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Tatar-Bashkir Report: December 28, 1999

28 December 1999
Second Round Of Voting To Be Held In Tatarstan
The second round of voting will take place in Tatarstan on 29 December, when runoffs for members of the State Council of Tatarstan will occur in 30 districts and for local officials in 271 districts.

Crimean Tatars Appeal to International Organizations The National Movement of Crimean Tatars (NMCT) is collecting signatures on an appeal to the UN General Assembly and other international organizations to call attention to the problems of that community, Tatar-inform reported on 27 December. Nariman Ibadullayaev, the chairman of the Fund for the Assistance of Deported Peoples Eupatoria, noted that the Crimean Tatars up to now have no legal rights as a people and that they have not been compensated for the losses they suffered during and after deportation.

SBS-AGRO Depositors To Receive Their Money
The Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations (ARKO) has decided to repay debts to small depositors of the SBS-AGRO bank, Tatar-inform reported on 27 December. The deputy manager of the SBS-AGRO Tatarstan affiliate, Rustam Garayev, said that debts will be repaid to depositors having fewer than 5,000 rubles on their bank accounts. The deposits of those with larger accounts will be restructured.

Red Cross Looks For Chechen Children
Tatarstan's regional organization of Russian Red Cross prepared New Year presents for 125 children-refugees from Chechnya-but it has not yet managed to hand them out because it has been unable to locate the children,Tatar-inform reported on 27 December. Lyutsia Akhmadullina, the head of the Red Cross Tatarstan branch, said that the telephone line at the Chechen Republic's Plenipotentiary Representation in Tatarstan has been disconnected.