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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 22 June 2004

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  • Uli Schamiloglu
    This article below appears on the web site of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) http://www.rferl.org Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty 2004 RFE/RL,
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 12, 2004
      This article below appears on the web site of Radio Free Europe/
      Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) http://www.rferl.org


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      All Rights Reserved

      Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report

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      22 June 2004
      DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN
      KamAZ Launches Assembly Line In Vietnam
      The Chally-based KamAZ truckmaker recently dispatched its first shipment of 30 truck kits for assembly by the Vietnamese company Vinacoal, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported today. The coal-mining corporation is expected to receive up to 300 truck kits by the end of the year.

      KamAZ has been delivering its products to Vietnam since 1979, and one in every three heavy vehicles used in that country are KamAZ.

      Tatar Delegation Heads To Minsk
      A Tatar delegation of government officials and business representatives left for Minsk, Belarus, on 22 June for economic, scientific and cultural cooperation talks, Intertat reported today. The delegation is headed by Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov, who is expected to meet with his Belarusian counterpart Syarhey Sidorski and to sign a cooperation agreement in the spheres of trade, economy, scientific research, and culture. The Tatar delegation will also meet with the Belarusian industry minister and representatives of the local Tatar community, and inspect local industries.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

      DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN
      Tatar Public Organizations Begin Preparations For Referendum On Tatar Language
      A congress of 18 of Bashkortostan's Tatar organizations established an initiative group for preparing a republic-wide referendum on obtaining official status to Tatar language in that republic, an RFE/RL Ufa correspondent reported on 21 June, citing the Tatar public organizations union chairman, Ramil Bignov.

      Under republican law, the group, consisting of 78 people, will seek registration at Bashkortostan's Central Election Commission and appeal to the republican State Assembly. To hold the referendum, the organizers will have to gather some 60,000 signatures or 2 percent of the republic's electorate.

      Tatars are the second-largest ethnic group in Bashkortostan after Russians, while the republic's constitution and the Bashkir law declares only Russian and Bashkir as official languages in the republic.

      Bashkir Police Win Defamation Suits Against Russian Press
      In the last six months, Bashkortostan's Interior Ministry has won 12 defamation suits against the national media outlets that published compromising materials about Minister Rafail Divaev and his former deputy, Nikolai Patrikeev, RosBalt reported on 21 June. The Bashkir police have filed as many as 30 such lawsuits and 15 of them have already been tried. Numerous articles alleging corruption in the republic's law-enforcement system appeared in the Russian press about a year ago, when the recording of a telephone conversation between Patrikeev and an Ufa crime boss was published on the Internet.

      Ufa Children Get Military Training At Summer Camp
      Ufa's city committee on youth policies will hold special programs involving numerous training exercises in sports and primary military training for children who attend the city's summer camps, Bashinform reported on 21 June. Traditionally, such programs include special courses and military games inherited from the Soviet era.

      In recent years, Bashkortostan has had the highest percentage of recruit-age young men drafted into the army in Russia. Meanwhile, neighboring Tatarstan, which has much less patriotic and military education programs, reportedly has one of the lowest recruiting ratios nationwide.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi []




      Uli Schamiloglu
      Professor of Turkic & Central Eurasian Studies
      Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
      1254 Van Hise, 1220 Linden Drive
      Madison, WI  53706 USA
      tel. 1-608-262-7141 (office), 1-608-262-3012 (department), 1-608-265-3538 (fax)
      Email: uschamil@...
      LCA website:  lca.wisc.edu

    • Uli Schamiloglu
      This article below appears on the web site of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) http://www.rferl.org Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty 2004 RFE/RL,
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 12, 2004
        This article below appears on the web site of Radio Free Europe/
        Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) http://www.rferl.org


        Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

        2004 RFE/RL, Inc.
        All Rights Reserved

        Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report

        [] 
        22 June 2004
        DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN
        KamAZ Launches Assembly Line In Vietnam
        The Chally-based KamAZ truckmaker recently dispatched its first shipment of 30 truck kits for assembly by the Vietnamese company Vinacoal, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported today. The coal-mining corporation is expected to receive up to 300 truck kits by the end of the year.

        KamAZ has been delivering its products to Vietnam since 1979, and one in every three heavy vehicles used in that country are KamAZ.

        Tatar Delegation Heads To Minsk
        A Tatar delegation of government officials and business representatives left for Minsk, Belarus, on 22 June for economic, scientific and cultural cooperation talks, Intertat reported today. The delegation is headed by Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov, who is expected to meet with his Belarusian counterpart Syarhey Sidorski and to sign a cooperation agreement in the spheres of trade, economy, scientific research, and culture. The Tatar delegation will also meet with the Belarusian industry minister and representatives of the local Tatar community, and inspect local industries.

        Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

        DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN
        Tatar Public Organizations Begin Preparations For Referendum On Tatar Language
        A congress of 18 of Bashkortostan's Tatar organizations established an initiative group for preparing a republic-wide referendum on obtaining official status to Tatar language in that republic, an RFE/RL Ufa correspondent reported on 21 June, citing the Tatar public organizations union chairman, Ramil Bignov.

        Under republican law, the group, consisting of 78 people, will seek registration at Bashkortostan's Central Election Commission and appeal to the republican State Assembly. To hold the referendum, the organizers will have to gather some 60,000 signatures or 2 percent of the republic's electorate.

        Tatars are the second-largest ethnic group in Bashkortostan after Russians, while the republic's constitution and the Bashkir law declares only Russian and Bashkir as official languages in the republic.

        Bashkir Police Win Defamation Suits Against Russian Press
        In the last six months, Bashkortostan's Interior Ministry has won 12 defamation suits against the national media outlets that published compromising materials about Minister Rafail Divaev and his former deputy, Nikolai Patrikeev, RosBalt reported on 21 June. The Bashkir police have filed as many as 30 such lawsuits and 15 of them have already been tried. Numerous articles alleging corruption in the republic's law-enforcement system appeared in the Russian press about a year ago, when the recording of a telephone conversation between Patrikeev and an Ufa crime boss was published on the Internet.

        Ufa Children Get Military Training At Summer Camp
        Ufa's city committee on youth policies will hold special programs involving numerous training exercises in sports and primary military training for children who attend the city's summer camps, Bashinform reported on 21 June. Traditionally, such programs include special courses and military games inherited from the Soviet era.

        In recent years, Bashkortostan has had the highest percentage of recruit-age young men drafted into the army in Russia. Meanwhile, neighboring Tatarstan, which has much less patriotic and military education programs, reportedly has one of the lowest recruiting ratios nationwide.

        Compiled by Iskender Nurmi []




        Uli Schamiloglu
        Professor of Turkic & Central Eurasian Studies
        Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
        1254 Van Hise, 1220 Linden Drive
        Madison, WI  53706 USA
        tel. 1-608-262-7141 (office), 1-608-262-3012 (department), 1-608-265-3538 (fax)
        Email: uschamil@...
        LCA website:  lca.wisc.edu

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