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Tatar-Bashkir Report: May 31, 1999

31 May 1999
Tatarstan Establishing Direct Ties With Rosvooruzhenie
President Mintimer Shaimiev and the general-director of Russia's Rosvooruzhenie Company, Grigorii Rapota, signed a protocol of intentions between Tatarstan and Rosvooruzhenie on 28 May in Kazan. At the same meeting, Rapota said the purpose of his visit was to look into the capabilities of Tatarstan's industry. Shaimiev told Rapota that Tatarstan has "succeeded in trying to preserve the unique staff and technologies" of former Defense Ministry factories on its territory. Rapota emphasized that the system for organizing the Defense Ministry complex in Russia was "totally absent." Shaimiev said later that the protocol will help Tatarstan establish "direct links with the world [arms] market." Rapota commented on the state of Tatarstan's industry saying that "its powerful potential needed broader implementation."

Chechen Representative Comments On Chechen Citizens Rights In TR
Chechnya's permanent representative in Tatarstan, Umar Ayupov, told Tatarinform agency on 28 May that he was "satisfied with the current relations between Tatarstan's Interior Ministry and [the] Chechen diaspora in [the republic]." Ayupov said the baseless detention of Chechens and militia raids had stopped. He said he attributed those changes to the recent appointment of Interior Minister Asgat Safarov.

Tatarstan To Get Satellite Channel
The general-director of the Kazan Satellite Club, Amir Gismatullin, said that Tatarstan's television programs would be transmitted via the Russian NTV Plus satellite, Tatar press reported on 31 May. Gismatullin noted that the first satellite television program is scheduled to be broadcast on Tatarstan's independence day--30 August. The broadcasts are expected to cover the entire territory of the Russian Federation and certain CIS countries.

Pakistani Deputy Industry Minister In Chally
Pakistan's first deputy minister of industry and ambassador to Moscow, Abu Shamim Sharif, arrived in Tatarstan's second city Chally on 27 May, the republican press reported. Sharif visited the factories of KamAZ heavy truck and the Oka economy-sized car factories. The same day Sharif told journalists that Pakistan was mostly interested in importing Tatarstan-made spare parts for Oka vehicles and KamAZ heavy trucks.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi