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Tatar-Bashkir Report: June 22, 2005

22 June 2005
Shaimiev Says Most Local Administrations Will Be Funded From Republic's Budget�
Those who are going to head a local administration should possess a clear idea of his duties and be aware of his budget incomes, Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev told a meeting on local self-government reform in Alabuga on 20 June, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported the next day. Shaimiev insisted that the heads of local administrations to be elected on 16 October in Tatarstan should be aware of the republican budget's capacities to help them. He said that due to the lack of donors to municipal budgets, most such administrations will be dependent on the republican subsidies.

...And That Russia Has A Lot To Do In Human Rights
Russia has yet to complete a lot of work remaining in the development of human rights organizations, President Shaimiev told Interfax-Povolzhye on 21 June. Referring to the recent international ombudsmen conference held in Kazan, Shaimiev added that congress participants said Tatarstan's experience in human rights management should be shared with multiethnic countries around the world.

Kazan Hosts International Conferences On Its Millennium
Some 400 representatives from 51 countries, including the of Organization of the Islamic Conference Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, of the Council of Europe Deputy Secretary-General Gabriela Battaini-Dragoni, World Heritage Cities Organization Secretary-General Denis Ricard, and Islamic Capital and Cities Organization Secretary-General Abdallah Kadi arrived in Kazan on 21-22 June fore joining the conference of World Heritage Cities Organization dedicated to 1000th anniversary of Tatarstan's capital, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported the same day. On 23 June, Kazan will host a summit of local governments to cover the same topic and to be joined by the executive director of the UN-Habitat organization.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

Ufa Police Introduce Mobile Police Station
In order to improve its direct communication with local residents, the Ufa city police have introduced a mobile police station that travels the districts of the Bashkir capital and is considering individual appeals from those who would like to complain on the law enforcement practices, Regnum reported on 21 June.

Shevchuk Says False Leaflets Distributed By Motherland Party
Rock star Yurii Shevchuk told a news conference on 21 June in St. Petersburg that he "appreciated the joke" of those who recently distributed leaflets in Ufa promoting him for city mayor, Regnum reported the same day. Shevchuk said that in his opinion the incident was organized by the Motherland party and denied any involvement.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi