UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT MULLS DECREE GIVING TATARS SUFFRAGE. Leonid Kuchma is considering issuing a presidential decree that would allow some 20,000 Crimean Tatars without Ukrainian citizenship to vote in the 29 March elections, a presidential aide said on 25 March. Crimea's Tatars have recently protested and clashed with police over the refusal by the Ukrainian parliament to grant them voting rights (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 25 March 1998). The decree, however, would leave tens of thousands of Tatars still disenfranchised. Observers point out that issuing such a decree would not be completely altruistic, as several Crimean Tatars are running for parliamentary seats as candidates of pro-Kuchma, reformist parties. PB