15 November 2016

    The announcement was made by the Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexander Galushka, the Ministry reported in a press release.

    9,700 applications have been submitted through the initiative’s official website and 700 hard copies have been received. At present, 1,700 participants are signing contracts and 700 free hectare units of land have already been transferred for use.

    “At present, only residents of the Far East can submit applications. Beginning 1 February 2017, any Russian citizen can apply to obtain a free hectare of land in the Russian Far East, and the number of applications will increase,” Galushka said.

    Almost 3,500 applications were received from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia); Primorsky Territory was second with over 2,300 applications, and Sakhalin Region was third with more than 2,000. Residential construction is the type of land use in highest demand. Agriculture is second in popularity.

    “We see this project as giving Russian citizens in the Far East the chance for self-determination, and as a way of promoting internal migration to the region. A radically new model for distributing land lots has been proposed. Citizens are able to choose the lots themselves without having to go around various offices, and use them for any activity permitted by Russian law. Any citizen-led land use initiative must be encouraged,” stated the head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East.

    Recipients of land in the Far East will have access to government support. The Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Russian Far East will open a special centre where comprehensive measures for the support and monitoring of each land development project can be provided.
    In particular, citizens will be given assistance in cooperating on the production and sale of products, with plans to create centres for the sharing of equipment and tools.