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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Treaty Gives Kazan Control Over Oil

President Vladimir Putin has sent the State Duma a draft of a treaty between the federal government and the republic of Tatarstan giving Tatarstan more control over oil in its territory.

The undated draft says officials in Moscow and Kazan, Tatarstan's capital, "will jointly solve questions related to economic, ecological … cultural and other peculiarities of the republic of Tatarstan." "Ecological questions," the draft said, include "use of oil deposits."

The three-page, 10-year treaty also requires that top officials in the republic, where 52 percent of the population is ethnic Tatar, know the Tatar language.

Since the early 1990s, Tatarstan has enjoyed more sovereignty than other regional governments, even as Putin has sought to reassert federal control over the country's regions and republics. The only other region that may sign a similar treaty with Moscow is Chechnya, said Oleg Morozov, a member of the Duma's pro-Kremlin United Russia faction.

Valery Sergiyenko, a Duma deputy who belongs to the Rodina faction and sits on the Duma's Regional Affairs Committee, said he had few doubts the draft would become law.