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RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report -- 21 April 2005

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  • Uli Schamiloglu
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      RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report
      21 April 2005
      Opinion Poll: None Of Putin's Colleagues Are Considered Serious Rivals
      According to a public opinion poll conducted by the Yurii Levada Center in
      March, none of President Vladimir Putin's "closest politicians" are
      considered potential candidates for Russian president, Gazeta.ru wrote on
      20 April. Twenty percent of respondents said, however, that they were ready
      to accept Moscow Mayor Yurii Luzhkov as president and only 2 percent said
      they favored Tatar President Mintimer Shamiev or Sverdlovsk Governor Eduard
      Rossel for that post.

      Regions Fail To Use Federal Transport Compensation
      Transport Minister Igor Levitin told a government conference that Russia's
      territorial entities have used only 60 percent of federal money intended
      for covering the cost of transport vouchers for those people who had the
      right to free public transport before the controversial monetization of
      those in-kind benefits, rbc.ru reported on 20 April. The bulk of those
      unused funds are said to be in Moscow, where some 250.9 million rubles
      ($8.96 million) worth went unused, in Bashkortostan ($1.74 million),
      Tatarstan ($1.60 million), and Perm Oblast ($1.3 million).

      Ukratatnafta, Other Companies Ask Moscow To Discuss Gas Price Affair With
      Top officials at major Russian oil industries operating in Ukraine,
      including TNK-PB, LUKoil, and the joint Tatar-Ukrainian company
      Ukrtatnafta, appealed to Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov to secure
      their rights in that country's gas market after the Ukrainian government
      set put caps on retail gasoline prices, "Novie Izvestiya" reported on 20
      April. TNK -BP and LUKoil had previously declared that the new regulations
      prevented them from making a profit and warned that they will halt their
      production in order to prevent further losses. The oil companies that have
      extensive gas-station networks in Ukraine asked Fradkov to include the
      pricing issue on the agenda of his next meeting with Ukrainian Premier
      Yuliya Tymoshenko.

      Daily Cites Lack Of Interaction Between Kazan And Republican Administrations
      As the celebrations of the Kazan millennium anniversary near, a
      misunderstanding between the Kazan city and republican governments appears
      to be expanding, "Vechernyaya Kazan" wrote on 20 April. Both the republican
      cabinet and the mayor's office are still failing to cooperate, as evidence
      by the fact that republican officials don't go to city council meetings
      devoted to preparations for the anniversary event.

      Given the numerous complaints from locals regarding city government
      policies, the millennium anniversary could be the last major event of Mayor
      Qamil Iskhaqov's career because on 25 September Kazan will elect a new city
      council, which will then appoint a mayor.

      Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

      Bashkir Parliament Changes Quorum Requirements
      The Bashkir State Assembly has reduced its quorum requirements for
      parliamentary sessions from two thirds of the total number of deputies to
      just over a half. The change was made at the Assembly's 19 April plenary
      session, RosBalt and "Rossiiskaya gazeta" reported on 19 and 20 April,
      respectively. Currently there are 116 representatives in the 120-seat
      legislature. By-elections to fill the empty seats are set for 26 June.

      Rakhimov: State To Restore Control Over Petrochemical Companies Within Two
      President Murtaza Rakhimov told reporters on 19 April that the return of
      Bashkortostan's petrochemical plants to the state will be completed by the
      end of June. The president added that key decisions on the issue will be
      reached 26 April at a session of the Bashkir Arbitration Court and meetings
      of shareholders of Ufa Oil Refinery, Novoil, Ufaneftekhim, Bashneft,
      Bashkirenergo, Ufaorgsintez, and Bashkirnefteprodukt.

      In March 2004, control over those companies was passed to Bashkirskii
      kapital headed by President Rakhimov's son Ural. President Rakhimov
      initiated the return of the petrochemical sector companies to state
      ownership in the wake of a plot in the Bashkir parliament aimed at
      nominating Ural Rakhimov as its speaker (see "RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Report,"
      25 February 2005).

      Bashkortostan Participates In Russian-Canadian Project To Develop Federalism
      Bashkortostan has become a pilot region for a Russian-Canadian project to
      increase cooperation between Russian federal and regional-level
      authorities, RosBalt reported on 20 April.

      The project, "Mechanisms for Harmonizing the Interests of Federal and
      Regional Governmental Bodies," also seeks new ways to develop Russian
      federalism and local self-government.

      Representatives of Intergovernmental Affairs and Finance Canada and the
      Canada School of Public Service took part in a project conference starting
      on 20 April in Ufa.

      Speaking at the forum, Bashkir presidential chief of staff Radii Khebirov
      said Bashkortostan can be rated first among Russia's entities in terms of
      "precise implementation of all requirements of federal legislation." But
      Khebirov criticized federal authorities for concentrating some powers in
      their own hands while at the same time shifting other responsibilities
      requiring large expenditures to the regions.

      Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

      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
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