RFE/RL Russian Federation Report No. 24 on Bashkortostan


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RFE/RL Russian Federation Report No. 24 on Bashkortostan


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RFE/RL Russian Federation Report
Vol. 3, No. 24, 8 August 2001
 
A Survey of Developments in the Regions Outside Moscow Prepared by the
Staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
 
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BASHKORTOSTAN
 
RAKHIMOV SAYS ABANDONING POWER-SHARING AGREEMENTS WOULD BE BIG
MISTAKE... On the seventh anniversary of the signing of
Bashkortostan's power-sharing agreement with Moscow on 3 August,
"Izvestiya" published an interview with Bashkortostan President
Rakhimov. Rakhimov explained that by signing the treaty, Ufa "did not
share power but promoted Russia's constitutional development as a
federative state." He said that Bashkortostan's agreement was a
political compromise and provided the republic not with additional
privileges but with more responsibilities. He added that "any attempts
to relegate this document, which works effectively, to the archives
would be a great political mistake, perhaps even an irreparable one."
JAC
 
.AS BASHKIR ACTIVIST CALLS FOR CREATION OF PEOPLE'S FRONT. Marat
Kulsharipov, a Bashkir national movement leader and the head of the
history faculty of the Bashkir State University, told RFE/RL's Ufa
correspondent on 6 August that the creation of the people's front in
Tatarstan, which unites numerous political organizations in order to
defend the republic's sovereignty, is "a very positive event." He said
that Bashkortostan, however, lags behind Tatarstan in this respect,
and he called on the republic's public organizations to unite as well
for the protection of Bashkortostan's sovereignty. He said that the
republic's leaders do not take enough measures to defend
Bashkortostan's sovereignty at a time of growing pressure upon it. LF

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