11 July 2016

    The results come from a survey conducted by the Russia-based construction and country life network ForumHouse.

    The survey involved around 2,000 participants. Ninety-three percent of respondents had heard of the programme, and 81% believed it to be a worthwhile endeavour.

    The problems and concerns identified by respondents in implementing the Far Eastern Hectare programme included the need for greater state safeguarding, a lack of access to information, and fears about relocation.

    “Initial opinion polls on the Far Eastern Hectare programme indicate that the public have a positive attitude towards it and are showing great interest,” said Valentin Timakov, General Director of the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Russian Far East.

    Since 1 June, hectare-sized plots of land in the Far East have been allocated for use in pilot areas, as identified by each federal subject of the Far Eastern Federal District, and given exclusively to residents of the federal subject. From 1 October 2016, residents of the Russian Far East will be able to claim their own hectare anywhere in the Far Eastern Federal District, and from 1 February 2017 all Russian citizens will have the same opportunity.