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Tatar-Bashkir Report: November 26, 1998

26 November 1998
Tatneft's Export Quota Temporarily Reduced By Moscow
Tatneft was among six Russian oil companies which had their export quota reduced by the federal Ministry of Fuel and Energy, the republican press reported. Tatneft, ONAKO, Posneft, Sibneft, SIDANKO and Slavneft were affected by the measure which ordered the delay of oil shipments to processing plants. On 26 November, however, officials of Tatneft announced that they had settled the issue with the Ministry of Fuel and Energy on the freezing of the oil exports.

Tatar President Ends Indian Visit
Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev and Indian officials, including the finance minister, signed a protocol on economic relations on 25 November in New Dehli, Tatarinform reported. According to the protocol, the first priority in Tatar-Indian relations will be given to increased cooperation in shipbuilding, aircraft construction, machinery, and the oil industry. Shaimiev returned to Kazan on 26 November.

Militia In Tatarstan To Be Reduced
Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov met with top officials in Tatarstan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and State Security Committee on 25 November. Minnikhanov stressed during the talks that the state provided significant funding for the republican militia and that the Tatar government expected the force to efficiently fight rising crime. Minister of Internal Affairs Asgat Safarov reported that upcoming layoffs will in the militia will affect 20 percent of all its personnel.

Tatarstan State Council In Session
The State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan discussed draft laws on investing, establishing an offshore zone in Kamskiye Polyani, and the activities of private detectives in Tatarstan at its 26 November session.

Lawmakers announced that a draft law on detective and security services in the Republic of Tatarstan is going to be the first such law in the Russian Federation legislating these activities.

Compiled by I. Nurmi