Putin met with Head of the Republic of Karelia.

Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with acting head of the region Artur Parfenchikov.

Vladimir Putin with Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov.
Vladimir Putin with Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov.
Calls from the republic’s residents that came in to the head of state during Direct Line were discussed.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Parfenchikov, how long have you been working in the republic?

Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov:

Five months.

Vladimir Putin:

This is a very short time of course, but nevertheless, you are now responsible for the republic. So we will begin with the traditional folder that I hand over to the heads of regions during our meetings, asking them to pay attention to the questions that citizens raised during what is known as my televised Direct Line.

The questions are traditional but analysis of what came in to Direct Line shows that unsafe housing is one of the most sensitive issues. I will not enumerate everything here although I feel like using some of the quotes. But bearing in mind that you have been on the job for only five months, there are of course no questions for you. I am simply drawing your attention to these problem areas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
With regard to housing: subsidies for young families. One of the callers is right. Young families are entitled to subsidies until age 35. They have to wait for subsidies for several years and if the situation continues at this rate, they will soon be 35 and will no longer qualify for subsidies.

Another problem is the availability of medical care, especially in small towns. Yes, some changes are taking place in the healthcare system, but these changes must not lead to a situation where small towns, far away from large centers, are left with no medical care at all. Take the town of Kem: “There are no general practitioners or surgeons here, no pediatric, maternity or infections departments; [we] have to travel 250 kilometers. I phoned the Finance Ministry and was told that everything is all right.” This is not all right. Please pay attention to this.

Now small towns and single-industry towns – Medvezhyegorsk, Nadvoitsy, Belomorsk and Kondopoga – the problem there is saving jobs. These problems are most likely of a systematic nature and cannot be resolved at one fell swoop. They also require attention.

Wage arrears – this is also strange. I believe the Kostomuksha plant is doing okay. Look into what is happening with regard to wages there.

Artur Parfenchikov:

Yes, of course.

Vladimir Putin:

And there is another serious problem – I believe it is highly relevant for Karelia – forest cutting. People are paying attention to this: “The loggers are acting like predators. Logging sites are not cleared for years. The territory’s rich forests and its export potential have absolutely no impact on living standards.” This goes to show that the work in this area is not organized as it should be.

The Russian Popular Front has now put environmental problems and logging in particular on its watch list. You can work with them directly. It will not be easy for you to deal with this even with your official status. However, it is one of the problems that needs to be addressed.

I am handing this over to you and hope that you will duly respond to it.

Here you are.

Artur Parfenchikov:

Thank you.

Naturally, citizens make these problems known to me as head of the region, and I make a point of visiting all districts, all towns, to the greatest extent possible.

We regularly, systematically hold unified public reception days. The last was on July 8 in Loukha and Kem, and in fact, I also went to healthcare facilities.

Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov.
Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov.
We have set up communication channels in all possible formats, including on social media. These channels are open and I can be directly accessed everywhere. All of this information comes in, we analyze it, naturally, and we are currently working on all these problem areas.

Indeed, the situation with unsafe housing is complicated. We uncovered a new problem in February. The fact is that almost 23,000 square meters of housing, which was deemed unsafe before 2012, was not included in the program. We immediately got down to work.

Vladimir Putin:

Why did this happen?

Artur Parfenchikov:

A mistake by government officials – there is no other explanation. They simply overlooked these thousands of meters. Thank you very much for extending the program for another year. We are doing our best. First, we will not be able to finish the construction project by September 1 with the housing construction funds that we received. At this point we have completed only 52 percent, because we believe that quality is of paramount importance. However, we will try to finish it – have it accepted by supervisory agencies – and resettle people before the year ends. Nevertheless, these 23,000 square meters are still there. We are working with the fund. We still hope that we will resolve the 23,000 problem in 2019. We understand the complexity of the situation but we are doing all we can.

Vladimir Putin:

If you need help including these unlisted square meters [into the program] let me know – I will talk to the Government.

