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Tatar-Bashkir Report: March 29, 2000

29 March 2000
Tatarstan's KGB Officers To Operate In Chechnya
A group of Tatarstan's State Security Committee (SSC) officers will be deployed in Mozdok to join the final stage of the "anti-terrorist campaign" in Chechnya, the committee's press service announced on 28 March. The committee has been reportedly sending such groups to the republic since "the first Chechen campaign at the demand of the Russian Federal Security Service." SSC representatives refused to specify the duties for the group from Tatarstan, the number of officers involved, or the terms of service.

Shaimiev Comments On Future Russian Cabinet
During a press conference in Kazan on 27 March, Tatarstan's president, Mintimer Shaimiev stated that President-elect Vladimir Putin had "all the opportunities to form a government of adherents." Shaimiev said that Putin had that opportunity because he is supported by the Russian State Duma. He said "there always has been a lot of wasted energy and effort on overcoming the contradictions between the government and the parliament." Shaimiev said that if Putin formed a loyal team he would be able to pass the necessary laws through parliament.

Tatar Construction Firms To Expand
Construction companies in Tatarstan intend to expand their activities to other regions of Russia after they finish the republican program of gas pipeline construction, Tatarstan's deputy prime minister, Vladimir Shvetsov, told a press conference on 28 March. Shvetsov said that according to agreements with local companies, Russian Gazprom company contracts will be signed with the Kaluga, Orlov, Orenburg, and Bryansk oblasts, and the Udmurtia and Mari El republics.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi