman
      Aleksandr Veshnyakov told a press conference on 28
      November that the Bashkir Central Election Commission
      must reprint the entire print run of electoral ballots
      for both the Bashkir presidential and State Duma
      elections on 7 December, RosBalt and other news agencies
      reported the same day. Veshnyakov said TsIK members
      concluded that the color and quality of the paper are not
      good enough. Veshnyakov said, "the entire 3 million print
      run may have to be reprinted." He added that persons
      guilty of negligence would be punished. Citing another
      reason for the reprint, the ballots were printed before
      presidential candidate Sergei Veremeenko, a board member
      of Mezhprombank, was registered as a candidate. New
      ballots will also include another candidate for the
      Bashkir president, Aleksandr Arinin.

      Opposition Candidates Complain To Federal Bodies Election Provocations...

      Fourteen candidates for the Bashkir presidential and
      State Duma elections appealed on 29 November to Russian
      Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov, First Deputy
      Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev, and Federal Security
      Service Director Nikolai Patrushev to protest the actions
      of the republican government in the runup to the 7
      December presidential elections, bashkir.ru reported the
      same day. The list of signatories include presidential
      candidates Veremeenko and Khesen Idietullin and 12
      candidates for the State Duma.

      The authors claimed that the republic's authorities and
      law enforcement bodies have not done enough to
      investigate a 5 November explosion that killed two people
      in Ufa. They said that the presidential administration of
      President Murtaza Rakhimov has blamed the rivals of the
      president for the explosion without any evidence. The
      authors said they also have information about a plan to
      organize "another act of terrorism -- an explosion of an
      automobile in a crowded place," which is aimed at
      intimidating people before the elections and providing
      ground for blaming the opposition for destabilizing the
      situation in the republic. They have demanded that
      preventative measures be taken to remove the threat of
      political provocations and crimes and call on federal law
      enforcement bodies to take control of the situation in

      ..As Veremeenko Fears For His Life

      Presidential candidate Veremeenko appealed on 29 November
      to Russian Prosecutor-General Ustinov about the
      "intolerable and dangerous situation" in Bashkortostan,
      bashkir.ru reported the next day. Veremeenko said he has
      grounds to fear for his safety. He said the electoral
      campaign in the republic is characterized by violations
      of electoral legislation and arbitrary rule, in which the
      Bashkir Central Election Commission and raion courts are
      involved. He said acting President Rafael Baidavletov and
      other officials have openly accused the opposition of
      being behind the 5 November explosion without any proof.
      Veremeenko said that there is evidence to suggest that
      the republican government are themselves behind the
      explosion. Veremeenko warned that further provocations
      may take place in the republic. He called on the
      prosecutor-general "to pay special attention to the
      developments in Bashkortostan."

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

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