Watching the World: Mind your step in Ufa

04/18/2005
If you happen to be in Ufa next week, try to be a little more circumspect than usual. Ufa? That’s the restive capital of the oil-rich Russian republic of Bashkortostan, and some people there plan a protest against the government on May 1.But Rostislav Murzagulov, a spokesman for Bashkortostan President Murtaza Rakhimov, claims that opposition politicians are paying the protesters. “They have enough money for the protests to go on for a long time,” he said. “The myth of despotism and authoritarianism was created by business groups who want control of the fuel complex.”Bashkortostan’s oil, gas, and energy sector includes a number of the largest and most s...
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