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Tatar-Bashkir Report: September 6, 2000

6 September 2000
Shaimiev Negotiaties With Japanese Companies
Tatarstan's president, Mintimer Shaimiev, who is accompanying Russian President Vladimir Putin on his Tokyo visit, participated on 5 September in a ceremony signing Russian-Japanese agreements with Japanese companies, Shaimiev's press secretary, Irek Murtazin, told Tatar Television. On his own schedule, Shaimiev met with representatives from the Sumitomo universal trade corporation. Both sides agreed on the further development of several joint projects. The Tatar president also held negotiations with the heads of the Fujitsu and ICL companies. Prospects for the development of high-tech projects were discussed with the general-manager of Kazan's ICL KPO VS, Sergei Dyachkov. Fujitsu President Akikuso said that his corporation intends to present a large long-term order to the Kazan ICL KPO VS company for developing computer software. Shaimiev also invited Akikuso to visit Tatarstan.

New Russian Passport Issued In Tatarstan To Reflect Republican Citizenship
Vladimir Shumov, a representative from the Russian presidential board on citizenship issues, told journalists on 5 September that Tatarstan's residents will receive new Russian passports containing a separate page where citizenship in Tatarstan will be indicated. Shumov made his comments at a passport-visa services meeting that included 25 of Russia's territorial entities and held on 5-6 September in Kazan. It was reported that the new Russian passport will be issued in Tatarstan next year.

Instructions on renewing passports throughout the country was signed by then-President Boris Yeltsin in 1997. Republics of the Russian Federation have long insisted on their right to insert republican citizenships and state symbols in the passports. Russian authorities have now approved this demand.

Some Of Tatarstan's Controversial Laws To Be Left Unchanged
Tatarstan's general-prosecutor, Kafil Amirov, told a news conference on 5 September that 11 of Tatarstan's laws will be appealed by the republican General-Prosecutor's Office at the next parliamentary session on 14 September. He said these laws have to be amended as they contradict Russian legislation and he expressed his assurance that the complaints will be satisfied. Amirov pointed out, however, that there are two more groups among the republican laws that don't have to be changed--those adopted earlier than the ones in Russia and refer to joint responsibilities, and those that are more "progressive" than similar Russian legislation.

Amirov listed the following Tatar laws which should be left unchanged: one on a tax being used to help wipe out housing slums; one on private detectives and security activity; a law on responsibility for illegal drug trade and usage; one on responsibility for infringements concerning the collection, processing, and export of ferrous and non-ferrous metals; one on responsibility for land legislation violations; on the minimum wage; on security; on responsibility for environmental protection and usage violations; on land resources; on farms; on the restoration of the Tatar Latin alphabet; and water, land, and woodland codes.

Oil-Extraction Equipment Makers Meet In Kazan
Representatives from some 140 companies from around the world participated in the international Oil and Gas 2000 exhibition, which opened in Kazan on 5 September, Tatar-inform reported. New technologies and equipment for the oil-gas industry were represented. Tatar Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov talked in his welcoming speech about Tatarstan's increasing role as a source of new ideas and strategies for the development of the country's energy resources. He said new directions in the field of oil prospecting work and efficient oil extraction methods developed in Tatarstan are used widely in many Russian oilfields.

By Gulnara Khasanova