One of the republics of Russia and a part of the Volga Federal District, Tatarstan is situated in Eastern Europe bordered by Ulyanovsk, Orenburg, Samara, and Kirov Oblasts, the republics of Chuvash, Mari El, and Udmurt, and the Republic of Bashkortostan. It lies in the core of the East European Plain, between the Volga River and its tributary Kama River, and stretching to the east of the Ural mountains. Tatarstan is a developed republic with oil as its main source of wealth. Its economy functions within the economic system of the Russian Federation. It also uses the Russian ruble as legal tender.
Following Tatarstan’s declaration of sovereignty, the republic was swamped with Russian rubles. To protect its financial system and regain its economy, the government Ruble Support Coupons that were printed with crude. In 1992, the Tatarstan government introduced currency checks which were given to low-income earning people to upgrade their way of life. Since these notes were not recognized as legal tender, the value isn’t printed anywhere in the note. Each check bears an image of the Tatar flag on the left, the Suumbeky castle on the right, the country name in Cyrillic, and has a watermark that shows lozenges. In 1993, another set of currency checks were released with reduced sizes. Additionally, instead of the flag, the notes feature the emblem of the republic depicting a winged snow leopard in a round shield.
To aid low-income individuals on medical costs, currency checks were also issued. The castle design was moved to the left and on the right is a snake spiraling up a glass instead of the coat of arms. The country name print was also changed to TATAPCTAH. Between 1993 and 1995, the government released checks highlighting the Kazan Kremlin building and the coat of arms on the font, and various vignettes on the reverse. Finally, in 1996, currency checks came with all-new designs.