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Tatar-Bashkir Report: May 7, 2001

7 May 2001
Parliament Session to Name New Cabinet, Discuss Human Rights
The State Council will meet in plenary session on 11 May to approve a new cabinet and to discuss a bill providing protections for those who complain about human rights.

A Smaller Victory Day Parade This Year
Tatarstan State TV reported on 6 May that Kazan will present veterans with 100 rubles ($3.45) rather than more elaborate gifts and will scale down the Victory Parade as well.

Kazan Researchers Help Turkmen President
A Kazan historical research group working with the history of World War II has discovered that the father of Turkmen President Saparmurad Niyazov was killed in action near Saint Petersburg, "Respublika Tatarstan� reported on 5 May.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

Ufa Pledges to Monitor Power and Heat Supplies
Prime Minister Rafael Baydavletov told the cabinet on 4 May that they must carefully monitor heating and power supplies in the republic in order to avoid a "Primorye scenario" next winter, reported.

Ufa, Minsk to Cooperate on Media
Ufa and Minsk will cooperate in the area of media regulation and publishing, Bashinform reported on 4 May.

Ufa, Beijing to Cooperate in Economy
Ufa is cooperating with China in jet engine production and petroleum products, "Respublika Bashkortostan" reported on 5 May.

World Bashkir Congress Head Meets Diaspora in Udmurtia
Niyaz Majitov, the World Bashkir Congress Executive Committee chairman, attended the Bashkir Congress in Udmurtia, RFE/RL reported from Ufa.

Teenage Drug Use in Ufa Rises
Anti-drug workers said that the real number of teenage drug abusers in Ufa is 10 to 12 times the 492 officially registered, Bashinform reported on 5 May.

Irendik a Nature Reserve?
The World Wildlife Fund has proposed opening a nature reserve in the Irendik mountain range, news agencies reported on 7 May.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi