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Tatar-Bashkir Report: December 25, 1998

25 December 1998
Tatarstan Top Officials Visit Moscow
On December 23-24, President Shaimiev and State Council Chairman Farit Mukhametshin participated in a meeting of the Russian Federation Council in the Federal Assembly. On December 23rd, Shaimiev said that the Russian Ministry of Finance did not consult with regional authorities when elaborating the taxation policy for 1999. Shaimiev noted that the federal Ministry of Finance did not consider the vital interests of the Russian republics.

On December 24 State Council Chairman Mukhametshin met with the president of the Transneft company to discuss a possible partnership of Transneft and KamAZ automotive works. The president of Transneft said his company was interested in purchasing multifunctional off-road trucks. The meeting of the KamAZ administration was set for the first half of January, 1999.

Tender Contract Won By Kazan Footwear Factory
On December 22, the Spartak footwear factory won a tender contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense for producing 130,000 pairs of footwear at the price of 36 million rubles. Spartak is to deliver special boots for troops, navy boots and infantry boots.

KamAZ Launches Bus Production
The press-service of the KamAZ automotive works reports that in January 1999 KamAZ will launch a joint production of city buses in cooperation with the Pavlovsky automotive plant in Nizhny Novgorod. According to the contract, KamAZ will produce chassis for the PAZ automotive works. In 1999, the PAZ-KamAZ venture intends to produce 100 buses and then increase the production by 200 units annually.

President of Russian Academy of Sciences Visits Kazan
On December 25, the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yuri Osipov, met with President Shaimiev to discuss current problems of science and education in Tatarstan and the Russian Federation.

Compiled by I.Nurmi