The government of Tatarstan is distributing 40 million metal tokens to its population of five million. The tokens can be used to buy bread products (at subsidized prices) after November 1. Citizens of that republic currently buy butter, oil, meat, sugar, and vodka with ration coupons. Kazan denies that the new tokens are a step towards the introduction of a national currency. (Kommersant-daily, 21 October)
Summit in Chisinau Adjourns Inconclusively.