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Tatar-Bashkir Report: August 25, 1999

25 August 1999
Morozov Defends Fatherland -- All Russia Against Charges
Oleg Morozov, the coordination council secretary of the Fatherland -- All Russia bloc, rejected on 24 August accusations made in Moscow that the movement was using unlawful methods in its electoral campaign. Morozov was said that no legislation exists that bans the participation of executive authority representatives in parliamentary elections. Morozov said "when then-Prime Minister [Viktor] Chernomyrdin joined the [last] electoral campaign, no questions [about that] arose." Morozov added that TV commercials for All Russia that are currently running do not violate any laws because the movement isn't an independent electoral bloc.

KamAZ To Discuss Releasing More Shares
The option of selling additional shares in the KamAZ truck concern will be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of KamAZ shareholders in Moscow on 24 September. Shares with a face value of 50 rubles would be issued on a sum of 600 million rubles ($24 million). KamAZ's Russian creditors agreed on this method for the settling of debts, and foreign investors have so far not raised objections to this option. The next meeting of KamAZ board of directors is to be held in London.

Protection Of Human Rights Discussed At Seminar
A seminar called "International Mechanisms of Protecting Human Rights" and attended by representatives from several Russian republics, Great Britain, and the U.S. was held in Yeshel Uzen, Tatar Radio reported. As a result of the seminar, a cooperation agreement was signed between the administration of Yeshel Uzen and the Human Rights Protection Committee. The agreement is aimed at introducing new forms of social partnerships, the holding of joint projects aimed at protecting the citizenry and propagating human rights. The ethnic aspects of human rights were given special attention during the seminar. Rafail Khakimov, the state advisor to Tatarstan's president, was quoted as saying that the presidents of Tatarstan and Russia are the guarantors of the power sharing treaty between Kazan and Moscow, the achievement of which still cannot be reached in the North Caucasus region and in some CIS countries.

Days Of Japanese Culture In Tatarstan
Days featuring a look at Japananese society are being held in Tatarstan from 23-29 August, Tatar-inform reported. They are organized by Japanese Embassy in Russia, the Japanese NHK radio and TV corporation, Tatarstan's Trade and Economic Cooperation Ministry, its Sports and Tourism Committee, and the Tatar-Japanese cultural and information center Sakura. The program of the event includes a conference on European-Asian ties, Tatarstan in the 21st century, and an international karate tournament.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova