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Tatar-Bashkir Report: June 8, 2001

8 June 2001
UNESCO Awards Shaimiev Avicenna Medal
UNESCO secretary general Koitiro Matsuura presented President Mintimer Shaimiev with the Avicenna silver medal for his "great contribution in preserving of cultural-historical values," Efir-Inform reported on 7 June.

Tatarstan Days Held in Paris
UNESCO general manager Koitiro Matsuura and President Mintimer Shaimiev opened an exhibition devoted to the Kazan millennium within the frameworks of Tatarstan Days at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, RIA-Novosti reported on 7 June.

Russian Justice Ministry Sets Up Board in Tatarstan
The Russian Justice Ministry has set up its board in Tatarstan, Tatar-inform reported on 6 June. Khamit Sharipov, previously Tatarstan's Deputy Justice Minister, has been named its acting head. Ivan Semenchenko, the Justice Ministry personnel manager, said that Tatarstan has become the last federation subject where this has taken place. He said that the new federal body will work parallel with Tatarstan�s Justice Ministry headed by Albert Salabaev.

Japanese Kanematsu Renews Equipment Deliveries
KamAZ deputy general manager Ildar Khalikov on 7 June said that Japan�s Kanematsu will renew deliveries of equipment under the $150 million credit line, PRIME-TASS reported on 7 June.

Heating to Be Counted in Tuben Kama
Energy suppliers have begun installing meters for heating users in Tuben Kama as part of a cost-saving campaign, reported on 6 June.

Psychologists Helping Chechen War Veterans
The Kazan interior board on 7 June said that seven of its employees have been convicted of crimes over last five months, and charges against 29 others are being investigated, Efir-Inform reported on 7 June. In other comments, the board said that psychologists are now working with interior ministry officials who have served in Chechnya.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

Bashkortostan, Saxony Develop Cooperation
Vadim Kurilov, the plenipotentiary of the Saxony's economics in Russia, told Bashinform on 7 June that "the Volga-Urals region which is one of the most perspective in Russia is of great interest for Saxony, as well as for the whole Germany." He said that several companies in Bashkortostan have already purchased equipment and modernized production as a result of a Saxony-provided 100 million DM credit.

Human Rights Protectors Appointed in Sibai
Bashkortostan's Human Rights Plenipotentiary Chingiz Gazizov has appointed Eduard Suyundukov and Klara Kuznetsova his representatives in Sibai, Bashinform reported on 7 June.

New Head of Industrial Policy Committee Named
President Murtaza Rakhimov on 7 June appointed Vladimir Petoshin to head the republic's State Industrial Policy Committee, the presidential press service reported. Petoshin served as the deputy head of that body.

St. Petersburg Hosts Bashkortostan Days
The Russian Ethnography Museum in St. Petersburg presented an exhibition on "Bashkir folk dress and jewelry" within the framework of Bashkortostan Culture and Art Days taking place in that city, Bashinform reported on 7 June.

Koran Performers Compete in Ufa
Some 20 Bashkortostan residents took part in the competition of Koran performers held by the Maryam Sultanova Islamic Institute, Bashinform reported on 7 June. A Sterletamaq madrasah student and two students of the Islamic Institute won the competition. The judges were from Islamic universities in Egypt, Turkey, and the Netherlands.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova