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Tatar-Bashkir Report: April 17, 2000

17 April 2000
Tatarstan's Parliament Speaker On Relations With Moscow
Tatarstan's State Council chairman, Farid Mukhametshin, said in an article published on 15 April that Tatarstan's legislature could cooperate closely with the Russian State Duma. Mukhametshin made his comments writing in the official daily "Respublika Tatarstan" on 15 April. Mukhametshin said Tatarstan's State Council could move legislative initiatives and draft laws at a federal level which would enhance cooperation with Moscow and allow Russia and Tatarstan to realize the full potential of the power-sharing treaty. Mukhametshin listed such priorities in economic legislation as developing investment for Tatarstan, controlling the activities of juridical officials, and stimulating housing construction. He noted that laws on state building, meaning such things as regulating the Cabinet of Ministers and the Prosecutor's Office, on citizenship, alternative civil service, the judicial system, Tatarstan's Constitutional Court, and Investigating Committee will be given top priority.

Migration Service Takes Itself To Court
The head of Tatarstan's Migration Service, Rishat Khairutdinov, said in an interview with Tatar-inform on 14 April that five people have won a court case against the Migration Service and have been given the right to receive free housing. Khairutdinov said dozens of similar cases are being considered by republican courts. He said the filing of charges in court was initiated by the Migration Service itself so as to correct mistakes by its former directors which led to prospective homeowners being refused accomodation. He said lawyers from the service are now helping these people to file claims and then file them in court in an effort to rectify the injustice they previously experienced.

Curriculum At Tatarstan's Muslim Schools To Be Standardized
A republican seminar of rectors from Muslim secondary and high schools will be held in Kazan on 19 April to discuss the adoption of a unified Muslim curriculum and to exchange experiences, Tatar inform reported. The chairman of Tatarstan's Muslims Religious Board, Mufti Gusman khazrat Iskhakov, told the news agency that the meeting is aimed at improving the quality of teaching in Muslim institutions. The heads of Madrasahs from the towns and districts of Tatarstan who took part in the meeting are to become acquainted with the teaching process at the Russian Islamic University.

Kazan Receives Grant For Development
The government of the Russian Federation will allocate funds to grant infrastructure improvements to the towns and cities that won a federation-wide competitionm, including Kazan, Tatar-inform reported on 14 April. Kazan won the prize awarded for a developing urban economy and for preserving its architectural legacy and maintaining ethnic traditions in construction.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova