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Tatar-Bashkir Report: June 24, 1999

24 June 1999
Tatar Government And Transneft To Boost Ties
An agreement on cooperation was signed in Kazan on 23 June by Tatarstan's government and Russia's oil transporting monopoly Transneft, Tatar Radio and Television reported. According to the three-year agreement, the shares of Transneft's branch Northwest Oil Pipelines, currently owned by Tatarstan, will remain the property of the republic. Cooperation will be developed in supplying Tatarstan with high-quality oil products, maintenance of the pipelines' effective functioning, and the realization of joint-investment projects. Transneft head Dmitrii Savelyev said during the ceremony that 135 million tons of oil were pumped last year through Tatarstan's pipelines. Tatar Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov added that of that total more than 23 million tons were extracted in Tatarstan. Minnikhanov said Transneft is one of the main contributors to Tatarstan's coffers. Some 2,000 kilometers of pipelines are located on the territory of Tatarstan, and more than 3,000 people are employed by the company in the republic. Cooperation between Transneft and the KamAZ truck company was also among the issues discussed during negotiations. Earlier this year, an agreement on the purchase of KamAZ trucks by Transneft was made. This year, some 100 vehicles will be produced for the company's branches.

Government Discusses Collection Of Road Tax
Tatarstan's deputy prime minister, Vladimir Shvetsov, said just 60 percent of taxes are paid by Tatarstan's enterprises into the republican road fund, and that's a main reason why road construction and repair programs are not being completed. Shvetsov made his comments at a governmental meeting held by Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov in Kazan on 23 June. Shvetsov said the companies' debt to the road fund totals 1 billion rubles ($40 million). There are some 23,000 kilometers of roads in Tatarstan, and about 75 percent are paved.

Altynbaev Leaves Post In Chally For Job In Moscow
Former Chally Mayor Rafgat Altynbaev, nominated last week to be the Russia's deputy agriculture minister, was relieved of his duties as chairman of Chally's council of deputies. Khaidar Galyawetdinov was named acting chairman at a council session on 23 June appointed as acting chairman. He previously served as deputy chairman. Tatar Television cited Altynbaev as saying that in his new post he will be in charge of agricultural mechanical engineering, food processing, and the power supply for the agroindustrial complex.

Helicopters To Be Dismantled In Bashkortostan
Eighty MI-8T helicopters will be dismantled in Bashkortostan in connection with the disbanding of the Ufa Aviation High School, Bashinform reported on 23 June. The future of the Krasnyi Yar airdrome belonging to the school is still unclear.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova