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Tatar-Bashkir Report: September 5, 2001

5 September 2001
Moscow Planning to Invest More in Tatarstan...
Deputy Prime Minister and Economics Minister Sergei Kogogin said on 4 September that Moscow plans to send some 10-12 billion rubles to Tatarstan every year to compensate the republic for its joining the unified federal tax structures.

...But Republic Wants Lower Oil Taxes.
Kogogin said the same day that Kazan is proposing cuts in oil taxes and that some Moscow officials have agreed to take into consideration the costs of processing high-sulphur fuel.

Tatarstan Aircraft Industries Unwilling to Join Federal Holdings.
Alexander Lavrentyev, the general director of the Kazan Helicopter Plans, said on 4 September that Tatarstan officials had told Moscow that the republic's aircraft industries are not interested in joining the Moscow-backed federal holdings in that area. He said that some in Moscow accepted Tatarstan's argument.

KamAZ to Boost Cooperation with Kabardino-Balkaria.
The KamAZ automotive concern has signed cooperation agreements with major industrial companies of Kabardino-Balkaria, reported on 3 September.

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German Official Discusses Bashkortostan's German Community.
Bashkortostan State Assembly chairman Konstantin Tolkachev met the German Commissioner on Migrants Affairs Joachin Welt on 4 September to discuss the living conditions of the 3,000 ethnic Germans residing in the republic. Welt expressed his graztitude to President Murtaza Rakhimov and the republic government for protecting the rights of the German community and pledged financial assistance to reviving the sister-cities program between Germany and Bashkortostan.

Republic Maintains Patronage Over Navy Boat.
Governmental delegation led by deputy PM Fidus Yamaltdinov is due to meet the crew of the "Bashkorotstan" in Kaliningrad on 5 September to give them gifts and food gathered by residents of Ufa. Seven sailors on the vessel are recruits from Bashkortostan.

Harvesting Resumes in Most Regions.
The Agricultural Ministry on 4 September said that only 3 regions in the republic have completed harvesting and that the others are continuing after a stretch of bad weather.

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