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Tatar-Bashkir Report: January 4, 2001

4 January 2001
Symbols Changed at Tatarstan Supreme Court
As of 1 January, Tatartstan's snow leopard symbols were replaced with the Russian double eagle on the Supreme Court building, signifying its resubordination to the Russian Supreme Court, an RFE/RL correspondent reported on 3 January. The 35 current judges were given new identification cards signed by President Vladimir Putin in place of those signed by Tatarstand State Council chairman Farit Mukhametshin.

Outstanding Tatars of 20th Century Named
A poll conducted by Watanim Tatarstan newspaper on the New Year's eve identified poet Gabdulla Tukay, composer Salih Saydashev and Academy of Sciences president Mansur Khasanov as the most outstanding Tatar figures of 20th century.

By Iskender Nurmi

Rakhimov Takes Part in Bashkirenergo Anniversary Celebrations...
President Murtaza Rakhimov and Prime Minister Rafael Baydavletov took part in commemorating the 60th anniversary of Bashkirenergo Company on New Year's eve, "Respublika Bashkortostan" newspaper reported on 4 January. The two officials praised Bashkirenergo for its upgrading of the republic's electric and heating networks.

...And Opens Recreation Center
Rakhimov also visited the Kuryatmas farm in the republic's Davletkan region to opening a new recreation center. Davletkan region is one of the most productive and advanced agricultural centers of the republic.

Fortune-Teller Says Political Turmoil Will Continue In Russia
A well-known fortune-teller in Bashkortostan Belike Hisamova said on 3 January that, "political stability will not come into being in Russia very soon," an RFE/RL correspondent reports. In Hisamova's words, "as the year 2000 was declared a Youth Year in Russia, it complied to the youth style. The maximalist spirit and mistakes typical to youth characterized this year. Such political turmoil will resume through the 2001." The fortune-teller also predicted that war in Chechnya would continue.

By Iskender Nurmi