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Tatar-Bashkir Report: August 24, 2000

24 August 2000
Tatarstan To Send Aid To 'Kursk' Seamen's Relatives
Tatarstan s Prime Minister, Rustam Minnikhanov, signed an order on 23 August according to which Tatarstan will allocate 100,000 rubles from the republican budget to the families of the submariners of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear submarine, Tatar Radio reported. The chairman of Tatarstan's Muslim Religious Board sent a telegram to the headquarters of the North Fleet in Severomorsk and the headquarters of the Russian naval forces in Moscow expressing "the hope of God's kindness and salvation," Tatar-inform reported on 23 August. He wrote that Tatarstan Muslim Religion Board and the whole republic deeply mourns the death of the men and offers sincere condolence in connection with the tragedy. The telegram offers the board's readiness to send an imam to aid in comforting the relatives.

Tatarstan To Increase Alcohol Production
The Economics and Industry Ministry decided to double the production of alcohol at a meeting of a commission that is combatting the illegal production of liquor, Tatar Radio reported on 23 August. Tatarstan Deputy Prime Minister, Economics and Industry Minister Sergei Kogogin told the meeting that it is necessary to increase the government's share of cash in the alcohol market. He added that the measure is urgent not only for the development and modernization of the industry but it also necessary because of Russia s new tax policy.

Deputy Premier On Tatarstan's Cultural Development
A briefing devoted to the development of the social-cultural sphere in the decade after the adoption of the Sovereignty of Declaration was held in the Cabinet of Ministers on 23 August, Tatar Radio reported. Tatarstan Deputy Prime Minister Il giz Khairullin told the cabinet that laws defending the rights of workers in cultural arts, laws to preserve cultural and historical values, on libraries, and on education were adopted, and that 45 museums and 160 clubs were opened in the decade. In Khairullin's opinion, solid ground was created in Tatarstan for the development of a multinational culture. He said the opening of mosques and increasing the number of religious faithful fell short of expectations, and that problems concerning these issues still remain.

KamAZ To Increase Production
The KamAZ truck concern is taking part in an international auto exhibition, the MIMS-2000, which opened on 23 August in Moscow, the daily "Vremya i Den gi" reported. The company's general manager, Ivan Kostin, told the daily that production will double in 2000 compared to 1999. He said that by 2002, the company will introduce a completely new line of cars. Kostin added that according to a business plan approved by management, production will be worth some $3.5 billion in 2005.

By Gulnara Khasanova