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    UFA, BASHKORTOSTAN, FEBRUARY 13 (RIA Novosti correspondent Alik Shakirov) - A mountain resort up to West European standards will rise in oil-rich Bashkortostan, autonomous republic in European Russia's east. Even in blueprints, it is popularly known as Russian Davos. Raphael Baidavletov, republican Prime Minister, received Leonid Tyagachev, Russian Olympic Committee president, today to make an understanding for construction.

    The skiing resort will be on the Maly Yamantau slopes, in a South Ural spur, Beloretsky district in the Bashkir east. Messrs. Tyagachev and Baidavletov visited the prospective site, which left the Olympic functionary enchanted, what with exquisite scenery, crystal-clear mountain streams, a highway and a railway nearby, sufficient height, and infrastructural facilities already available.

    The resort is expected to take up approximately 2,000 hectares in the South Ural nature preserve, with a skiing course six kilometres long, an overfall of 650 metres.

    Accompanying Leonid Tyagachev on his trip were spokesmen of major Russian-based companies. A close look at the place made them eager to invest. A business plan will be made quite soon.

    Russia has grand prospects for posh mountain recreation. Millions of dollars a year are made on winter sports in the whole wide world. Russia will follow suit now, says an enthusiastic Mr. Tyagachev.

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