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The Word Unuttered

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The political past of Mintimer Shaimiev was nothing unusual for a republican official of the Soviet era, even if his particular rise to power had much less to do with the nomenclature intrigues of the time, than with his economic expertise and practical experience. Real leaders are created by the demands of the moment, and at the murky end of the 1980s no one could foresee that Mintimer Shaimiev would become the innovative and influential political figure that he is today. In this world of fleeting TV and press reports, which are almost invariably sceptical about Russia and Russian politicians, Tatarstan is also often painted with serial journalistic disbelief regarding local leadership without even an attempt to research the reasons and causes of local developments.

Keywords: President Mintimer Shaimiev; Russia; Tatarstan



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