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Tatar-Bashkir Report: July 12, 2001

12 July 2001
Volga District Governors Want Power-Sharing Treaties to Be Annulled
Four Volga district regional leaders � the governors of Perm oblast Yuri Trutnev, Nizhny Novgorod oblast Ivan Sklyarov, Ulyanovsk oblast Vladimir Shamanov and Marii El President Leonid Markelov � on 9 July urged President Vladimir Putin to annul power-sharing treaties between their regions and Moscow as part of the harmonization process, Russian media reported. Saratov oblast Governor Dmitrii Ayatskov on 10 July also supported the proposal of his Volga district counterparts. But Tatarstan parliament speaker Farid Mukhametshin on 9 July denied predictions about the annulment of the republic power-sharing treaty with Moscow and said that it will be preserved. noted that three of the initiators had taken up their offices at the most active support of district head Sergei Kirienko while Sklyarov enjoys his support in his Sklyarov's current campaign.

Mukhametshin Discusses Harmonization with Kirienko
Speaker Farid Mukhametshin on 11 July met with Presidential Envoy to the Volga District Sergei Kirienko to discuss harmonization of the law on local self-governance, Tatarstan Radio reported. Mukhametshin said that since no clear concept of the local self-governance has been developed at the federal level, it is unwise to change Tatarstan�s legislation on the issue. The two agreed that the republic parliament will ask the Duma to allow Tatarstan to proceed with its efforts on the local self-governance development as an experiment.

Trade Unions Leader Visits Kazan
Mikhail Shmakov, the chairman of the Russian Independent Trade Unions Federation, on 11 July visited Kazan during his tour to Russian regions as a part of preparations for a trade unions congress. He met with President Mintimer Shaimiev to discuss Tatarstan�s economic problems and �reached full understanding on all the issues,� Shmakov told reporters following the meeting.

Tatenergo Ready to Pay UES
UES is satisfied with the proposal by Tatenergo and Tatarstan�s cabinet concerning repayment of the Tatarstan company�s debts, the UES press department reported on 11 July. The Russian electricity monopoly noted that Tatenergo�s step shows that the company realizes the importance of working with UES.

KamAZ Trucks to Be Assembled in Komi
The Komi Republic Ministry of Timber Industry, Machine Building, Transport and Communications and the KamAZ Trade and Finance Company have signed a cooperation agreement promoting design of KamAZ truck modifications in the republic and assembly there of 200-300 such machines a year, SPb-TASS reported on 10 July.

Tatneft to Look for Oil in Chuvashia
Tatneft has obtained a license from the Chuvash Nature Ministry to look for oil in the republic, reported on 11 July.

WTC Examines Problems Of Ukrainian Tatars
The World Tatars Congress (WTC) Executive Committee at a board meeting in Yalta on 10 July discussed joint efforts of Ukrainian state bodies and Tatar public organizations on the further development of language, culture and education. Tatarstan officials were in attendance and on 11 July met with the leaders of the Crimean Tatars Milli Mejlis.

Christian-Muslim Youth Camp Opens In Perm Oblast
A summer camp bringing together young Christians and Muslims has been set up a Perm oblast Russian-Tatar village on the initiative of the Perm Orthodox Archbishops Board and the oblast Muftis Board, reported on 11 July.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

Bashkirenergo Director Says UES Role Inappropriate quoted the general director of Bashkirenergo on 11 July as saying that the fees charged by Russian United Energy Systems to his company were �unjustly calculated� [and that the method used to derive them] could be only be justified only in cases when the energy system faces deficit.� He emphasized that UES played only a coordinating role in arranging the power supplies to Bashkortostan.

Labor Safety Said "Stable" in Bashkortostan
Bashkortostan�s government press service quoted its labor policy experts on 11 July as saying that 1000 people were injured at their workplaces in the republic and that 66 workers died so far in 2001. Those figures were below the ones in earlier years.

Finance Minister to Chair Bashprombank Directors Board
Bashprombank directors board elected Finance Minister Foat Khantimerov its new chairman on 10 July.

Rakhimov Inspects Cattle Breeding Facilities
President Murtaza Rakhimov visited Bashkortostan�s state cattle breeding farm near Ufa to inspect its laboratories on 10 July, his press service reported.

Housing Becomes More Expensive
Average apartment rents increased by 30% in last 6 months in Bashkortostan. Meanwhile, fees for water and sewage services grew by 40%, but power supply charges remained unchanged.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi