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Tatar-Bashkir Report: January 12, 1999

12 January 1999
Tatarstan's Government Names Its Partner Banks
The republican press reported on 12 January that Tatarstan's Cabinet of Ministers selected the Ak-Bars Bank, Devon-Kredit Bank, and Tatfondbank to be its partners in major government programs. The banks were selected because of the size of their reserves and assets as well as for the number of branches they have inside and outside of Tatarstan.

Russia's Transneft To Purchase KamAZ Trucks
Dmitry Saveliev, president of leading Russian oil transport company Transneft, said at a press conference in Kazan on 11 January that Trasneft would make an initial purchase of 100 KamAZ trucks. Saveliev met with President Mintimer Shaimiev and representatives of the KamAZ auto works to sign a delivery contract for trucks, spare parts, and other equipment produced by KamAZ. The deal is valid through 2005. Saveliev also expressed an interest during the meeting in buying helicopters made at the Kazan Helicopter Plant.

Unsolved Crimes In Tatarstan On The Rise
Tatarstan's chief public prosecutor, Sayfikhan Nafiev, said on 12 January that 104 of the 613 felony crimes in the republic in 1998 remain open. He said that law enforcement agencies were less effective in 1998 compared to the previous year when only 52 of 587 felonies went unsolved. Nafiev said that in 1998 there were 1,736 violations of the legal code by police and other law officials and that 283 people have been punished.

Bogelme City Administration Reduces Its Office Space
Tatarinform agency reports that the city administration of Bogelme has reduced its office space by 50 percent after uniting its departments into a single office block. The city's administration had previously occupied 11 buildings and 6,500 square meters of office space in several locations around Bogelme. This consolidation has reduced maintenance costs and freed up 88 telephone lines which have since been given to pensioners and World War II veterans.

Compiled by I.Nurmi