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  • Uli Schamiloglu
    RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ___________________________________________________________ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 9, No. 64, Part I, 6
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      RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
      ___________________________________________________________
      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 9, No. 64, Part I, 6 April 2005

      BASHKORTOSTAN REPORTEDLY ON BRINK OF REVOLUTION... Bashkortostan
      opposition leaders told reporters in Moscow on 5 April that they are
      preparing a protest in central Moscow against the Bashkir government
      on 7 April, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reported. Ramil Bignov,
      chairman of the coordinating board of an umbrella opposition
      coalition, said the aim of the protest is to draw Moscow's attention
      to the republic's problems and to call for the resignation of
      Bashkortostan President Murtaza Rakhimov. Marat Khairullin, a
      reporter for "Novaya gazeta" and a member of the public commission
      investigating a controversial December police operation in
      Blagoveshchensk, told gazeta.ru that Bignov is a well-known
      businessman with his own financial resources. According to
      Khairullin, a revolution could occur in Bashkortostan at any moment.
      "If you saw the last demonstration on 27 March [in Ufa], you would
      have seen a real show of the opposition's strength. They gathered
      20,000 people, who could have seized the [Bashkir] White House. There
      were calls for such a seizure, but Bignov stopped this," Khairullin
      said (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 31 March 2005). On 1 May,
      Bashkortostan's opposition plans to erect a tent city near the
      presidential administration building in Ufa as part of its continuing
      campaign of protests in the republic. JAC

      ...AND OPPOSITION LEADER HAS TIES TO PRESIDENT'S SON. According to
      "Novaya politika" on 28 March, Bignov is a long-time business partner
      of Ural Rakhimov, President Rakhimov's son. According to the weekly,
      Ural Rakhimov hopes to hold on to his property in the republic while
      forcing his father to resign. Last month, "Kommersant-Daily" quoted
      an unidentified senior official in the Bashkir government on 2 March
      as saying President Rakhimov long ago concluded that he had given his
      son too much economic power in the republic and believes his son
      manages assets inefficiently. "Ural Rakhimov pursued business
      interests that constantly contradicted the interests of the elder
      Rakhimov as a state official," the source said (see "RFE/RL
      Newsline," 28 February and 9 March 2005). JAC


      ...AS FIVE REGIONS CONSIDERED VULNERABLE TO ORANGE REVOLUTION.
      According to Vinogradov in the same politcom.ru article, there are
      five regional leaders, who face significant public and elite
      opposition locally and whose reappointment could trigger scandals or
      possible "orange" revolutions: Bashkortostan President Rakhimov,
      Ingushetia President Murat Zyazikov, Kalmykia President Kirsan
      Ilyumzhinov, Karachaevo-Cherkessia President Mustafa Batdyev, and
      North Ossetia President Aleksandr Dzasokhov. JAC


      Uli Schamiloglu
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