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KAZAN, Tatarstan -- The Uzbek Cultural Center in Kazan has held a charitable dinner for orphans and handicapped children, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.

More than 1,000 orphans from Kazan were invited to the Uzbek restaurant Oriental Viands for the dinner.

Tatarstan's Peoples Assembly Chairman Nikolai Vladimirov said that the Uzbek Cultural Center has held several such charitable actions and wants to work with Tatarstan's Culture Ministry to hold similar events in the republic's regions.

The Uzbek Cultural Center director in Kazan, Abdumannob Abdusattarov, told RFE/RL that children cannot be ignored and everyone should care about them.

Ethnic Uzbeks make up the largest minority of people who migrated to Tatarstan after the demise of the Soviet Union, with Vladimirov saying there are some 50,000 ethnic Uzbeks permanently living in Tatarstan.