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  • DMITRY MEDVEDEV: FAR EASTERN HECTARE LAW WILL HAVE POSITIVE IMPACT ON DEVELOPMENT IN RUSSIAN FAR EAST

    25 October 2016

    The Russian Prime Minister made the announcement during a meeting with his deputies.

    The Far Eastern Hectare law is being implemented in phases. The first phase made land parcels available to residents of pilot municipalities. The second phase, which began on 1 October, opened up the programme to all residents of the Russian Far East. When the Far Eastern Hectare programme enters its third phase on 1 February 2017, all Russian citizens will be eligible to apply for a land parcel.

    “This is a truly fascinating law”, Prime Minister Medvedev noted. “I don’t expect it to have the same effects as the well-known initiatives implemented under Stolypin. But it will certainly have some level of positive impact on development in the Far East by driving workforce mobility and an inflow of new residents. So we need to monitor its implementation and fine-tune it in the run-up to 1 February, when it is scheduled to go into effect across the nation.”

    According to Yury Trutnev, more than 10,000 Far Eastern Hectare applications have been received since the initiative entered phase two.

     “We receive an average of 500 applications a day”, he explained. “Sakha Republic residents submitted the most applications – 3,600 – with Primorsky Territory and Sakhalin taking second and third place respectively. We get all kinds of requests. People plan to use their parcels for residential construction, agricultural projects, beekeeping, warehousing, and manufacturing. The law gives them the right to decide what to do with the land.”

    The Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District believes that everything possible should be done to support Far Eastern Hectare recipients. To achieve this, the government needs to “analyse and streamline all existing state programmes designed to provide mortgage assistance, help with purchasing animal feed and agricultural equipment, and business start-up assistance in order to use them more productively in conjunction with the Far Eastern Hectare initiative.”