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[tatar-l] Tatar News -- December 3, 1999

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  • Uli Schamiloglu
    Tatar News Tatar-Bashkir Service -- Radio Liberty (copyright RFE/RL, Inc.) light English editing by Uli Schamiloglu at the request of the editor *Shaimiev And
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      Tatar News
      Tatar-Bashkir Service -- Radio Liberty
      (copyright RFE/RL, Inc.)
      light English editing by Uli Schamiloglu at the request of the editor
      *Shaimiev And Chubais Press Conference
      During a press conference on 2nd December president Shaimiev negated the
      possibility of uniting the Fatherland-All Russia bloc [OVR] and the Russian
      Communist Party. Being one of the bloc's leaders Shaimiev admitted that
      some journalists representing the interests of OVR's rivals could
      intentionally create such gossip in order to distract its supporters.
      Commenting on the visit of Right Forces Union Leader Anatoly Chubais to
      Kazan the same day he said, "every society must have a locomotive to develop
      progressive ideas, even if those ideas are not yet comprehended by
      society." Shaimiev stressed that while being a centrist on political issues,
      OVR took a right-wing centrist position on economic issues.
      During the same conference Anatoly Chubais said he was "glad to see a big
      number" of his "supporters in Tatarstan, as was revealed by recent
      polls." Chubais said that in his opinion the percentage of his Right-wing
      Forces Union supporters in Tatarstan would be higher than the average
      figures across Russia. He also stated his discontentment with the anti-OVR campaign
      by some of the Russian media, emphasizing that besides freedom of speech
      there also must be some ethical conduct and that freedom of speech and other
      human rights were violated from the very beginning of the election campaign.

      *An Agreement Between Tatarstan And United Energy Systems To Be Signed
      The Director of United Energy Systems [UES] Anatoly Chubais visited Kazan on 2
      December. During his meeting with Tatarstan's president Mintimer Shaimiev it
      was acknowledged that working groups of UES and Tatenergo Company were
      finishing the preparations for the treaty on sharing powers between the
      republican and federal governments in electric energy systems maintenance.
      Anatoly Chubais said that after the terms of electricity transition via
      Tatarstan's territory were settled between UES and Tatenergo the agreement
      would be signed in Moscow.

      *Greater Volga (Bolshaya Volga) Association Meeting
      On 2nd December Tatarstan's president Mintimer Shaimiev and the republic's
      parliamentary speaker Farit Mukhametshin visited the capital of the Mordovian
      Republic Saransk to join the conference of the Greater Volga regional
      association, the Tatarinform agency reported the same day. Reportedly Russian PM
      Vladimir Putin participated in the conference discussing future economic and
      social development and present environmental problems of regions around the
      Volga river.

      Iskender Nurmi

      Uli Schamiloglu
      Associate Professor of Central Asian Studies
      Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
      1452 Van Hise Hall -- University of Wisconsin
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