RFE/RL Russian Federation Report, No. 31: excerpts


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RFE/RL Russian Federation Report, No. 31: excerpts


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RFE/RL Russian Federation Report
Vol. 2, No. 31, 30 August 2000
 
A Survey of Developments in the Regions Outside Moscow
Prepared by the Staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
 
******************Note to Readers*****************
A weekly supplement to "RFE/RL Newsline," the "RFE/RL
Russian Federation Report" features news about the
Russian Federation outside Moscow and the North
Caucasus. Those interested in Russia's regions might
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PAN-REGIONAL

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GOVERNOR FAVORS LEAVING FAR NORTH TO NATIVES. Aleksandr Nazarov, the
governor of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and head of the Federation
Council Committee for Northern Affairs, told "Trud" in an interview
published on 25 August that he believes it is essential to limit the
number of settlers to the Far North and to ensure that everyone living
there has work. Viewed in terms of employment currently available, he
argued, the North is "supersaturated" with potential workers. He went
on to say that he believes that only native peoples who have lived in
Chukotka for centuries should be allowed to stay permanently in the
okrug. Nazarov urged the government to change its approach toward
opening up the Far North, saying that the authorities underestimate
the mineral and natural resources of the region as well as the sums
required to exploit them. JC

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KARELIA
 
COURT SUSPENDS LOCAL BRANCH OF RNE. Responding to a equest by the
local Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court of the Republic of
Karelia has suspended the activities of the local branch of Russian
National Unity (RNE) for three months, "Kommersant-Daily" reported on
23 August. The ministry, which warned RNE twice before appealing to
the court, cited three reasons for the suspension: the organization's
lack of a correct postal address, its failure to include publishing
details (circulation, price, publisher, and so forth) on its press
releases and other published materials, and its attempts to create
rifts between different national groups, in particular by referring in
its leaflets to the superiority of one race over another. If the
organization is able to produce a postal address and starts including
publishing details on its printed matter within three months, it will
be allowed to resume its activities. According to the Moscow daily,
citing representatives of the Prosecutor-General's Office, the
blatantly racist comments printed in RNE's leaflets are in themselves
insufficient grounds to ban the organization in the republic. JC

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SARATOV
 
RIGHTISTS UNITE. The Saratov branch of Russian National Unity (RNE),
local Cossacks, and the oblast union of war veterans have formed a
regional bloc called Obereg (Protection), "Kommersant-Daily" reported
on 25 August. The leaders of the new bloc put its membership at
10,000, of which three-quarters are estimated to be Cossacks. At a
press conference held in what the Moscow daily described as the best
hall at the oblast Chamber of Trade and Industry, local RNE leader
Grigorii Trofimchuk announced that everyone is welcome to join the
bloc, "including Jews who are born in Russia, grew up here, and
consider themselves to be Russians." Many of the new formation's
members are Tatars and Bashkirs, he said, noting they had not been
required to convert to Orthodoxy. Trofimchuk was also quoted as saying
that he enjoys "ideal" relations with the current local
administration: "The local branch of Unity has suggested more than
once establishing solid ties," he claimed. "Kommersant-Daily,"
however, noted that officials representatives of the pro-Kremlin party
rejected that claim as false. JC

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