Artur Parfenchikov:

Good, thank you very much.

Regarding medical care, we understand the task. We have intensified our efforts to build outpatient and obstetric facilities. Naturally, there are quite a few healthcare issues that we are currently discussing with the Government and on which I would like to have your support. There are a lot of questions from people regarding cancer treatment and there are also questions related to cancer treatment options at the local level and our outpatient hospital, which is very old, built in the 1960s. It simply falls short of any standards.

Of course, we will definitely revisit these problems, analyze the complaints, get down to work and resolve these problems.

Vladimir Putin:

Good.

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Representatives of charitable organizations, volunteer movements.

Vladimir Putin met with representatives of socially oriented non-profit organizations, charity foundations, volunteer movements and social entrepreneurs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Before the meeting, the President visited the Petrozavodsk State University IT park, where he was taken around a display area with projects that are being implemented with support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Colleagues, friends, good afternoon.

I have always liked meeting with people who spend years doing what you are doing, that is, helping people, in particular, people who need assistance more than others. I am referring to senior citizens, people with disabilities and children.

I will not give a long and boring speech. We can start our discussion right now. It will be a free and open discussion without any restraints. Let us proceed.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with representatives of socially oriented non-profit organizations, charity foundations, volunteer movements and social entrepreneurs.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with representatives of socially oriented non-profit organizations, charity foundations, volunteer movements and social entrepreneurs.
This meeting is being attended by my colleagues from the Government and the Executive Office, and the acting governor. We are at your service. Let us talk about matters of importance and concern to you, about what is being done and what else all of us can do to work even more efficiently in this area of vital importance for us and for all Russian citizens.

Who would like to start? Go ahead.

Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova:

Mr. President, colleagues,

My name is Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova and I represent non-commercial organization Agency for Social Information and am a member of the Russian Federation's Civic Chamber. I want to outline a few issues of concern to many non-commercial organizations and volunteer associations. Our citizens have become more active of late and we see vivid examples of people taking part in the work of organizations, public groups and initiatives, working to develop the places where they live and taking part in all kinds of public activity to improve people’s quality of life.

Of course, there is an interesting new area too – non-commercial organizations' involvement in providing social services. There is some good practice and interesting examples in this area. I recently attended the Community forum in the Ural district, in Tyumen, where people from Tyumen Region and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area spoke about their excellent experience and about how they get non-commercial organizations involved in social service provision.

But I think it would be very important to establish a competency center that would collect best practice and spread it to other regions and other areas, because this is something we still have problems with at present. In other words, things are active and going well in some areas, but there are problems in other ones. If it would be possible to support this center's establishment, I think this would benefit everyone.

Vladimir Putin:

I think we already have such competency centers in 18 regions, and of course, we will develop this network further. The aim is to make these centers hubs for information, and identification and exchange of best practice. They already operate in 18 regions and I think, incidentally, that this is one of Agency for Strategic Initiatives' projects too.

Meeting with representatives of socially oriented non-profit organizations, charity foundations, volunteer movements and social entrepreneurs.
Meeting with representatives of socially oriented non-profit organizations, charity foundations, volunteer movements and social entrepreneurs.
Are you involved in this project?

General Director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Svetlana Chupsheva:

Of course, we have now carried out initial monitoring over the course of the year. Seventy regions are involved in this work. We can already see that this is a good initiative, but there are some difficulties and problems.

Vladimir Putin:

Yes, but these centers in the 18 regions, I do not remember which ones exactly…

Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova:

Social sector innovation centers, probably? This is what we have been talking about.

Vladimir Putin:

Yes, innovation centers. They are already up and working. We will develop this work further.

Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova:

I think it would be great if they open in other regions as well.

I also wanted to note that we often need greater interaction with government authorities. Take, for example, the volunteer movement. More people want to come and work as volunteers at various institutions, such as hospitals and children's homes, to name a few. However, the rules of interaction with the authorities, that is, who to contact and where, are not always clear. This tends to turn away people who could otherwise be of help.

