Feb 22, 2007

Tatarstan Gets No Love

Whoops! RFE/RL reports that the Russian Federation Council has rejected a power-sharing agreement between the federal government and the Republic of Tatarstan.

"The approval of this bill and this agreement would create a dangerous political precedent in violation of the constitutional principle of equality of Russian Federation constituents," said Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov.

Did Putin have a change of mind? He signed the thing in 2005... so what is to become of our precious autonomous republics? Shaimiyev must be pissed, pissed, pissed. This could really be Moscow ending a precedent (why worried about it now and not a year and a half ago?) or it could be some good old fashioned squeezing, to get some nice business deals or political good from Tatarstan. If anyone has suggestions, I'd like to hear it. (Chalmers)

No comments: