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Tatar-Bashkir Report: August 11, 2000

11 August 2000
Anti-Terrorist Effort Intensified In Bashkortostan, Tatarstan
Bashkortostan's Interior Ministry has stepped up efforts aimed at preventing possible terrorist acts, an RFE/RL correspondent in Ufa reported on 10 August. According to the ministry, commanders of the republic's special militia force are on duty 24 hours, as are additional operation groups formed after the blast in the Pushkinskaya underpass in Moscow on 8 August. Bashkortostan's traffic militia reportedly began thorough checks of all vehicles in the city. Special militia troops were sent to inspect the basements and attics of apartment blocks and public buildings in the republic's capital, Ufa, searching for explosives. Tatarstan's Interior Ministry took similar anti-terrorist measures and froze the registration regulations for citizens of the Russian Caucasus traveling to Kazan. Markets, considered a regular location for visitors from the Caucasus as well as nearby apartments are regularly checked by the militia.

Tatarstan Preparing For Sovereignty Day
The organizational committee for the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Tatarstan's declaration of state sovereignty met on 10 August. It was announced at the meeting that a special session of the republican parliament would be held on 29 August, one day before the celebrations. The republic's regional self-government bodies are also expected to hold special meetings devoted to that date. Official events to be held for Republic's Day on 30 August are expected to include former officials of the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, which existed before 1990. Various Tatar political parties will hold a conference on 22 August to discuss the republic's achievements in political, economic and cultural spheres over the last 10 years .

A special exhibition will open at the Kazan City Cultural Center starting on 29 August to show exhibits of Saint Petersburg's Hermitage museum representing treasures of the Golden Horde, members of which are considered the forefathers of modern-day Tatars.

By Iskender Nurmi