Vladimir Putin:

I think we need to find, at the federal level, people directly responsible for this aspect of ​​work. However, equally important, and perhaps even more important, is the regional component, since a large number of competencies and responsibilities lie with the regional and municipal authorities. So, in each region, there must be a person responsible for such activities with these organizations.

We will certainly promote this work in our interaction with the governors. I am confident that we will make it happen. At the federal level, we have Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, who is in charge of social issues, and if we take this to the level of deputy prime minister, she is a natural choice for this aspect of work. In fact, this is how things are. Her responsibilities in this regard should be simply specified. Let us do so.

Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova:

I think it would be the right thing to do. There are many members of the Board of Trustees for the Social Sphere among our participants, and this board is led by Ms. Golodets. By the way, it is an effective public body, which achieves a lot through joint efforts, so, probably, it would be logical to do so.

Vladimir Putin:

Agreed. We will do so. We will keep tabs on it and see it to completion.

Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova:

Thank you.

There is another issue, which I would also like to raise. Not so long ago, we have …

Vladimir Putin:

Is it only you and I who will talk here today? (Laughter.) I do not mind, though.

Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova:

As my colleagues will say. I will be very brief.

There is a new status for NGOs now – providers of socially useful services. By the way, on July 12, all authorized representatives were to report to you on how the acquisition of this status is proceeding. So far we have 15 such organizations in the country because there are serious difficulties regarding the status acquisition procedure, in particular the proof that the services provided meet the required quality standards. The Civic Chamber has developed recommendations about how all of this could be simplified, because at present the procedure is overly formalized. However, everybody seems to ignore our recommendations.

Vladimir Putin:

The Russian Government has already drafted two bills. The first should define the concept of social entrepreneurship as such. After all, this concept has not yet been codified in law. This is the main problem.

The second bill addresses implementation mechanisms. When it comes into effect – and I hope that it will be finalized and adopted by the Federal Assembly, that is, the Duma and the Federation Council, during the autumn session – it will be easier. Why? Because then the regions will also have certain guidelines.

Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova:

Yes, yes, with regard to the quality of services, authority should probably be transferred to the regional level.

Vladimir Putin:

As a matter of fact, it is already at the regional level but they need well-defined guidelines, standards and so on. Then I hope the situation will improve. Why do I hope so? I believe this is how is should be, this is what the laws are for.

Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova:

Thank you.

Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin (left) and Aide to the President Andrei Belousov at a meeting with representatives of socially oriented non-profit organizations, charity foundations, volunteer movements and social entrepreneurs.
Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin (left) and Aide to the President Andrei Belousov at a meeting with representatives of socially oriented non-profit organizations, charity foundations, volunteer movements and social entrepreneurs.
Artyom Metelev:

Good afternoon, Mr. President.

My name is Artyom Metelev and I represent the Association of Volunteer Centers and, just like Ms. Topoleva-Soldunova, I am a member of the Civic Chamber. Our organization was established in 2014 following your meeting with Olympic Games volunteers, when you endorsed the idea of preserving the legacy of the Sochi volunteer program. Now we bring together 125 regional organizations. Darya Makovetskaya is from Karelia, and the Karelian Centre is a member of our association. We also engage in volunteer activity with children, the Russian Movement of School Students, also university students and senior citizens.

We have a dream: We would like to make the volunteer movement a part of every Russian’s life so that it is a natural norm and habit for a person to help and participate in developing the area where he or she lives. I would like to share with you our innovative project, which could help bring us closer to seeing our dream come true.

Vladimir Putin:

Do you want to make every citizen a volunteer, regardless of age and health?

Artyom Metelev:

Yes, so that every citizen has experience. We have examples.

Vladimir Putin:

This is an ambitious goal but go ahead. I am sorry for interrupting you but let us look at your project.

Artyom Metelev:

During the Russian Popular Front forum in April you supported the idea of ​​creating a single federal online resource for covering the activities of volunteers, and issued corresponding instructions. We feel responsible for this, because the Government suggested using our platform. I wanted to show you the Volunteers of Russia platform as such a resource. Its functions and main purpose are to consolidate the volunteer movement in our country. It connects organizations that need volunteers and people who want to help.

For example, if we look at volunteers in the Republic of Karelia, where we are now, we will see a variety of volunteers registered here. For example, this girl works at the center for orphans. Accordingly, the system invites her to participate in the rehabilitation program for teenagers. In other words, the system identifies her as someone who is interested in working with children and lives in the Republic of Karelia, the city of Petrozavodsk, and suggests activities that this particular person might be interested in.

Vladimir Putin:

Where do you get the openings from?

Artyom Metelev:

We suggest that various organizations, nonprofit organizations, including the funds present here, such as "Starost v Radost", "Lisa Alert", "Soyedineniye", and many other registered organizations, currently 647 of them, form an application and start looking for nonprofit partners as volunteers. We also discussed with the Ministry of Healthcare, the Ministry of Labor and all relevant departments the issue of whether budget-funded institutions could do this as well.

Russian President at a meeting with representatives of socially oriented non-profit organizations, charity foundations, volunteer movements and social entrepreneurs.
Russian President at a meeting with representatives of socially oriented non-profit organizations, charity foundations, volunteer movements and social entrepreneurs.
This is an intelligent system, which makes it possible to watch and process large amounts of data, analyze them, and issue corresponding advice. For example, the average portrait of a volunteer is a 23-year-old girl interested in social volunteering. In fact, more girls than boys do the volunteer work in Russia. Perhaps, this is a good thing, because women tend to be more compassionate than men. That is, if we see that here in Karelia volunteers are interested in culture and tourism, this is a clear signal to cultural institutions and authorities to create proper conditions for people.

Vladimir Putin:

Who has created this program?


Artyom Metelev:

Our organization, the Association of Volunteer Centers, together with the Russian Center for Civil and Patriotic Education of Children and Youth ("RosPatriottCentr"). The Agency for Strategic Initiatives is its partner.

Vladimir Putin:

Did the ASI provide the funding?

Artyom Metelev:

You did, Mr. President. (Laughter.) It was created with a presidential grant, which we obtained. Many thanks to you and all your colleagues who appreciated our work.

Vladimir Putin:

Thank you for reminding me about this.

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Visit to an exhibition of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives’ projects.

Vladimir Putin began his working trip to Karelia with a visit to the IT Park at Petrozavodsk State University, where he viewed an exhibition of projects carried out with support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).

Vladimir Putin with ASI General Director Svetlana Chupsheva.
Vladimir Putin with ASI General Director Svetlana Chupsheva.
In particular, the President attended a presentation of the space Boiling Point – Petrozavodsk, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives’ infrastructure project and platform for new ideas and projects, presentations and exchange of best practice within ASI. ASI General Director Svetlana Chupsheva showed the President around. Similar Boiling Points projects are already operating in Moscow, St Petersburg and Ivanovo, and there are plans to open more in Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Yakutsk, Ulyanovsk, Irkutsk, Tomsk, Tula, Novokuznetsk, and Novosibirsk.

Mr. Putin also looked over the information stands of the projects Leaders’ Club, Digital Region, and Cyber Russia.

Vladimir Putin toured the exhibition of projects carried out with support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).
Vladimir Putin toured the exhibition of projects carried out with support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).
Among the research and development results presented to the President were a blood test system for early heart attack diagnosis and a device that compensates for lack of sunlight, which takes the form of a wrist watch and makes it possible to get enough vitamin D when sunlight is in short supply.

Acting Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov presented the region’s development strategy to the Russian President during the visit to the exhibition.


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Vladimir Putin toured the exhibition of projects carried out with support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI). With ASI General Director Svetlana Chupsheva.
Vladimir Putin toured the exhibition of projects carried out with support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI). With ASI General Director Svetlana Chupsheva.
Vladimir Putin at the exhibition of projects carried out with support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).
Vladimir Putin at the exhibition of projects carried out with support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI).

Meeting with Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.

Vladimir Putin met in St. Petersburg with Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki, who is in Russia on a working visit, to discuss bilateral cooperation and the situation in the Middle East.

Vladimir Putin with Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.
Vladimir Putin with Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Vice President,

I would like to cordially welcome you. We first met back when you served as the Prime Minister of Iraq, and I am very happy to see you again.

The situation in the Middle East and in Iraq remains challenging. We are fully aware of this.

We have established an intergovernmental commission, and it is now hard at work. A lot has yet to be done in terms of economic cooperation. But there are other areas as well, specifically military technical cooperation. Russia is proactive in this area, and Iraq benefits from its assistance.

Today, I would very much like to discuss with you the situation not only within Iraq or its bilateral relations with Russia, but also the situation in the region in general.

Once again, I am very happy to see you.

Meeting with Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.
Meeting with Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.
Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki (retranslated):

Thank you very much for your kind invitation, for the opportunity to meet with you and discuss questions of mutual interest that are relevant to our countries and the whole world.

This is my third visit to Russia. With every visit, we take yet another step toward the common goal of further improving our relations. There is great potential in terms of cooperation, and our strategic choice is underpinned by an understanding of the important role Russia plays in the region and in Iraq.

We have done quite a lot to step up our cooperation, specifically in energy, the economy and the military technical sphere. A number of agreements have been signed during previous visits. Russia and Iraq are implementing bilateral cooperation agreements, and we are committed to ensuring their full implementation.

I am always eager to emphasize Russia’s immense contribution to preventing our region from falling apart, specifically in Syria and Iraq. You have our most sincere gratitude for that. If it were not for Russia’s contribution, the map of the region would have changed for the worse for us.

Now that we have achieved so much in the fight against al-Qaeda and ISIS, we still recognize that more needs to be done to expand our cooperation.

Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.
Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.
We have achieved a number of military victories in many regions, including in Mosul, so it is now time to focus on security, since these terrorists are poised to continue threatening civilians and cities.

We now share a great responsibility to counter the ideology of terrorism and religious extremism, because it underpins the emergence of ISIS, and before that Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups operating in Syria and around the world. If we continue to be guided in our relations by creed or ethnicity, we will leave the door open to the resurgence of terrorism.

In 2011–2012, we succeeded in restoring control over the territory and overcame terrorism through military means. However, the specter of a resurgent terrorist threat will always be there, as long as Iraqis remain divided by religious quarrels. This is what happened in Syria.

Given the current situation in Iraq, if the power continues to be divided on the religious or ethnic principle between the Sunnis, the Shiites, the Arabs, the Kurds, Christians and Muslims, this could result in a new round of terrorist activity.

Therefore, we have prepared a special project, and we would like everyone who cares about the future of Iraq to help the Iraqi people. The idea is to restore real democracy, when the power is based on the victory of a political majority rather than on the assignment of quotas to various movements.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.
I would like to express my gratitude for and my deep appreciation of your personal efforts and those of the Russian Federation. At a time when we were subjected to a large-scale aggressive attack, which was launched for political purposes and affected the region and the global situation – I am referring to the fight against terrorism – Russia took an honorable and honest stance and agreed to speed up the delivery of weapons under previous agreements.

We succeeded, of course, but we believe that the only option for the terrorist organizations is to foster religious strife. This will be their strategic choice. Hence, we must be ready in both military and political terms.

I believe that an exclusively military solution cannot help settle the crises in Iraq and Syria. We must make political efforts and find solutions that would put an end to strife between various parts of our society, a strife that has lasted for the past 14 years since the fall of the regime in Baghdad.

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Telephone conversation with Merkel, Macron and Poroshenko.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the Normandy format.


The four leaders heard reports by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Chief Monitor Ertugrul Apakan and Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug about maintaining the ceasefire on the line of contact between the parties to the internal Ukrainian conflict and also about other aspects of OSCE SMM activity.

