On 21 May Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, the State Counselor of the republic Mintimer Shaimiev , the Chairman of the State Council of the republic Farid Mukhametshin, the regional Deputy Prime Minister – the Chairman of the National Council of the World Congress of Tatars Vasil Shaykhraziyev and representatives of various confessions took part in a traditional ceremonial event the Izge Bolgar zhiyeny held in the Ancient town of Bolgar, and which this year is dedicated to the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam by the Volga Bulgaria.
On 21 May at the Bolgar Islamic Academy, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, the State Counselor of the republic Mintimer Shaimiev, Russian Deputy Minister of Culture-the Secretary of the Federal Committee on celebrations of the 100th anniversary Olga Yarilova took part in a ceremony of cancelling a memorial post stamp dedicated to the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam by the Volga Bulgaria.
On 19 May at the Kazan Kremlin, Tatarstan State Counselor Minitmer Shaimiev and the Chairman of the regional State Council Farid Mukhametshin had a meeting with the Chairman of the People's Council of Turkmenistan (Turkmen: Halk Maslahaty) Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, where they discussed possibilities of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Tatarstan in culture, education and historical heritage.
On 9 May the Tatarstan State Counselor Mintimer Shaimiev joined the “The Immortal Regiment Online” action having published the portrait of his father Shagisharip Shaimiev, who was drafted in 1941 and fought at the forefront near Moscow. In 1942 after serious injury he was invalided out of the army and for the next 25 years worked as the chairman of the collective farm in his native village of Anyakovo.
On 8 May in the Government House of the republic, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov held a meeting of the regional organizational committee on celebrations of the 1100 years of adoption of Islam by the Volga Bulgaria. The State Counselor of the republic Mintimer Shaimiev, regional Prime Minister Aleksey Pesoshin and heads of various ministries, departments and municipalities of the republic also took part in the meeting where Rustam Minnikhanov underlined that according to the decree of the Russian President Vladimir Putin the celebrations of the 1100 years of adoption of Islam by the Volga Bulgaria are held at the national level with a number of events to be organized in Tatarstan and other entities of the country.
On May 7, at the Jalil Tatar Opera and Ballet Theatre, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, the State Counselor of the republic Mintimer Shaimiev, Tatarstan Prime Minister Aleksey Pesoshin, Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin took part in a solemn meeting dedicated to the 77th anniversary of the victory in WWII.
On 7 May, speaking at a meeting of the organization committee on preparation and holding the celebrations of the 77th V Day in Tatarstan held in the Governmnet House of the republic with participation of the Member of the Russian State Duma Maksim Topilin, the State Counselor of the republic Mintimer Shaimiev, Prime Minister Aleksey Pesoshin and the Chairman of the regional State Council Farid Mukhametshin. , the President of the republic Rustam Minnikhanov informed that he gave an errand to start the celebration preparation.
Tatarstan State Counselor Mintimer Shaimiev addressed the participants of the VII youth forum “Moscow-Tatarstan Bridge” held in Moscow.
Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, Russian Deputy Head of the Government Marat Khusnullin, the Plenipotentiary representative of the republic in Russian Federation Ravil Akhmetshin and Deputy Head of the Federal Agency on Youth Issues Damir Fattakhov and other officials took part in the event.
On 17 February in the Kazan Kremlin, the Tatarstan State Counselor Mintimer Shaymiyev, who is also the Chairman of the Guardian Council of the Regional Revival Fund and the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, held a meeting on promoting the nomination of the Kazan Federal University Astronomical Observatories in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Let me express you my deep gratitude for numerous congratulations which came to me and were also published in mass media and the Internet during celebrations of my 85th birthday.