10 August 2000
WEEKLY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN
Another Federal Official Becomes A Directors Board Chairman At KamAZ
Russian deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov was elected a directors board
chairman at KamAZ automotive works on 8 August, Tatarstan's media reported
the same day. Despite the reported expectations that it would take about
1,5 months to arrange this appointment via the general meeting of
company's shareholders, it took Klebanov about an hour to elected to his
Russian Ministry of Property Affairs headed by former Tatarstan's citizen
Farit Gazizullin, used its right to replace its representative at KamAZ
whenever it chooses and dismissed Gazizullin's deputy Victor Pilnev to
enter Klebanov. After the excursion around the main workshops of KamAZ and
formalities of his new appointment Klebanov told the reporters in Chally
"KamAZ is destined to be successful, this is the only choice given."
According to Tatarstan's Vremya i Dengi daily newspaper on 9 August,
republic's president Mintimer Shaimiev was the initiator of these changes
in KamAZ administration.
Russian deputy PM, minister of economy Andrey Shapovalyants was the first
high ranked federal official to be appointed a chief of KamAZ directors
board in the early 1999. The same year Tatarstan's media commented on this
appointment saying that the automotive giant like KamAZ needs a top
Russian official who would be able to lobby its interests on the national
level. As a result Shapovalyants, who was also a Russian representative at
one of the KamAZ's major creditors - European Bank of Reconstruction and
Development, pushed a number of federal governmental decrees for supporting
the company and restructuring its debts, Tatarstan's press reported. He
also managed to persuade the EBRD, which possesses a mortgage certificate
covering all the KamAZ's property, to replace one half of the company's
debt (totaling to USD 100 million) with its shares.
Tatarstan's president Shaimiev told the directors board meeting on 8
August that he discussed Klebanov's candidacy with Russian president
Vladimir Putin and PM Mikhail Kasyanov. In Shaimiev's words, both Russian
officials "acknowledged that the role of KamAZ, which is setting records
in increasing its output, in the Russian economy is constantly growing, so
the role of Russia in managing the company must grow proportionally.""Nur" Madrasah (former Yoldiz) Now For Women Students
Moslem religious school of Yoldiz in Tatarstan's second city Chally was
officially renamed into Nur according to the decision of republican Moslem
Religious Board on 7 August. It was also decided that unlike the former
Yuldiz madrasah which used to teach both male and female students, Nur
would teach only girls.
Yuldiz Moslem school became notorious in the late 1999, after the series
of terrorists acts in Moscow and Volgodonsk. According to Russian federal
investigators about 10 students deserted this religious school to join the
armed rebel forces in Chechnya. Denis Saytakov was the most notorious
student of Yuldiz, although he spent less that a year there, because he
allegedly was linked to the blasts in Moscow in September 1999.
After the terrorist acts Tatarstan's Ministry of Education froze the
license of Yuldiz "until the end of investigation," formally stating that
it "wasn't connected with the political overexposure of the madrasah, but
with the education process in it."
Moslem Religious Board of Tatarstan made numerous statements saying that
there were no reasons for blaming Yuldiz for spreading Moslem extremism.
It was also noted that all the students not following the classic hanifite
branch of Islam were expelled automatically. Though notorious Denis
Saytakov was not expelled for being a follower of Wahhabism, which is
traditional for Chechen militants, he was expelled for not attending the
The new Nur madrasah will reportedly open in October, 2000. Over 70 female
graduates from secondary schools of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and other
regions of Russia.
Compiled by Iskender Nurmi