Top news Far East: Viktor Basargin, Igor Shuvalov
Last week was marked by the visits of the leading state executives of Russia to the Far East. Minister of Regional Development and the first Vice Prime Minister of Russia inspected construction sites in Vladivostok to make sure that APEC preparations are going as planned. Rector of the Far East Federal University was appointed. Find more in the weekly overview of major events by FederalPress.Last week was marked by the visits of the leading state executives of Russia to the Far East. Minister of Regional Development and the first Vice Prime Minister of Russia inspected construction sites in Vladivostok to make sure that APEC preparations are going as planned. Rector of the Far East Federal University was appointed. Find more in the weekly overview of major events by FederalPress.
New Year’s budget
City Duma of Vladivostok did not support calculations and New Year celebrations budget suggested by the mayor’s office. FederalPress was told that 21.1 million rubles of additional money were not included into the general budget.
Budgeting committee members comment that presented suggestions did not give exact understanding of how the city would look like during the celebrations and what for the money was needed. There are many questions regarding contractors, terms and conditions of their work, and planting trees to beautify the city.
Visit of a Minister
Minister of Regional Development of Russia Viktor Basargin made a working visit to Vladivostok last week. The minister personally supervised construction works going on to prepare the region for the APEC 2012 Summit. Together with regional governor Sergey Darkin, Viktor Basargin inspected construction of Artemovsky waterworks facility, water sewage treatment unit, Russiky Island and Far East Federal University (FEFU).
“Objects of the engineering and transport infrastructure of Vladivostok and the south of the region will raise the quality of life here considerably”, minister Basargin noted.
Construction works for the Summit are done according to the schedule and in some cases go ahead of the plan. It is expected that unique experience of Vladivostok will be useful and helpful for other regions of Russia.
Governor Sergey Darkin also underlined the importance of ecological aspects of the ongoing construction projects. “People see positive changes already. Waste dump at Gornostai stopped burning and poisoning air. In the future all the city’s trash will be processed and utilized in a civilized manner”, the governor concluded.
Visit of Vice-Premier
The first Vice-Premier of Russia Igor Shuvalov also visited Vladivostok last week. October 8 he inspected runway of the international terminal of the local airport, federal highway M-60 reconstruction and the Far East Federal University, Oceanarium scientific and educational center, and Russky Island bridge.
Construction of a new large university of federal importance was viewed with skepticism by many. “Today these skeptics can see that new bridges, new roads and intersections, new infrastructure are being built which will raise the quality of life in the region”, Igor Shuvalov noted. It is planned that the first scientific conferences and volunteer projects will be held at the Federal University in autumn 2011.
Vice-Premier also visited the site of the future gambling zone “Primorie”, which is located in Muravienaya Bay. This location is quite picturesque and includes both seashore and fresh water lake sceneries. This will be not only a casino area, but also an attractive tourist destination for dwellers of the Far East and South Asia.
Rector of the Federal University
Official ceremony of appointing Rector of the Far East Federal University took place in Vladivostok on October 8. The post was given to Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia Vladimir Miklushevsky. Vice-Premier Igor Shuval was present and congratulated the new Rector reporting that the choice was made by Vlaidmir Putin at a meeting with the rectors of the leading Russian universities.
“We do not want to build a new Moscow and St. Petersburg State University on the Russky Island. FEFU is going to be a unique facility with its own path of development which will become scientific innovations center for the whole of Far East. I would mark that this kind of campus cannot be found anywhere else in Russia. The speed and quality of construction give us certainty that it is going to be one of the best universities of the country”, Igor Shuvalov underlined.
The ceremony was held at FEFU and attended by the Minister of Education and Science of Russia Andrey Fursenko, Minister of Regional Development Viktor Basargin, Vice Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, governor Sergey Darkin, rectors of other regional universities, members of the educational and scientific community.