The Finance Ministry of Ukraine amends the Budget Code of Ukraine to have legitimate grounds for financing of a private Crimean Tatar ATR TV channel in 2017 through the state program for resettlement and rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatars and people of other nationalities, who were deported from the territory of Ukraine, reads the response of the Ministry of Social Policy to the request of "Gromadske" TV.

“The Ministry of Social Policy provides 35,340 million hryvnias for this budget program in 2017", the source said.

The document indicates that the actual amount of financial support for “Atlant SV Television Company LLC for the TV channel with the “ATR T” logo within the budget program for rehabilitation of deported citizens was 38 million 970 thousand UAH in 2016.

16.859 million of this amount were spent on current expenses, and 22 million were spent on capital expenditures, according to the report.

Earlier, on November 17 last year, the Verkhovna Rada authorized to invest the resettlement and rehabilitation of the deported Crimean Tatars from the state budget, as well as to the support of the Crimean Tatar ATR television channel.

ATR had to stop working on the territory of the Russia annexed Crimea from April 1, 2015, and resumed broadcasting from Kyiv in June of that year.

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