The first deputy head of Yabloko's faction in the State Duma,
Sergei Ivanenko, has submitted a formal request to Justice Minister
Yurii Chaika, asking him to give his expert evaluation of the
new constitution of Bashkortostan, Interfax reported on 12 December.
Legislators in Bashkortostan approved a law on 3 November bringing
the republic's constitution into conformity with the federal constitution.
However, according to Ivanenko, even a superficial analysis shows
that the declaration of Bashkortostan's legislators does not correspond
to reality. Ivanenko notes, in particular, that the new constitution
includes the text of the 1994 power-sharing treaty between Bashkortostan
and Moscow, which was rejected by the Constitutional Court last
summer, according to the website lenta.ru. President Putin recently
declared that the process of bringing regional laws into conformity
with federal ones is now almost complete