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Tatarstan: Authorities Distribute Politician's Book For Free

Prague, 3 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - Tatar authorities this week began distributing a book written by Tatarstan's Deputy Prime Minister, Ravil Muratov, free of charge in Kazan. Our correspondent in Kazan describes the book as an autobiographic story accompanied by lyric essays, with an epilogue by Russian academician Abel Aganbegyan. The book features photos of Muratov meeting with political leaders of Russia and abroad, as well as family pictures.

Women's Group Holds Opening Session

The Club of Intellectual Ladies (KID), organized by Tatarstan's Republic House of Scientists, held its openning session in Kazan yesterday. Our correspondent says the participants discussed problems connected with the new role of women working in the spheres of science, journalism and education. The head of the Club, Elvira Kudretskaya, gave a speech defining the aims and program of the club's activities.

Meanwhile, the head of the Executive Committee of World Congress of Tatars, Indus Tagirov, and the head of the International Association of Tatar Women, Roza Tufitullova, departed for Lebanon today. Our correspondent in Kazan says the trip is sponsored by Lebabnese social organizations.