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Vladimir Putin takes part in commissioning new power units


“Russia generated over a trillion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2010. That's 4.3% more than in 2009, practically reaching pre-crisis levels. Power units with a capacity of 3.2 gigawatt were commissioned last year, the largest amount in the past ten years. But we are not going to stop here, and we will continue to move forward.” Vladimir Putin During a video link with a ceremony to commission Surgut state district power station 2 and the Sredneuralsk state district power station

Vladimir Putin's introductory remarks:

Good afternoon colleagues,

Today is a pleasant event for us...

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Vladimir Putin meets with Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik


The meeting focused on results for the first six months of 2011 in agriculture and harvesting. Mr Putin and Mrs Skrynnik highlighted the issue of financial support for various farming activities that are important for different regions’ economies, such as land reclamation, sheep farming and primary milk processing for small farms and fruit growers.

Transcript of the beginning of the meeting:

Vladimir Putin: What is the current situation with the harvest?

Yelena Skrynnik: Mr Putin, we have worked for six months, and the overall figures in the context of the state programme show a growth trend: up 0.7% for the entire agriculture sector. There is a marked increase in agricultural production.

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Vladimir Putin visits Vityazi, a new residential complex for army servicemen


After seeing a new residential complex under construction in a military city of the independent operational division of the Ministry of the Interior, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Lt-Col Oleg Shmakov, who recently received an official flat there. Putin presented Shmakov and his wife with a television set, their older son with a computer and their younger son with a video game console.

The Vityazi residential complex has 2,680 official flats for army servicemen. It is being built in three stages. The first stage, which comprises 640 flats, was begun in 2009. Now the second stage, for 969 flats, is being commissioned...

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Vladimir Putin visits the independent operational division


A variety of military hardware was brought out and representatives of various departments of the Interior Troops assembled for Vladimir Putin's arrival at the parade ground of the military town Balashikha. The prime minister was also shown armoured personnel carriers, which have seen action more than once over several decades of service, and the relatively new Tiger vehicles, as well as a satellite communications station built into a Land Rover SUV.

The Interior Troops' aircraft were also on display – a tactical hang glider and a drone, which especially interested the prime minister...

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Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with Moscow Region Governor Boris Gromov


The meeting focused on housing construction and plans to expand Moscow’s municipal limits. According to the governor, an area of 144,000 hectares will be carved out of the Moscow Region, more than doubling the current area of the capital. The economy and social services in the region were also discussed, in particular education and healthcare.

Transcript of the beginning of the meeting:

Vladimir Putin: Good to see you again. How is housing construction going?

Boris Gromov: Good.

Vladimir Putin: How much housing are you building now as compared with last year?

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Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on low-rise housing construction at Stupino


The prime minister said low-rise housing construction is one of the government’s priorities and it will receive considerable backing, first of all funding.

Vladimir Putin’s opening remarks:

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

This is not the first time we discuss housing construction. Today we will talk about low-rise homes, which are a promising approach to providing people with affordable, comfortable and eco-friendly housing. We will consider the issue again – I am sure you have looked at the project organisation in Stupino – but I know that this is one of the positive examples in this sphere...

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Vladimir Putin visited Novoye Stupino, a new district under construction


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin inspected one of the homes, as well as information stands and a model of the district. MR Group director general Roman Timokhin explained the details to him.

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Vladimir Putin comments on proposal on meat import quotas


Vladimir Putin:  We will take the decision proposed by the experts at the Agriculture Ministry and the Economic Development Ministry. We, that is Russia, will consume 3,500,000 tonnes of chicken and other poultry this year. And we will produce 3,150,000 tonnes this year. So we will have a deficit of approximately 350,000 tonnes of poultry. That is the amount we will import this year.

Quite recently, a few years ago, we imported more than one million tonnes of poultry, so we have experienced a lot of growth. In 2011, Russia will consume some three million tonnes of pork, and we produce some 2,400,000 tonnes. So this year we will import some 600,000-650,000 tonnes. And next year, there will be a small increase in poultry production, and so we expect to import some 330,000 tonnes.

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Vladimir Putin meets with Ivanovo Region Governor Mikhail Men


At the meeting, Prime Minister Putin and Governor Men discussed regional socio-economic indicators for the first half of the year, as well as education and healthcare. Mr Men reported to Mr Putin that the Ivanovo Region has paid all its debts on public salaries and restored the growth rates of its industrial production.

Transcript of the beginning of the meeting:

Vladimir Putin: How are things going, Mr Men? What results did you achieve over the first half of the year?

Mikhail Men: Here’s my report, Mr Putin. The start of the year was not easy for us. As you know, textile manufacturing is our basic industry. From last October to February of this year, the price of cotton more than tripled on global markets – from $1,800 to $6,000. But in the second quarter, our enterprises were able to level out, and, later on, the price dropped slightly to $5,200. Now we have fully recovered the industrial growth rates that we had last year. Our biggest headache was paying public sector employees on time. I’m pleased to report to you that the Ivanovo Region has now cleared these debts. 

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Vladimir Putin meets with the Astrakhan Region Governor Alexander Zhilkin


Governor Zhilkin told Mr Putin about a newly completed music theatre, as well as other cultural projects in Astrakhan. They also reviewed the region’s half-year performance in agriculture and housing construction. Additionally, they focused particular attention on programmes for modernising healthcare and education, emphasising the need to raise school teachers’ pay.

Transcript of the beginning of the meeting:

Vladimir Putin: Good evening.

Alexander Zhilkin: Mr Putin, we’ve just completed the construction of a new music theater.  I’d like to show you a photo of it, taken a week and a half ago. (Shows the photo on a tablet computer. Music is playing.) Because of the current heat, we’ve had to put off planting 450 trees till autumn. But we’ve planted some grass, over a total area of 52,600 square metres. We’d like to have a landscape garden on the grounds.

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Vladimir Putin meets with Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev


Transcript of the beginning of the meeting:

Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, Mr Atambayev. I am very glad to see you and to have another opportunity to see how Russian-Kyrgyz relations are developing. The last time you were in Moscow you came with a representative delegation. During that visit we outlined a way to proceed in the critical areas of our partnership – the energy industry, agriculture, technical cooperation and military alliance. It is good that we have an opportunity today to see what progress we are making in these fields. Welcome!

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Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of government commission on foreign investment


“I am confident that we are capable of reaching $60-$70 billion a year in foreign direct investment and achieving a positive balance between capital inflow and outflow in general.” Vladimir Putin At a meeting of the Government Commission on Monitoring Foreign Investment

Vladimir Putin's opening remarks:

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

Before we start discussing the issues on the agenda of today's meeting of the Government Commission on Monitoring Foreign Investment , I'd like to share a few positive figures with you.

According to preliminary estimates of the Bank of Russia, the Russian economy has received over $27 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first six months of 2011. This is more than in the same period of last year but slightly less than before the crisis, in the first six months of 2007, when FDI totalled $29.6 billion...