Report on reconnaissance mission, Nov. 13-14, 2006
Marina Tyasto, Carol Hiltner, Tatiana Zharova

Monday, November 13

  • Met with Deputy Culture Minister Vladimir Filimonov and Svetlana Mikhaelovna Kindikova, Altai Republic Director for Civil Initiatives
    1. recordings of throat singers that need to be digitized:
      • Filimonov did not have information about this. We will have to wait until next week when Deputy Culture Minister Natalia Koruevna Saimunova gets back from vacation.
      • Filimonov suggested that he could recommend 5-7 throat singers who we could record live. He said that there is a throat-singing contest at El Oyin, and many wonderful singers now, in a resurgence of Altai culture.
      • Evgeny Matochkin’s materials on petroglyphs, and other books; it is possible that the Museum could apply for funds to the Ministry of Culture.
      • Mummy: Filimonov requested that I forward my references regarding indigenous repatriation.
    2. Mapping of heritage sites: It is underway by a private organization, and the Ministry of Culture may take over the job next year.

  • Met with Ezher Tatin, Committee on Industrial Policy, Transport, Communication and Business, who is our main liaison in Altai Republic.
    1. We told him about the planned meeting, and about our longer term intentions. He said he has more than 30 projects going now. We discussed his ideas for committees/offices on:
      • Tourism, at the northern border, as a one-stop information center
      • Business, for investment. I suggested enterprise incubation, and will send information about our Washington State University Small Business Centers.
      • A grant-writing office
      • A cultural clearinghouse for international promotion
      • A technical center for computer repairs/purchases/instruction
    2. He offered to provide a place for our meeting, coffee breaks, and to find good hotels for our Novosibirsk delegation . He took us to lunch, and provided transportation around town.

  • Met with Deputy Director Galina Nikolaevna Kuchnyak of the National Museum.
    1. She said that repatriation of the mummy to their museum had already been agreed upon, and would occur once they had the special facilities necessary to preserve her.
    2. The whole museum needs to be completely renovated, and the place for the mummy would be part of that renovation. There are plans and wishes, but no budget.
    3. We were given a guided tour of the museum.

  • Had dinner with Tatiana Pahaeva, NGO Orion, representing a coalition of women’s foundations.

  • Met with Urmat Yntaev, Director of Altai Kai ensemble, as arranged by Ezher Tatin.
    1. He will be going to New York for a “producers’ showcase,” with the expectation of signing a recording contract. Ezher will go too, and meet with foundations as well. I will meet them there.

    Tuesday, November 14: We were joined for the day by Valentina Petrovna Yendovitskaya, former Deputy Minister of Social Development

  • At Gorno-Altaisk State University, met with RectorYuri Vasilivich Tabakayev, Head of International Relations Victor _________, Director of Information Technology Andrey Evegenevich Osokin and Deputy Director Center for Scientific Informational Technologies of Website and Internet Connection Lyudmila Alexandrovna Alkova.
    1. There is an existing inter-university organization, which SAPA had been invited to join, which includes Omsk, Tomsk, and Kamerusky
    2. The university will provide facilities for our conference.
    3. Andrey Osokin was assigned to be our liaison with the university.
    4. There is some problem with the university getting high-speed internet access to the Russian educational channel (see lunch, below).

  • Had lunch with Andrey Osokin (above).
    1. He said Gorno-Altaisk is the only regional capital that is not well supplied with high-speed internet, because until perestroika, they were not a regional capital. Optical cable is run along the train rights-of-way, and there is no train to Gorno-Altaisk.
    2. SibirCom has rights for intra-regional service, and RosCom has rights for inter-regional service. Before that division was made by law, SibirCom had already laid an optical fiber line to Gorno-Altaisk. However, only RosCom can connect with the educational channel that the university needs, and SibirCom understandably doesn’t want to share with its competitor. Andrey did not know how this could be solved (see meeting with Zotov, below).

  • Met with Viktor Korneevich Trutnyev, Minister of Education and Science
    1. The school in Chemal is free to use their computers for evening classes or as an internet cafe to pay for their connection fee. They are connected by satellite (?) with Tomsk University.
    2. Nine schools are now connected, will be 23 by December, with 16-17 students per computer, which is half the Russian average. They are connected by high-speed phone lines (?)
    3. They are budgeted to put technicians in each of the schools too, but they are having to train them first.
    4. The Finance Ministry gets high-speed internet via satellite.
    5. The Education Ministry did, at one point, have a computer repair facility, but it was under-utilized, so it was closed.

  • Met with Mikhael Pavlovich Zotov, Minister of Economic Development
    1. Gas pipeline will go through Ust Kan, not through Gorno-Altaisk. There will be optical cable laid with the pipeline, but only for use regarding the pipeline.
    2. A very substantial technopark is planned. Zotov says they have 60million rubles committed by investors for this technopark. However, the people have no idea about this, and even the Deputies (legislative body) do not understand it.
    3. The President of the Republic can solve the university internet access problem. Ezher needs to get a letter from university, and Health and Education Ministries, saying that: “lack of a legal solution of access to GLORIAD may impede implementation of federal projects in health and education.” Send letter also to Putin’s plenipotentiary Anatoly Kvashin.
    4. Gorno-Altaisk University has an outstanding computer informational/analytical system. It is unique in Siberia for macro-socioeconomic modeling. They sent deputies all over the country to find the best practices, and brought back as system from the firm “Prognosis,” which has retrained all the specialists in the ministry.

  • Met with Deputy Minister of Economics Svetlana Vladimirovna Buidisheva.

  • Met with Svetlana Mikhaelovna Kindikova, Altai Republic Director for Civil Initiatives (see above) on the train. Discussed “Mustang” project.