12 March 2001
DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTANGorbunov Plant Joins New Russian Aviation Consortium
The state transport companies Russia and Pulkovo, the Kazan Gorbunov aircraft plant and the International Bank of St. Petersburg have formed a new aviation consortium Russia-Pulkovo, ITAR-TASS reported on 11 March. Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov said that the company aims to improve the situation of production and use of domestic planes and added that it represents "the last attempt to preserve the sector which had constructed in 2000 only six aircraft."
Iranian President to Visit Tatarstan
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami will come to Tatarstan during his visit to Russia, Interfax reported on 10 March.
Shaimiev Promises Support for Small Businesses
President Mintimer Shaimiev on 11 March told ITAR-TASS that development of small businesses is of priority for the republic. He said that 500,000 republic residents are currently involved in the sector, 7 percent more than the previous year.
Tatarstan Accelerates Construction of Oil Processing Plant
Khamza Bagmanov, the Tuben Kama oil processing plant general manager, told strana.ru on 9 March that construction of the company's first processing line will be finished by 2002.
Kazan To Name Street After Ossetian Writer
President Mintimer Shaimiev is supporting a proposal by the Tatar National Center in North Ossetia to name a new street in Kazan after the founder of Ossetian literature Kosta Khetagurov, "Severnyi Kavkaz" reported on 9 March.
Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova
DAILY REVIEW FROM BASHKORTOSTANRakhimov Visits Rural Districts
President Murtaza Rakhimov on 8 March visited republic Beloretsk and Qarmasqaly districts to review the state of social sphere facilities and the modernization of a timber company. He also visited the place in Qarmasqaly where a gas explosion destroyed a house; he urged the local authorities to provide necessary support for those who suffered as a result.
Bashkortostan's Orthodox Leader Named Archbishop
President Murtaza Rakhimov sent greetings to the head of the Russian Orthodox church in Ufa Nikon on his elevation to the rank of archbishop, the presidential press service reported on 11 March. In his reply, Nikon said that the last several years had been a time of growth for Orthodoxy in Bashkortostan.
Bashkortostan Woman Received By Putin
Gulfira Bakirova, the deputy director of the Ufa Propolis company, took part in the reception held by President Vladimir Putin for 25 women to mark the International Women's Day, Bashinform reported on 11 March. Bakirova had been one of the winners of the Russia-wide competition for the best woman manager of 2000.
Beloretsk Metallurgy Plant Plans Modernization
The Russian Central Bank will invest $65 million in the construction of a new metal production line at the Beloretsk metallurgy company, Bashinform reported on 11 March.
Buses for Rural Pupils
The republic government last year purchased 40 buses to drive students in rural areas to schools and plans to buy 50 more this year, Bashinform reported on 11 March. The republic's education program calls for supplying buses to all rural schools by 2005.
Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova