• 2019 January 18

    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

    On the plans to give the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East the functions of the Arctic development

    - It so happened that there is no designated Government body for coordinating these activities. Of course, we have a government commission, which was set up in accordance with my decision, but it does not meet on a regular basis.

    To make this work in the Government systematic, I suggest that we expand the powers of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East to include Arctic issues. If we do this, we will not need to create a new management body, while the ministry will be charged with supervising our efforts in the Arctic zone of the Far East. In fact, these are interrelated issues, because the development of Yakutia or Chukotka is connected with Arctic development.

    ... I would suggest that the expansion of the Ministry’s powers should be complemented with changing its name to Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic Zone (or the Arctic). 

    Transcript from the meeting with RF President Vladimir Putin.