In a statement, Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev said that in the United States there was an unshakeable, stable functioning of democratic institutions.
But there is another reason why Obama's victory is so close to Tatar hearts. A few years ago President Shaimiev introduced a new slogan, intended to promote Tatarstan as a model of political and economic development in the Russian Federation.
"Bez buldirabiz," which in Tatar means "Yes, We can!"
After RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service pointed out the slogans' similarity a few months ago, some commentators in the Russian media speculated that Obama had "borrowed" it from Shaimiev.
Not likely, but a nice story. Nor is it likely that the president-elect has even heard of Tatarstan or Shaimiev himself.
-- Rim Gilfanov