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Tatar-Bashkir Report: June 27, 2001

27 June 2001
Public Group to Oppose Nuclear Waste Imports
The Anti-Nuclear Society of Tatarstan plans to hold a demonstration on 27 June against nuclear waste imports and nuclear power plant construction in Bashkortostan. Chairman of Ecological Security commission in Tatarstan's State Council Azat Khamayev told republican media the previous day that federal act on nuclear waste imports "would have problems sailing though the Russian Federation Council, because a number of regions including Tatarstan oppose it."

Tatarstan Resumes Cooperation with UNPO
Tatarstan State Council deputy Renat Harisov took part in the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization conference in Tartu, Estonia on 20-23 June, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported. He noted that because of money problems, only nine of the 40 peoples in UNPO took part.

Kazan-produced Aircraft Successful at Paris Air Show
Nazir Kireyev, an advisor to the prime minister, said on 26 June that Kazan-produced Tu-214 aircraft had attracted the interest of many Le Bourge air show visitors in Paris on 16-24 June. He noted that the plane was truly a Tatar plane because Russia had contributed less than one percent to its construction.

Tatarstan Has 62 Treaties with Russian Regions, 27 with Foreign Countries
Trade and Foreign Economic Cooperation Minister Khafiz Salikhov said on Tatarstan state television on 26 June that Tatarstan has the most extensive experience in signing intergovernmental accords of any region in Russia. It now has 62 treaties with Russian regions and 27 with foreign countries.

Federal Inspector Praises Tatarstan's Businesses Registration System
Tatarinform agency quoted the federal inspector in Tatarstan Denis Akhmadullin on 26 June as praising the work of governmental commission on economic and social reforms. He said that the new registration system for private businesses in Tatarstan was "an important development, uniting the federal and republican bodies for common purposes. It's obvious that such activities must be maintained and Tatarstan's experience should be used as a model for all regions in Volga federal district."

Tatarstan Judges Get New Identification Documents
Tatarstan's Supreme Court chairman Gennady Baranov handed the new IDs signed by president Vladimir Putin to 13 judges on 26 June. Previously Baranov received warnings from Russian justice bodies, which protested the appointment of these Tatarstan judges without formal agreement of Putin as required by the law.

Tatarstan Assists Flood Victims in Yakutia
Tatarstan's Communications Ministry has sent 350,000 rubles ($12,000) worth of cables and communication devices to the areas of Yakutia Republic damaged by flooding, Tatarstan State Radio reported on 26 June. The ministry's employees also agreed to raise 150,000 rubles for flood victims.

Tuben Kama School Graduates Commit Drug-Related Vandalism
According to the Interior Ministry on 26 June, graduates of the one of Tuben Kama schools celebrated their graduation by destroying all the facilities at city recreation area used for Sabantuy and other holidays. Local militia department chief Albert Khabibullin said that the students had left used syringes and empty vodka bottles behind.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi

UES Takes Hard Line on Bashkirenergo
Russia�s United Energy Systems has demanded that Bashkirenergo hold a special meeting to elect a new board because of the "unsatisfactory performance of Bashkirenergo managers," the UES press service told RosBalt agency [] on 26 June. Recently, Bashkortostan�s major power and heat producer has been refusing to pay UES-imposed fees for electricity lines maintenance, the use of its communication networks, and the reconstruction of Chechnya�s energy system.

Presidential Council Focuses on Impact of Political Parties Law
President Murtaza Rakhimov met the members of his public council to discuss the impact of the new law on political parties. The meeting concluded that national parties will play a greater role precisely because regional parties will not be allowed to compete in parliamentary elections.

Soviet Traditions Revived
The Ufa Youth Employment Center announced on 26 June that it will revive the Soviet-era tradition of sending student work groups to help industrial enterprises. Meanwhile, President Murtaza Rakhimov greeted the young people of the republic on national Youth Day on 27 June and promised that "the republic will maintain social security programs for the new generation of its residents.�

Chelyabinsk Bashkirs Hold Congress
Chelyabinsk Bashkir Congress on session on 26 June elected Alsu Sergalina its new executive committee chairwoman, reported.

Bashkortostan to Use French Labor Policy Experience
A delegation from the French Labor Ministry met leaders of Bashkortostan�s Trade Unions Federation on 26 June to discuss French experience in assessing the workplace risks oil-chemistry industry employees face.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi