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Tatar-Bashkir Report: December 14, 2004


14 December 2004
DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN
Deputy Mufti Completes Doctoral Work
Tatarstan's First Deputy Mufti Weliulla Yaqupov defended his PhD thesis on the Islamic component of state relations with religious groups in Tatarstan in the 1990s, islam.ru reported on 10 December. In his research, Yaqupov describes Russia's Muslim religious boards' battles for influence in Tatarstan, the establishment of an independent Muslim Religious Board in Tatarstan; and intrigue among mullahs, sects, and the system of Muslim education in Tatarstan. Yaqupov, who was a Komsomol leader before 1990, then joined the national movement, headed Kazan's leading madrasah, Mokhemmedie, and worked on Tatarstan's Muslim Religious Board.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTAN
Hizb ut-Tahrir Activists Detained In Ufa
Two alleged distributors of leaflets issued by the prohibited Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir have been detained in Bashkortostan, RIA-Novosti reported on 13 December, quoting an unidentified source inside Bashkortostan's Interior Ministry. One suspect was detained near the central market of the town of Davelkanovo, and the other was seized near a department store in Beloretsk. The activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir are prohibited under enforcement policies that have been backed by the Russian Supreme Court.

More Money Tentatively Slated For Republic's Youth
The financing of programs that target the republic's young people will be increased significantly in 2005 under the current draft budget, Regnum reported on 13 December, quoting statements from the State Youth Policy Committee. Projects include combating drug addiction, alcoholism, and smoking. More money would also be allocated for providing housing for young families. Currently, only 200 young families per year are provided funds to purchase apartments, while 4,000 such families are waiting for apartments in the capital Ufa alone.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova
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