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Tatar-Bashkir Report: October 7, 1999

7 October 1999
Tatarstan To Deliver Humanitarian Aid To Ingushetia
Tatarstan's prime minister, Rustam Minnikhanov, issued a decree on 6 October calling for 500,000 rubles worth of humanitarian aid to be sent to Ingushetia, the Cabinet of Ministers press service announced. Tatarstan will deliver food and medicine to relieve the burden on Ingushetia of hosting more than an estimated 120,000 internal refugees from Chechnya. The decree advised that ministries, state committees, local administrations, companies, and the republican Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations join forces to collect humanitarian aid.

KamAZ Increasing Revenues
The general director of the KamAZ auto firm, Ivan Kostin, refused to comment on rumors about his possible retirement during a press conference in Tatarstan's Trade and Industry Chamber on 6 October. Kostin did discuss the improving situation at KamAZ, emphasizing that the company paid September wages to its employees and had begun paying back wages for 1999. He said that KamAZ succeeded in paying both Chally city and republican taxes. Kostin also stated that the main goal of his company was to restructure its debt to the Federal Tax Service and to its creditors.

Tatar Ammunition Plant Boosted By Russian Order
A major order by the Russian Armed Forces has been sent to the Pozis ammunition plant in Yashel Uzen, Tatarstan, the republican media reported. The order is said to be for large-caliber machine gun cartridges for use in combat in Chechnya.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi