AvtoVAZ has resumed production Tuesday after a one-month suspension, although the standard working week at the troubled firm has been shortened into 2010.

AvtoVAZ suspended production for the entire month of August in order to reduce stocks.

Production lines at GM-AvtoVAZ, which makes the Niva SUV, have also restarted.

However, Prime-Tass reported that AvtoVAZ also said earlier that it would shorten its work week until February 28, 2010.

AvtoVAZ employees are expected to work 20 hours per week and receive wages only for the time they work, the report said.

AvtoVAZ sales in Russia this year have been decimated by the impact of the recession, which has halved Russia’s car market versus last year’s pace.