After that, the leaders exchanged opinions on the situation in southeast Ukraine in light of serious violations of the Minsk Agreements that were signed on February 12, 2015.

Vladimir Putin spoke in detail about Russia’s approach to the key provisions of the Minsk Agreements.

The four leaders have agreed to maintain contact, including at the top level.

Putin met with Head of Russian Direct Investment Fund.

Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev, who briefed the President on the fund’s current efforts to attract investment into the Russian economy, including by involving the world’s biggest sovereign funds.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) was established in 2011 on the initiative of the President and the Prime Minister. It is a sovereign investment fund making direct investment into leading Russian companies and promising business ventures together with top global investors.


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President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Dmitriev, how is your work getting on?

Vladimir Putin, Kirill Dmitriev
Meeting with Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev.
General Director and Chairman of the Board of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev:

Mr. President, thank you for helping to transform the RDIF into Russia’s sovereign fund.

Since we began operation, we have invested over 1 trillion rubles in various Russian companies, including 100 billion from our own funds and 900 billion from our partners. More than 500,000 people work in the RDIF’s portfolio companies. The fund is thus growing fast.

Over these past 12 months alone, we invested 270 billion rubles in various companies. The combined turnover of the RDIF companies now comes to more than 2 trillion rubles and has increased by 13 percent compared to the same period last year.

Much of our investment goes into new projects, greenfield projects. We are also investing in Fosagro, Russian Helicopters, the Vladivostok and St. Petersburg airports, and oilfield service company Evrazia.

Our investment and our companies are both showing active growth. For example, [health clinic chain] Mother and Child opened 20 new clinics. They were present in only three regions before, but now they have clinics in 15 regions.

Our work is having a positive impact on Russia’s economy. For example, we are developing hydroelectric power stations in Karelia, building smart grids and reducing losses in the electricity grids by 20 percent.

Vladimir Putin:

Are these small power stations?

Kirill Dmitriev:

Yes, small power stations in Karelia. This is the BRICS bank’s first project and so the Saudis, Emiratis and Chinese are co-investors in this project. We are managing to attract 5–6 of the world’s top sovereign funds from different countries into various projects.

Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev.
Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev.
Finally, we have more than 30 projects with the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia is an active investor as well. As for our Chinese partners, we have already completed more than 19 projects with them.

Vladimir Putin:

How many specialists do you have working directly at the RDIF now?

Kirill Dmitriev:

Around 100.

Vladimir Putin:

What administrative benefits have come out of the fund’s transformation into a sovereign fund?

Kirill Dmitriev:

It has become much easier to work with our partners, who are the world’s biggest sovereign funds. We see now that we can undertake projects on a much greater scale and attract considerably more investment.

Now, for example, we already have $30 billion from the leading sovereign funds. We think this figure can be increased.

Vladimir Putin:

What do you think is most interesting among your upcoming plans? Where will you be investing next, in which projects?

Kirill Dmitriev:

In infrastructure, for the most part.

Vladimir Putin:

Good.

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Telephone conversation with President of Uzbekistan.

In a telephone conversation with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Vladimir Putin congratulated him on his 60th birthday and wished him further success in his state activity.

The two presidents discussed current bilateral cooperation issues in the context of implementing the decisions resulting from Mr. Mirziyoyev’s state visit to Russia (on April 4–5, 2017).


Earlier, Mr. Putin sent Mr. Mirziyoyev a message of greetings.

The telegram reads, in part:

“You deservedly enjoy great authority at home and abroad as an experienced and far-sighted statesman who has made a great personal contribution to resolving the tasks facing Uzbekistan.

Russia values highly your principled policy of developing the strategic partnership and alliance between our countries. I hope to continue our substantive dialogue with you and continue our fruitful work together to further develop all areas of our mutually advantageous relations for the benefit of our fraternal peoples and in the interests of ensuring regional stability and security”.